copyediting for self-publishing authors of fantasy, paranormal romance and young adult fiction

Why work with me?

Individual approach

Are you nervous about showing your novel to someone other than your friends and family? I understand that trusting someone else with your words is a big decision.

I will take the time to really connect with your story and understand your needs so that we work together to make your book the best it can be.

Let me assure you that I edit with sensitivity, but I’m gently honest. Where I think things can be improved, I’ll make suggestions on how you can revise. But, that’s just it: I’ll make suggestions. It’s your novel, your voice, your style, and I will respect that.

A fresh perspective

You’ve written a cracking story and you’re eager to share it with the world.

But do you worry that no matter how many times you’ve read your manuscript, or how many drafts you’ve painstakingly put your novel through, there may be just something you’ve missed? Something – big or small – that could ruin your readers’ enjoyment.

No one can be closer to your writing than you, after all it’s been your constant companion for months, maybe even years, but when it comes to editing that can be a disadvantage.

I’ll bring a fresh perspective to your manuscript: an objective view, if you like. I’m trained to spot inconsistencies and errors you won’t necessarily catch. Readers don’t pick up on consistency, but they will notice inconsistency and that will yank them out of your fictional world.

I’ll also root out those crutch words you love to use but didn’t realise you did, and check that your sentences flow and make sense.

Transparent working

Perhaps you’re concerned that once you get your manuscript back, you won’t recognise which edits have been made leaving you confused and frustrated.

My preferred working method is track changes in Microsoft Word which keeps everything transparent. You’ll see every edit I’ve made in the text which you can then either accept or reject, leaving you in complete control of your novel. I’ll also make suggestions for you to consider using comments boxes so you can make revisions as you see fit.

Making the right decision

Choosing the editor that’s right for you and your manuscript is a big decision. All editors have different approaches, so how can you tell if my editing style is a good fit for you?

After an initial conversation about your project and the service you’re interested in, I will ask to see a representative sample of around 2000 words. If I think I could be a good fit for your manuscript, I will conduct a free 500 word sample edit so you can make an informed choice. And we’ll decide together which level of edit would best suit your manuscript.

I’m happy to edit a variety of genres, and I particularly enjoy

  • fantasy (epic, dark, urban, romance, sword and sorcery)
  • young adult (fantasy, dystopian, romance, paranormal)
  • middle grade
  • thrillers
  • mysteries

A little bit about me

I spent a previous life in the corporate sector immersed in copyediting and proofreading huge ranges of business documents.

After taking time away from work to bring up my two children (now teenagers), I worked in schools for over ten years, teaching student focus groups in maths, reading and English language skills. I had a wonderful time and loved working with the children, but my passion has always been for fiction.

So, I took an in-depth proofreading course with The Publishing Training Centre and joined the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. I’ve undergone a lot of training and I’m committed to keeping my skills up to date with ongoing professional development (plus, I really enjoy it!). You can read more about my training and membership here.

I admit, I’m an obsessive reader and I’ve always got a novel on the go. Some of my favourite reads of recent times include:

  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and
  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz.

I live in the UK with my husband, two teenagers, Benjy the black Labrador and Nala the cat. When I’m not reading, I’m usually walking our local tracks around the North Downs near Guildford in Surrey with Benjy or indulging in a bit of photography. And when time allows, you can often find me exploring rural France with my family.

So, how can I help? Have a look at my services and see which level of editing could be best for you.

Your work was wonderful, prompt replies, delivered on time, answered every question, wonderful editing and proofreading skills. I will recommend you to everyone without hesitation. – T Sumrein