Lucy Ridout – Editor of Fiction and Travel

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Fiction and travel editing for self-publishers, debut novelists and established authors 

Do you worry that your plot isn’t pacy enough, your characters lack credibility or your ending fails to deliver? Does your travelogue read too much like a diary? Whether you're writing a novel or a travel book, I can help you take a step back, analyse what's working well and advise on how to tackle the problem areas.

Please contact me for sympathetic and insightful assistance with your book. 

About me

I edit fiction and travel titles for self-publishers, debut novelists, established authors and publishing houses. I have worked with writers for more than 30 years; I'm an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and a member of the Society of Authors (SoA). I’m also a published author myself, so I know how important it is to find an editor you can trust.

Please visit to find out how I can help you produce the best possible book.

Editorial services: fiction and travel

  • Fiction: commercial fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, romantic fiction, genre fiction, women's fiction, crime novels, spy novels, psychological fiction, thrillers, fiction in translation
  • Travel: travelogues, travel memoir, guidebooks
  • Structural and developmental editing: pace, narrative flow, structure, characterisation, style
  • Copy-editing: grammar, punctuation, clarity, consistency
  • Rewriting: recasting fiction and travel manuscripts by authors whose first language is not English into lively, fluent prose
  • Advice on self-publishing: novels and travel titles


  • Freelance editor of novels and travel titles for 30 years
  • Developmental editor and copy-editor of commercial and literary fiction for publishing houses 
  • Author of guidebooks about Thailand and Indonesia for Rough Guides
  • Author of material for the CIEP's Introduction to Fiction Editing online course
  • Sub-editor on the Radio Times (BBC Magazines)
  • Editor of Kansai Time Out (Japan)


  • Self-publishing authors
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Atlantic Books
  • Bonnier
  • Cornerstone Random House
  • Corvus
  • Faber
  • Head of Zeus
  • Rough Guides
  • Trailblazer Guides
  • Trapeze

Please visit my website for a list of some of the books I have worked on.

The Last NightImmeasurable WorldAnnaOrhan PamukThe Only Way is West
Love in No Man's LandWend HoldenPlaydateThe Other YouThe Breaking of Liam Glass


Lucy has been the copy-editor on three of my psychological thrillers and I wouldn’t want to be edited by anyone else. In fact, my agent specifically asked for Lucy as part of my latest contract, so highly is she regarded in the industry. She is meticulous, thoughtful and incisive, and she’s particularly good at internal logic and the motivations of characters. In short, she’s the best in the business. 

JS Monroe, author of 'The Other You', 'Find Me' and 'Forget My Name' (psychological thrillers)

I worked with Lucy on my trilogy of More Ketchup than Salsa memoirs. She developed my drafts from a wildfire of spontaneous convolution into a structured story that consequently blossomed into a bestseller. Lucy is my first go-to when it comes to editing and polishing my prose.

Joe Cawley, author of the 'More Ketchup than Salsa' trilogy (travel/memoir)

Anyone who has completed a novel knows the loneliness of the long-form writer. Having Lucy waiting for me at the end of that process was and continues to be a dream. When her notes arrive in my inbox, the thrill is right up there with a child on Christmas morning. They are always thorough, thoughtful and spot on… and she gets my jokes. 

Christina Robert (commercial women's fiction)

Without Lucy's keen eye and guiding influence I would never have brought the book to publication level, not to mention the constant support and encouragement that kept me going when things were proving tricky. You need someone like that behind you when you’re self-publishing. Her editorial suggestions showed that she understood exactly where I was coming from – another vital element.

Lucille Turner, author of 'The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer(literary historical fiction)

That was the most satisfying critique I have read of any work I have produced. 

Self-publishing novelist

A very big thank you for your extraordinarily good and forensic notes and your exceptional psychological insights. Your role has been absolutely invaluable. 

Published novelist

Brilliant, a total pro. Sweetly flattering, masterfully gentle with my tottery ego, but tenacious. 

Self-publishing author (travel)

I really do understand the phrase 'I couldn’t have done it without you' now. 

Self-publishing author (fiction)

You always go that extra mile – clearly, you care deeply about your work. I can’t wait to send you my next manuscript.

Peter Howard (literary fiction)