The Hackney Fiction Doctor

Professional Member
Location Carrie O'Grady, Hackney, LONDON N16
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Developmental/substantive editing, consultancy (editorial), copy-editing, proofreading, rewriting


Books, newspapers, magazines


Freelance since 2016; proofreading for Angry Robot publishers (speculative fiction and fantasy); production editor, Guardian, 2001–09; fiction reviewer, Guardian, 1998–2009, editorial assistant, Faber & Faber, 2000


Fiction (literary, crime/mystery, thrillers, adult, popular, commercial, suspense, science fiction/fantasy)

Corporate clients

The Literary Consultancy

Angry Robot publishing (SFF)


In 2019 I organised a conference for 60+ fiction editors, with sessions on various aspects of editing fiction, such as dealing with point of view and crafting manuscript assessments.

Developmental Editing of Fiction (Editorial Freelancers' Association)

Copy-editing (Editors' Association of Canada)

Sub-editing (London College of Printing, now the London College of Communication)


I'd been working on a novel for five years and was stuck in a knot – until Carrie untangled it and made me see all the threads much more clearly. Thanks to her, I've now got an agent and hope to be published next year.

Chris Michael

Carrie is an absolute pleasure to work with. While I was absorbed with my book Left Before Right, Carrie has helped me develop the ability to write for an audience. She has a natural understanding of plot structure and a great sense of character perception. My writing has improved drastically and I would recommend her to anyone who is looking to publish. She’s truly fab!

Elisha Gabb

I could not have been happier with Carrie's structural edit of my first novel. Her eye-opening professional insight and attention to detail were matched by her enthusiasm and communication throughout the process. She gave huge encouragement, and not only highlighted potential problems, but gave wonderful suggestions of how to fix them. As a result, the final work is immeasurably stronger. I could not recommend the service highly enough for anyone serious about their writing, and will definitely send my next book Carrie's way too. 

David Bradwell

I have previously had a number of assessments from various companies and I felt as though I was stuck on an endless draft and re-draft merry go round. Each assessment offered advice, but none seemed to really take hold of my story and promote it forward. That is where Carrie’s approach is different: she has really taken an interest in me, my work, and the goals I have. I feel that I am now moving forward with purpose. Her report was extensive, detailed, and concise, and not only highlighted issues but offered considered solutions to those issues; practical things I could do to improve my manuscript. If you wish to know what needs fixing with your work, and how to fix it, then I would recommend Carrie without hesitation.

John Moreton

Carrie provided expert developmental editing for my first foray into fiction writing. I was quite nervous about sharing the manuscript with her. She offered a supportive and firm hand in walking me through a structural edit of the book. Anyone who wants to work with an editor who is warm, constructive, and thorough should hire Carrie O’Grady. 

Rose Donovan