Helping you to tell your story in the best way possible

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, you’ve come to the right place. Maybe you’ve just completed your first manuscript, or you’re a more experienced writer; either way, I can help you to tell your story in the best way possible.

I specialise in fiction and creative non-fiction. Whether you plan to submit to agents or self-publish, I can offer a personal, flexible solution based on your individual requirements, priorities, goals and budget. 

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 my aim is to help you become a better writer. Think of it as a collaboration, where I have your best interests at heart.

Editorial services

I offer developmental editing and line and copy editing, as well as editorial consultancy

Some writers are clear about what editing service they are looking for, whereas others, especially new writers, aren’t so sure. Here’s an overview and some brief scenarios to help identify the right service for you

Editor Nicky Taylor leaning against a wall and holding a book

'Nicky is a fantastic, affirming, precise, and constructive developmental and line editor. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her now on two books over the course of a few years, and was astounded by her memory of small details about the main character that even I had forgotten.

Developmental editing is an art involving a high level of expertise, skill, and alchemy. Nicky has it all. It’s rare to find someone who can so easily move between a narrative arc and small – but vital – details, especially in a mystery novel. Her stylistic edits make your prose flow with ease, and her comments always teach you something in the process. I highly recommend giving your next manuscript to Nicky so she can work her magic!

Black and white photo of editor Nicky Taylor looking between the fanned pages of a book

‘Look no further. You have found an editor who truly cares about you and your manuscript. Nicky Taylor is fantastic! Her gentle approach to suggested edits and her ideas as to what to cut and how to expand my story made all the difference in the final manuscript. Nicky was super responsive to my questions and gave honest feedback. Besides being a professional who takes her job seriously, she is also a kind-hearted spirit who will guide you to the final page.’

I’m an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), which means I’ve achieved the requisite amount of training, experience and expertise to satisfy their rigorous 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.

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