Do you want editorial help with your novel? 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, experienced fiction editor with an MA in creative writing and previous in-house publishing experience. I offer a select range of services to help fiction writers craft their best work.
For more details, take a look at my website.
Manuscript Critique (Developmental Editing) – A fresh, objective assessment of your fiction manuscript and guidance on where it can be improved, making sure your story is as good as it can be. I specialise in fantasy, science-fiction, literary fiction and speculative fiction.
Line and Copy-Editing – A blend of sentence-level editing, tailored to you. I will address spelling, grammar, punctuation and consistency issues and suggest ways to improve the artistry and flow of your words, to help prepare your manuscript for publication.
Editorial Appraisal – Not ready for a full critique or edit? By assessing the beginning of your manuscript, I can help you see where you can most improve your storytelling technique and writing style.
Qualifications, awards & training
My commitment to continuing professional development keeps my skills sharp.
- SfEP Conference (2019)
- Copyediting Fiction, Editorial Freelancers Association (2017)
- 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
I’ve worked with other editors in the past but none as thorough, patient or supportive as Sophie. She made my work better and in the process made me a better writer. I simply couldn’t recommend her highly enough.
Tony Faggioli, 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