About

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You’re here because you want to … well, I have no idea. I’ve never known. You can see what I can offer you or if we can work together without me telling you as soon as you land. On this page is a bit about who I am – the character of the planet so to speak – which I now think is the most relevant.

Status: Qualified Freelance – Fit For Active Duty
Role: Copy Editor and Proofreader
Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Related Subgenres
Location: Bedroom, Broken Starship, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Earth, Editor Federation
Qualifications: Proofreading, Copy Editing, Fiction Editing
Experience: Copy Editing and Proofreading Independent Authors in Fantasy and Horror, Indie Author, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer
Client Goals: Publishing, Submission, New Edition
Length of Project Accepted: Novels, Novellas, and Short Stories
Contact: contact@alexjameseditor.co.uk

Editor of science fiction and fantasy, and related subgenres

I work on those genres, tales, and scenarios that delve into imaginary worlds, far removed from reality, where anything is possible. I’m looking for the adventure and excitement missing in everyday human life, and for stories that have tests of heroism and challenging circumstances.

As you know, a story isn’t just a phantom reality, however appealing the thought is – it’s a part of who you are. It’s a part of your struggles and goals in life.

Because of my interest in science fiction and fantasy, I know what to expect in terms of genre and quality, and I’ve a good working knowledge of subgenres and comparable books. Yet, what matters is that I keep in mind how to best apply my skills to your unique story, to ensure your story is ready to publish or at the stage you want it to be, through copy editing and proofreading.

My interest in science fiction and fantasy began from 2008, a few months after deciding university was not for me. It became an alternative education. I used to pop down to local libraries to satisfy my intellectual stimulation, picking up books with the nicest covers then seeing if the descriptions struck a chord with me. I discovered Alastair Reynolds, Peter F Hamilton, R Scott Bakker, Drew Karpyshyn, Philip K Dick and Mark Charan Newton. I identified with their stories. My fascination continues to this day with the science fiction and fantasy genres and their authors.

Editor with Asperger’s

It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what Asperger’s is, but if you do, great! It means I’m on the autism spectrum. It may not make me an inferior or superior editor, but it does explain why I’m not your average editor. Some of the personal qualities I associate with my Asperger’s are my honesty, reliability, and dedication, to people and to work. I’m fascinated with working with words, and with my favourite genres. I’ve high attention-to-detail, and I see the world from a micro perspective. This makes me ideal for copy editing and proofreading skills.

On a humorous note, I’m a bit like Spock from Star Trek. I’m dedicated to my job, I’m often sat at the console (desk) or reporting for duty, and using logic to fathom problems with writing. I like playing chess too, but not on three levels yet! I could be your editorial first officer. I’m already a member of editor-fleet (Society for Editors and Proofreaders).

Indie publishing background

I’m an editor who has experience with the indie publishing process. Having written, formatted, and published my own books from 2012, I know what it’s like to write, self-edit, prepare a cover, and format a book for publishing. I learnt some formatting and editing tools before taking formal qualifications, and I learnt best practice for writing and publishing books.

Author–editor

I know what it’s like to be an author, having contacted reviewers, had stalls at events, promoted my books on social media and website, and given readings and talks about my books. Therefore, I know how to meet your needs and I can make the writing and publishing process easier for you. My experience did teach me about the quality and presentation readers expect of writing and I subsequently became well-versed in fiction editing.

What’s that logo?

Do you mean the logo on my starship … website … of the A in a cog-like circle? For a long time, it has been a mystery. I first thought it could act as a stamp of approval. How proper that sounds! Then, I thought it sounded too proper and it wasn’t who I was: I’m not an insecure editor on the hunt for insecure authors.

The cog-like circle

However, since December 2018 I’ve actually associated the circle with routine and consistency. I’ve always been a stickler for routine, consistency, and perfection, and the circle looks that way to me. In copy editing and proofreading consistency is one of the important things to keep in mind, but it’s not the only thing that’s important … change is too.

I’m aware I cannot live a life hiding in routine and perfection – little changes here and there in my life can help push me out of my comfort zone and give me a fulfilling life, in the same way every project requires flexibility and judgement because they’re all different. This is where the A comes in. Yes, that’s what I like to think the logo means. I had it designed.

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