About

Liminal Pages offers book editing services, online creative writing courses and training to fiction editors.

Writers are often told they can either write for a readership (and therefore be successful) or write for themselves (and take a gamble on the success thing). But I believe there’s another way.

You want to make money from your work. But you also want to write books that satisfy your creative integrity. Because, yes, the bills need to be paid, but no one becomes a fiction writer as part of a genius plan to make millions … Only the rarest authors are able to do that. You’re a writer because you love to write.

So write the story you want to tell. Write for the pleasure and the challenge of it. Write because you find it meaningful to do so. Then consider what you want from your writing – the prestige of a publishing deal? to make a living as an author-entrepreneur? to simply connect with readers? – and edit with that in mind.

That’s the idea Liminal Pages is built upon: Write with meaning. Edit with purpose.

How I can help

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Hello, I’m Sophie Playle.

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I’m a bookish kinda person. I studied English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA. After graduating, I worked as an editorial assistant at Pearson Education. There I learned the ins and outs of publishing before I decided to go freelance. While freelancing, I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and ran a literary magazine.

I did pretty well with my own writing. I was shortlisted for the Escalator award, had a handful of poems and short stories published in magazines, self-published a short story collection, and signed with an agent.

Later, I completed a huge comprehensive course on copy-editing from The Publishing Training Centre and joined the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. Using everything I’ve learned over the years, I’ve been helping writers ever since.

Qualifications & Experience

  • SfEP Conference 2016 (speaker)
  • SfEP Editing for Fiction: Professional Development Day
  • SfEP Conference 2014
  • Copy-Editing by Distance Learning, The Publishing Training Centre
  • Creative Writing, MA, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • English Literature with Creative Writing, BA, University of East Anglia

“Sophie is the best writerly professional I’ve ever worked with. I’ve never felt this confident or focused, not even when I was studying my MA under some bitchin’ authors.” — Sam Russell

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These things I know to be true:

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good adventure

Words are powerful. Stories are important. They lasso our imaginations, wrench at our emotions, help us understand the world and allow us to live a thousand different lives. Fiction is the art of truth. Reading a great story built using the power and nuance of the written word is one of life’s greatest pleasures (especially if reading a water-crinkled paperback in the bath tub).

Great books and publishable books are not necessarily the same thing

We could discuss what makes a good book until the cows come home, but it’s much easier to define a publishable book. A publishable book is desired by a significant readership and presented in a way that makes it easily accessible to that readership – i.e. it is developed according to industry conventions. People want to read books that entertain them. So, if you want to be published, you must write a cracking good read.

The act of writing is valuable and meaningful in and of itself

I suffer from existential crises as much as the next creative person. (What’s the point of this life? Have I made the right choices? Where can I find meaning?) But I find solace in the act of writing. The thrill of creation sparks a little light inside my chest, and I can use that light to help navigate my life. You’ll likely have one of two responses to this: you’ll either back away slowly or nod your head knowingly. (I hope it’s the latter.)

Quality writing and high production values create books worth publishing

It’s not immoral to want to earn a living from your writing or to want literary fame. Not by a long stretch. But I think it’s more satisfying to approach your writing with the aim of creating something of true quality. You don’t have to decide between selling your soul to the industry or being a true artist. You can have both. You want to write good books; people want to read good books. It works.

Want to know what it’s really like running an editorial business? You might be interested in Liminal Letters.