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If you have written a children’s or a young adult (YA) book, you are venturing into a vast and competitive market. Consequently, you need to be confident that the person editing or proofreading that text has the right knowledge and experience to do the job, as there are particular considerations pertaining to content and language that apply specifically to this area of fiction.

With ten years of in-house experience as a Children’s Editor, and regular children’s and young adult commissions as a freelance, I possess the requisite skills, which include:

  • a genuine enjoyment of children’s and YA literature
  • copy-editing (including structural editing)
  • proofreading
  • rewriting
  • manuscript assessment
  • literary critiques
  • writing blurbs and catalogue copy
  • liaising with authors and illustrators
  • judging children’s fiction prize entries

Contact me to find out more about what I do, or listen to the story of two of my most successful children's authors on The Mystical Mutt: The Success Story of Two Scottish Authors, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, 26 December 2017.

Professional Success (children's fiction)

I edited the following prize-winning and shortlisted children’s books:

  • First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don. Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards (formerly the Royal Mail Awards) and shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize
  • Chill by Alex Nye. Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards
  • Hox by Annemarie Allan. Winner of the Kelpies Prize and shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards
  • Tarantula Tide by Sharon Tregenza. Winner of the Kelpies Prize
  • Catscape by Mike Nicholson. Winner of the Kelpies Prize
  • The Chesspiece Magician by Douglas Bruton. Shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize

I was also nominated twice for the Branford Boase Award, as the editor of both Tarantula Tide by Sharon Tregenza and First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don.