To The Last Word Gary Dalkin, writer, editor, writing consultant



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My name is Gary Dalkin. I am a writer, editor and writing consultant with three decades publishing experience. I specialise in structural editing (also known as substantive or developmental editing / manuscript critique or assessment). Read this page to see how your book or story can benefit from an expert opinion. Additionally I provide a range of other editing services for authors, 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.

Contact me, or to find out about recent projects and publications visit my news page. To see endorsements visit my client reviews page.



More About Me

My new anthology, Improbable Botany, was published in December as an exclusive e-book by Wayward, with the print edition to follow soon. This speculative fiction collection contains news stories by Rachel Armstrong, Cherith Baldry (Erin Hunter), Eric Brown, Simon Morden, Adam Roberts, James Kennedy, Ken MacLeod, Stephen Palmer, Justina Robson, Tricia Sullivan and Lisa Tuttle, who between them have won most of the major awards in science fiction and fantasy publishing. Find out more and order your copy here.

I contribute every month to Writing Magazine, the UK’s best-selling magazine for writers. Recently I have worked on Andrew David Barker’s award-nominated Dead Leaves, The Conscript by Nate Kirtis, Do It – Cycling Around The World For A Laugh by Adrian Besly, Seek The Throat From Which We Sing by Alex CF, and Dangerous Score by Mike Bearcroft.

I wrote four chapters for Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through The Greatest Fictional Lands Every Created, which was published in the US in late 2016 by Black Dog & Leventhal, and in the UK last November by Modern Books. Here are reviews from The New York Times, The Globe & Mail, Kirkus Reviews and The Sydney Morning Herald.


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,, 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.

February 2018 Writing Magazine, with Barbara Taylor BradfordAmong 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. Or check out my portfolio, which includes a sample of articles from Writing Magazine and chapters from Literary Wonderlands.

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My Services

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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