ALICE McVEIGH

novelist, professional ghost writer

Alice is:

  • very experienced. Over the past 17 years she has worked full-time as a ghostwriter and copy-editor, completing over 25 full-length books. These include fiction, memoirs and non-fiction as well as academic works that were published by Cambridge University Press and Indiana University Press.
  • available. Alice works from home. (One client writes: ‘At crisis point, Alice worked with me on a scene for a half-hour on the phone. Was mortified the next day to remember that, for her, this was at half-eleven p.m. That’s the kind of interest she takes, though.’)
  • flexible. Lots of editors do a bit of copy-editing ‘on the side’ or as a second income. Alice does it for a living. And she’ll work in whatever method works best for you. She has travelled as far as China and the US to work with clients, but normally it’s a combination of email, phone, Skype and/or face-to-face meetings in London.
  • reliable. As professor Bella Brover-Lubovsky wrote, ‘If she says it’ll take a week, it takes a week. There are lots of editors who promise the earth and don’t deliver. Alice delivers.
  • empathetic. Most editors have never been published themselves. Alice has not only ‘been there’ in terms of having her own novels published by a top London publisher, but is also wonderfully supportive throughout the entire book-writing process. Quotes from clients include: ‘Alice was almost always on the end of a phone’. . . ‘Alice gave me the self-belief to do this, would have made a great life-coach in my opinion’ . . . ‘She made the whole business fun. She does great quips. Some of her comments on my first draft cracked me up!’ (Quotes from authors Daniel Ogilvie, Hans Arnold, and Julie Bremer.)
  • not the cheapest — or the priciest, either. ‘There are loads of creative writing students in London or hard-pressed editors on the Indian subcontinent who can—more or less—put a book together, but for quality and style Alice McVeigh is unbeatable.’ And this: ‘Alice is entirely professional: she gave me an exact running total of hours accounted for, week by week, for my husband’s records.’ (Quotes from authors Jennifer Overhaus and Daniel Streaton).