You want your writing to captivate and connect with your audience. You want to draw your readers into the world you’ve created. And you want to be taken seriously. You've also done your research and know the next step is to find an editor who's not only a good fit for you, but will treat your work with the respect it deserves.
Whether it's a novel, book, short story, blog, website or magazine, it's your creative hard work, and you may be understandably apprehensive or nervous about handing it over to someone you don't even know. Perhaps you're concerned that it might be changed beyond recognition and no longer feel like your voice or style. Well, I'll do my best to allay your fears.
I work with indie authors who choose to self-publish and those who follow the traditional publishing route. I've collaborated with non-native English and first-time authors, as well as more experienced writers, from all over the world. I aim to be supportive and encouraging at all times and, through my comments and suggestions, show you how to improve and elevate your writing. It's always your work, but I can give you the confidence to share it with the world, safe in the knowledge that it's the best it can be.
Don't just take my word for it; check out what other writers have to say about working with me on my Testimonials page.
I edit fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as material for local businesses. A common thread in many of the books I've worked on is that they are set in locations around the world and often incorporate some foreign language. I always recommend choosing an editor who specialises in your chosen genre, and while I enjoy reading a diverse range of books and I'm comfortable working in most genres, I'd suggest approaching other editors for science fiction, fantasy and erotica. My areas of particular interest and expertise are:
- thrillers, especially psychological
- mystery and suspense
- trip fiction and holiday noir
- dark humour and black comedy
- women's fiction and bloke lit
- crime and domestic noir
- action and adventure
- travel writing
- food and drink
- new life abroad
Qualifications, training and CPD
- BA (Hons) degree in Publishing and English Literature (2:1) | Oxford Brookes University, UK
- TEFL/TESOL certificates (Teaching English as a Foreign/Other Language) | i-to-i, UK
- Diploma in Proofreading and Editing (distinction) | College of Media and Publishing, UK
- Editing with Word | Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), UK
- Copy-editing Fiction | Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), US
- Copy-editing and Line Editing for Fiction | Club Ed, US
- Developmental Editing: In Practice | Liminal Pages, UK
- Masterclass: Key Concepts in Developmental Editing | Copy-editing, US
- The Developmental Editing Detective | Club Ed, US
- How to Read a Novel | University of Edinburgh, UK
- Crime Fiction Masterclass | The Writers’ Academy (Penguin Random House), UK
- Point of View and Narrative Voice Masterclass | The Writers' Academy (Penguin Random House), UK
- Fiction Editing Mini Conference | Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) | March 2019, London, UK
- How to Create the Perfect Submission (seminar) | London Book Fair | March 2019, London, UK
- How to Edit Queries, Synopses, Blurbs and Other Author Collateral | assessed version | Club Ed, US
I’m a Professional Member of the UK’s recognised professional editorial organisation, the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), and a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). I'm also a member of the international Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP), which is dedicated to supporting freelance professionals who provide services for independent authors, and an approved editor on PubLaunch. I’m a firm believer in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and devote time to educating myself by reading and learning from other editors and organisations and keeping up to date with new trends. I speak French and am currently learning Spanish, and have taught English as a Foreign Language.
After twelve hectic years spent working in artist PR in the music industry, it was time for a lifestyle change. So, in 2001 I left the bright lights of London behind and set off on a sailing adventure. Since then I’ve lived in various Mediterranean countries and islands including Corsica, where I worked in tourism for ten years, Sicily and Greece. I’ve now exchanged life afloat for dry land and live in Palma, Mallorca, an inspiring and cosmopolitan city, where I’m lucky enough to have the wonderful Mercat Olivar indoor food market on my doorstep. I'm an admin of the Writers and Readers in the Balearics Facebook group and host the monthly Writers’ Group in Palma.