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 that the next step is to find an editor who's not only a good match 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 understandably you may be apprehensive or nervous about handing it over to someone who 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've worked with non-native English and first-time writers, as well as more experienced authors. I aim to be supportive and encouraging at all times, and, through my comments and corrections, show you how to improve and enhance 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.

I mostly edit fiction and creative non-fiction. I’m happy working in most genres, but my areas of particular interest and expertise are:

Fiction

  • contemporary/modern/upmarket
  • thrillers
  • mystery and suspense
  • trip fiction and holiday noir
  • crime
  • action and adventure

Non-fiction

  • travel writing
  • food and drink
  • new life abroad
  • lifestyle
  • sailing
  • music (especially ’80s and ’90s indie guitar bands)

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
  • Copyediting Fiction | Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), US
  • Developmental Editing: In Practice | Liminal Pages, UK
  • Masterclass: Key Concepts in Developmental Editing | Copyediting, US
  • How to Read a Novel | The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Crime Fiction Masterclass | The Writers’ Academy (Penguin Random House), UK
  • Formatting for E-Book | Book Reality Academy, UK
  • Point of View and Narrative Voice Masterclass | The Writers' Academy (Penguin Random House), UK

I’m an Professional Member of the UK’s recognised professional editorial organisation, the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), 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 unforgettable years spent working in artist PR in the music industry, I left the bright lights of London behind in 2001 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, Sicily and Greece. I’ve recently exchanged life afloat for dry land and now 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 chose Nicky to do a developmental edit of my manuscript on the basis of her qualifications and clear website. As this is my first novel, I was unsure about what to expect. I shouldn’t have been worried. Nicky went the extra mile to thoroughly read my nearly 100K novel. She picked apart my work, breaking it down to see how the elements worked, and then brought them back together to assess the whole. The process and outcome were extremely informative: she had spot-on observations and comments, summarised themes and storylines so clearly, and more than that, she suggested something central about the story which had not occurred to me. This was an investment I’m glad I made and would engage Nicky’s services again without hesitation.’

Collette Ridley Fard

Author, Running Back

‘Nicky stepped in as my developmental editor in the middle of my mystery series. If I weren't already committed to my other editor, I would definitely hire Nicky for the rest of the series. She juggled the big-picture story and red-herring details with skill and grace. Her comments were precise, constructive, and encouraging. Nicky's insights into my characters were so spot on that I laughed out loud when I read her memos! I recommend her without hesitation to anyone who wants a full manuscript assessment and edit.’

Rose Donovan

Author, The Mystery of Ruby’s Stiletto (Ruby Dove Mysteries Book 4)

‘Nicky’s editorial report on my novel’s manuscript was impressive; her comments were extensive, detailed and concise, while proposing practical solutions to various issues. She is meticulous, professional and caring. I can’t recommend Nicky’s services highly enough.’

Ioannis Sideris

Author, A Fall in Paris

‘My second novel, Rodanthe's Gift, is historical fiction based in Greece during Ottoman oppression. As a sequel to Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa, it develops three characters I came to know and love, despite their flaws. After working on the new story for over two years, self-doubt held me back from completion. Nicky used a questionnaire to understand my aims and concerns and then provided clear and logical analysis to underpin her constructive feedback with welcome suggestions for reworking. Thanks to Nicky's objective appraisal I gained confidence and motivation to continue. Once completed, Nicky conducted the line/copy-edit within agreed timescales, ensuring clarity and mutual understanding with a style sheet. This led to a thorough, empathetic and collaborative editing experience that I look forward to repeating.’

Yvonne Payne

Author, Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa; Rodanthe's Gift

‘I have now published two books which, without Nicky’s skilful intervention, I know would still be resting in the back of my hard drive. When we first started working together she took my very raw manuscript and, having read it, convinced me that she could make it fit to publish. I remember feeling a surge of confidence from her encouragement and set to work with a will on the corrections and suggestions she provided to me. I have no hesitation in recommending Nicky’s editorial administrations to both established writers and those setting off on the tortuous path of writing. She can, and will, make that path much easier.’

William V Kelly

Author, Until the Fat Man Sings; Place in the Sun

‘I’m indebted to Betterwrite for the time and diligence they gave to my novel. I particularly appreciated the observations from Nicky during the development edit, which both tightened the narrative and gave it greater coherence.’

Nick Corble

Author, The Bond (or Last Man Standing)

‘Nicky has written three editorial reports for Betterwrite Literary Consultants and all have been excellent: penetrating, comprehensive and judicious. In the field of fiction she clearly has a high level of professional ability as a development editor. She is also co-operative and reliable, and good to work with. I would recommend her without hesitation.’

Rob Matthews

Director, Betterwrite.com, Literary Consultants

‘I couldn’t have been more pleased with Nicky’s editing of A Crazy French Rhythm – my first attempt at a novel. It came in exactly when she said it would, and although I was reasonably pleased with what I had written, Nicky had tightened it up beautifully, allowing the narrative to flow far more easily. Her editorial style sheet was incredibly helpful, and her observations of my writing habits embarrassingly accurate! Including overuse of exclamation marks!’

Carolyn Ross

Author, A Crazy French Rhythm

‘I just went over all your corrections to prepare the first few layouts. And I just want to let you know how glad I am to have you! Your suggestions are always great and really feel like “my language” in the end. That’s really taking pressure off from the hectic process – thanks for that support and your great work!’

Stefanie Köhler

Publisher & Editor | CUVÉE & other media