Do you want to make your novel the best it can be?

Editing for romance, fantasy and young adult fiction writers

You’ve put your heart and soul into crafting your story. Now comes the vulnerable bit. It’s time to hand it over to someone who can provide objective feedback. As a professional editor with over 17 years’ experience of helping authors to improve their manuscripts, I can give you the expert guidance you need.

Manuscript critique

Developmental edit


Why work with me?


You’re ready to invest in improving your manuscript and in yourself as a writer. As well as editing your text, I will equip you with the skills and knowledge to hone your writing craft.

Honest and balanced

You value direct feedback, delivered with kindness. I will tell you which areas need work, but also what you’re doing right and how you can build on that.


Clear communication is important to you. I will listen carefully to your specific needs from the outset and give regular updates as work progresses.


I’m Lucy

I help authors to get their manuscripts into shape for self-publishing or to submit to agents and publishers.

I specialise in adult romance, adult fantasy and young adult fiction. I offer manuscript critiques, developmental edits and line-edits, and I work on UK and US English text.

“Lucy came highly recommended by my literary agency, and I was so pleased that she was! From our first email exchange, Lucy was professional and accommodating. I was very pleased with the level of detail in Lucy's work, and will definitely commission her again on a future book. This is one great editor!”

Michele Gorman, Sunday Times bestselling author of Single in the City

“I worked with Lucy on my debut novel, and was so impressed with her insightful comments and attention to detail that I ended up working with her on three subsequent books. She helped me to take my work to the next level and, despite the fact that editing can sometimes be the most difficult part of writing, I actually looked forward to her comments, as they were always constructive and based upon a deep understanding of my work. I’m looking forward to working with her on future projects!”

Helen Jones, author of YA fantasy series The Ambeth Chronicles

“Lucy is very friendly, professional and honest about her opinions. I loved her constructive critiques and suggestions, as well as her encouraging and positive feedback. She was punctual and really helpful. I enjoyed our chats very much and I've learned a lot from her editing work. It was a great pleasure to work with her and how lucky I was to have found her. We'll definitely be working together again. I can only recommend her! Thank you so much, Lucy.”

Allane Milliane, romance and YA fiction author

“Working with Lucy was amazing. My book was well edited and her recommendations were top-notch. I love the fact that she didn't try to change anything in my story but gave me ideas on how to build on it. I am looking forward to doing more work with her.”

Omonigho Obonna, romance author

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