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Louise Maskill PhD

I provide a bespoke service to help writers of all kinds polish and perfect their manuscripts for publication, whether via traditional means, self-publishing or in peer-reviewed journals.

Fiction editing

I work with fiction authors to improve  novels and short stories in terms of plot, structure, internal consistency, style and grammar.

Academic editing

I work with academic authors for whom English is a second or additional language, helping them to perfect their articles for peer review.

Journalling for writers

I am working on a series of resources for writers to establish and maintain a journalling practice.

Hello! I’m Louise

Freelance writer and editor

Welcome to my corner of the internet – I’m glad to see you here. I live and work in Derbyshire in the UK, and I have been writing and editing on a freelance basis for over a decade.

I love to help authors of all kinds, providing a bespoke service based on the needs of the author, the manuscript and the intended audience. I specialise in working with fiction authors, and writers for whom English is a second or additional language.

My own published works include a series of dialect and local interest books for Bradwell Books, and walking and tourist guides to my local Peak District for Curlew Press.

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Enquire about my sample editing service

A free, no-obligation edit of a short extract from your work, sent back to you with notes and a quote for editing the whole manuscript

My blog

How much do you know about journaling?

How much do you know about journaling?

The answer to this is – almost certainly more than you think. If you’ve ever written in a diary – you’ve written a journal. If you’ve ever written down an account of a day or an event, either for yourself or someone else – that was a journal entry. Even a dated to-do...

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Academic editing – some potential pitfalls

Academic editing – some potential pitfalls

Although fiction editing is my first love, a lot of my editing work these days comes from students and academics. This kind of happened by accident – one recommendation from an old university contact led to a small circle of clients, many of whom recommended me to...

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(+44) 797 406 3865

Derbyshire, UK