About Me

 

HELLO, I’m LUCY

I’ve been making a living editing and proofreading books for the past 14 years. I’m passionate about creating books that will delight readers, and I find my role as part of that process really rewarding.

I started out as assistant editor at Summersdale (Octopus)  in Chichester, West Sussex. During my five years there I honed my editorial skills, wrote content for quirky humour books and edited inspiring travel narratives. I progressed to managing editor and was responsible for getting 90 titles a year to print on time.

I then moved on to freelancing and for three years I worked on fantasy, horror, science fiction, steampunk and romantic fiction books for publishers including Titan Books, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Black Library (Games Workshop).

I returned to working in-house for the Quarto Publishing Group in Brighton. There I project-managed a range of illustrated non-fiction titles, and as senior editor I was involved in commissioning, working closely with designers and authors to develop material for new book concepts.

Since May 2018 I have worked freelance, project managing and editing books for publishers and working directly with authors. I now focus primarily on YA fiction, graphic novels, adult fantasy and romantic fiction.

MY CREDENTIALS

  • Professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)
  • MA English Literature with French (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Copy-Editing Skills (The Publishing Training Centre)
  • Introduction to Fiction Editing (SfEP)

I am committed to continued professional development and always looking for ways to develop my craft as an editor.

the personal bit

When I’m not editing books, I love to get out and explore the world. I was born in Wales, grew up in Zimbabwe, went to university in Scotland, and I have lived in France and the south of England. Since 2018 I have spent part of the year in my home base, Brighton, and the rest of it abroad – recent destinations include Thailand, Vietnam and the Canary Islands. I travel slowly, spending a few months in each destination to soak up the local culture. My favourite place to be is on a train, gazing out the window at the passing scenery and catching up on the latest YA fiction bestseller.