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(NB: Some of the following also appear, or have appeared previously on my LinkedIn Profile)

I was looking for someone to work with me in order to get my debut novel ready for publication. The help and advice provided by Gale Winskill, of Winskill Editorial, were invaluable. In many places the changes she suggested were small but they improved my book dramatically and in ways I could never have done on my own. I also learned a great deal which I'm now applying to the next book I'm working on. I would heartily recommend Gale to anyone looking for a good editor to help them with their novels. Colin M. Drysdale, author; winner of Best Indie Book Awards 2015 (horror category); winner of the First Novel (>80,000 words category), Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2014

Gale is an editor who really goes the extra mile. She knocked us into shape with the first book in our series, and has been an integral part of the following five books. We cannot imagine producing our next series without her. We’re always amazed at how reasonable her fee is, given the service she provides.
Lyn McNicol & Laura Cameron Jackson, Badger the Mystical Mutt, (The Lunicorn Press)

Gale Winskill provides us with an excellent and reliable service: accurate and insightful proofreading with exceptional attention to detail. A very safe pair of hands that we know we can trust with our most important projects.
Emma Langley, Phoenix Yard Books

Gale has a wonderful ability to polish a writer’s prose without changing its creative shape. She’s a brilliant editor in the true meaning of the word brilliant.
Sonja Lewis, author and contributor to
The Huffington Post

Gale Winskill, of Winskill Editorial, deserves a mention for her forthright feedback and fast turnaround. She’s as professional as she is helpful.
Mac Logan, author of The Angels’ Share, available from Apple iBookstore and Smashwords

I use Gale’s services regularly, and her work always meets the highest standards. I can always rely on her punctuality, flexibility and great attention to detail. This, together with her comments and suggestions, has enabled me to publish consistently well-written articles for magazines and newspapers. I highly recommend her.
Ivana Bartoletti, editor of Fabiana magazine and former adviser to the Romano Prodi Government, Italy

Gale has been editing my first novel and not only has she been hugely supportive but she has also given me the confidence to continue. Her critique and comments on my manuscript have been impressive; she has made it easy for me to make little changes that lead to a more professional result. I wish I had known her before I wrote my last two books! 
Zandra Macpherson, author of A Strange and Wild Place and People of the Wild Cat Country (Birlinn)

Gale’s brilliant advice and assistance was invaluable in getting my novel into print. A truly remarkable service, I cannot recommend Gale enough.
Cyrus Chainey, author of The Tale of the Wolf, available from

I first came into contact with Gale when she edited two books I had written, which were published by Black & White Publishing. I was so impressed by her helpfulness and professionalism that when I self-published another book, I didn’t hesitate to make contact, and received the same very high standard of service. In addition, she completed the work more quickly than expected and the final invoice was less than the quote that I had agreed with her. As I was paying the bill, this was much appreciated!
Philip Paris, author

I thought the service you provided was very professional, It was completed exactly on time and the insightful comments were excellent.
Dr Rick Norris, C.Psychol, author

Gale did a helpful and comprehensive critique on one of our recent projects which needed the input of an experienced fiction editor. 
Penny Grearson, Waverley Books

Gale edited a full-length novel of over 110,000 words for me. Her work is very thorough and insightful. She provides very comprehensive feedback and suggestions for improvement without being discouraging and I would be happy to recommend her as an editor to anyone that needs those services.
Heather Katsonga-Phiri, author

Gale is conscientious and has the ability to turn a muddled manuscript into a clear and consistent presentation of the author's ideas.
Christian Maclean, Floris Books

Gale's work is thorough, professional and confidence-inspiring. Prompt, constructive communication at every stage. Excellent service.
Rachel Vevers, children’s author

I was referred to Gale to help me edit a 20k word thesis as part of my MSc. She reviewed the work in great depth, working over the Christmas period and delivered her corrections earlier than I had expected. She enormously improved the quality of the draft I had provided her with and I would not hesitate in using her services again.
Dominic Morley

Gale is a tireless, creative, skilled and dependable editor.
John Richardson, Black & White Publishing

Gale was recommended to me by a fellow writer, and hiring her to edit my mystery novel was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Gale works to the highest professional standards; she always meets deadlines; provides quick turn-around times; is clear, direct and constructive in her feedback, and spots the tiniest inconsistencies in the flow of a plot. I also appreciate Gale's great sense of humour, and I hope she'll remain my editor for many works to come.
Regina Moucka, Ph.D., PMP

Gale and I took part in a seminar organized by the Scottish Branch of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I was immediately impressed with her warm and positive disposition, which she combines with complete pragmatism about the publishing industry and obviously long experience as an editor and project manager. She offered delegates a tempting blend of experience and pragmatism. And I find myself quoting what she said about the editorial process still.
Alison Baverstock, Course Leader, MA Publishing , Kingston University, and author

I would really like to thank you for the clear help and advice you gave; it really was excellent, and I'm sure it will be incredibly useful for all of us who either attended the course or who will listen to the recording.
Morven Dooner, attended Chamber of Commerce workshop

Gale edited my very first published novel. I found her incredibly clear and helpfully transparent about the details of the editing process, and very fast in response to my many questions.
Lari Don, winner of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards (formerly the Royal Mail Awards) 2009

I’ve found your editorial advice invaluable, as well as inspiring.
Alex Nye, winner of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards (formerly the Royal Mail Awards) 2007

A good editor is meticulous, honest and creative as well as being constructive without being overbearing. All in all, quite a challenge, so thank you, Gale, for successfully juggling all of those things!
Annemarie Allan, winner of the Kelpies Prize 2007

Gale is an excellent editor who has proven that she can spot a potential best-seller.  She has a good eye for detail and offers sound advice to her authors.
Lucy Juckes, literary agent, Jenny Brown Associates

Gale has been my editor since 2005 when she shepherded me through various pitfalls in my first children's novel with skill, tact and humour. I have always found her suggestions both sensible and reasonable and, over the course of a further five novels, we have developed a close working relationship.
Anne Forbes, children’s author

I was listening to an interview about Bill Douglas, the filmmaker … and someone commented that it was what he left out that was as important as what he left in. So thanks for helping me leave things out!
Mike Nicholson, winner of the Kelpies Prize 2005