Kelley Townley -
fiction editor & writer

Contact me:
Content edit of adult fiction (not chick-lit, romance or hard-core crime). Price per hour (approx. 30 pages).

Content edit of children's fiction inc. YA. Price per hour (approx. 30 pages) or a whole picture book.


   I am a British writer and editor with over a decade of experience in the UK book market. I have a wide knowledge from all fields of publishing, have featured at conferences, given talks and seminars on what appeals to fiction readers and hold an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. I am available to critique fictional writing via the PeoplePerHour website or you can buy from me directly.

   What I offer is content editing - also known as substantive, structural, stylistic, developmental or line editing and also manuscript appraisal or critique -  all of which differs from proof-reading. Content editing considers the story as a whole. It looks at plot, pacing, tone, character development, structure, target audience suitability etc. It is a vital process that comes before the proof-reading (which looks more for technical errors just before 'going to print'. A proof-reader is not an editor. If you do need a proof-reader I can heartily recommend Johanna Robinson at Ascribe Editing ).

   If you want your work to be taken seriously content editing is an important step - especially if you plan on self-publishing. Often a writer is so close to their story that they can't see where it needs a little help. Friends are useful for support but when it comes to industry level constructive criticism you need someone with knowledge and experience. This is where I come in. I will produce a report for you that covers both specific comments on the manuscript and more general thoughts on the story overall. 

   What you then do with this report is completely up to you. Fiction is naturally a subjective business. The most important thing is that you produce a story you love and believe in. However I can point out things I have learnt that appeal to and turn-off readers, as well as editors and agents. I don't pretend to know everything or that following my advice will land you a MEGA deal but not everyone has people around them who have the necessary skills to help us move on with our writing. I do have those skills and can share what I know with you.

   What I edit:
   * Picture Books.
   * Children's Books.
   * YA Books.
   * Adult mass market books (although not romance, chick-lit or hard-core crime).

    I am also nice and friendly to deal with :-)


© Kelley Townley. Awesome profile pic by the Australian artist Chris Booth and used with permission.