service overview
* Est. 2005
* 1,000+ edited books
* Clients worldwide
* Publishers' book editors
* Supportive approach

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FREE book for all new clients:

Charlie's detailed guidance on writing a book that has a decent chance of getting published and selling. Details on the Books page.

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I always enjoy working with Charlie because I can count on her considered and incisive editing skills to improve whatever I send her way. Independent yet collaborative, reliable and dedicated, Charlie is an editor of the highest calibre.

Rachael Chilvers, Special Projects Coordinator (For Dummies), John Wiley & Sons

THE BOOK SPECIALIST Welcome. Do you need a skilled ghostwriter to write for you? An experienced professional to help you develop your book? A publishers' book editor to proofread or edit your manuscript? You've come to the right place.

The Book Specialist provides a full range of editorial and writing services to publishers and authors worldwide. Founded by Charlie Wilson – an author, ghostwriter and book editor with more than a decade's experience – The Book Specialist has helped many hundreds of authors on their journey from rough draft to published book.

Our book editors work for some of the most reputable publishers in the world, including John Wiley & Sons, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Random House, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, A&C Black, Sweet & Maxwell and Imperial College Press. From concept to print, we have the skills to help you develop your book – whether you're self-publishing or submitting the book to agents/publishers; whether you're publishing in print or as an ebook; whether you're writing in US or UK English.

The following section outlines The Book Specialist services. Happy browsing, and if you have any questions, please get in touch.


Our services are designed for you to mix and match them into a tailor-made package to suit your needs.

 Service Language Accuracy Language Polish Development Input Writing Input
Proofreading: Correcting spelling, punctuation and grammar
Copy-editing: Polishing language
Intelligent copy-editing: Polishing language, plus comments on glaring development issues
Development editing: Intensive development guidance    
Book critique: A view of marketability and development potential (big picture)    
Ghostwriting: Writing or rewriting      


Below you'll find some examples of books that The Book Specialist has written, developed, critiqued, edited or proofread.


March 2014: We're giving away a FREE copy of Charlie's Writing a Marketable Book to all new clients (minimum spend £200).

December 2013: A busy month for Dummies books: we finished up editing TEFL Lesson Plans For Dummies, Wedding Planning For Dummies, Starting a Business For Dummies and World War I For Dummies in association with the Imperial War Museum.

October 2013: A TBS editor meetup in Waterstone's Piccadilly, at which we discussed such 'exciting' issues as the comma splice in fiction.

September 2013: Charlie delivered a 'How to Succeed as a Freelancer' workshop at the conference and AGM of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.



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