Welcome Hello! I am glad you found my website. My name is Nicky Leach. I grew up in the cathedral city of Ely in the damp flat Fens of eastern England. I trained as an educator at the University of London, Goldsmith's College, and moved to the American West nearly 30 years ago.
For most of that time, I have made my living as a professional writer and editor. My main focus is travel - both the kind that takes us into the outside world and the kind that calls us to journey deeply into the self. I believe that in our fragmented
world, we travel, as mythologist Joseph Campbell put it, to gain
"an experience of living not the meaning of life." My unique background gives me both global perspective and local orientation, a macro/micro view that sees the big picture but grasps the details, both of which are necessary in the 21st century.
I am also very
committed to assisting authors and publishers in creating their own publications. As a former
in-house executive editor for several publishing houses, my editorial
skills are deep and wide-ranging and have been honed over several
decades. I am available to assist with everything from developmental,
substantive, line editing, and proofreading of manuscripts to rewriting,
commissioning, and project-managing publications. I am particularly
skilled at developmental work and substantive editing, helping authors to shape and refine their work into a
polished final product through the editorial relationship.
This website is a work-in-progress, so please check back often. You will find samples of my writing, information on how I work with my clients, and contact details. I welcome inquiries from publishers and others about writing and editing projects and look forward to hearing from you, my readers.
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