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Mary Hargreaves

Mary Hargreaves - Editor

Mary Hargreaves is an author and editor with a decade of experience. After writing her first novel, This Is Not A Love Story, she decided to take her editing career further and joined the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders, where she undertook a fiction editing course. Mary quit her day job in 2020 to focus on editing and writing full-time, and as her second novel, Enough Already, was published, she wrote her third book and continued building her list of freelance clients. With a background in academia and a keen eye for detail, Mary has shifted her attention from dry research papers to her true passion in life: reading, writing and editing brilliant stories. Mary writes women’s fiction, and has a particular interest in funny tales about imperfect women. She knows how hard the writing process is, and loves nothing more than helping talented authors make their work the best it can be.

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WHY WE LOVE MARY

Mary is a meticulous editor who we’re lucky to have on our team. Whether you’re looking for a copy-edit to sort out the nitty-gritty of sentences, or a constructive detailing of how to make your manuscript as a whole shine, Mary is who you want on your team.

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WHAT MARY SAYS ABOUT EDITING

As someone who knew nothing about the world of fiction publishing until I wrote my first novel, I know how overwhelming and mystifying the world of books can be. Writing a book is a solitary activity and I know first-hand that the next steps can be just as alienating. I love working with aspiring writers and being drawn into the worlds they have created. It is a big step to allow someone else into the story you have spent so much time and effort weaving, and I am always acutely aware of what a privilege it is to be given access. I love working closely with my clients, and my top priority is always to respect the work that has gone into a manuscript and to provide the absolute best service in order for it to reach its fullest potential.

I am a women’s fiction author, and have a particular love for stories about imperfect women. As well as manuscript assessments, I also take line-editing, copy-editing and developmental editing work.

Genres Mary specialises in

Fiction
Contemporary
Women’s
Romance & Erotica
Comic/satire

Mary's published books

This Is Not A Love Story

This Is Not A Love Story

Enough Already

Enough Already

Testimonials

“Mary is conscientious and diligent, as well as being very easy to work with. She has a good eye for detail and manages to turn things around quickly while maintaining a high standard… which bears testament to her work ethic.”

- Anonymous

“I am delighted with the service I have received from Mary. I sent her the first four chapters of a novel which were in need of concise, pithy and constructive editing as I tend towards the over-descriptive. This is precisely what I received, allowing me to now move on to further chapters with confidence.”

- David Makinson, author of Just A One Night Stand

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