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.
WHY WE LOVE MARY
Mary is a meticulous editor who we’re lucky to work with. 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.
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.
What Mary works on
Genres Mary specialises in
Mary's published books
This Is Not A Love Story
Maggie Gardiner’s life is a mess. After one particularly awful night, she makes a list. She will tick off each item and become Maggie 2.0 – a better, more desirable version of herself. What could go wrong?
Shortlisted for the RNA’s Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award.
Briony can’t get anything right. She’s anxious and certain that everybody hates her. After a catastrophe at work, she is signed off on mental health leave and joins a social anxiety support group. The people she meets there, and the experiences that follow, might teach her more than she ever imagined.
Sharply witty and highly relatable – KATE SMITH