Are you a writer looking for help to prepare your manuscript for submission to publishers?

Or an indie author who wants to work with an editor to create a professional self-published book?

Nicola O’Shea is a fiction editor with 20+ years of experience. Her clients include Australian publishing houses such as HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Australia; authors seeking editorial advice before submitting their manuscript to a literary agent or publisher; and authors who choose to self-publish.

Working with an experienced editor like Nicola can help you identify and fix structural problems in your manuscript, and bring you closer to your goal of publication.

Please note: I’m fully booked for freelance editing and development work at the moment. I recommend looking for an experienced editor through the Freelance Editors’ Network, or IPEd’s national directory of editors.

Editing Services
Editing Services

I offer structural editing and copy editing services for adult and YA fiction, and for memoir. A structural edit provides feedback on the big-picture elements of a work, such as story structure, character arcs, point of view, plotting and pace. A copy edit looks at the text in close detail, focusing on language, expression, style, grammar, punctuation, spelling and consistency.

Testimonials
Testimonials

“Any author who gets to work with Nicola O’Shea is in one of the best pairs of hands in publishing” – Cate Paterson, Publishing Director, Pan Macmillan Australia

“Working with Nicola was a crash course in novel writing. I took her detailed structural edit in hand and reworked, filled out, cut, layered, fell in love with my characters and found magic.” DM Cameron, Beneath the Mother Tree

Online Course
Online Course

My online course, Structural Editing for Editors, runs twice a year and is for editors who want to expand their skills to edit fiction. 

“This course was the best and best-value short course I have ever done, and I recommend it to any editor who wishes to improve their structural editing skills.” – Louise Zedda-Sampson, Novel Solutions

About Nicola
About Nicola

I’ve been working as a book editor since the mid-1990s, and freelancing since 2004. My clients include authors seeking editorial advice before sending their manuscript to a literary agent or publisher; authors who choose to self-publish; and Australian publishing houses.

To talk to me about your project, please email me at: nicola[at]nicolaoshea.com

If you’re interested in editorial training, you can read about my online structural editing course here: Structural Editing for Editors

And these are some of the books I’ve worked on as an editor