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Danielle – Editor

Danielle – Editor

Favourite books:

A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving

Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier

A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf

I founded Wrate’s Editing Services in 2013 after being disappointed by the quality of some self-published books I’d read. Although the books were obviously interesting and well thought out (otherwise I wouldn’t have bought them in the first place), they were let down by their lack of readability. My aim is therefore simple; to make sure that your book is the very best it can be, and not to leave your readers feeling disappointed.

I began my career as a journalist after graduating from Lancaster University with a BA(Hons) in Philosophy. My first job was Junior Reporter with the Hackney Gazette in East London. I later settled in Crystal Palace, south-east London, and in the decade since then, as well as editing books, I have written for a variety of national newspapers and magazines. See my In the Press page for examples of my published work.

Abby – Proofreader

Abby – Proofreader

Favourite books:

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

The A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

I embarked upon my career in proofreading after graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons). You could be forgiven for thinking that all those law textbooks would have scared me off books forever, but nothing could be further from the truth. I genuinely enjoy the satisfaction of returning a thoroughly-proofed project, knowing that all those mistakes and typos will never again see the light of day. I’ve worked with a wide variety of projects, from novels to CVs to blogs and everything in between. I try to steer clear of law textbooks, though.

Tracie – Proofreader

Tracie – Proofreader

Favourite books:

Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulkes

The Ice Twins, by S.K. Tremayne

Inspector Morse Series, by Colin Dexter

I did my degree in journalism and since then have built my 22-year career working in newspapers, press agencies, and magazines.

I have held several deputy features editor and features editor roles, which have honed my keen eye for grammatical errors and typos. I like to think that a mistake has little chance of getting past my scrutiny.

As a keen reader myself, I find that proofreading the hard work and dream projects of authors is not only enjoyable but a privilege, too.

Alexa – Typesetter and cover designer

Alexa – Typesetter and cover designer

Favourite books:

Persuasion, by Jane Austin

The Harry Hole series, by Jo Nesbo

The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, by Robert Galbraith

I’ve been assisting authors for over 7 years, and I love helping them get their books out of their heads and into print. I have worked with a range of business owners, as well as authors of self-help and fiction. I live in Kent with my son and enjoy a range of pursuits, including skiing, swimming, sailing, reading a good book and drinking prosecco.

Geoff – Typesetter

Geoff – Typesetter

Favourite books:

Covenant With Death, by John Harris

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

I served a 5-year trade apprenticeship as a hot-metal compositor back in the mid-60s. On completion of my apprenticeship, I travelled widely and also trained as a book designer. As a sales manager working for Europe’s largest book printer, I headed up the company’s small press division, which specialises in working with authors and self-publishers. My expertise comes in being able to immediately relate to authors and self-publishers who are keen to get their books laid out and produced to a high professional standard.

Ali – Designer

Ali – Designer

Favourite books:

Catherine, by Anya Seaton

Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

The Jack Reacher Book Series, by Lee Child

I trained as a graphic designer in Brighton and East Ham, and have 30 years’ experience in the industry. Throughout my career I have worked for book publishing companies as well as newspaper and magazine groups, including Trinity Mirror. In my spare time I am studying for an MA in drawing at the University of the Arts in London, which is ranked in the world’s top 5 art and design universities.

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5.0 28 reviews

  • Avatar Sydney Clarence ★★★★★ a year ago
    Danielle is a delight to work with, she was invested in my work and always had the final product in the forefront of her mind. Importantly, she ensured it worthy of being in the public domain. With a keen eye for detail and a professional … More approach she offers a quality service; I frequently find myself recommending her and will continue to do so. What are you waiting for :-D
    Merry Go Round was published under my real name, Sarah Toll, by Wrate's Editing Services in November 2020.
  • Avatar cee rainey ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    I found Danielle about 10 yrs ago I think, when I had the urge to write a novel, its now sitting in a dust pile but the experience was so good I decided to try again with a non fiction book about my experiences as a nanny and how to help … More new mothers. Danielle sifted through screeds of thoughts and rambling sentences and pulled out some thing that made me feel like I knew what I was talking about. But it was missing something on my part, and sat on the study computer till I became a mum myself and was able to bring both sides of childcare to the table, the professional and the novice ! Hence All The Small Things, Everything I picked up as a Nanny and a New Mummy was born ( pun intended ) Between us we filtered through blogs I had written and previous work and brought together a piece of work Im really proud of .
    Danielle found my voice, helped me say what I needed to say, and is still supporting me and helping me with wonderful press on the book, so far I've been in the paper and on the radio promoting it .... with a few more deals up her sleeve to make sure that our work gets to as many Mums as it can.
    I cant recommend this process enough, and the feeling of achievement when you have the book inside you on paper. Danielle is professional and personal , which is what us budding authors need. If youre looking to tell your story , look no further .
    Cee
  • Avatar Anita Morrish ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I contacted Danielle Wrate by email about a proofread of my novel, Shadow Song. I was impressed by her swift and thorough response, checking that this was indeed the service I needed. The proofread was duly carried out, well within the … More estimated time. I am extremely pleased with it, as it has been carried out carefully and the comments made are constructive and helpful. Thank you.
  • Avatar Marie Keates ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I am so glad I chose Danielle to edit my first novel. It was frightening to hand something I'd worked on so hard and for so long to a stranger, but, from the outset, she was supportive and offered constructive advice. I couldn't … More be more pleased with the work she did for me and will certainly be using her again for book number two.
  • Avatar Terri Boas ★★★★★ a year ago
    I highly recommend Wrate's Editing Services. Danielle helped make my dreams come true.
    Two scoops, not three is my debut novel and with Danielle's professionalism, sensitivity, patience and brilliance we've made it the best
    … More I could have ever imagined.