My name is Gary Dalkin and I provide structural editing (sometimes known as substantive or developmental editing / manuscript critique or assessment) for writers. See why you need an expert opinion. I also offer other editing services and publishing advice for writers, as well as copy-editing and proofreading for non-technical college and university work. As a freelance writer I write mainly about the craft of writing, but also write about film and music, including articles, reviews and interviews.
In May last year Adrian Besly set out to cycle around the world. He kept a diary along the way, and when he came back he wrote a book about his amazing adventures. And then I edited it, and I’m delighted to say that Do It – Cycling Around The World For A Laugh is published this week. A print edition will follow soon. Adrian really has a way with words, and the subtitle is entirely appropriate. Throwaway lines like ‘I have a photo in my wallet of my kids where my money used to be’ regularly made me laugh, and if you find that amusing then this book is for you. It’s not all fun though. Adrian came close to death on several occasions on some of the world’s most dangerous roads and his journey ranges from the surreal to the frankly hair-raising. The Kindle version is available from 1 September in the UK (Do It) in the US (Do It), and at other Amazon sites around the world.
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Recently I have worked on Andrew David Barker’s award-nominated Dead Leaves, The Conscript by Nate Kirtis, a new, revised edition of Deadly Score by Michael Bearcroft, Do It – Cycling Around The World For A Laugh by Adrian Besly, and Seek The Throat From Which We Sing by Alex CF. I have written four chapters of Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through The Greatest Fictional Lands Every Created, to be published in November, and edited the forthcoming anthology, Improbable Botany: An Anthology of Wayward Plants. I contribute every month to Writing Magazine, the UK’s best-selling magazine for writers, and I am the regular interviewer for Shoreline of Infinity.
One project I am particularly proud of was editing the definitive biography of film composer John Barry – The Man With The Midas Touch by Gareth Bramley, Geoff Leonard and Peter Walker. I have worked as a freelance writer, interviewer or editor for Amazon, BBC Magazines, Blackfish, Classical.com, Gramophone, The Guardian, HMV, Interzone, London Symphony Orchestra, Naxos, Musicweb International, Los Angeles Review of Books, Northern Stage, Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, SFX and many others.
Among the people I have interviewed are Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Sophie Aldred, Nina Allan, Gerry Anderson, Kevin J. Anderson, Colin Baker, Andrew David Barker, Elmer Bernstein, Ed Bishop, Cory Doctorow, James Everington, George Fenton, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Robert Holdstock, Laura Michelle Kelly, Jonathan Oliver, Christopher Priest, Jordi Savall, Stephen Warbeck and Debbie Wiseman. (If there isn’t a link the interview was conducted for a print magazine or is no longer available on the website which commissioned it.)
I am a former editor of Vector: The Critical Journal of the BSFA and a former judge of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. I played a key role in the launch of the international New Media Writing Prize. I have written extensively for Amazing Stories.
You can read more about my background and see a list of publications I have contributed to here.
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Whatever your writing needs, drawing on my 20 years experience as a published writer and editor, I can help. I offer structural, (or substantive or developmental editing / manuscript critique or assessment), academic and general copy-editing and proofreading. I know writing inside out, and provide a friendly, reliable, honest service. I do all the work myself – no out-sourcing or passing work over to temps or unpaid interns – and I do so at competitive rates. I am neither the cheapest or the most expensive, but many satisfied clients tell me I am one of the best. Click here for more information about editing. Or here for my opinion as to why you would benefit from an expert opinion.
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