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, so you know that the next step is to find the right editor; one who is not only a good fit for you but will treat your work with the respect it deserves.

Whether it’s a novel, book, series, 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 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.

I edit fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as material for local creative individuals and businesses. A common thread in many of the books I’ve worked on is that they are set in locations around the world, evoking a sense of place, and often incorporate an element of 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, expertise and experience are:

Fiction

  • contemporary/modern/upmarket/commercial
  • thrillers, especially psychological
  • mystery and suspense
  • trip fiction and holiday noir
  • crime, domestic noir
  • action and adventure
  • historical fiction

Non-fiction

  • travel writing, tourism
  • food and drink, cookery
  • new life abroad
  • lifestyle
  • sailing
  • music
  • memoir 

‘I contacted Nicky to help me with my current novel, Deaf Wish, primarily because she lives and works in Spain and could provide not only copy-editing and proofreading skills, but was able to appreciate the nuances of a storyline set mainly in Spain and Portugal.

It was a fortuitous choice. Not only did I get what I expected to be "written on the tin", as the advert goes, but I received a highly competent job from a professional with consummate skills, a dedication to detail, and a clear and well-defined system for establishing the language ground rules and for spotting and correcting the erroneous foibles and idiosyncrasies which all authors carry around in their grammatical toolbox. It’s down to Nicky that I have stood in the metaphorical corner with my dunce’s hat on as she gently chides me for some fairly basic errors and expects better next time.

And, there will be a next time. I may not be writing about Spain, maybe about a back street in Barnsley or a train in Grand Central, but I embark on my next project with the comforting knowledge that I shall have Nicky and her detailed style sheet by my side as I venture forth. It’s also a pleasure to know that you are dealing with a really nice person.’

Geoff Cook, author, Deaf Wish

I’m an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), 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.

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
  • Introduction to Fiction Editing | 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
  • Developmental Editing of Mystery/Thriller/Suspense | Club Ed, US
  • The Developmental Editing Detective | Club Ed/EFA, 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/EFA, US
  • Structural Editing Standards | Queen’s University, Canada (January–May 2020)

A little bit about me ...

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 Sicily, Greece and Corsica, where I worked in tourism for ten years. 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 de l’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. I speak French and am currently learning Spanish, and have taught English as a Foreign Language.