I’ve read a lot of books over the years about techniques for plotting novels, effectively writing them and self-editing. I’ve also studied what makes protagonists and antagonists interesting and creating character arcs in novels.
I have a BA degree in English & Communications and have always been interested in the English language, enjoying studying what makes certain books successful and their authors famous. I’ve also studied grammar and copy editing.
I write under two different names – Clare Solomon and Clare Jayne – to find readers for the various genres I write in. As myself, I have gay male/male novels self-published that are often also science-fiction, fantasy or supernatural. My Clare Jayne pseudonym covers my historical novels, which include historical romance and historical mysteries.
My Specialised Knowledge
I love to read fiction in many different genres. As you will see on the main editing services page, I’m happy to copy edit non-fiction or fiction in any genre but will only offer structural analysis and editing for manuscripts in these fiction genres: fantasy, supernatural, science-fiction, historical romances, historical mysteries and gay romances. This is because I believe that I can only provide a good analysis of whether a book works well within a certain genre if I have a strong understanding of that genre. For instance a character-driven historical romance has particular reader expectations: people want a setting that gives a strong feel of a particular time period; they expect the romance to be the main focus of the story; they generally want historically accurate language used. A fast-paced SF novel with a strong plot would need to be written and critiqued in a completely different way and someone who’s never read SF stories wouldn’t, for example, be able to recognise a science-fiction cliche.
I’m British, so I only accept manuscripts written in English and I offer editing work that follows UK rules of grammar and spelling.
How to Contact Me or get Further Information
Please do get in touch by completing the contact form or e-mailing me if you want to discuss your editing requirements or need help in deciding what your book needs are. There is also a Resources page on this website so you can find articles and books to help you further.