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Substantive/developmental fiction editing, line editing, copy-editing, proofreading, rewriting, on-screen editing, website editing, editing non-native English
Books, company literature, newsletters, academic papers, websites
BA English Language and Literature, MA Librarianship and Information Science, Professional Member of the SfEP
On-screen editing (SfEP) 2014, Mentoring scheme (SfEP) 2014, Proofreading problems (SfEP) 2012, Basic proofreading by distance learning – merit (Publishing Training Centre) 2012
Fiction (novels, memoirs, autobiography), humanities (history, geography, religious studies, philosophy, politics, psychology, political science, sociology), business (reports, websites, newsletters)
Experienced, skilled and approachable editor and proofreader of both fiction and non-fiction.
I love working with fiction authors to prepare their writing for self-publication or to submit to a traditional publisher. To find out how I can help you, please contact me by phone, email or via the form on my website.
For business clients I copy-edit and proofread blogs, websites, newsletters and reports. I enjoy working with non-native speakers to help them produce writing which is grammatically correct and fluently expressed.
I strive to ensure an excellent working relationship with each client. I am proud to have a high level of repeat business from satisfied customers.
Helen's friendly approach and professionalism in her proofreading and editing services made it a pleasure to work with her from the start. She provided helpful communication, comments and advice, kept on schedule, and most of all I was delighted with her work. She polished my text and improved its form beautifully without changing my style, even respecting the little plays I would have between languages – my mother tongue is French. I very much recommend her.
Virginie Bonfils Bedos, author of Gatekeepers
Helen promptly responded to my enquiry and assessed my work (preparing a book for publication), quoted a reasonable price, provided a flexible service in keeping with my tight deadline, a thorough proofreading check and suggestions to improve the style. Importantly, Helen was reassuring and pleasant to deal with. What more can you want?
Moira H, social scientist
Helen has now edited and proofread eleven of my books, with the twelfth on the way very soon – she deserves a medal!
I write sci-fi and thrillers, and as a self-published author I have a fast turnaround, usually launching three books in a year. Helen is always able to accommodate this rate of production and does an excellent and thorough job on the edits every time.
It’s particularly important to me to feel supported in my work – not criticised – and I have found that Helen's feedback is always positive, well-targeted and respectful of the creative process. I have found her guidance and advice to be helpful, informative and educational.
I particularly like the creation of style guides as the project progress and the very useful alternative suggestions that I receive in my manuscripts - sometimes you just need that bit of help with a better way of phrasing things or an alternative word to use.
Having worked on so many books together, I really value Helen's contribution to my writing projects – we've worked through over half a million words together now.
So, if you need a great partner to work with you on your next book, I have no hesitation in recommending Helen.
Paul Teague, Sci-Fi & Thriller writer at https://paulteague.net/
I cannot recommend Helen highly enough. She has edited two of my books and has been a delight to work with. Helen is friendly and professional, with a strong, collaborative style. She is very supportive and never critical, but she does not shy away from providing effective challenge and guidance where it is needed. Helen has met every deadline and has always encouraged a healthy dialogue throughout the editorial process. The quality of her work is excellent and my writing has improved as a result of working with her. I can write a good story, Helen turns them into great books.
Rob Ashman, author of Those That Remain and In Your Name.
Helen has edited and proofread my first book, a romantic novel. My mother tongue is French and I wanted the manuscript to be in perfect English.
Helen’s approach is professional, thorough and friendly, and working with her has been an enjoyable and educational experience. She was reassuring and encouraging. She has become my mentor!
I very much recommend Helen. I am so pleased with the outcome and I think I am lucky to have found someone like her.
Dominique Douglas, author of The Man Who Played The Piano