Fiction editing for independent authors of crime, thriller, mystery and suspense

What’s stopping you from publishing your book?​

Your book is important to you, and you want to be a published author. But do you keep finding reasons to tweak your final draft instead of hitting the publish button? Perhaps you:

  • think your writing isn’t good enough
  • aren’t sure how editing will benefit your book
  • want your book to be published but are terrified at actually ‘being seen’
  • know you need some expert help but can’t pinpoint what you need
  • are nervous about working with an editor
  • want to get on with writing your next book
  • think editors are judgemental
  • find the publishing process overwhelming
  • think you aren’t good enough to work with an editor
  • don’t want to deal with the fiddly details
  • know some elements of your writing need smoothing out

How I can help you

I specialise in editing crime, thriller, mystery and suspense fiction, and I would love to help you get your book published. 

I am friendly, caring and approachable.

Your success is my success!

Editing services

Developmental editing

An in-depth analysis of the big-picture aspects of your story that shows which elements are working and which areas need attention. You will receive a report along with inline comments in your manuscript.

Manuscript assessment

A cost-effective personalised report that uses examples from your story to show which bigger-picture elements are working and which need more attention.

Line editing

A deep dive into your words to enhance the readability of your story. Includes an extensive editorial report illustrated with examples from your manuscript.


Concentrates on coherency, clarity, consistency and correctness for authors who don’t want the depth of a line edit. 

Kind words from happy clients


Clare joined the freelance team at Boldwood books recently and has already proved herself to be a reliable and competent proofreader and copyeditor. She has worked on a range of fiction within our extensive portfolio. I have no hesitation in recommending her for editing work.


Sue Lamprell, Managing Editor, Boldwood Books


Clare is wonderful to work with, detailed, diligent, and attentive. Clare always delivers on time and leaves clear comments and suggestions, she is an asset to our books!


Chloe Callan-Foster, Publishing Editorial and Production Manager, Practical Action Publishing