I’m Charlie Wilson, a professional editor and writer with 16 years’ experience, gained both in-house and as a freelancer.
I began freelancing in 2005, after a career in publishing and corporate communications. Five years later my business had grown to the point that I was giving talks on how to freelance, and I co-authored the book How to Succeed as a Freelancer in Publishing, which was featured in The Bookseller magazine’s ‘Best Books on Publishing’.
For some years I specialised in book editing (as The Book Specialist), but over time I took on more and more corporate work, and so I decided to rebrand. Now, through Landmark Editorial I provide editorial services to both the publishing and corporate sectors.
My publishing work
I’ve worked on more than 1,000 books for authors and publishers, from crime thrillers to romances, children’s fantasy novels to autobiographies, financial guides to military histories, criminology textbooks to spiritual discourses.
I work on both sides of the fence for authors and publishers, ghostwriting content, providing editorial support and helping to develop books. One of my main publishing clients has been John Wiley & Sons; I’ve developed, edited or proofread more than 70 For Dummies titles. One of my main author clients is a novelist for whom I’ve ghostwritten on a weekly basis since 2011.
My corporate work
I’ve written and edited content for many UK-based organisations, including:
- Charities like Turning Point, BEAT and FARM-Africa
- Companies like BMW, James Villas and Associated British Ports
- Educational establishments like the University of Brighton
- Government bodies like the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation and the National Assessment Agency
- Museums like the Imperial War Museums
But I work for clients beyond the UK as well. I’ve ghostwritten guides for parents that have been distributed to nurseries throughout India, and I’ve edited educational materials totalling more than a quarter of a million words that are part of the curriculum in Chinese schools.
The woman behind the words
I fell in love with writing at an early age. At three I was teaching teddies how to spell their names; at five taking great delight in correcting my own laboured writing with a red felt-tip; at seven keeping the first of many diaries, including such gems as: Went to the zoo toady. It poored and poored.
Today, I can’t go anywhere without 1) a book to read and 2) a notebook in which to write. I live with my husband and two children in a house built from books (not really, but wouldn’t that be something?), and when I’m not writing or editing, you’ll find me walking someplace green or exploring a museum, a library* or an art gallery.
* The library featured in the background of this website, if you’re interested, is the John Rylands Library, part of the University of Manchester and one of my favourite places.