Sharon Rutland

Sharon Rutland – Editor

I work for self-publishing authors and publishers. I provide thorough and sensitive editing, enhancing words to make stories shine.


My specialisms in fiction editing are adult historical fiction, fantasy and YA fiction; however, I have also worked on adult suspense and romance. I have a degree in English literature and history, which led to my love of historical fiction. Before moving into editing, I was a primary teacher, so I also have a wide knowledge of middle grade and YA fiction.

It is important to me that I retain your voice and style while ensuring your book is the best it can be. I'm happy to complete a sample edit so you can decide if I am the best fit for you. I will be meticulous in my approach, but sensitive, as I know how hard it is to pass your book to someone else. I know because I've been in the same position! My aim is to make sure that working together is enjoyable, while maintaining professionalism at all times. At the end of the project, I will send you a style guide to help with any future writing.

Fantasy Historical Fiction Historical Mysteries Historical Romance
English (UK) English (US)
  • Copy-editing Headway (CIEP)
  • Proofreading Headway (CIEP)

Work experience


Feb, 2019 — Present

I have worked as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader for Joffe Books, Penguin Random House, Taylor and Francis and Atmosphere Press.

Sharon has 9 reviews





Louise H.

Louise H.

Jul, 2024

Sharon was a terrific editor. She tightened up my wordy prose and was sensitive to how the language sounded---her rearrangements of my description were invaluable. I appreciated the care that she took to stay in the style of the book I'm writing. She was in every way professional, and I will be using her again. I only have good things to say about her job.
Thomas E.

Thomas E.

Jun, 2023

Having used a professional developmental editor for my novel and found that to be a game changer in improving the manuscript, I selected Sharon for the next stage of copy line/proof editing. Sharon did an excellent ‘Five Star’ job, all within the time frame and budget. As well as picking up my (all too numerous) punctuation errors, she addressed inconsistencies in style, POVs, and presentatio...
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Robert D.

Robert D.

May, 2023

A high-level, experienced editor will make all the difference to a book's quality and chances for success. My previous editor(s) provided by my ex-publisher were little more than proofreaders. Sharon is on the opposite end of that scale. Beyond question, her talent and eye for detail made my book far better than it would ever have been, both from the grammar/usage/style perspective, but also be...
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Robert V.

Robert V.

Jun, 2024

Sharon is very professional, highly skilled and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend her. I could not be more pleased with service I paid for.
Debra L.

Debra L.

Apr, 2024

Working with Sharon was a stellar experience. I feel the manuscript was enhanced by her work, past the proofreading. I hope to work with her again.

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