‘Helen is brilliant to work with. She is very efficient, communicates very clearly and is quick to grasp what it is you are trying to achieve. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for an editor.’ Ailie Finlay, Flotsam & Jetsam, author of Huntington’s disease – a story for children and their families (SHAYP) and co-author of Beyond Memory: Storytelling & Singing, a guide for carers. These were commissioned as part of Ailie’s sensory storytelling projects with SHAYP and Edinburgh Festival Theatre’s Forget Me Not project. You can find out more about her work at Ailie's website.
‘I was introduced to Helen's editorial services by a fellow author. The service I received from her was more than expected. Helen’s patience, editorial advice and understanding helped and encouraged me to bring my book to publication. I remember her first words when I presented her with a bundle of chapters – “You do have a voice”. My self-doubt was lifted. I cannot recommend her highly enough.’ Anna Karczewska Slowikowska, author of Black Rose and African Violets, a simultaneous memoir, detective story and psychological reflection on the effects of war and displacement on survivors and their families. Find out more about her book on her publisher’s website.
‘Helen took my stories apart and helped me fit them back together, only much tighter and more cohesive than before her professional analysis. She noticed plot bunnies and gaps in characterisation which helped me make my submissions to publishers much stronger than they would have been otherwise. I absolutely recommend her for any project, large or small, and I’ll be banging on her virtual door when my next manuscript needs help to shine.’ Elise Alden, romance novelist, author of, among others, Hate to Love You and Pitch Imperfect (e-published by Carina Press). Have a look at her Amazon author page to find out more about her books.
‘Working with Helen, literally and literarily, was the thing that gave me the confidence to complete a work that I would surely have abandoned prematurely, without her amazing talent and also her patience.’ Jean Proctor, memoirist (project ongoing)
‘I first met Helen in 2012, brashly announcing to her that I was writing a thriller and would get in touch when it was ready. Sea of Gold was finally ready and published two years later, followed by Dark Ocean and Black Reef. All professionally edited by Helen.
None of them would be what they are, or have received such favourable reviews –many of which refer to the standard of writing – if Helen had not cast her sharp eye across every word.
Not only did she correct errors and spot inconsistencies in the plot, she also questioned and challenged me on a multitude of other issues – large and small.
She also encouraged and complimented, spurring me on to review and often rewrite passages until I was happy with the result.
Helen is always quick to respond, and not afraid to express her opinions, clearly and always in a friendly way. In practice she acts as my mentor; and I have learned much from her along the way.
I feel comfortable having Helen as my Editor. I’m in safe hands.’ Nick Elliott, self-published author of the Angus McKinnon thriller trilogy Sea of Gold, Dark Ocean and Black Reef. You can find out more about Nick and his books on his website.
‘Thanks for all you have done – hugely appreciated. You were brilliant, very patient, kind and understanding.’ Alastair Loudon, self-published author of Gentry Links: The Great Men of ‘The Golfers’. Alastair has contributed a blog to my site, and you can find out more about his book on his own website.
‘I’ve really appreciated Helen’s proofreading work and her professional, responsive communication. Thank you Helen!’ Joanna Ramsay, editor, Collins Learning
‘Helen has been working with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland’s publication team as a copyeditor, proofreader and project manager for over a decade. She is a pleasure to work with, establishes great working relationships with our authors and is always prompt and responsive. Her experience with editorial work makes her insight and input into our style guide particularly valuable.’ Catherine Aitken, managing editor, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland