Diana Collis - Editor
Diana has 25 years of experience in the non-fiction arena, with a writing career that began in journalism and media in Docklands London and continued in magazines, books, brochures, newsletters, radio programmes, e-zines and websites.
Diana has years of editing and mentoring experience in Memoir and more general non-fiction work for Jericho Writers. Whilst Mind, Body and Spirit is her specialism, manuscript focuses have included areas as diverse as interior design, food/cookery, hypnotherapy, parenting/family issues, meditation, mountain trekking, feng shui, positive attitude, religious and transcendental experiences, travel and immigration, addiction recovery and physical and mental health challenges.
A strong technical ability in writing and an honours degree in English, Drama and Film, combine with practical experience in the holistic field to make Diana uniquely able to appreciate the challenges of conveying material in both niche and traditional areas. She enjoys author support as much as developing her own projects, which, in recent years, have included consultancy and writing for the bestselling, Tattoo Tarot: Ink & Intuition deck/booklet set (attracting over 1, 350 positive reviews on Amazon), plus a follow-up Tattoo Tarot Journal book, a further, similar project of Movie Tarot, and research for the text of the Tarot Colouring Book, all with the same publisher.
Most of her Jericho Writers authors have gone on to either win contracts with agents and publishers or successfully self-publish their work—frequently with excellent reviews on Amazon.
WHY WE LOVE DIANA
Diana’s reports are always extremely detailed and useful. We love working with her as much as our writers do!
WHAT DIANA SAYS ABOUT EDITING
I enjoy helping aspiring writers, since I recognise the spirit to express something important, alongside the need to find the best ways to reach other people through writing. Good writing is more than just stringing sentences together, or having a written form of a conversation with readers; publishing requires more awareness than just knowing our subject matter well. In essence, people who love to write, or have something they wish to share, need and deserve good support – and I love when I can help to provide that, especially when the writing requires work and persistence; then, faith, confidence and motivation may need an extra boost!
I especially love manuscripts that focus on a positive approach and outcome, and which engage with an uplifting focus, whatever the topic. I also have a personal love of humour, music and cult films.
Most of my work is in manuscript assessment, but I sometimes have scope to take on copy editing, line editing and mentoring, especially where an author may be keen on a developmental editing approach. Whilst non-fiction is my forte, I sometimes assist with fiction works that fall within my areas of interest and experience.
What Diana works on
Agent Submission Pack assessment
Genres Diana specialises in
Diana's published books
Tattoo Tarot: Ink and Intuition
A user manual to get started with tarot readings, using the cards for which I provided consultancy, during their development with the artist and publisher.
The Book of Music Horoscopes
As project manager and essay contributor/writer of an essay on David Bowie and Iggy Pop, within a book of 30, music-themed essays and 500 astrology charts, selected by compiler and London School of Astrology principal, Frank Clifford