I am a freelance editor with more than twenty years’ experience in acquiring, developing and line editing manuscripts. I have worked at companies including Harlequin Mills & Boon and Bloomsbury Publishing, and specialise in romance, historical and fantasy. I offer editorial services as below to published, indie and aspiring authors: please contact me to discuss your needs.

Development edits (working on the overall story)

I supply a report or a commented MS (depending on what needs doing) recommending revisions for content, plot structure, character development, pace, tone, overall style. A 50,000 word MS would normally take 3-5 hours but it depends entirely on the difficulty of the MS. If I have no development edits to recommend because it’s already fabulous, I charge for reading time only.

Second read

I charge a flat fee for a second read of a revised MS and flagging any remaining developmental issues.

Line edits (close work on polishing the text)

I edit the MS for consistency and continuity, ensure it all makes sense, flag factual issues, and edit for repetition, grammar and style. This may take anything from 3-8 hours over 50,000 words, again depending on the state of the MS, and will leave your MS in extremely good shape.

Blurb and synopsis writing

If I’ve edited the MS, I can supply a blurb and/or synopsis for a flat fee. I will send you a draft blurb and work with you to polish it to your satisfaction. I can also write a synopsis suitable for submission to a publisher or agent (usually one page but I’m happy to work to individual specs).

Please note: I don’t handle MSS with torture, rape or dubious consent as explicit/erotic elements.