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Shelley Instone

Shelley Instone - Editor

London, United Kingdom

A highly accomplished structural, creative and copy editor, with a solid track record of publishing success.

Overview

Reviews (2)

After gaining an MA in Children's Literature, I quickly learnt my craft at the Eve White Literary Agency, I went on to successfully edit as a freelancer, working with authors such as; Sarah Naughton, Kim Slater, June Taylor, Lara Williamson, Emma Haughton and Rupert Wallis. All these authors acquired deals with major publishing houses and have been shortlisted for literary prizes.I have the huge advantage of looking at a manuscript from both an agent and editorial perspective. Having a 360 degree vision and point of reference for a narrative is essential for turning a rough draft into a polished piece of literature.

I'm a collaborative and engaging editor who prides herself in working closely with unknown writers and shaping them into prize-winning authors. With a lot of hard work, commitment and discipline, I am confident that I can raise my client's standards of writing significantly higher, and increase the chances of improvement and success.I not only undertake the edit, but will write you a 2-4 page critical overview of your novel. This has proved invaluable to the authors that I have worked with, and my aim is to always go above and beyond the average edit. I'm an experienced editor and trained journalist specialising in SEO, creative content, and PR. I advise businesses on brand/storytelling content. Due to this, I have a reinforced understanding of how to optimise every single word of a novel, to ensure a level of commercial success.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Anthologies Children's - Middle Grade Crime & Mystery Humor & Comedy Romance Thriller Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • MA Children's Literature
  • PG Diploma Digital Journalism
  • BA (Hons) Classics

Awards

  • MA Thesis Distinction: Bereavement and Loss in Children's Literature

Work experience

Director

Self-employed
October, 2015 – Present (about 2 years)

I am the director of Narratorial, a digital content creation and editorial service. My business focuses on creating SEO driven content for business websites, and fiction editorial.

Editorial Director

Self-employed
July, 2011 – October, 2015 (over 4 years)

From manuscript project conception to completion, I worked tirelessly with authors to perfect their novels. These included, Sarah Naughton, Kim Slater, Lara Williamson, Emma Haughton, Rupert Wallis and June Taylor. I also worked with the godfather of young adult fiction, Melvin Burgess on his novel, Hunger. It takes tenacity, creativity and an in-depth understanding of narratives to ensure a novel reaches perfection.

Fiction Editor

The Eve White Agency
October, 2010 – April, 2011 (6 months)

I built and managed Eve White's children's list. Successful project delivery included authors such as; Ruth Warburton, Kate Scott and June Taylor.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Losing Juliet: A gripping psychological drama with twists you won’t see coming

June Taylor

A twisty psychological drama about a friendship gone bad. Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Lied and Behind Closed Doors You can’t escape the past... Juliet and Chrissy were best friends until one fateful summer forced them apart. Now, nearly twenty years later, Juliet wants to be back in Chrissy’s life. But Chrissy doesn’t want Juliet anywhere near her, or her teenage daughter Eloise. After al... read more

A twisty psychological drama about a friendship gone bad. Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Lied and Behind Closed Doors You can’t escape the past... Juliet and Chrissy were best friends until one fateful summer forced them apart. Now, nearly twenty years later, Juliet wants to be back in Chrissy’s life. But Chrissy doesn’t want Juliet anywhere near her, or her teenage daughter Eloise. After al... read more

The Hanged Man Rises

Sarah Naughton

Shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Children's Book Award!"A thoroughly enjoyable page-turner." We Love This Book "A fast-paced gothic horror for children... educational as well as entertaining" Families "Chilling and addictive... a fantastic debut" Bookbabblers "A beautifully evoked, gripping, Victorian chiller which will appeal to boys and girls." Costa Book Awards 2013, Judges comments When thei... read more

Shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Children's Book Award!"A thoroughly enjoyable page-turner." We Love This Book "A fast-paced gothic horror for children... educational as well as entertaining" Families "Chilling and addictive... a fantastic debut" Bookbabblers "A beautifully evoked, gripping, Victorian chiller which will appeal to boys and girls." Costa Book Awards 2013, Judges comments When thei... read more

Smart

Kim Slater

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Federation of Children's Book Groups Prize and longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, Kim Slater's outstanding debut, Smart, is moving and compelling novel with a loveable character at its heart.'I found Jean's friend dead in the river. His name was Colin Kirk. He was a homeless man, but he still wanted to live.' There's been a murder... read more

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Federation of Children's Book Groups Prize and longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, Kim Slater's outstanding debut, Smart, is moving and compelling novel with a loveable character at its heart.'I found Jean's friend dead in the river. His name was Colin Kirk. He was a homeless man, but he still wanted to live.' There's been a murder... read more

A Witch in Winter

Ruth Warburton

Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants... read more

Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants... read more

A Boy Called Hope

Lara Williamson

Since his dad ran off with the lady from the chip shop, Dan Hope's life has gone a bit strange, what with his sister acting mean and Mum's new boyfriend keeping secrets. And now – even stranger – his dad has turned up as a presenter on TV. So Dan decides to sort out his messy, muddled, madcap family, starting with getting his dad back. But as one genius plan after another goes pear-shaped, Dan... read more

Since his dad ran off with the lady from the chip shop, Dan Hope's life has gone a bit strange, what with his sister acting mean and Mum's new boyfriend keeping secrets. And now – even stranger – his dad has turned up as a presenter on TV. So Dan decides to sort out his messy, muddled, madcap family, starting with getting his dad back. But as one genius plan after another goes pear-shaped, Dan... read more

Now You See Me

Emma Haughton

Three years ago, Hannah's best friend Danny Geller vanished without trace. Not knowing if he's alive or dead, she struggles to move on with a life shrouded in secrets and suspicions... But as hope returns to haunt Danny's family and their desperation is used against them, can Hannah bear to expose the painful truth? Or is it better to live in the dark? A mesmerizing psychological thriller with... read more

Three years ago, Hannah's best friend Danny Geller vanished without trace. Not knowing if he's alive or dead, she struggles to move on with a life shrouded in secrets and suspicions... But as hope returns to haunt Danny's family and their desperation is used against them, can Hannah bear to expose the painful truth? Or is it better to live in the dark? A mesmerizing psychological thriller with... read more

The Dark Inside

Rupert Wallis

The House on the Hill has been abandoned for as long as James can remember. So when he discovers Webster, a drifter, hiding there, he's instantly curious about the story behind the homeless man. What is he running from? Afflicted by a dark curse, Webster is no longer who he used to be. But there is said to be a cure and it might just be that by helping Webster, James will find some solace of h... read more

The House on the Hill has been abandoned for as long as James can remember. So when he discovers Webster, a drifter, hiding there, he's instantly curious about the story behind the homeless man. What is he running from? Afflicted by a dark curse, Webster is no longer who he used to be. But there is said to be a cure and it might just be that by helping Webster, James will find some solace of h... read more

Boy in Tights

Kate Scott

Joe comes home from school one day to discover that his apparently ordinary parents are actually spies! What's more, baddies are after them! They need to leave their home immediately and disguise themselves to avoid discovery. Joe is thrilled - until he discovers that he has to pretend to be a girl and start his new school as Josephine! Joe (now 'Josephine') is miserable when he starts his new... read more

Joe comes home from school one day to discover that his apparently ordinary parents are actually spies! What's more, baddies are after them! They need to leave their home immediately and disguise themselves to avoid discovery. Joe is thrilled - until he discovers that he has to pretend to be a girl and start his new school as Josephine! Joe (now 'Josephine') is miserable when he starts his new... read more

Hunger

Melvin Burgess

When Beth wakes up one morning covered in dirt, she puts it down to an extreme case of sleep-walking. But when reports of a desecrated grave start to circulate, her night-time wanderings take on a sinister air.Soon the city is being plagued by strange sightings and sudden disappearances. Beth knows that something is changing within her. Something that's filling her with an urgent, desperate hu... read more

When Beth wakes up one morning covered in dirt, she puts it down to an extreme case of sleep-walking. But when reports of a desecrated grave start to circulate, her night-time wanderings take on a sinister air.Soon the city is being plagued by strange sightings and sudden disappearances. Beth knows that something is changing within her. Something that's filling her with an urgent, desperate hu... read more

The Spirit Trap

Veryan Williams-Wynn

When her grandmother's ashes along with a family portrait arrive at her home in England, fourteen-year-old Tatiana finds herself being tormented by supernatural forces. To free herself from the increasingly persistent hauntings, she has to find and release the ghost of an ancestor caught up in the terror of the French Revolution. With the aid of her cousin, Marcus, she sets out on a mission, w... read more

When her grandmother's ashes along with a family portrait arrive at her home in England, fourteen-year-old Tatiana finds herself being tormented by supernatural forces. To free herself from the increasingly persistent hauntings, she has to find and release the ghost of an ancestor caught up in the terror of the French Revolution. With the aid of her cousin, Marcus, she sets out on a mission, w... read more

Shelley has 2 reviews

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Karl Pryor

Shelley was very pleasant and responsive. She provided insight into the writing process. I would definitely use her services again.

, May 2017


Amanda Hadley

She offered great advice, beyond just the simple edits suggested. It felt like she really did want to help improve the work. Communicating with her was easy and she was always quick to respond to questions.

, February 2017

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