Who exactly is Bothersome Words?
Abigail Nathan is a professional editor with a background in copywriting, magazine sub-editing and legal editing. She set up Bothersome Words in 2004 and now focuses on copy editing, proofreading, structural and developmental editing. Originally from the UK, she lives in Sydney and has edited for various Australian publishing houses, including HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House, Hachette and Harlequin, as well as UK publishers including Little, Brown Book Group and Orion, and small presses in the USA. She has worked with authors including Karen Miller, Ian Irvine, Traci Harding, Mary Victoria and many others, and she also works regularly with emerging and self-publishing writers. She edits commercial fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children, and particularly specialises in genre – including speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and horror), crime, romance and erotica.
Abigail is a long-time volunteer for the Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. and occasionally presents workshops on editing, freelancing, social media and marketing.
Abigail enjoys writing herself, and is fascinated by the different ways we learn about and understand stories and their construction. She is always looking for new ways to communicate with authors and help them develop their work. In 2014 she began work on the Writers’ Editor Project, talking to writers from different fields and genres about their writing processes. You can learn more about that here.