Do you need an experienced book editor to develop your work? A respected writer to help you reach your potential? A publishers’ copy editor and proofreader to knock your language into shape? You’ve come to the right place.
I’m Charlie, an author, a book editor and a bibliophile. Essentially, I live and breathe books. As Charlotte Wilson, I write soulful coming-of-age fiction for young adults. As The Book Specialist, I work as an editor and proofreader for publishers and authors worldwide.
On this website you’ll find details of my service range, from proofreading and copy-editing to developmental editing and writing book critiques, along with details of my fiction and blog posts on inspiration, creativity, writing, publishing – and books, beautiful books.
Your book is your baby, the embodiment of many hours of labour, dedication and no doubt a little heartache. So finding the right editor with whom to work is essential. You need an editor who has:
Because you want an editor who’ll be diplomatic but unfailingly honest.
Because you want an editor who loves books and helping authors to develop their craft.
Because you want an editor who appreciates the effort you’ve put into your writing.
Because you want an editor who’s proofread, edited, developed and written many books.
Because you want an editor who’s not just an editor, but also a decent writer herself.
These are the fundamental values that underpin my work as a book editor. Over the past decade, I’ve worked in this way with all kinds of clients, from published writers to indie authorpreneurs, small presses to global publishing companies, corporate organisations to government bodies. Many of my clients come back time and again, because they know that whatever book they send my way, I’ll improve it – on time, on budget and with great care.
This website is designed to help you get to know me as an editor and writer. If, after browsing, you think you’d like to work with me, please feel free to get in touch.
‘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.’
‘I loved working with Charlie. Her edits made my book the best it could be, so when Little, Brown/Corsair published Being Brooke Simmons as part of a three-book deal, there were hardly any revisions to do thanks to her!’
‘As a first-time author I was keen to produce my debut novel to the highest calibre possible. This was achieved easily with the help of Charlie. Not only did I wind up with a great finished product that I’m really proud of but I managed to learn a thing or two along the way as well.’
‘Charlie was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her professionalism, expertise and advice were invaluable on what was a difficult project and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her!’
‘Charlie has passion for her work and it shows. She is thorough, exact, accommodative, imaginative and an absolute pleasure to work with.’
‘Charlie’s editorial services are first rate. Honest and helpful. Always logical. Always constructive. If you’re a writer and you’re looking for an unbiased appraisal of your work, look no further.’
‘Working with Charlie has been an absolute pleasure. Charlie is highly skilled and quickly understands exactly what is needed. She writes with real clarity and vibrancy and always delivers on time with a very professional yet friendly approach.’
‘Charlie’s insightful commentary and thoughtful advice has inspired me to keep writing and, most importantly, helped me greatly improve my skills and the quality of my work.’
‘I can’t imagine writing another book without The Book Specialist. Charlie fulfils the role of critic, coach, mentor and even muse! Working with her gave me the reassurance that my finished manuscript is as good as it’s ever going to be.’
‘We can’t thank Charlie enough for her editorial support, patience and attention to detail. Our books were transformed from amateur scripts to real proper books under her watchful eye. Just brilliant!’
‘Like all good tradesmen, the modern-day writer needs a number of essential tools to see the job done properly: a computer, word-processing software, and last but not least… Charlie. Her responsive, reliable, professional attitude will certainly get you the finished product you desire. ’
‘If you want your books to shine, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve worked with Charlie on all of my books and she’s brought each one to a higher level. I can’t thank her enough and recommend her without reservation.’
‘I could not have wished for a better editor. Boundless enthusiasm, meticulous attention to detail and responses to my seemingly endless queries without ever any complaint.’