Fiction Editing

A bookshelf showing the spines of Fowler's, CMOS 17, Concise OED, and The Magic of Fiction.
My reference books

I specialise in copy editing and proofreading fiction.

My aim is to help you tell your story while not altering your ‘voice’. I approach my work with enthusiasm and empathy, pointing out what’s working, as well as what could be improved. When one of your characters makes me laugh or gasp or tear up, I’ll tell you!

What is copy editing?

Copy editing involves reading through the work for style and consistency, as well as spelling and grammar. Changes or suggestions are made on a sentence by sentence, or paragraph by paragraph level.

What is proofreading?

Proofreading checks for spelling and grammar mistakes, missing punctuation, and formatting errors such as line spacing and paragraph breaks. It is the final step before publication.

What’s involved?

I ask for a sample of your work so we can both get an idea of what the project involves. From the sample, you will see the type of changes and comments I make and whether we will be a good fit.

I use Word’s track changes feature and comment bubbles to make changes and suggestions so you can accept or reject as you like. I provide a style guide built around your story to help you maintain spelling, character, and plot consistency. I also provide a comprehensive editorial report that goes into more detail about the changes and suggestions I have made.

Once I’ve sent your work back to you, we can discuss any comments or questions you may have.

Editing is not all about fixing mistakes or correcting grammar. Editing is about working with you to hone your story and polish it to a shine.

Email me today and start a conversation.

I’d love to hear from you!


Deborah edited my two novels, DEAD GROUND and THE LEWIS PASS. I found her work to be thoroughly professional, prompt, and full of detailed feedback. Gifted with a great sensibility for getting the best out of any writer and goes the extra mile to make sure the written word is clear, concise, and on point. I feel she has made me a better writer. Highly recommended.

Justin Warren