Winskill Editorial: Fiction and non-fiction editing/proofreading, plus other editorial services

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Does your book need some professional TLC to get it ready for publication, for either self-publishing or by traditional means? Look no further!

A trained editor and Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, I have over 25 years of experience across fiction (adult and children’s), non-fiction and other media, and offer various services to enable you to present your work to its best advantage, for your chosen audience. Clients include publishers, independent authors and self-publishers.

Take a look at my website ( for more details, or drop me an email. All questions and projects considered.

For all work, my level of input is entirely up to you and based on what you feel your text requires.


  • Structural/developmental editing: looks at the fundamental aspects of a book – characterisation, narrative flow, pace, plot structure, tension, drama, and so on – and offers advice on how to improve and/or deal with any issues within the text.
  • Copy-/line-editing: looks at everything from punctuation, grammar, spelling and consistency to basic plot progression and characterisation.
  • Critiques: an impartial, constructive overview of your text, highlighting areas for improvement and suggesting ways to address any problems. For whole manuscript or opening chapters.
  • Proofreading: makes sure that your text is free from punctuation, spelling, grammar or consistency errors.
  • Awards: Novels that I have edited include: winner of Best Indie Book Awards (horror category); winner of the First Novel (>80,000 words category), Next Generation Indie Book Awards; two winners of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, and one shortlisted title; three winners of the Kelpies Prize; and two nominations for the Branford Boase Award.
  • Genres: mystery, thrillers, fantasy, adventure, literary, horror, historical, romance, crime, and many others. Please ask for further details.


  • Non-fiction: Copy-/line-editing and proofreading services as above, but more detailed structural editing also checks content, flow, references, adherence to specific guidelines and illustrations.
  • Genres: Biography, philosophy, architecture, classics, history, art, design, memoir, cookery, travel, education, and many other subjects, works in translation. Please ask for further details.
  • Academic/Other: Also children’s picture books, academic journal articles, dissertations, theses, non-native English and blog texts.

Professional Experience:

  • Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).
  • Ex-director of Publishing Scotland (2012–2014).
  • Over 25 years’ experience, both in-house and freelance, in the UK and Hong Kong.
  • Proofreading mentor for the SfEP.
  • Course tutor for  the SfEP’s Introduction to Fiction Editing online course, which I also project-managed and contributed to
  • I have proofread, edited, project-managed and critiqued a wide variety of books, for both independent writers and traditional publishing houses, including authors such as JK Rowling, Nicola Morgan, Dr Phil Hammond and John Humphreys.
  • I have also written and presented various training workshops and seminars on fiction editing and other subjects (see my website for further details).



I’ve read your critique. It is what I wanted and needed … I much appreciate the time and serious attention and thought you’ve given to my draft, the well-structured way you’ve done it and your tone – that your advice (wise words borne from your intelligence and experience) isn’t the last word, but for me to consider.

Whether or not, in the end, my book is a commercial proposition, your involvement will have made it better. Most helpfully, where you have pointed up problems, you have offered solutions. And the contextualization of your thoughts, within your meta-analyses of fiction and including reviewing criteria, is appreciated.

I feel I have received great value for money from you … (Jeff Probst, author)

Gale worked on two of my books, The Storytelling Entrepreneur and Merchandise for Authors, while I was Writer in Residence for the British Library. I had very tight deadlines which Gale was great about meeting and I really valued her feedback and professional eye on my work. Her insight allowed me to think more clearly about how the books were structured and improved my writing overall. I always recommend Gale when I run creative writing workshops for other writers. (Melissa Addey, author:

Gale has a keen attention to detail which means her copy-editing of our children’s picture books is of great quality. (Luke Hou, Starfish Bay Books, Adelaide, Australia:

I was very fortunate to find Gale having used numerous copy-editors in the past. I didn’t expect her to adapt so well to the challenging timescale, my awkward writing style and the unusual content of the text. She understood precisely what was required from the onset, her communication not just excellent but empowering throughout. She made a joy of what is what is, normally, a very stressful experience for me. I think it’s down to her vast experience, but where other copy-editors struggle, Gale, excels. (Anton FitzSimons, author)

Gale is the ally you need when writing a book. Her style is friendly, her customer service is excellent and her work is highly professional. I trust and value her opinion because she spends the time to get right into your manuscript and then gives well-formed, clear, useful, direct, realistic feedback, which she delivers in a kind, honest but positive way – just what is needed. Her aim is to make your work the best it can be. It is a pleasure working with her and I would l recommend her strongly. (Selina Athens, author)

The help and advice provided by Gale Winskill, of Winskill Editorial, were invaluable. In many places the changes she suggested were small but they improved my book dramatically and in ways I could never have done on my own. (Colin M. Drysdale, independent, prize-winning author)

I was immediately impressed with her warm and positive disposition, which she combines with complete pragmatism about the publishing industry and obviously long experience as an editor and project manager … And I find myself quoting what she said about the editorial process still.’ (Dr Alison Baverstock, Course Leader, MA Publishing, Kingston University, and author)

I first came into contact with Gale when she edited two books I had written, which were published by Black & White Publishing. I was so impressed by her helpfulness and professionalism that when I self-published another book, I didn’t hesitate to make contact, and received the same very high standard of service.’ (Philip Paris, author)

Gale is an excellent editor who has proven that she can spot a potential best-seller. She has a good eye for detail and offers sound advice to her authors. (Lucy Juckes, literary agent)

Gale has a wonderful ability to polish a writer’s prose without changing its creative shape. She’s a brilliant editor in the true meaning of the word brilliant. (Sonja Lewis, author)

Gale Winskill provides us with an excellent and reliable service: accurate and insightful proofreading with exceptional attention to detail. A very safe pair of hands that we know we can trust with our most important projects. (Emma Langley, Phoenix Yard Books)

Gale did a helpful and comprehensive critique on one of our recent projects which needed the input of an experienced fiction editor. (Penny Grearson, Waverley Books)



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