I’ve worked on a number of manuscripts – from science-fiction to fantasy, crime and thriller to historical, literary fiction to romance. I mostly deal with adult fiction, but I have worked on Young Adult stories. I’m also interested in LGBTQ+ fiction, and writing from working class and disabled authors. I’m based in Scotland and have mostly edited European and US writers, including writers who have English as a second language.
While a beta reader can give you a reader’s view of your manuscript, they are less likely to dig deeper, let alone offer solutions. The big picture problems of plotting, structure, characterisation, themes, narrative questions, and more, are where developmental editing comes in. Whether you want your opening chapters analysed or your whole manuscript critiqued, I offer a range of packages which can be adjusted to suit your needs and your budget.
Developmental editing is the most expensive form of editing, putting it beyond the reach of many writers. I aim to offer custom packages, tailored to your budget.
I understand how nerve-wracking it is to have your work analysed by a stranger. I treat my clients with respect and empathy. My goal is to nurture your writing.
I believe in good customer service, which also comes with good communication. I assess the client’s needs and goals at the outset, and do my best to meet them.
I believe that a developmental edit should include an element of coaching, to bring a writer’s skills and knowledge up to a whole new level.