Sophia Blackwell

Sophia Blackwell - Editor

London, England, UK

Writer, development editor, copy-editor and proofreader. I've worked on books from Penguin, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press and Pearson.

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I'm an experienced editor of fiction and non-fiction whose clients include Bloomsbury Publishing and Oxford University Press. I've also worked on books published by Duke University Press, Zed Books and Unbound, and helped self-published authors find their voices. As a professional marketer and publicist with over a decade of in-house publishing experience, I am aware of market trends and can give advice on marketing and publicity as well as editing manuscripts to the highest standards.

I started my career on the literature list at Routledge, moved to Macmillan, then worked in-house at Bloomsbury. I have run three parallel careers as a marketer, editor and writer. I began editing full-length book projects in 2010 with non-fiction books from Duke and Oxford University Press. From 2015, I have edited sections of the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook series, then editing three full-length standalone books in the series. One well-regarded author I have worked with for over ten years says:

'Sophia Blackwell 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.'
English (UK)
Contemporary Romance
LGBTQ Fiction
Literary Fiction
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Writing & Publishing


  • Content Marketing Foundations, LinkedIn
  • SEO Foundations, LinkedIn
  • Managing Publishing Strategy, The Publishing Training Centre
  • The Digital Publisher, The Publishing Training Centre


  • Spread The Word LGBT Hero, 2017
  • Literary Death Match champion, 2012
  • Polari Prize Nominee, 2019
  • LGBT Awards Nominee, 2017
  • Polari Prize Judge, 2022

Work experience

Editor, copy-editor and proofreader

March, 2010 – Present (about 12 years)

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, 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.

Marketing Manager (in-house)

Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Hachette UK (Hodder)
September, 2008 – Present (over 13 years)

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 (13 selected works)

What If the Queen Should Die?

Flintoff, John-Paul

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2020 (Writers' and Artists')

Bloomsbury Publishing, Owen, Alysoun, Harrington, Eden Phillips

After My Own Heart

Blackwell, Sophia

Face Up to Climate Change: Demand change now

McManners, Peter, McManners, Thomas

Sophia has 5 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Frances M. Thompson
Sophie was professional, responsive and very thorough in both our communication and the way her edits were conducted. She understood the brief perfectly and was able to achieve exactly what I wanted (tighter prose, reducing words, identifying other sections that could be deleted or edited). At the end of her work, Sophie delivered two different versions of my MS, and a reader's report that I fo...
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Frances M. Thompson, May 2022

Sophia Blackwell
Thank you for this fantastic review! The pleasure was all mine and I hope to work with you again in future too.

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Sharron Taylor
Working with Sophia was an incredible experience. Her communication was prompt and all her advice was constructive and supportive. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an efficient, friendly and dependable editor.

Sharron Taylor, April 2021

Jenica Leah
As always a great and efficient collaboration

Jenica Leah, March 2021

Jenica Leah
It was a pleasurable experience working with Sophia. Work was delivered ahead of deadline and was very patient with responses on my part when I had unexpected delays. Hope to be able to work with Sophia again.

Jenica Leah, October 2020

Valentina Spinelli
Fantastic work I couldn't have hoped for a better output. I would most definitely collaborate with Sophia again in the future. Highly recommended!

Valentina Spinelli, August 2020

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