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Melanie Kirk Fiction Editor and Proofreader

I'm an editor and proofreader based in the UK. I edit both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular interest in editing romance, women's fiction and short stories. I also edit vegan and plant-based literature.

I began my editing career as a beta reader in 2018, while traveling the length and breadth of the UK as a full-time house-sitter. After gaining lots of positive feedback from clients, I realised I really enjoyed helping authors bring their books to life. 2018 was also the year I self-published my own novel, and the process inspired in me a newfound respect for the role of editors in the publishing process! I decided to shift into editing and proofreading, and the rest is history.

When I’m not working, I'm plodding my way through my ever-expanding TBR list, walking the Surrey Hills, cooking up vegan food and annoying my neighbours with my futile attempts to learn the tin whistle.



I am an Intermediate member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. I have undertaken the following courses:

Proofreading 1 - CIEP

Copyediting 1 - CIEP

Introduction to Fiction Editing - CIEP

Editing Fiction - Publishing Training Centre

Essential Grammar - Publishing Training Centre

Switching to Fiction - Louise Harnby

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