My name is Gary Dalkin and I provide structural editing (sometimes known as substantive or developmental editing / manuscript critique or assessment) for writers. 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.


 Brief Bio

August 2014 Writing Magazine featuring sally BeaumanI am a regular contributor to Writing Magazine, the UK’s best-selling magazine for writers. I edited the biography, John Barry – The Man With The Midas Touch by Gareth Bramley, Geoff Leonard and Peter Walker. I have been Content Editor for the classical music audio streaming company Classical.com.

I have worked as a freelance writer, interviewer or editor for Amazon.co.uk, the BBC, Blackfish, HMV, the London Symphony Orchestra, Naxos, Mellowdrama Records, Northern Stage, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. My writing has been published by Empire, Films & Filming, Gramophone, Interzone, MusicWeb International, Los Angeles Review of Books and SFX.

Among the people I have interviewed are Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Sophie Aldred, Gerry Anderson, Kevin J. Anderson, Colin Baker, Elmer Bernstein, Ed Bishop, Cory Doctorow, George Fenton, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Robert Holdstock, Laura Michelle Kelly, Christopher Priest, Jordi Savall, Stephen Warbeck and Debbie Wiseman.

You can read more about my background and see a list of publications I have contributed to here.


 My Blogs

Visit my Last Word Blog or see my posts every week on Amazing Stories.


 My Services

Whatever your writing needs, drawing on my 20 years experience as a published writer and editor, I can help. 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.



Use the contact form below or:

email – gary.dalkin@live.co.uk

phone – 07552 220438