Welcome & Overview

I am a freelance editor and proofreader of fictional work, based in East Hampshire, UK. I started out as a trainee proofreader, in 2007, for The Better Book Company, West Sussex, and have been running my own editing business since 2012. I offer a professional service and am an Intermediate Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).

Whether you have written a novel that you wish to publish or a short story for submission, I provide a full editing service as well as a complete self-publishing package. Please see the Services page for more details.  I welcome both new and established writers, as well as existing authors. References are available on request; alternatively, please see my testimonials page. 

I always carry out a free sample edit
before actual work commences.  This enables me to establish the level of editing required, estimate how long the project will take, and set the fee. It also provides you with an example of my work. My fee is based on the word count of your original document – I do not charge an hourly rate.

Why pay for editing?
Professional editing is much more than a check of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. In short, it is about preparing a writer's raw text for publication, ensuring that it is clear, concise, and consistent to the reader. The work is time-consuming and labour-intensive, requiring concentration and attention to detail, as well as a methodical approach. Editing is not a critique or assessment service.

Writers who are new to publishing may believe that self-checking their work (or giving it to friends or family) is adequate. Wrong! Unlike a professional editor, a writer has a subjective viewpoint of their story. They are too familiar with it, and are likely to be unaware of the developmental pitfalls that can occur during the writing process. A professional editor views a story objectively and is trained to spot potential structural problems. 

Novels that are self-published without professional editing will contain issues. Mistakes will have a negative effect on an author's reputation, and readers may be unforgiving, especially if they have paid for the book. Even traditional publishers expect typescripts to be submitted to a certain standard; even though they are motivated by the commercial viability of a story rather than how it is presented.

It is vital to have your work professionally edited if you are considering writing fiction for publication.
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