Meet Candida

If you take anything away from this 'about me' let it be this: I adore books. I have loved reading my whole life, and even now, when I spend my days helping authors to make their work the best version it can possibly be, I spend my nights curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and a book in hand. I know what makes a great book great, and what makes an average book average. I will help you to fine tune the manuscript you've put your heart and soul into, without ever taking away your narrative style or touch, but instead just being like a literary equivalent of a shammy leather - someone you can utilise to make your book shine.

I began dipping my toes into the world of proofreading and editing a few years ago, starting out with an academic proofreading service Proofessor UK, and taking on various freelance projects for writers and businesses such as Scribly, Savanna, and Celine. I began to seek the work of publishers, as, well, books are where my heart well and truly belongs.

Since 2019, I've worked as a proofreader and copyeditor for three UK publishing houses. I've edited and proofread over fifty manuscripts of fiction and non-fiction books to date, including several bestsellers, working with self-publishing authors, traditionally published authors and authors embarking on the submissions process.

My particular area of expertise lies in fiction editing, particularly within the genres of fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, contemporary romance and historical fiction.

Continued Education and Memberships

Since graduating Lancaster University in 2017 with a 2:1 degree in Geography, I have taken various courses and webinars to continue my education. Those relevant to proofreading and editing are:

  • CIEP Annual Conference - 11th-14th September 2021
    • Editors and copyright: Myth-busting and good practice – Pippa Smart
    • Fiction line-editing essentials: Narrative distance – Louise Harnby
    • Authenticity reading: Helping writers craft accurate and respectful representation – Crystal Shelley
    • Guiding principles for developmental fiction editing – Sophie Playle
  • Getting Started in Fiction Editing - CIEP (2019)
  • P2: Proofreading Headway - CIEP (2019)
  • P1: Introduction to Proofreading - CIEP (2019)
  • English Grammar, Young Learners and Business English - TEFL Org UK (2018)