Children's Fiction Editor and Book Coach
I'm Becky. I live in Kent with my two dogs, Missy and Bear, and my eight-year-old daughter. I adore books (some may call it an obsession) and I am ecstatic to have a career where I can focus on books and stories every day. I have now been proofreading and editing for a number of years in all areas from fiction to non-fiction, corporate to educational. Jess and I decided to specialise in children's fiction as this is where our real passion lies.
As a former teacher and educator, my focus has always been on books, writing and the joy of stories. Working with writers to hone their story telling is an absolute privilege and I can't wait to work with you on yours.
Favourite age range: Middle grade and YA
Favourite genres: history, fantasy, literary, adventure, mystery ... everything!
Favourite author: Impossible to choose just one but currently loving A. M. Howell and Lucy Strange.
Favourite children's character: Anne Shirley
Favourite biscuit: chocolate Hobnob
A Bit About Me
Q: Have you always been an editor and proofreader?
A: No, I have also worked as a teacher, adult educator, literacy coordinator and reading mentor but I am at my absolute happiest when I'm surrounded by children's books.
Q: What can you offer the writers you work with?
A: Empathy and sensitivity! As a budding writer myself, I have been through the editorial process with other editors. We know how important your book is and we will treat it - and you - with the utmost respect and care.
Q: What is your favourite thing about editing?
A: I love working with an author to discover the story. Sometimes that might be unpicking a muddled plot or fleshing out a character while clarifying their goals. It could be identifying the theme of the story and journey the protagonist must go through to fulfil their aims.
Q: Do you only work on children's books?
A: Although I primarily work with children's books, if I feel I am right for a project I will always be happy to venture beyond children's fiction. Two of my favourite projects were historical literary fiction for adults, and much of my early proofreading work was with educational materials. If you need an editor for something other than children's fiction, the best advice is to contact us to discuss your project. We will give an honest assessment as to whether we would be a good fit.
Q: What qualifications do you have in editing and proofreading?
A: While there are no formal qualifications in editing and proofreading in the UK, I have completed a number of training courses with the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) and other independent organisations, ranging from proofreading and copy editing to fiction editing and coaching. I am also undertaking a Masters in Publishing with Oxford Brookes University. A list of the most relevant training courses I have undertaken is given below.
Q: What one piece of advice would you offer beginning writers?
A: Read! If you want to write children's books, you need to know children's books. Read what you loved when you were a child but, more importantly, read what children are loving today.
Qualifications, Training and Certifications
Oxford Brookes (ongoing)
Modules including marketing, product innovation, editorial, children's and YA publishing.
Introduction to Fiction Editing
Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
Modules including plot, character, dialogue, point of view, narrative technique, style, tone and voice, novels in a series.
An Editor's Guide to Editing Fiction
The Publishing Training Centre
Topics including timeline, plot, characterisation, dialogue, style and consistency.
Developmental Editing: Fiction Theory
Topics including story and plot, voice and style, point of view, dialogue, consistency, synopses and blurbs.
Topics including SEO basics, on page and technical SEO, keyword research, link building and SEO monitoring and reporting.
Social Media Certification
Topics including social media strategy, social media goals and KPIs, social tools.
Topics including inbound marketing, goal setting, buying personas, and the buyer's journey.