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Freelance Novel Editing


"Working with Emma has been brilliant, a real pleasure – her reader report was inciteful, professional and delivered before the deadline." 

Leah James, Executive Editor, Scholastic Children’s Books

"Emma’s insights and suggestions, positive and encouraging throughout, were just what I needed - they helped to shine a light on issues I was struggling to see. Her actionable feedback drew attention to wider points, such as pacing and voice, as well as smaller-scale opportunities for quick improvements. Recommended!"

Patrick Griffiths, author and winner of Books for Pakistan auction

"The first draft is black and white. Editing gives the story colour" ~ Emma Hill

Why do you need an editor?

I'm a writer and an editor - so I understand what it's like to see a story from both viewpoints, the creative and the critical. But without having used an editor myself, I wouldn't be either.

Flash back to 2017 and I was ready to query my novel. I was naïve enough to think my manuscript was finished, but wise enough to want a professional opinion, just to be sure. I paid for a manuscript critique, and when I read the report, I knew it had been money well spent.

It wasn't that my book was bad, rather, I hadn't written it to its full potential. There were elements missing that I couldn't see, being as close to the story as I was. 

Once I made the necessary changes, I knew the book was stronger for it. I went on to sign with an agent, shortlist in the Bath Children's Novel Award, and get a publishing deal. 

You might think you've gone as far as you can on your own and, like me, want to check you've not missed anything. Or you might know there's an issue that needs fixing but you just can't figure out how. Perhaps you're confident your manuscript is ready to query and want a package that showcases your work in its best possible light.

I can't wait to read your words.


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"I try to leave out the parts people skip"~ Elmore Leonard

About Me

Hi, I'm Emma Read, award-winning children's author, mentor and creative writing tutor. I have a passion for helping writers hone their words and ideas. I specialise in children's fiction, but am also experienced in critiquing adult literature.


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Query Packages

Catch an agent's eye with your cover letter, synopsis, and first three chapters of your manuscript

Manuscript Critique

Draft Development

A deep dive into your finished novel, including improvement suggestions on structure, plot, pace, character, and more

Let's talk about your first draft, outline, or premise with an aim to develop your story and build it from the ground up 

Free Critique

FREE critique here

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Leah James, Executive Editor, Scholastic Children’s Books

"Working with Emma has been brilliant, a real pleasure – her reader report was inciteful, professional and delivered before the deadline." 

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New customers: for free, first-page feedback, type FREEBIE at the beginning of your message

“I never write ‘metropolis’ for seven cents when I can write ‘city’ and get paid the same.” ~ Mark Twain

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