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About Me

Hello, and welcome to my website. My name is Michael Pilgrim. I am a British developmental 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, concentrating on developmental editing. I stayed there 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 where I specialize in developmental editing.

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 and nonfiction. I enjoy most genres including, science fiction, romance, fantasy, paranormal, humour, YA, children’s, thrillers, horror, dystopian, mystery and action. I also like self-help and other nonfiction books.

“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