About

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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

My passion is working on science fiction and fantasy stories and their related subgenres: tales and scenarios of heroism, delving into imaginary worlds, concepts, and circumstances. I prefer those worlds far removed from mundane reality, where anything is possible. I’m looking to work on stories that contain the adventure and excitement that is missing from everyday human life, where characters endure challenging circumstances.

Read more on my Experience and Qualifications page.

Editor with Asperger’s

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.

I admire Spock from Star Trek Original Series, and I relate some parts of my condition and personality to his character: for example getting the job done with logic and efficiency, making regular and reliable reports with essential information, and being honest. Like him, I like to think I’m dedicated to my job and that I have good judgement to fathom problems. I also enjoy playing chess, but not on three levels yet!

Indie publishing background – author–editor

I’m an editor who has experience with the indie publishing process. 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. 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. The highs and lows of my experience taught me about the quality and presentation readers expect of writing. I realise how important the writer’s story is to them and how much responsibility they take on themselves for the entire process. Knowing this, I wanted to help writers on their journey, to be a part of it and learn more.

Logo: the cog-like circle

I associate 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. Every project requires flexibility and judgement because they’re all different. This is where the A comes in.

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