Helen Bleck

Advanced Professional Member
Location Pencaitland, East Lothian
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Website editingforwriters.com
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Copy-editing, proofreading, plain/clear English, anglicizing, developmental/substantive editing, editing non-native English, project management, research, rewriting, website editing, writing.


Books, educational materials, illustrated books, journals, multi-author books, online materials, specialist papers, dictionaries, websites/blogs.


Freelance since 2008; Managing Editor, Canongate Books, 2004-2008; Project Manager, National Library of Scotland, 2001-2003; Editor and Project Manager, Chambers Harrap, 1997-2001. I also worked for East Lothian Council's Museum Service as Resources Development Officer, 2010-15, alongside my freelance publishing work.


Most recently: Introduction to Fiction Editing (CIEP) 2021, Efficient Editing (SfEP) 2018, Proofreading Progress (SfEP) 2018.


Canongate Books, Birlinn Ltd, Collins Learning, Hodder Gibson, Edinburgh University Press, Sandstone Press, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Pearson Education, and numerous self-published authors


archaeology (Scottish), children's/teenage publishing (educational/informative, English, history; fiction), fiction (adult, crime/mystery/thrillers, literary, popular, science fiction/fantasy), history (British, European, World War 1, World War II)


MA German with European History, MLitt Fantasy Literature, Postgraduate Diploma in Information Studies with Librarianship.


I’ve really appreciated Helen’s proofreading work and her professional, responsive communication. Thank you Helen!

Joanna Ramsay, editor, Collins Learning

Helen has been working with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland’s publication team as a copyeditor, proofreader and project manager for over a decade. She is a pleasure to work with, establishes great working relationships with our authors and is always prompt and responsive. Her experience with editorial work makes her insight and input into our style guide particularly valuable.

Catherine Aitken, managing editor, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Thank you for our wonderful collaborations! It's been a true pleasure to work with you and your fantastic talents. The perfect tonic for our projects. 

Sally Lewis, print and marketing coordinator, Scottish Book Trust

You were an absolute joy to work with and the book is so much better for your valuable input.

Colin Gardner, Professor of Critical Theory and Integrative Studies at the University of California, whose thought-provoking and pertinent book, Chaoid Cinema, is published by Edinburgh University Press.

Helen copyedited my first manuscript, which I am currently polishing, and it was exhilarating to work with her. Her unique blend of precision and lightness of touch made it much easier to see my work with fresh eyes. The fact that she understood what I was trying to do instantly and that we shared important literary references made this difficult process pleasant and efficient. I hope we will work together again in the future. I couldn’t recommend her enough.

Giulia Loi, author of Children of Mars (working title), and MFA candidate

Helen is a fantastic editor. She has helped me with two of my books so far. The first was a fantasy novel which required structural editing to create a much shorter second edition, and Helen was very supportive. She suggested exercises and techniques to help me learn how to pace and rewrite sections, and it was a much better book afterwards! The second book is a romance I'm working on, and her perspective was enormously helpful in working out how to improve the characters and balance of the novel. I would definitely recommend her! 

Cole Todd, beginning author