Editor and proofreader of fiction, nonfiction and websites

Your book or website deserves the full attention of a friendly, skilled editor with decades of experience and professional training.

I also specialise in editing books set in la belle France. I have a degree in French from Oxford and have lived and worked in different regions in France.

How do you feel about handing over your work to an editor?

It’s natural to feel anxious about working with an editor for the first time.

I’m used to working with first-time authors and entrepreneurs. I’m also a writer myself, working on my first novel. I understand how vulnerable you may feel sending your precious words to an editor, who may be the first person, other than you, to read them!

Previous clients have appreciated my friendly, professional manner. I work with you so that, together, we can polish your book or website to be the best it can be.

I specialise in the following but also edit a variety of other content:

Debbie Emmitt, UK editor and proofreader

Professional recognition and training

Your work is in capable hands.

I’m a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) and a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

Professional Members of CIEP have to demonstrate several criteria, including high-quality, in-depth training and hundreds of hours of editorial work experience, substantial in quality and over time. I follow the CIEP’s Code of Practice which includes good communication between client and editor, professional behaviour of editors and confidential handling of documents.

Being a Partner Member of ALLi means I comply with their code of standards, my rates are appropriate to service level, reach and my reputation, and I have positive testimonials from credible author clients.

Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and CIEP Professional Member

Kind words from previous clients

Exceptional talent

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Debbie has all the skills of a top-notch editor: a sharp intellect that can sort out all the various angles of any given piece of writing; a keen eye for detail; an excellent communication and work ethic.

Debbie is also punctual, reliable and kind. She also makes the whole process fun and collegial.
Aran Thomas
Author of Welcome to Planet Earth

World-class editor

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Debbie is a world-class editor, so professional and thorough in her work. Our book was all over the place in voice, tone, and development. After she finished, our book was…well…an actual book.

We hired her for line editing but she did way more than that. She made this book come to life.
Jaslin and Yusuf Varzideh
Abundant Vision Publishing

I can’t recommend her highly enough

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I would give Debbie 6 stars if it was possible. She made this ordeal easy for me especially since it was my first book.

She respectfully corrected without being condescending, which made it easier for me to work with her.

I can’t recommend her highly enough.
T E Anyansi
Author of Nigerians, Unshackle Yourselves

I’m an author too

I’ve written my first novel – a mystery set in the south of France.

I have studied the craft of writing, story structure, characterisation and plot.

Your manuscript will benefit from all this knowledge if you choose me as your editor.

3D image of book cover of Return to the Auberge by Debbie Emmitt on tablet, smartphone and paperback book

Guides for authors and editors

Improve Your Author Website, a comprehensive guide, by Debbie Emmitt
Improve Your Editor Website, a comprehensive guide, by Debbie Emmitt
The 3 Most Common Writing Errors and how to fix them by Debbie Emmitt

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