Nicky Taylor Editorial

Relax! You’ve done the hard work, so now it’s time to let someone else help. If you’re looking for a careful and supportive editor to enhance your voice and give your writing a professional edge, enabling you to share and publish with confidence, I can help. Whether you plan to submit to agents or self-publish, or if your writing takes a different form, I can offer a flexible solution based on your individual requirements, priorities and budget.

I specialise in fiction and creative non-fiction. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a more experienced writer, I can help with the following:

  • developmental and structural editing
  • manuscript critiques/editorial assessments
  • line and copy-editing
  • proofreading
  • author services (synopses, query letters, blurbs etc.) 
  • editorial consultancy 

Rest assured that any amendments and suggestions will be clearly marked up for you to either accept or reject. It’s always your work – you have complete control. My role is to help you connect with your readers in an engaging and accessible way, without altering your unique style or voice. And hopefully, I can help you to become a better writer in the process. Think of it as a collaboration, where I have your best interests at heart.

'After a couple of years working on my fifth novel, I had lost track of what I was trying to achieve. Nicky’s editorial report helped me enormously.

She appeared to understand the book better than I did, and she gave me the encouragement, suggestions and practical solutions I needed for tackling the subsequent edit. I am very glad I sent my manuscript to her.’

Emily Benet, traditionally and self-published author

I’m an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, which means I’ve achieved the requisite amount of training, experience and expertise to satisfy their admissions panel, and a vetted Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), so you can be confident that your work is in safe hands.

‘As a first-time author, I asked Nicky to prepare a review of my manuscript before going on to do the copy-edit. I was thrilled to get her report, which was not only a comprehensive analysis of my own style but also a fascinating insight into writing techniques and covered all aspects of the novel including plot, characterisation, point of view, pacing and tension, dialogue, language and style.

The copy-edit that followed was thorough and detailed. I had never imagined how much work would be involved converting my relatively crude manuscript into something that looks professional and I can’t thank her enough. As a result of her input and comments, I am supremely confident I have a much better book.’

Norman Hall, author, Good Girl
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If you think you know what type of editing you’re looking for, but you’re confused by the numerous online definitions, don’t worry; you’re not alone – even editors can’t agree! The most important thing is that you’re clear about what services are being offered, and what you’ll be getting. So, please click on the image below for a full explanation of what I mean when I talk about the different stages of editing, or download the PDF.