If you’re looking for book editors in Edinburgh, Scotland, below we’ve featured 6 individuals who provide editing services.
With an experience of over 20 years in the writing industry, Sam Boyce has collaborated with more than 200 authors as an editor, literary agent, mentor, or as the MA in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University. After being involved in London publishing for several years, she started freelancing in Scotland – there, she managed to review for the national press, to talk about books on the radio, to be an editor for independent publishers, as well as to mentor for the scheme of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers.
In terms of editing, her services are available here. She can provide manuscript assessment (£460 for a manuscript of around 70-85,000 words), developmental editing (£75-£100 for the initial reading, followed by a fee of £175 for every feedback session), line editing (£600-900), and copy-editing (£9/1000 words). She also has a separate section for Professional Development. However, since every project is different, you can reach her and ask for an estimate.
If you are interested in a collaboration, her contact information is available online.
Jackie Borge is the founder of Borge Consulting, which she established in 2012 – a proofreader, writer, and researcher, she initially started her career in human resources and finances, and then moved to work in the fields of education and adult learning. The experience gathered in the public sector allowed her to develop and improve her skills of strategic development and teaching.
In terms of editing, Jackie Borge is mainly specialized in proofreading. As there is a broad range of documents which she agrees to work on, you can send her anything from reports to newsletters. Besides checking for errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, she also makes suggestions in order to improve the consistency and clarity of your manuscript. Although she works with other topics as well, she is specialized in social sciences, education, learning, and skill development, health and social care, public policy and government, business management, and finance.
If you need additional information, you can contact her using the information available on her website.
Belinda Cunnison has been working with monographs, journal papers, dissertations, reports, and multi-author books since 2000, as she mainly provides proofreading and copy-editing. She is also open to working with authors who don’t have English as a native language – in this aspect, her editing experience involves academic writing on social sciences and humanities. Belinda is an Advanced Professional member of the Society of Editors and Proofreaders, therefore she adheres to their code of practice. If you want to know more about her qualifications, you can access this page.
Although she also provides proofreading, Belinda Cunnison does copy-editing most of the time. This means that she checks for consistency and clarity, for the permissions needed in order to use certain illustrations, for cross-reference accuracy, as well as for the quality of other aspects.
If you would like to work with her, you have to send a sample of the manuscript along with details regarding your budget, deadline, project length, purpose, intended readership, and whether more material will be added or not. Belinda’s contact information can be found here.
4. Hannah Grego
Specialized in business writing, financial services, fiction editing, and academic work, Hannah Grego has been running a successful consultancy since 2011. In terms of qualifications, she has earned the following: Training in Copy-Editing by Publishing Scotland, Training in Fiction Editing and Proofreading by SfEP, advanced study of Italian, Spanish, and Latin, MSc in Film at the University of Edinburgh, Member of the Professional Copywriters’ Network, and many others.
In terms of manuscript improvement, she can provide editing, proofreading, developmental editing, and critiques (these are only available for fiction manuscripts). Each of the services is described in detail here.
She can edit your work in any format, and is open to using the method which is most appealing to you. However, in terms of deadlines and rates, she cannot provide exact information before evaluating your project – therefore, if you need an estimate, you will have to contact her.
5. Helen Bleck
Helen Bleck has been a freelancer since the mid-1990s, thus becoming versatile in terms of manuscript types – whether you have a novel, a memoir, or a business-related document, she is certainly able to successfully edit it. She currently works for publishers from the academic, educational, trade, and reference fields, but she also collaborates with individual authors, regardless of their preferred publication method. She started her career as an editorial assistant at W&R Chambers, and then became their editor, typesetter, project manager, and electronic editor. She later obtained the position of Managing Editor of Canongate Books, where she gained experience in fiction and narrative non-fiction.
Her services consist of proofreading, copy-editing, structural editing, manuscript assessment, and mentoring. If you just started your writing journey, you have the possibility of reading her tips and tricks to make sure you handle the process more efficiently.
If you need additional information, you can contact her here.
With extensive knowledge in terms of managing and commissioning social research, which was gathered in the span of over 20 years, Alison Platts has also managed to gain and improve her writing and editing skills. In the beginning of her career, she was a social researcher in the Government of Scotland – you can find out more about her research experience here. In terms of editing, she was a series editor for multi-project research programs, and her freelancing career included the editing of several types of documents.
Alison Platts is able to provide proofreading, light editing, heavy editing, adaptation of materials for different materials or in different formats, drafting of reports or other outputs, fact-checking, and application of house-style.
She usually works with public and third sector corporate, with people in the academic field, small businesses, authors, and publishers. Some of her fees are available here. If you are interested in a collaboration, you can contact her using the information displayed online.
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