Sophia Blackwell

Sophia Blackwell – Editor

Author and copy- and development editor. Clients published by Penguin, Bloomsbury, Oxford, Duke. Speciality: LGBTQ+. Accepting new clients.

Overview

- I've been working in publishing for almost 20 years, and freelance editing for over twelve. I'm an experienced editor of fiction and non-fiction whose projects include books from Penguin, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press, Duke University Press, Pearson, Susta Press and Unbound. I help self-published authors find their voices and create a final book they can be proud of.


Highlights of my editing work include:


- Three books by Roman Krznaric, one of Britain's leading popular philosophers, published by Penguin and Unbound

- Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, Bloomsbury (10+ years on the staff)

- The Sun, Moon and Stars romance series by Frances M. Thompson

- Two books on music by Geoff Baker from Duke University Press and Oxford University Press

- Three books in the Writers' and Artists' series: Publishing for Children and YA, Self-Publishing and Getting Published


For every manuscript I work on, I provide ALL of the following:


- Copy-editing / line editing (finding typos and other errors and correcting them, making minor changes to improve flow)

- Developmental editing and structural editing - actionable feedback

- 3-5-page editorial assessment Word document with tips and ideas

- Suggestions on next steps

- Back-cover copy (200 words max) and a more detailed synopsis (300-400 words)


My clients say:


Sophia is undoubtedly one of the most skilled editors I have worked with over the past decade. She's extremely insightful in relation to structure, content and style, as well as being an eagle-eyed copy editor. We've worked together on multiple fiction and non-fiction projects for the major UK and international publishers and each time she has performed wonders with the manuscript. Sophia is also one of the most efficient editors I know - the job is always done on time and to the highest standards.

- Author, published by Penguin, Profile and Unbound


Sophia worked with me on my novel, which was published by Unbound. Her structural and copy-editing skills are thorough and thoughtful, with great attention to detail, and her approach to delivery was timely and effective. She was a pleasure to work with and I have no reservations in recommending her editing services.

- Author, published by Unbound and now Hachette UK


Having worked with Sophia for several years in-house at Bloomsbury, I’ve sought her out several times on a freelance basis and am always thrilled with her wonderful expertise, excellent ideas and unfailing reliability. I always look forward to the next time we can work together.

- Former Routledge, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury in-house editor, now freelance editor and writer


My own poetry, fiction and non-fiction have been published by Bloodaxe, Bloomsbury, Burning Eye, The Emma Press, Limehouse Books, Mslexia, Nine Arches Press, Poetry News, Writers Online and Writers’s Forum. I was nominated for a Polari Prize in 2019 and have written a full-length writer's guide published by Bloomsbury.


Let me help you make your book the best it can be.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs LGBTQ Non-Fiction Music Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Chick Lit Contemporary Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction
Languages
English (UK)
Awards
  • Spread The Word LGBT Hero, 2017
  • Literary Death Match champion, 2012
  • Polari Prize Nominee, 2019
  • LGBT Awards Nominee, 2017
Certifications
  • Managing Publishing Strategy, The Publishing Training Centre
  • The Digital Publisher, The Publishing Training Centre
  • 1st class BA Hons English Language and Literature, Oxford University

Work experience

Self-employed

Mar, 2010 — Present

I am a freelance editor, copy-editor and proofreader and have worked on books from the UK’s top publishers. I specialise in non-fiction and academic publishing (secondary to higher education) but have also worked on fiction and poetry and, as an author and creative writing tutor, can understand my clients and help them refine their work to give them the best chance of successful publication.

Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Hachette UK (Hodder)

Sep, 2008 — Present

I have worked on marketing and publicity for academic, educational, trade and professional publishers for the bulk of my career, with stints on magazines and working for media agencies. With this background, I can also advise on press releases, web presence and help authors plan events for new books.

Portfolio

Meet Me in Berlin: A contemporary sapphic romance

Valentine, Samantha L.

Sapphic Stories Publishing

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
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Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Boys & Girls

Burston, Paul

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing Proofreading
After My Own Heart

Blackwell, Sophia

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing

Sophia has 25 reviews

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jamie F.

jamie F.

May, 2024

On a 1 to 10 scale, Sophia is a 20! I found her commentary to be insightful, her suggestions spot-on and her attention to detail top notch! She exceeded my expectations! I especially liked the fact that her edited copy of my MS was so specific! She left no comma unturned! She can do big picture and holistic view as well as the smaller details. I am hoping to write a 2nd book in the very near...
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Sophia B.
Thank you! I’m delighted to read this.
William D.

William D.

Apr, 2024

I am very fortunate to have been chosen by Sophia for my project. When I initially sent out requests, the manuscript was approximately 135,000 words. Two editors not affiliated with Reedsy had already rejected it due to the length. I was discouraged when many Reedsy editors also declined, and suggested I work on reducing the word count first. Then Sophia came to my rescue. Fortunately, due ...
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Allison O.

Allison O.

Apr, 2024

Sophia was incredibly responsive and professional, and gave me super valuable feedback for a sensitivity read I needed!
Frances M. T.

Frances M. T.

Apr, 2024

This is my third time working with Sophia and once again, it's been professional, thorough and very comprehensive. I now have action points to work on and a better understanding of what kind of impression my book will leave with my readers. I highly recommend Sophia for both developmental and copy-editing and I will absolutely be working with her again, hopefully soon!
Sophia B.
Fingers crossed! I also hope to work with you on your next novel.
Pip L.

Pip L.

Mar, 2024

Everyone said that it's hard to find a good editor, or at least the right fit - I guess I got very lucky first time! I'm delighted with the editing work Sophia has done on my debut novel. Her approach was thorough, considered and sympathetic to my writing style and the story I'm trying to tell. Feedback was always delivered in a constructive way, with suggestions for improvement. Sophia's idea...
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