Suzy Pope

Suzy Pope – Editor

Freelance developmental and copy editor. Specialises in domestic thrillers, rom-coms and travel memoirs.

Overview

After graduating with a Masters in Creative Writing, I 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, restaurant reviewer 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 and copy edits for a number of successful books, including the Rosie Life in Italy travel memoir series by Rosie Meleady, the Aoife Walsh crime thriller series by Val Collins and The Deadly Wedding Cozy Mystery series.


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.


Services
Fiction
Contemporary Romance Psychological Thriller Romantic Comedy Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Travel
Languages
English (UK)
Certifications
  • CELTA
  • CILIP

Work experience

Self-employed

Feb, 2017 — Present

Proofreading services for web content covering all topics.

Restaurant reviewer for The List magazine in Edinburgh.

Travel, food and drink features written for various magazines and newpapers including Wanderlust, Bradt Guides, National Geographic Food, The Guardian, The Independent, New Zealand Herald and Culture Trip.

The List magazine

Oct, 2018 — Mar, 2022 (over 3 years)

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

National Library of Scotland

Jul, 2011 — Aug, 2021 (about 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

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Our Neverland

Raven, Anna

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Copy Editing
Copy Editing
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Proofreading
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Alter Ego

Masson, K. A.

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Suzy has 16 reviews

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spencer B.

spencer B.

Mar, 2024

I am extremely disappointed after paying for and completing a full review of the work with 2 authors. I am disappointed in myself for not understanding the process better, pushing back harder, and not asking for money not to be paid before the job has been completed. I noted over 200 errors in the final draft. Basic errors, not format or structure. The original draft did need a lot of work, and...
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Fiona T.

Fiona T.

Mar, 2024

Suzy has helped me so much with my manuscript. She turned my book into the most polished version it could be. Suzy was also really prompt with replies and deadlines. I will definitely use her again for my next book.
Suzy P.
Thank you very much Fiona. I'd love to work with you again!
Harper K.

Harper K.

Nov, 2023

Suzy is absolutely AMAZING. Wow, she really gave me such great feedback, and helped me come up with ways to make my story even better. She really knows her stuff and make me feel like I can accomplish my goals.
David S.

David S.

Sep, 2023

Suzy did an amazing job on my travel guide manuscript. Her edits were clear, helped the content flow much better and all made total sense. Thanks very much Suzy!
Suzy P.
Many thanks David, a pleasure to work on it!
Val N.

Val N.

Jan, 2023

This is my third time hiring Suzy. Excellent as always.

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