About Me

Following a successful period of both publishing my own books and assisting my fellow authors with getting theirs into print, I now work full time as a freelance editor and proofreader. I work with both independent publishers and author service providers, as well as continuing to work with a variety of published authors.

Sunday Times bestselling author Tom Cox said this: “Publishers! If you are looking to employ a freelance proof-reader/editor, I cannot recommend the eagle-eyed Dave Holwill highly enough.”

I offer copy-editing and proofreading of all types of document and am a graduate of both the Publishing Training Centre’s proofreading course, and the Chartered Institute of Editorial Professionals’ suite of copyediting courses. I can provide old-school BSI proofreading (symbols written into your margins with a multi-coloured pen) on actual paper if that’s your bag (and can be as lenient or strict as you require with the rules of grammar). I also work regularly with word, google and other software programmes utilising track changes, and marking up PDFs with Adobe Acrobat. I’m a native English speaker and as such will happily iron out language bumps from the writings of those for whom it is not a first language.

Having spent many years learning the murky secrets of Amazon’s KDP self-publishing service, I can help you to get your manuscript both ebook and print ready in order to start making those all-important sales. As you can guess from my own published work, I specialise in fiction (particularly if you’ve written an epic fantasy, gnarly horror, rom-com or knockabout comedy) but have worked on plenty of non-fiction texts (including cook-books and nature memoirs). I’m a keen advocate of LGBTQIA+ rights and issues, and I am very keen to help anyone from that background on their way to being published (as well as anybody else from my native Devon).