|Based in Queen's Park, London, but I work with authors from all over the world. NW6
Twenty years’ experience with publishers and have worked with over 100 indie authors. Specialist in crime, thrillers and women’s commercial fiction. I dev edit, copyedit and proofread, offering a friendly and supportive (but always honest!) service. I want to help you make your story the very best it can be.
1 Developmental/Substantive Editing
2 Illustrated Books
Freelance since 2001 (year)
1. Job title: Managing Editor
Company: Constable & Robinson Dates (years only) 2010–13
2. Job title: Managing Editor
Company: Headline (Hachette) Dates (years only) 2006–9
3. Job title: Editor
Company: Transworld Dates (years only) 2004–6
(crime, mystery, thrillers, historical, popular, romantic)
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I'm pleased to recommend Nicky Lovick, an ex-colleague and subsequently friend of over fifteen years, whose freelance editorial services I routinely request in my capacity as an in-house acquiring editor. In the time I have known her, Nicky has consistently proved her expertise and sensitivity as an editor and as someone upon whom I know I can rely and in whose ever-capable hands I know I can entrust my authors' work. From the toughest of jobs to those requiring the lightest of touches, ranging from structural and line-editing to copy-editing to proofreading, Nicky never fails to provide an astute editorial eye for the task in hand, always delivering to the highest standard, often to tight deadlines and limited budgets.
Nicky is smart, intuitive, and has great attention to detail. She can really take your writing to another level and make your novel the best it can be. Not only did she finesse my copy, she added suggestions to raise the stakes. She’s very motivational too, providing positive, insightful feedback that will make you a better writer.
Nicky and I have had a great working relationship for years. She originally began as a copy/line-editor for me, but it wasn’t long before she was doing my developmental edits as well. Overall, that’s seven novels, one self- help book and two novellas. She has helped with query letters, publisher pitches and is quick, efficient and really gets my writing, which in the indie world of crossing genres, is essential. My writing has grown immeasurably over the years and that is mainly due to working with Nicky. If anyone tells you not to bother with an editor, with all the new software out there, they’re wrong. Writers are on a journey of growth. All of them. And we all need someone to tell us when to rein it in, expand, when something isn’t working and when we have it right. Nicky does all those things. Sometimes you need that little shove. Thanks to Nicky, I’m still publishing. Here’s to many more years to come!
As a relatively new writer I found Nicky’s transparent approach to the editing process a massive relief. We discussed my end goal and together decided on the best way forward. Nicky’s copyediting was precise and her honest enthusiasm for my project was an unexpected bonus.
I love working with Nicky. Her combination of sensitivity to character behaviour and storyline and meticulous approach to copyediting really sets her apart.
Having only ever written a self-help book and numerous blogs, my first attempt at fiction was, to say the least, daunting and a challenge. My publisher at Penguin recommended Nicky and I am so pleased that she did. Nicky was there every step of the way. At first I was thrown by her very numerous changes, constructive criticism and massive cuts, but soon began to realise that she was right, although painful to my ego. Four drafts later, and lessons on how to write dialogue, finally it’s finished, and is what I think is a really good book. Nicky helped me to become a better writer, and her inspiration and guidance through the entire process was incredible and inspiring.