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Hello, I'm Rachel

If you're looking for a book editor who understands the struggles of writing and publishing – you're in the right place! I'm Rachel, an editor and writer, and I help authors and publishers shape and polish their stories with a kind and gentle, but honest, hand. Good editing should inspire you, not tear you down, so you can craft a book you're really proud of. I've been where you are, and I combine my writing and editorial experience to support you every step of the way.

Let’s work together!

Editorial services

Manuscript assessment

A detailed and careful assessment to help you improve your book.

Copy/line editing

I'll polish your writing technically and stylistically – without sacrificing voice.

Proofreading

The final step in the editorial process to meticulously check for lingering errors.

Submission packages

From query letter editing to opening chapter feedback.

Who am I?

Get to know me

I’m a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, and I’ve worked on around two hundred books, including bestsellers and award-winners. My client list has included Hachette, Black Library, Canelo, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Writers & Artists, as well as independent authors. I'm also an agented writer of fiction represented by Thérèse Coen at Hardman & Swainson. You're in safe hands with me!

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What do I work on?

Genres

I love working on fantasy, sci-fi, horror, thrillers and romance, as well as YA and middle grade books. I occasionally take on creative non-fiction.

Editorial work

Some of the books I've copyedited, proofread or critiqued!

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What clients are saying


If you ever need an editor, Rachel is AMAZING. She’s so nice, professional, and understanding. Working with her has been great!

– Kristen Hynes, YA author

Your manuscript assessment was exactly what I was hoping for. You confirmed some thoughts I had, raised plenty of new ones and helped me see where things were working where otherwise I had doubts. My head was nodding throughout and I found your suggestions/explanations inspiring. I can’t wait to get to work. Thank you so much.

– Charlie Kelly, romance author

I've been lucky enough to count Rachel among Black Library's pool of freelance editors and proofreaders since 2018, and since then she has lent her talents to a variety of products across our range, including work on our fantasy, science-fiction and horror genres. Rachel is a professional and conscientious editor, taking the time to provide in-depth queries where necessary. She is extremely thorough in her work, always hits deadlines, and is seemingly never phased by the amount of unusual terms to be found in our fiction! She has worked on both short and long-form stories, and seems eager to tackle any task. I would not hesitate to recommend her services.

Karen Miksza, Desk Editor, Black Library

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