Simon Monk

Simon Monk – Editor

Sunday Times best-selling book editor specialising in non-fiction. Award-winning titles in sport, true crime and biography genres.

Overview

I'm a creative and meticulous editor with more than 15 years' experience in the publishing industry. My track record includes a 2024 Sunday Times best-selling book, along with award-winning titles in sport, true crime and other non-fiction genres.


In my role at publishing company Reach Sport and Mirror Books, I've edited publications on high-profile sports stars such as George Best, Duncan Edwards, Michael Owen and Eric Cantona, as well as 'My Hidden Race' by Anyika Onuora, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book Of The Year 2022 award. More recently I edited Sunday Times best-seller 'Making Life Count'. I also lead the book submissions team, evaluating manuscripts from prospective authors and commissioning future titles.


As a freelance editor, I've worked with an array of first-time and experienced authors to hone their manuscripts. I pride myself on offering all my clients the very best editorial service, helping to create a finished product to be genuinely proud of. I specialise in Copy Editing and Proofreading, while I'll also provide practical tips to help your book stands out from the crowd.


So whether you're an experienced author or just starting out, feel free to get in touch!

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Sports & Outdoors True Crime
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • BA Journalism and French Studies
  • NCTJ Journalism diploma

Work experience

Reach Sport and Mirror Books

Dec, 2013 — Present

Senior editorial role with publishing arm of Reach plc, one of the UK's largest media companies. Focus on sports and current affairs books.

PA Media

Jun, 2008 — Dec, 2013 (over 5 years)

More than five years working at the UK's leading news agency, with responsibilities across news, sport and features.

Portfolio

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Proofreading
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
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The Asylum

Cusack, Ann

Copy Editing
Jacob's Story

Allen, Louise

Editorial Assessment
Editorial Assessment
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Cops and Horrors

Calveley, Matt

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing

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craig B.

craig B.

Sep, 2023

I really enjoyed working with Simon and he made my book a lot better than the original version. Thanks Simon and will definite be hiring you for my autobiography once the ghost writer has written it next year.
Linda J.

Linda J.

Nov, 2022

I connected with Simon purely because his profile spoke volumes about what I wanted to achieve with my book. Simon was attentive, and worked on the project intently and gave such valuable feedback as to what I needed to change within my book. His fees were realistic and affordable. I would very much so highly recommend Simon if you’d like a superb edit with your book. Thank you once again.

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