|Location||Manchester, UK, but work with clients worldwide|
Editing services for adult, young adult (YA), and children’s genre fiction as well as commercial non-fiction.
Are you looking for a professional editor to help you make your book the best it can be before publishing? Maybe you're looking for an editor who can empathise with the the struggle of the writing and publishing process – someone who has been where you are.
I'd love to help! I provide copy editing, proofreading, manuscript critiques/assessments, and sensitivity reading for publishers, authors, and editorial consultancies. I have extensive experience working freelance for trade publishers and have worked on bestselling and award-winning books. I'm also an author of fiction myself, represented by Thérèse Coen at Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency. Having been on the other side of an edit letter, I always aim to treat your words with care and respect, and to gently guide you in the right direction.
Whether you're looking to go down the traditional publication path or aim to self-publish, I can help you shape your project and get it ready for the eyes of literary agents, publishers, or readers.
Feel free to get in touch for a chat!
Fiction: Adult, young adult and children's fiction. Preferred genres include fantasy and speculative fiction (sci-fi, horror, dystopian, paranormal), thrillers, mystery, and romance. I welcome novels, short stories, anthologies, and comics and graphic novels.
Non-fiction: I'm happy to work on general commercial non-fiction, including memoirs and biographies.
- Manuscript critique/assessment
- Cold reading/submission reading
- Sensitivity reading
- Query letters and submission packages
- Creative writing
- Maine Street Publishing
- Black Library
- Bloodhound Books
- Bookouture/Hachette UK
- Skyhorse Publishing
- Quiethouse Editing
- Safis Editing
Training and development
- Comics and Graphic Novel Conventions for Proofreaders (Editorial Freelancers Association, 2019)
- Basic Proofreading (The Publishing Training Centre), 2018
- Sensitivity Reads: What You Need to Know (Editorial Freelancers Association), 2018
- Fiction Editing (The Society for Editors and Proofreaders), 2017
- Proofreading 1 (The Society for Editors and Proofreaders), 2017
- Copy editing 1 (The Society for Editors and Proofreaders), 2017
BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing, 2.1
Rachel’s detailed feedback was instrumental in making my novel what it is today. Her insights into character development, structure and plotting have massively helped me create a much pacier and more layered book. Not only did Rachel look at overall issues and strengths of the novel, she also gave detailed chapter by chapter feedback. Such attention to detail is something I’ve rarely come across in an editor. You’ll find Rachel creative, passionate and above all professional and kind. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
Molly Aitken, author of THE ISLAND CHILD (Canongate) and winner of the Janklow & Nesbit Novel Prize
As one of my first readers Rachel’s feedback has been invaluable. She helped me tackle a particularly difficult plot hole that, in turn, carried me through a particularly difficult set of structural edits. Her keen eye, level of precision, and insight provided me with the fresh perspective on my writing that I desperately needed. I would recommend working with Rachel – you’ll find her critique both appraising and inspiring.
Aisha Bushby, author of A POCKETFUL OF STARS (Egmont)
The manuscript assessment I received from Rachel was extraordinarily helpful. Some of the feedback confirmed suspicions I had, which as a new writer helped me gain confidence in my own inner critic. But much more of the assessment addressed aspects I had not considered or those I thought I had worked out well. Rachel provided explanations as well as specific examples from my manuscript on each area of strength and weakness. That made the feedback much more impactful, as I could see the passages/lines and immediately understood her point(s). She even provided some excellent resources to help me improve on some of these areas. I was blown away by Rachel’s thoughtful and thorough work and there is no doubt that my novel will be incalculably stronger because of Rachel’s feedback. She is simply amazing. If you are a writer in search of professional editing services, you found them. End of search.
Wes Cook, independent author
I am a new writer, and Rachel not only seemed very interested in my book, but she often communicated with me about the editing itself, which I was very new at. Rachel went over my monster of a manuscript and showed me parts that needed to be rewritten, fixed, and changed and I feel my manuscript will become better because of it. If you are a new writer, and would like a professional to go over your book, I believe Rachel is one of the most devoted to making your book the best it can be.
A.L. Hornbeck, independent fantasy author
The editing and feedback Rachel has provided have proven invaluable to the structure of my work, and my progress as a fledgling writer. She not only patiently explained each change she made to my manuscript, but she also gave me advice about the grammatical mistakes I was repeatedly making. Her obvious love of reading and enthusiasm for writing make her a great editor, but her kindness makes her an excellent one. Rachel’s editing was carried out quickly, to an incredibly high standard, and I cannot recommend her highly enough, except to say that I hope to be coming to her with my manuscripts for many years to come.
Ashlie Morgan, independent author
Rachel’s keen eye for grammar greatly improved the readability of The Test, a nuanced work translated from French. She proofread the text thoroughly and conscientiously, always knowing when to use her judgement and when to query. She is a joy to work with.
Chris Schultz, Production Editor at Skyhorse Publishing
Rachel has a certain tenderness when presenting feedback. There is no doubt she has a love for the craft of writing. The comments she brought to my story were pointed, yet she asked the right questions in a way that made me rethink the plot and make the story stronger. Her developmental suggestions showed she understood and cared about my character’s journey and her line edits were spot on. My story has come alive based on the feedback she provided.
Ian Cahill, independent author
I have used Rachel as an editor on many different occasions. Rachel not only has an amazing command of the English language and grammar, but also, as an avid reader, understands great plotting and character development. All these skills have been indispensable when I have used Rachel as an editor. After using Rachel I felt my writing was clear and crisp, but still recognisable as my own. I would highly recommend her to anyone hoping to refine their writing.
Isabella Hunter, independent author