Gale Winskill

0790 523 9781
Winskill Editorial
Job title
Freelance editor, coach and trainer
Membership Grade
Advanced Professional Member

About Gale

About me

Hello. I’m Gale Winskill, of Winskill Editorial. I specialise in fiction (adult and children’s), but also edit general adult non-fiction.

I work with independent and debut authors, as well as trade publishers, and can provide all the professional TLC you need, including book coaching and book doctoring, to enable you to present your narrative in the best way possible, by means of constructive advice, collaboration and a good sense of humour.

I have over 30 years of experience in the UK and abroad, both in-house and as a freelancer.

I also create and deliver training courses and workshops for authors and editors, and tutor for the HarperCollins Author Academy (fiction stream), the CIEP and other publishing bodies.

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


  • Structural/developmental editing
  • Copy-/line-editing
  • Critiques
  • Proofreading
  • Book doctoring
  • Coaching & training (authors and editors)
  • Mentoring (editors)

See or to find out more.

Professional qualifications and affiliations

  • Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute for Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)
  • Partner Member, Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
  • Tutor, HarperCollins Author Academy, (fiction stream)
  • Judge, Page Turner Awards
  • Tutor, project manager and co-author, CIEP's Introduction to Fiction Editing online course
  • Network Director of Publishing Scotland (2012–2014)

Recent CPD and other skills

  • Editorial Toolkit: Creating Classes & Online Information Products (Club Ed)
  • Editorial Toolkit: Coaching Writers (Club Ed)
  • Editorial Toolkit: Book Doctoring and Ghostwriting (Club Ed)
  • Advanced Practice: Point-of-View and Perspective (Club Ed)
  • How to improve your Google Rankings (Business Gateway)
  • Blogging for Business (Business Gateway)
  • MA (Hons) English Literature and Italian
  • I speak Italian fluently, and have a good working knowledge of both French and German

For more information please visit my website:

Professional success

Some of my authors have won or been shortlisted for various prizes, including the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, the Owned Voices Novel Award, the Creative Future Award, London Library Emerging Writers’ Award, the Leeds Literary Prize, Best Indie Book Awards and the Scottish Children’s Book Awards.


See and find out what my clients say about me.



Associated skills

Disclaimer note

The CIEP Directory of Editorial Services should be considered a point of first contact and prospective clients must satisfy themselves that members are capable of the work on offer. The Institute cannot be held responsible for the quality of work provided by any member listed in the directory. The members themselves are responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of their entries in the Directory and the CIEP has not made any attempt to vet them. The institute cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the Directory. Inclusion in the Directory as a freelance does not necessarily mean that the member is self-employed as defined by HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions.


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