Developmental editing services for authors of sci-fi, fantasy and LGBTQIA+ fiction

Take your novel out of this world with tailored fiction editing.

Your story is important.

You’ve spent months—years—of your life working on your novel. You’ve worked incredibly hard and pushed through constant obstacles and challenges: creative blocks, technological gremlins, crushing doubt, mental exhaustion, and life just generally getting in the way. You’ve made it through all of that and come out on the other side with something amazing: a manuscript, a physical manifestation of everything you’ve been imagining for so long.

But how do you make sure that your characters feel just as real to your readers as they do to you? That the vivid universe in your head is the same universe readers will experience on the page?

You need someone who can dive under the skin of your manuscript and see right to the core of your creative vision. You need someone who will help you to uncover that core and make it shine through on every page.

That’s where I come in (hello, I'm Jake!).

Jake Nicholls

Together, we'll fine-tune your novel so that:

  • your plot will keep readers up until the early hours of the morning, bleary-eyed, with a torch under the duvet because they just have to know what happens next;
  • your characters feel so real that your readers will want to name their pets after them to keep them alive beyond the last page;
  • your world is so vivid that your readers will want to return again and again.

I will help you tell the story you want to tell, and to do it so well that people can’t help but sit up and take notice.

Let's plot a course together!

The VOYAGE option gives you comprehensive guidance
 through the entire revision
 process, typically over the course of 10 to 16 months. It includes
 two full rounds of in-depth
 development, access to coaching,
 a final review of your revised manuscript, plus an array of
 optional add-ons to
 tailor the process to your
 creative goals.

Learn more about the VOYAGE option.

The ACCELERATE option is an intensive period of guided revision over the course of 6 to 8 months. It includes a manuscript evaluation followed by a round of in-depth development. You will also have access to coaching throughout.

Learn more about the ACCELERATE option.

The BOOST option is a stand-alone manuscript evaluation service, to get your revision process off to a stellar start.

Learn more about the BOOST option.

Genre specialisms

I have expertise in the following areas, for both adult and young adult audiences:


Hard, soft, scrambled, fried: I’m into all types of science fiction, from near future to far future, pre-apocalyptic to post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk to biopunk to any other type of punk you can come up with. Space opera, military SF, sci-fi horror, sci-fi thrillers, dystopian… You name it, I’m here for it.

SF authors whose work I love include: Yoon Ha Lee, Nnedi Okorafor, Ann Leckie, Iain M. Banks, Becky Chambers and Tade Thompson.


I enjoy fantasy at all altitudes: whether it’s high, low or wavering somewhere in the middle. Epic fantasy, portal fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary fantasy, historical fantasy, mythic fantasy, science fantasy, weird fantasy (the weirder the better!), dark fantasy—the list goes on…

Fantasy authors whose work I love include: N.K. Jemisin, Terry Pratchett, Marlon James, Ursula K. Le Guin, China Miéville and Tamora Pierce.


I’m mostly into horror that overlaps with science fiction and fantasy, and particularly books with elements of body horror, bio horror or gothic horror.

Some of my favourite fiction that contains horror elements includes work by: Caitlin Starling, Kirsty Logan, Rory Power, Sarah Perry, Stephen Graham Jones and Alice Thompson.


Mix any of these speculative subgenres with queer and trans characters, and you’ve got extra awesomeness! I also enjoy fiction that centres on LGBTQ+ experiences, no matter the genre.

Some of my favourite non-speculative LGBTQIA+ fiction includes work by: Akwaeke Emezi, Alice Oseman, Mason Deaver, Dean Atta, Nina LaCour and Michelle Tea.