Lesley McDowell – Jericho Writers
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Lesley McDowell

Lesley McDowell - Editor

Lesley is the author of fiction and non-fiction as well as short stories and was a literary critic for major newspapers.

 

Lesley is the author of two novels, The Picnic (Black & White Publishing), and Unfashioned Creatures (Saraband), with a third novel forthcoming 2023-24. She has also published non-fiction, Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers (Overlook Press), and for many years was a literary critic, reviewing regularly for The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Herald, the Scotsman, The Times Literary Supplement, and others, before turning to full-time editorial consultancy. She is the recipient of three Creative Scotland awards, a Society of Authors grant, and was Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library in 2014. She has been a judge for several literary awards, and chairs regularly at book festivals. Her agent is Ian Drury at Sheil Land Associates.

 

You can find her on Twitter @LesleyMcDowell1, or on Instagram at lesleywrites.

Testimonials

“Lesley McDowell gave me a brilliant in-depth editorial report. I fully appreciate the amount of time and thought she put into reading the manuscript, and the conciseness of her criticisms and suggested ways forward. Well worth the money! thank you for providing this service.”

- Susan M.

“That sort of constructive criticism was exactly what I wanted (and is what can’t be obtained from well-meaning friends, who inevitably say how much they’ve enjoyed the read but don’t ick out any weaknesses).”

- R. Webster

"Thanks again for this very useful and constructive feedback. I will definitely incorporate it into my next round of revisions."

- C. Bentley

“Your appraisal is very positive and has provided me with much food for thought as to how best to proceed.”

- Christopher E.

"I’m pretty much floored by your analysis. You’ve done me a great service. The report is clear, well organized, and brimming with insight. As I worked on the draft, I worried about some of the issues you raise. Just didn’t know how to fix them. You’ve given me a path toward a new draft."

- Paul H.

WHY WE LOVE LESLEY

Lesley is our go-to editor for anything historical or women’s fiction. She enjoys working across historical periods, – whether your novel is set in BC or AD she might be the editor for you! Her knowledge of the market and publishing as a business shines in every report she does, as does her enthusiasm for the art of storytelling. 

WHAT LESLEY SAYS ABOUT EDITING

Having worked for twenty years as a literary critic and been solely concerned with the published, finished product, it’s a real delight to focus on the other end of novel writing – the stage where writers are finding out who they are and what kind of stories they want to tell, and helping them realise their goals. There are few things more exciting than reading a manuscript with real potential, and seeing through to recommendation to an agent publisher.

Because I did spend so much time professionally at the finished ‘end’, I have a good idea of what the market wants, and is prepared to feature in newspapers and magazines. I’d like to think I can see that finished product, which is important when you’re starting out – you want to be able to fix the small things, but you need an accurate vision of the final product, too.

My favourite topics are women-centred stories, preferably from the past. I like experimental work, too, but am equally happy with traditional novel forms. My favourite writers are Joyce Carol Oates, Shirley Jackson, and Marina Warner, but I also like crossover genres like literary crime, like Megan Abbott.

Genres Lesley specialises in

Fiction
Contemporary
Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
Crime / Thriller / Action
Women’s
Paranormal
Non-Fiction
Memoir/autobiography
Other Narrative Non-fiction

Lesley's published books

Unfashioned Creatures

Unfashioned Creatures

The Picnic

The Picnic

Between the Sheets

Between the Sheets

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