Sharon Rutland

Sharon Rutland - Editor

Derby, UK

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

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My specialisms in fiction editing are adult historical fiction, children's 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.

English (UK)
English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries
Historical Romance
Middle Grade
Young Adult


  • Copy-editing Headway (CIEP)
  • Proofreading Headway (CIEP)

Work experience


February, 2019 – Present (about 4 years)

I have worked as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader for Lume Books, Taylor and Francis, Grosvenor House Publishing and Atmosphere Press.

The Iguana's Tail

Burgess, Maxine

The Age of Reason

Birch, Marian

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