Victoria Straw

Victoria Straw - Editor

London, UK

Developmental and copy editor proficient and capable to develop an author's story to its full potential for success. Romance genre.

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Overview

My love of reading romance novels moved to review advanced copies of books from top publishers like Entangled Publishing, Berkley Publishing Group, and Montlake Romance. I also reviewed for independent authors at the beginning of the eReader explosion, focusing on the layout and the story. Then came the opportunity for Beta reading, moving to proofreading.

Two things happened ten years ago. I wrote my first novel and published it. And I went back to the classroom and learned how to edit.

I write under several pen names, fiction and non-fiction, and have written and published over 100 books.

I have a wealth of knowledge to offer in the self-publishing industry.

That's where I knew I could help others polish the final version of their stories. I've professionally edited 50+ manuscripts of all heat levels of romance, including erotica. I'm genre friendly with no triggers. Nothing is off-limits.

My forte is all aspects of proofreading. I can offer a meticulous eye for detail synonymous with proofreading and copyediting. Ensuring the final version is as polished as it can be. I can additionally provide sensitivity checks for characters with hearing disabilities as I have a condition in this area.

Are any of your characters based in the UK, or are they British? It could be you are unfamiliar with the UK's sayings, locations, or behaviours. I can help with that as I'm born, bred, and still reside in the UK.

Why me?

Based on your requirements, I will provide feedback on every line of your manuscript. I'll do it studiously and meet your deadlines. I'm not going to let you down. I'm going to be kind but straightforward. If something needs fixing, I'll show you how you can fix it.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (almost 11 years)

Proofreader

Freelance
January, 2010 – December, 2011 (almost 2 years)

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Idea of You

Prowse, Amanda

Until Harry

Casey, L.A.

Real

Evans, Katy

Victoria has 7 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Vy Tran
Victoria is a competent proofreader and a joy to work with.

Vy Tran, September 2022


Marie Cottam
There is not enough stars. This is my first ever book that i have written. I could not have chosen a better person that quickly understood the level of support that I needed and the style i was after. Victoria's feedback was quick and supportive. she listened and educated me when i did not understand. I have enjoyed working with Victoria and will again with my next book for sure. Thank you ...
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Marie Cottam, August 2022


J F
This was such a great experience, and I loved the suggestions and comments. It was delivered ahead of schedule, which I'm so grateful for. I will definitely use this service again. Thank you for all your help!

J F, August 2022


Tammy Fletcher
I have only encountered one other editor and there was no communication just edits and approval or not with them. I really appreciated Victoria’s prompt communication and punctuality in completion and responses. She was kind and encouraging too.

Tammy Fletcher, August 2022


Sylvia Hepburn
Victoria's feedback was key in helping me re-structure and improve my novel. She is clear, methodical and very professional in her approach. Without a doubt her input has made my novel much better. Thank you Victoria!

Sylvia Hepburn, July 2022

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