About Green
Gables Editing

A bit about Green Gables Editing: it was launched at the end of 2019, and now provides book coaching, developmental editing and copy-editing services to self-publishing writers, specialising in memoirs, biographies, how-to books and narrative non-fiction.

Hi, I’m Isla. I trained as a journalist back in the twentieth century, and was a sub-editor on magazines and newspapers for many, many years. (I still do the odd bit of freelance newspaper editing.)

If you’re into qualifications, I have a BA Hons in English literature and a diploma in PR. I’m also a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, which is more important.

My favourite projects have been proofreading and typesetting a war diary; proofreading a book about the role of animation in mental health therapy; editing a nineteenth-century “honeymoon” diary; and coaching an author through her non-fiction book for entrepreneur mums.

I have also self-published two short stories and a memoir about my experience of breast cancer, Making Pearls From Grit.

Being part of the creative process as self-publishing authors carve out time to record their stories is my favourite thing.

Isla, Book coach, developmental editor and copy editor. Sat on lightly coloured comfy sofa looking at her Brown labradoodle sat next to her.
Isla, Book coach, developmental editor and copy editor. Sat on lightly coloured comfy sofa looking at her Brown labradoodle sat next to her.
Isla Green Gables Editing in landscape shot of beach with Bass Rock in misty distance. Isla in a black coat walking her dog on the beach in East Lothian smiling and walking towards the camera

What else can I tell you about me?

My family and I live in beautiful North Berwick, on Scotland’s east coast, and are owned by an Australian labradoodle who loves the beach even more than we do. I help run a cancer peer support group in our local library (yay for libraries!); and won the Association of Scottish Businesswomen’s Overcoming Adversity award in 2023.

Isla Green Gables Editing in landscape shot of beach with Bass Rock in misty distance. Isla in a black coat walking her dog on the beach in East Lothian smiling and walking towards the camera

You can expect full support and guidance from me as you produce your own book. I’ll be your cheerleader throughout the process – I know how hard it can seem to keep going because I’ve been there. Together, we’ll build a timetable for writing an achievable word count, and set realistic deadlines that won’t overwhelm you.

And, when you’ve got all your words down, I’ll polish your prose and make it a thing of beauty.

Whatever your story,
I’ll be right by your side helping you tell it.

Let’s get writing

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