Lucy Ridout – Editor of Fiction and Travel

Advanced Professional Member
Location London
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Fiction and travel editing for self-publishers, debut novelists and established authors 

Do you worry that your plot isn’t pacy enough, your characters lack credibility or your ending fails to deliver? I can help point you in the right direction. 

About me

I edit fiction and travel titles for self-publishers, debut novelists, established authors and publishing houses. I’m also a published author myself, so I know how important it is to find an editor you can trust.

Please visit to find out how I can help you produce the best possible book.

Editorial services: fiction and travel

  • Fiction: commercial fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, romantic fiction, genre fiction, women's fiction, crime novels, thrillers, fiction in translation
  • Travel: travelogues, guidebooks
  • Structural and developmental editing: pace, structure, characterisation, style
  • Copy-editing: grammar, punctuation, clarity, consistency
  • Advice on self-publishing


  • Freelance editor of novels and travel titles for 25 years
  • Developmental editor and copy-editor of commercial and literary fiction for publishing houses 
  • Author of guidebooks about Thailand and Indonesia for Rough Guides
  • Sub-editor on the Radio Times (BBC Magazines)
  • Editor of Kansai Time Out (Japan)


  • Self-publishing authors
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Atlantic Books
  • Bonnier
  • Cornerstone Random House
  • Corvus
  • Faber
  • Head of Zeus
  • Rough Guides
  • Trailblazer Guides
  • Trapeze

Please visit my website for a list of some of the books I have worked on.


That was the most satisfying critique I have read of any work I have produced. 

Self-publishing novelist

Brilliant, a total pro. Sweetly flattering, masterfully gentle with my tottery ego, but tenacious. 

Self-publishing author (travel)

I really do understand the phrase 'I couldn’t have done it without you' now. 

Self-publishing author (fiction)

Thank you for embracing this project with the professional expertise I needed as well as the personal care I hoped for. 

Self-publishing novelist