Do you need a list of book editors in Scotland?
Below we’ve featured 15 providers of book editing services in Scotland for you to take a look at.
Katherine Trail is a freelance editor based in Aberdeen. She specializes in fiction, particularly in the romance and crime genres, but she does welcome non-fiction projects as well. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and a Charter Member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals.
Katherine offers two editing levels: copyediting and line editing. Her copyediting package focuses on the five Cs—comprehension, consistency, clarity, correctness, and conciseness. This includes checking for grammar issues, ensuring consistency in timelines and character descriptions, improving sentence flow, and basic fact checking. Line editing includes everything already mentioned, as well as suggestions on improving the manuscript on a creative level. Katherine’s rates start at £11 per 1000 words for copyediting and £13 per 1000 words for line editing. Visit her website to learn more about her services.
If you are interested in hiring Katherine to edit your manuscript, you can contact her here.
Gale Winskill of Winskill Editorial is a freelance editor based in Fife. She is also an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, where she serves as a tutor for the organization’s Introduction to Fiction Editing course. Prior to freelancing, she worked as an in-house editor at Floris Books in Edinburgh.
Gale specializes in editing general adult fiction and children’s fiction, but she is open to working on projects outside those genres. Her editing services include developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and rewriting. She also offers literary critiques to help authors determine whether their work is suitable for publishing in its current state, and whether it is appropriate for their target audience. Her rates vary based on the specifics of the project. You can learn more about Gale’s services here.
To inquire about Gale’s availability or to request a no-obligation quote, you can get in touch with her via email.
3. Helen Bleck
Based in Edinburgh, Helen Bleck is a freelance editor who has been working in the publishing industry for more than two decades. She is a speculative fiction and fantasy specialist, but she also edits academic texts, reference books, and narrative non-fiction. Some of her most recent projects include Tim Clare’s The Ice House, Keggie Carew’s Quicksand Tales, Alastair Loudon’s Gentry Links, and Nick Elliot’s Angus McKinnon trilogy, among others.
Helen works with both individual authors and publishers, and she offers proofreading, copyediting, structural editing, manuscript assessment, and mentoring. Her rates are project dependent, so the best way to get a quote is by sending her a sample of your work. Get more information about Helen’s services here. You can also check out the testimonials on her website to see what her previous clients have said about her work.
4. Sam Boyce
Sam Boyce is an Edinburgh-based editor and writing mentor. She has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of the publishing industry—as an editor, mentor, literary agent, and most recently, as leader of Edinburgh Napier University’s MA in Creative Writing program. She works with authors of all experience levels, whether you are planning on self-publishing or hoping to get an agent.
Sam offers developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and manuscript assessment. Her rates vary based on manuscript length and the level of editing the manuscript requires. If you would like to learn more about Sam’s rates and services, you can check out the options and fees section on her website.
Interested in working with Sam? Get in touch with her via email.
Stephen Cashmore of Cashmore Editorial is an editor and proofreader based in Ayr, Scotland. He is also a member of the Glasgow Editors Network and an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. He works with independent authors, academic authors, and publishers.
Stephen edits most documents, including fiction and non-fiction books, short stories, theses and dissertations, articles, reports, and webpages. He primarily offers copyediting and proofreading, but he can also provide feedback on plot, characterization, pacing, and writing style. Learn more about Stephen’s services here.
If you would like to inquire about Stephen’s rates, services, and availability, you can send him an email. He usually responds to all inquiries within 24 hours.
Sara Donaldson is a freelance editor and the founder of Northern Editorial. She works out of her home in the far north of Scotland. As an editor, she specializes in historical fiction and non-fiction, befitting of her background as a professional genealogist and academic librarian. She is also an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.
Sara works with authors and businesses, offering a range of editorial services. For authors, she offers proofreading starting at £12 per 1000 words, developmental editing starting at £25 per 1000 words, and copyediting starting at £15 per 1000 words. She also offers manuscript critiques starting at £150 per 10,000 words. Visit her website for more information about her services.
If you think Sara is the ideal editor for your project, you can send her an inquiry via email.
Alison Platts is an Edinburgh-based freelance consultant offering a range of editorial and research services. Over the years, she has worked with authors, publishers, academics, small businesses, and the corporate sector. While she does welcome projects in any field, she brings added value and expertise to projects related to the social sciences, social policy, social care, and health care.
Alison’s editorial services include basic proofreading, light editing, heavy editing, and fact checking. She can also revise manuscripts and documents according to a particular style guide. Pricing varies based on the nature of the project, but her standard rates start at £10 per 1000 words for proofreading, £12 per 1000 words for light editing, and £15 per 1000 words for heavy editing.
To inquire about Alison’s services and availability, you can send her a message through the contact form on her website.
Also based in Edinburgh, Catherine Clark Ouhib is a non-fiction editor and proofreader. She holds an MA in History from Edinburgh University and has successfully completed a number of editing courses through the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. Her preferred subject areas include politics, world religions, social science, history, and other non-fiction work.
Catherine offers proofreading starting at £24.30 per hour and copyediting starting at £28.30 per hour. However, all projects are different, and Catherine offers a free sample edit under 500 words so she can determine how long the project will take and quote a price accordingly. You can learn more about Catherine’s services here.
If you would like to get in touch with Catherine to inquire about her services, you can contact her here.
9. Alison Chand
Alison Chand is a Scotland-based freelance editor and a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. She works with publishers, individual authors, and organizations, editing both fiction and non-fiction, including books, academic theses, journals, reports, instruction manuals, press releases, and more.
Alison can edit manuscripts on most topics, but she specializes in literature, health, tourism, business, education, sports, and history. Her editing can be as light or as heavy as you need it to be, and she can check for any or all of the following: grammar, spelling, punctuation, structure, consistency, style, and references. If you would like her to check for anything not listed, feel free to let her know. Her rates vary based on the project’s specifics, but you can refer to the price guide on her website to get an estimate.
Should you wish to discuss your manuscript with Alison, you can reach her here.
10. Denise Cowle
Based in Glasgow, Denise Cowle is a non-fiction editor who specializes in educational publishing and the humanities. She edits and develops content for individual writers, publishers, and organizations. Her areas of interest include English Language Teaching, sports medicine, nursing and midwifery, health and wellness, history, sports, film and television, and the allied health professions.
Denise offers two editing levels: proofreading and copyediting. When proofreading, she checks the document’s spelling, grammar, and punctuation and ensures correct capitalization and hyphenation. Her copyediting service also includes proofreading, as well as checking for style consistency and editing according to the author’s brief. You can learn more about her services here.
For rate inquiries and other questions, you can reach Denise via email.
11. Charlie Wilson
Charlie Wilson of Landmark Editorial is a Scotland-based editor who works with authors, publishers, businesses, and organizations. She has edited over a thousand books, including fantasy novels, autobiographies, romances, crime thrillers, textbooks, financial guides, and more. She has also worked with the publisher Wiley, having developed, proofread, and edited over 70 books in the For Dummies series.
Charlie offers several editorial services, including developmental editing starting at £10 per 1000 words, copyediting starting at £9.50 per 1000 words, and proofreading starting at £7 per 1000 words. She also offers intelligent copyediting, a combination of language editing and a touch of developmental editing, starting at £11 per 1000 words.
If you would like to learn more about Charlie’s services, feel free to reach out to her via email. She recommends including a 5000-word sample of your manuscript along with your inquiry.
12. Kat Harvey
Kat Harvey of Athena Copy is a freelance editor and proofreader based in Fife. She specializes in genre fiction and narrative non-fiction, with a particular interest in stories that involve sleuths, sex, spaceships, and swords. She is a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and a member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals.
Kat’s editorial services include proofreading, copyediting, and a combination of the two. Her preferred fiction genres are crime and mystery, science fiction and fantasy, romance and erotica, paranormal fiction, adventure and war, chick lit, and historical fiction. She also edits creative non-fiction in the following areas: history, popular science, parenthood, psychology, dating and romance, nature, film and television, social media, war, and wildlife, among others.
If you are interested in Kat’s services, you can get in touch with her here.
Also based in Fife, Maria Hampshire-Carter of Swan & Horn is an editor with extensive experience in all aspects of publishing. She edits both fiction and non-fiction, and she works with authors from all backgrounds and walks of life, including those who seek traditional publishing and those who are planning to self-publish.
Maria offers the following editorial services: copyediting, developmental editing, proofreading, indexing, and more. But when working with Maria, the lines between each level of editing are often blurred, with the single goal of polishing all aspects of the manuscript, whatever it takes. Visit the Swan & Horn website to learn more about Maria’s services for fiction and non-fiction authors.
Interested authors can inquire about Maria’s rates and services here.
14. Margaret Hunter
Margaret Hunter of Daisy Editorial is a Scotland-based non-fiction editor with more than 15 years of experience working with authors, publishers, businesses, students, agencies, and non-native English speakers. She edits various non-fiction materials, including general non-fiction books, school textbooks, web articles, magazines, dissertations, business documents, and more.
Margaret offers copyediting, proofreading, and formatting. However, no two manuscripts are alike, and it’s possible for a single document to require a combination of different editing types. Once you send Margaret a sample of your work, she can give you advice on the level of editing your manuscript requires, along with a no-obligation price estimate. Learn more about Margaret’s editorial services here.
To discuss your manuscript with Margaret, you can send her a message through her online contact form.
15. Hannah Grego
Hannah Grego is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor with a background in languages and literature. She is also a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and has been running her own writing and editing business since 2011. She works with authors, students, individuals, and businesses—particularly in the following areas: fiction, academic work, financial services, and business writing.
Hannah offers several editorial services, including proofreading, developmental editing, and copyediting. She also provides detailed assessments of fiction manuscripts. Her rates are tailored to each project, so feel free to contact her with the details of your manuscript so she can give you quote and an estimate of how long it will take her to complete the project.
To request a quote and inquire about Hannah’s availability, you can reach her via email.
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