glasses 1Relax! The most difficult part is over – you’ve finished writing your book!

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 you.

I’m happy working in most genres and subject areas, especially for proofreading and copy-editing. Whether you’ve written a novel or novella, short story, journal, feature or website, I can offer you a flexible solution based on your individual requirements, priorities and budget.

And if English is your second language, no problem, I have a lot of experience helping non-native English speakers achieve fluency in their writing.

For more involved editing, I specialize in the following:

  • thrillers: psychological, noir, espionage, adventure, political and other sub-genres
  • mystery and suspense
  • crime
  • contemporary/modern/upmarket fiction
  • travel writing
  • food and drink
  • lifestyle
  • property
  • tourism
  • music
  • sailing
  • expat/new life abroad
What I offer

I offer a combination of line and copy-editing which focuses on your writing at word and sentence level. If your work has already been edited, then proofreading is the final polish before publication. If you’re looking for developmental help, I also offer a manuscript critique service which provides detailed and honest feedback on your novel as a whole.

‘Nicky was asked to write an editorial report on a thriller and she provided a critique which was comprehensive, insightful and thoroughly professional – just the kind of analysis to help any aspiring writer.

Since then I have sought opportunities to help our clients by bringing Nicky’s development editing skills to bear at the earliest opportunity. She offers benefits to both writers and fellow editors.’

Rob Matthews, SfEP Advanced Professional Member & Director of, 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 (current)

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 Mediterranean Editors & Translators (MET). I also speak French and have taught English as a Foreign Language.

About me

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 including Corsica, where I spent ten years, and 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 how I can help you.