Do you write fantasy, science-fiction or speculative fiction? Whether you want to follow the traditional route to publication or self-publish, as a specialist fiction editor, I can help.
I'm a trained fiction editor with an MA in creative writing and previous in-house publishing experience. I offer a select range of services to help writers craft their best work.
For more details, hop on over to my website.
Manuscript Critique – A fresh, objective assessment of your manuscript and suggested guidance on where it can be improved. Make sure your story is as good as it can be.
Editing – A blend of line and copy-editing, tailored to you. Addresses spelling, grammar, punctuation and consistency issues and suggests ways to improve the artistry and flow of your words. (FREE SAMPLE: I will edit 500 words of your manuscript for free so you can see whether we're a good fit for each other.)
Intensive Mini Edit – Not ready for a full critique or edit? By assessing your synopsis and the beginning of your manuscript, I can help you see where you can most improve your story and writing style.
Qualifications, awards & training
- SfEP Conference (speaker) (2016)
- SfEP Editing for Fiction: Professional Development Day (2016)
- SfEP Conference (2014)
- Copy-Editing by Distance Learning – The Publishing Training Centre (2014)
- Shortlisted for Escalator Literary Prize for Fiction (2012)
- MA Creative Writing – Royal Holloway, University of London (2011)
- BA English Literature with Creative Writing – University of East Anglia (2009)
Both stylistically and technically your observations and suggestions were superb. An excellent, comprehensive job – I shall certainly use your services again!
Henry Layte, publisher at propolis
I'm really glad I chose you to edit this project. Your feedback blows out of the water what I received from my last editor!
Meg Cowley, author
Sophie Playle is my go-to copy-editor for both my own books and for those written by clients who contact me for proofreading services but whom I feel need a deeper level of intervention. Sophie edits with a gentle but meticulous hand – adding sparkle to a writer's words without damaging their authorial voice. Highly recommended.
Louise Harnby, proofreader and author
It's so nice when someone goes the extra mile without being asked. You delivered more than promised … A joy doing business with you.
Christine L. Conroy, author
Sophie put me completely at ease with exactly what she felt was needed with my work and how I should expect to receive it back … it resulted in a very easy and valuable partnership. A fantastic experience that went far beyond my expectations.
Rachel Tetely, author
Thanks so much for the fantastic job you've done. You have dark arts! My story reads so much better now … I'd call it seamless copy-editing, but it's more like a MIGHTY feat of invisible mending. You turn bedraggled shorts into things of beauty.
Tash Bell, author
As a writer, working with you has been the best thing that’s happened to me … I want to add my relief and happiness that you ‘got’ what I was trying to do; you didn’t just edit the words; you understood the concepts and your feedback helped me to tighten everything up and make it so much better, both in terms of subtext and style.
Gina Maya, author