I love editing. I began doing it professionally in 2008 when the Center for Feminist Theology and Ministry (CFTM) in Japan asked me to correct the English translations of their proceedings. At around the same time, I became the assistant editor for the English language newsletter for the World Council of Churches in Japan. I was also writing for local magazines to promote the social justice issues I was passionate about, as well as teaching English in my local community in western Tokyo.
On returning to Scotland, I continued working for the CFTM but also expanded into fiction editing. I had started writing novels and short stories in Japan and was now beginning to be published. I received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for fiction in 2014 which was followed by a longlisting in the Mslexia novel competition (2017) and another in the Penguin WriteNow scheme for under-represented writers (2020). I am currently the editorial assistant for the literary magazine Skirting Around.
My experience in fiction and non-fiction enables me to offer editorial services across a broad spectrum of work. In fiction I offer mentoring, developmental editing and copy-editing (also called line-editing). With mentoring and developmental editing, I help writers as they are forming the shape of their work by analysing and questioning story structure, character motivation and behaviour, pacing, etc. These services are offered to work that is still in its early stage. With copy-editing, I help writers who are ready to submit to agents and competitions by focusing on the fine details of how the piece is reading, and by working with the writer to bring it to its full potential.
In non-fiction I have helped students with PhD theses and dissertations, small businesses and NGOs with blogs and website material, and academics working in feminism, human rights, religion and theology. I have also helped both fiction and non-fiction self-publishers to prepare their manuscripts to be sent to the printer.
I am particularly happy working with people who use English as a second language; I bring to this work my long experience of teaching English as a foreign language, as well as my own love of learning languages – French, German, Japanese and ancient Greek, in wildly varying degrees of fluency!
Please get in touch for a chat and let me see what I can do for you.