Carrie O'Grady

Freelance editor


Have you got a piece of writing that needs a shot in the arm? An unfinished novel buried in the desk drawer, or a tricky report that's crying out for an editor? Maybe you're working on an important job application that can't afford to be sloppy. Or you might have marketing material – a website, brochures – that needs a bit more sparkle. Whatever it is, I can help.

Carrie O'Grady, editor

Why choose me?

There are lots of professional organisations out there offering to help you with your project. Most of them operate remotely: you send them a manuscript and a hefty cheque, they send back a report and wash their hands of you.

I'm not interested in that. You've worked hard on your writing, and you deserve better. The Hackney Fiction Doctor literary consultancy service will support you through the whole difficult process of making your work the best that it can be. Whether you're seeking a manuscript critique, a full developmental edit or a quick copy-edit, there's a service here for you.

'I'd been working on a novel for five years and was stuck in a knot – until Carrie untangled it and made me see all the threads much more clearly. Thanks to her, I've now got an agent and hope to be published next year.'  Chris Michael

For many years I worked as a fiction reviewer for the Guardian's books pages, writing about authors such as Fay Weldon, TC Boyle, Jane Urquhart, Joanna Trollope, Jackie Collins, Lionel Shriver and DBC Pierre. The experience gave me a sharp eye for what works and what doesn't work in a novel. I also worked at Faber & Faber, acquiring valuable insight into the publishing world.

'I could not have been happier with Carrie's structural edit of my first novel. She not only highlighted potential problems, but gave wonderful suggestions of how to fix them. As a result, the final work is immeasurably stronger. I could not recommend the service highly enough for anyone serious about their writing.'  David Bradwell

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions that aren't answered on the FAQ page, and check here to see my rates.

I'm a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).

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