Suzy Pope

Suzy Pope - Editor

Edinburgh, UK

Freelance developmental and copy editor with publishing experience. Specialises in thrillers, travel and food writing.

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After graduating with a Masters in Creative Writing, I've spent 10 years as a freelance writer and editor between shifts as a librarian. I’ve worked as a magazine editor (food & drink), travel writer and novelist, but my passion lies in tinkering with a manuscript until it’s reached its full potential.

Sure, I can spot a typo a mile off, and can tweak a sentence until it sings. But I really love tying up intricate plot points, tightening up dialogue and shifting scenes around until the structure of a novel flows. I’ve provided developmental edits for a number of published books, two of which are Amazon bestsellers this year (A Time of Birds by Helen Moat and Secrets of a Serial Killer by Rosie Walker)

The Creative Writing Masters at Edinburgh University taught me the ins and outs of plot, pace and structure and I love to share this with aspiring and established authors through my developmental edits. Fiction-wise I've edited twisty thrillers, helping with plotting and tension throughout. In non-fiction I specialise in all things travel; guidebooks, anthologies and memoirs.


“I am the author of five travel books (published by Signal books, Elbow publishing and Bradt) and it has been fantastic to have Suzy's help in shaping these texts. She's been able to spot the point at which a narrative or a paragraph takes a wrong turn and to work away at the detail to make suggestions in order to get me back on track. I really appreciate her friendly approach, too, always combining suggestions for changes with specific praise on what is working in the writing which motivates me to keep at it.” -- Elizabeth Gowing, author and travel writer.

“I've worked with Suzy over a good number of years as a freelance travel writer for well-known regional and national publications and as a successful author of a guide book and travel narrative. Suzy is an encouraging, perceptive and careful editor, with an excellent eye for detail. She will not only ensure pieces are written with accurate grammar and punctuation, but also succinctly and vividly. I thoroughly recommend her.” -- Helen Moat, author and travel writer.

English (UK)
Chick Lit
New Adult
Psychological Thriller
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits



Work experience

Food & Drink Editor

The List magazine
October, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

Commissioning and writing food & drink related articles, copy editing and proofreading.

Freelance Writer & Editor

February, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

Developmental and copy edits of novels and narrative non-fiction before publication or submission.

Proofreading services for web content covering all topics.

Travel articles written for various magazines and companies including Wanderlust, Bradt Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Culture Trip, FlyDubai and Hertz.

Special Collections Librarian

National Library of Scotland
July, 2011 – Present (almost 10 years)

Part-time librarian in the Archives and Special Collections department of the National Library of Scotland. Research, fact-checking, reference services and curatorial support.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Roam Alone: Inspiring tales by reluctant solo travellers (Bradt Travel Guides (Travel Literature))

Bradt, Hilary, Smith, Phoebe, Phillips, Adrian, Barclay, Jennifer, Leeming, Jan

Beastly Journeys: Unusual Tales of Travel with Animals (Bradt Travel Guides (Travel Literature))

Scott, Jonathan, Attenborough, David, Durrell, Gerald, Murphy, Dervla, Shand, Mark, Bradt, Hilary, Barclay, Jennifer

Madagascar (Bradt Travel Guide)

Austin, Daniel, Bradt, Hilary

Alter Ego

Masson, K. A.

Suzy has 7 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Andrew Lekashman
Absolutely wonderful to work with, I absolutely recommend Suzy's work!

Andrew Lekashman, February 2021

Val Nishioda
I hired Suzy to proofread my book but she did so much more. It was more like a developmental edit/line edit/proofread. Everything was done exactly to the agreed timelines. Suzy is very pleasant, friendly and a pleasure to work with. Will definitely use again. Highly recommend.

Val Nishioda, January 2021

Rosie Meleady
This is the second time I used Suzy's services as having completed my novel I was finding it difficult to write a synopsis and back cover blurb. Having read my book, Suzy wrote a brilliant synopsis, professionally presented and ready to send with confidence to potential agents. I am also going the self publishing route and Suzy wrote a great back cover blurb which really sums up the essence of ...
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Rosie Meleady, October 2020

Kat Masson
Suzy has been an absolutely fantastic copy editor, and has gone above and beyond at every point. This is my first book so I didn't really know what to expect, but she absolutely understood what needed to be done, how to kick my manuscript into shape, finding chunks that could easily be cut out, and suggesting more twists to make the plot work better and the characters more intriguing. I've al...
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Kat Masson, October 2020

Rosie Meleady
I have been in the magazine industry for years but this is my first attempt at finishing a novel. I didn't think I needed a developmental editor as I didn't know they existed, but I am so glad I found Suzy, she has been absolutely amazing. She has been so caring and encouraging but also spot on with all her edits and recommendations, which have been easy to follow and understand. I was exc...
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Rosie Meleady, September 2020

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