About

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, website 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 expertise are:

fiction
  • contemporary/modern/upmarket
  • psychological thrillers
  • mystery and suspense
  • trip fiction and holiday noir
  • crime
  • action and adventure
non-fiction
  • travel writing
  • food and drink
  • cookery
  • new life abroad
  • lifestyle
  • sailing
  • music (especially ’80s and ’90s indie guitar bands)

And if English isn’t your first language, no problem: I have a lot of experience helping non-native English speakers achieve fluency in their writing.

 

‘I just went over all your corrections to prepare the first few layouts. And I just want to let you know how glad I am to have you! 🙂 Your suggestions are always great and really feel like “my language” in the end. That’s really taking pressure off from the hectic process – thanks for that support and your great work!’

Stefanie Köhler, Publisher & Editor | CUVÉE & other media

 

‘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
  • Master Class: Key Concepts in Developmental Editing | Copyediting, US

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. Recent CPD includes the following courses and webinars:

  • How to Read a Novel | The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Crime Fiction Masterclass | The Writers’ Academy (Penguin Random House), UK
  • Formatting for E-Book | Book Reality Academy, UK

I’m an Professional Member of the UK’s recognised professional editorial organisation, the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), 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 speak French and am currently learning Spanish, and have taught English as a Foreign Language.

 

‘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

 

about me

After twelve unforgettable years spent working in artist PR in the music industry, I left the bright lights of London behind in 2001 and set off on a sailing adventure. Since then I’ve lived in various Mediterranean countries and islands including Corsica, where I worked in tourism, Sicily and Greece. I’ve recently exchanged life afloat for dry land and now live in Palma, Mallorca, where I’m lucky enough to have the wonderful Mercat Olivar indoor food market on my doorstep, enabling me to indulge my passion for all things gastronomic on a daily basis.

 

To find out more, take a look at my Services page to see further information about the different types of editing I offer, and how I can help you.