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About Me

Hello, and welcome to my website. My name is Michael Pilgrim. I am a British editor who is comfortable with British or American English. I have always been passionate about books, reading and the craft of writing.

After completing a degree in English Language I worked as an editor for a small publishing house in the UK, where I stayed for around 4 years. This was followed by 6 years working as an English teacher. I have worked in high schools in the UK and have taught English as a foreign language in Vietnam and India.

In 2016 I started working as a freelance editor and have since established my own editing business – Helping Authors Succeed.

About My Work

As you can tell by the name of the website, my number one goal is helping authors to succeed. I help authors by editing their books for success. My definition of success? Book sales (and lots of them).

I don’t change your work or alter your voice. I guide and advise you. I help you sharpen and enhance your story.

I am commercially minded so I work with commercial fiction. I enjoy most genres including, science fiction, romance, fantasy, paranormal, humour, YA, children’s, thrillers, horror, dystopian, mystery and action.

“He was fast, accurate, insightful, and honest. He polished my manuscript with skillful suggestions about phrasing and repeated words, while keeping a light touch on unnecessary changes. This was exactly what I needed and wanted.”

Bridgette Booth. Author of The Cowboy’s Golden Cup