I’m Charlie Wilson, a professional writer, editor and proofreader with 16 years’ experience, gained both in-house and as a freelancer.
I began freelancing in 2005, after building a career in publishing and corporate communications in Nottingham, Basingstoke and London. Five years later, my business had grown to the point that I was advising others on how to freelance: I gave talks for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and the Society of Young Publishers, and I co-authored the book How to Succeed as a Freelancer in Publishing (How To Books, a Little, Brown imprint).
For some years I specialised in book editing as The Book Specialist, but over time I took on more corporate work, and so I rebranded. Now, through Landmark Editorial I provide editorial services to both the publishing and corporate sectors.
Editing for authors and publishers
I’ve edited/proofread more than 1,000 books, 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. 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 edited and ghostwritten on a weekly basis since 2011.
Editing for businesses
Over the course of my editorial career, I’ve written, edited and proofread content for all kinds of organisations:
- Charities like FARM-Africa and the Scout Association
- Companies like James Villas and Associated British Ports
- Educational establishments like the University of Surrey and the University of Brighton
- Government bodies like the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation and the National Assessment Agency
- Cultural organisations like the Imperial War Museums
Editing for clients worldwide
I’m a British editor, based near Glasgow in Scotland. I work with authors, publishers and businesses across the UK – but also beyond. In fact, clients all over the world commission me to ensure that their English is excellent.
I’ve written guides for nurseries in India, and I’ve edited educational materials for the Chinese school curriculum. I’ve developed books for the German publisher Wiley-VCH, and I’ve edited US novels that have hit the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
I consider it a privilege and a pleasure to work with all of my clients, and to use my skills and experience to help them communicate effectively and elegantly.