Clients and testimonials

I edit for self-publishing authors and a number of major publishers, including: Allen & Unwin, Atlantic Books, Corvus, Faber & FaberHead of Zeus and Trailblazer.

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‘I worked with Lucy on my trilogy of “More Ketchup than Salsa” memoirs. She developed my drafts from a wildfire of spontaneous convolution into a structured story that consequently blossomed into a bestseller. Lucy is my first go-to when it comes to editing and polishing my prose.’ Joe Cawley, author of the ‘More Ketchup than Salsa’ trilogy (travel/memoir)

‘Lucy has been the copy-editor on three of my psychological thrillers and one spy novella and I wouldn’t want to be edited by anyone else. In fact, my agent specifically asked for Lucy to work on my books as part of my latest contract, so highly is she regarded in the industry. She is meticulous, thoughtful and incisive, and she’s particularly good at internal logic and the motivations of characters. She even provided me with a fantastic final twist in one of my thrillers. In short, she’s the best in the business.’ – JS Monroe, author of ‘The Other You’, ‘Find Me’ and ‘Forget My Name’ (psychological thrillers)

‘I bless the day I was put in touch with Lucy. I was invited to write my first novel at age 50. I had been a journalist before that, used to working with deadlines and editors and getting paid. Anyone who has completed a novel knows the loneliness of the long-form writer. Having Lucy waiting for me at the end of that process was and continues to be a dream. She has edited two books for me. When her notes arrive in my inbox, the thrill is right up there with a child on Christmas morning. I know I have put my funny-shaped clay vase in gentle yet experienced hands. Her notes are always thorough, thoughtful and spot on… and she gets my jokes. We have never met, which is crazy given the level of affection I have for her. Rewriting with her notes by my side is an absolute luxury. Quite simply, I love Lucy.’ – Christina Robert

‘Lucy’s editorial work was a real mainstay for “The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer”. Without her keen eye and guiding influence I would never have brought the book to publication level, not to mention the constant support and encouragement that kept me going when things were proving tricky. You need someone like that behind you when you’re self-publishing. Her editorial suggestions showed that she understood exactly where I was coming from – another vital element.’ – Lucille Turner, author of ‘The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer’ (literary historical fiction)

‘I was amazed that you knew my characters, plot and themes as well (or better!) than me. Your suggestions on how to hone and develop all three were excellent and insightful, and your patience and willingness to enter into prolonged discussions with me on the most minor issues was outstanding. You are a true professional, but you always go that extra mile – clearly, you care deeply about your work. Many many thanks! I can’t wait to send you my next manuscript.’ – Peter Howard

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‘That was the most satisfying critique I have read of any work I have produced. You have managed to marry clarity with a good dose of empathy (and understanding). It has encouraged me no end.’  Self-publishing author

‘A very big thank you for your extraordinarily good and forensic notes and your exceptional psychological insights. Your role has been absolutely invaluable.’ Published author

‘Totally inspired by your ideas. It takes it to another level!’  – Published author

‘I really do understand the phrase “I couldn’t have done it without you” now. My inability to realise this book was a long-held frustration and you have shaped and worked and delicately gilded it until it shines.’ – Self-publishing author

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I am so thankful for this outstanding edit – it has been one of the very best. Head of Zeus

‘Brilliant, a total pro. Sweetly flattering, masterfully gentle with my tottery ego, but tenacious in running down all of the overworked paragraphs, every self-conscious bit of puff, all of the glib bits that need more explaining and the bloated bits that need less.’ – Self-publishing author

‘You have made me so happy. Your voice is clear and supportive, and your notes are spot on.’ Self-publishing author

‘Having felt somewhat unsure about pursuing the book after knockbacks from agents, your edit has given me renewed impetus to get the publishing show back on the road.’ Self-publishing author

‘I was absolutely thrilled with the work you did.’ – Corvus

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‘Thank you for embracing this project with the professional expertise I needed, as well as the personal care I hoped for.’ – Self-publishing author

‘I was looking for editing help and emailed samples to a list of freelancers, including Lucy. Her reply showed real understanding of the work and a sympathy with what I was trying to do. The subsequent work was done in absolutely the same vein; quick, efficient, creative. I feel privileged to have worked with a consummate professional.’ –Self-publishing author

‘What a fantastic job you did, shrewd and careful.’ – Atlantic Books