Relax – the most difficult part is over!
If you’re now looking for a careful and supportive editor to enhance your voice and give your writing a professional edge, enabling you to launch your creation into the world with confidence, I can help.
Whatever form your writing takes – be it a book, novel or magazine feature – I can offer a flexible solution based on your individual requirements, priorities and budget. I’m happy working in most genres, but my areas of particular interest and expertize are:
- thrillers, especially psychological and noir
- mystery and suspense
- travel writing
- food and drink
- new life abroad
And if English is not your first language, no problem; I have a lot of experience helping non-native English speakers achieve fluency in their writing.
‘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. 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
what i offer
I offer a combination of line and copy-editing which focuses on improving and correcting your writing at word and sentence level. If your work has already been edited, then proofreading is the final check and polish before publication. And if you’re looking for developmental help, a manuscript critique, which provides detailed and honest feedback on your novel as a whole, might be just what you need.
‘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, SfEP Advanced Professional Member & Director of Betterwrite.com, Literary Consultants
qualifications and training
- 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
I’m a firm believer in continuing professional development and devote time to educating myself by reading and learning from other editors and organisations and keeping up to date with new trends.
I’m an intermediate member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and a member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP). I speak French and am currently learning Spanish, and have taught English as a Foreign Language.
I live on a sailing boat with my husband and my books. Most of the time I lead a pretty simple life, punctuated by occasional moments of high drama at sea. Since leaving London and my music industry career behind in 2001, I’ve lived in various Mediterranean countries and islands including Corsica, where I spent ten years. I’m now a Spanish resident based in Palma, Mallorca, but am currently moored up in Agios Nikolaos, Crete. I’m a sucker for a great food market (Spain can’t be beaten) and have difficulty walking past a stationery shop without popping in (Greece wins this category).
Interested? Take a look at my Services page to see more information about the different types of editing I offer, and how I can help you.