Excellent attention to detail.

‘Dion is a fine editor. Excellent attention to detail. I feel very lucky to have had him on my side.’

Malcolm Devlin

Valuable, comprehensive and thorough structural insights.

Author of Chronicles of Breed and The Red Knight.

‘Dion gave me valuable, comprehensive and thorough structural insights on a project I’m working on. It was a worthy investment, and I would certainly recommend him.’

K.T. Davies

A lot less stressful than I thought.

‘This was my first experience with an editor (outside of academia), and you made it a pleasant one. I was worried that things would be changed without my permission, I wouldn’t get a final say in things etc. and you took those fears away. I procrastinate and am anxious by nature, but the process was… Read more “A lot less stressful than I thought.”

Nikki Tanner

Exactly what a person would pay for.

Six Minutes to Midnight

‘There was never a change without a valid justification and you were open to dialogue which ended in a mutually approved draft. You were quite insightful and enthusiastic. The enthusiasm counted for a lot and eased the sting of any criticisms or change requests. All your changes seemed well-informed and came from a place with… Read more “Exactly what a person would pay for.”

Matt Lewis

Deeply responsive to a writer’s vision.

‘Courteous, professional, thorough – Dion seems to instinctively grasp that the role of a good editor is to help shape and hone the text into the best it can possibly be. Unafraid to make bold suggestions, he’s also deeply responsive to a writer’s vision and voice. Working with him on my frankly bloody awkward collection… Read more “Deeply responsive to a writer’s vision.”

Kit Power

He never forgets that this is your book.

‘Dion promises to help an author make their work the best that it can be. He achieves this through an excellent understanding of the writing process, plot, characterisation, and pace. Dion has an eye for details, picking up on small facts and inconsistencies to make it all the more believable. He balances the need to… Read more “He never forgets that this is your book.”

Paul Melhuish

Loving grasp of the narrative whole.

Six Minutes to Midnight

‘As an editor, Dion is possessed of a keen eye for detail tempered with a loving grasp of the narrative whole. His passionate editorial approach is driven by the uncompromising desire to facilitate a finished work that is both as accomplished and complete as possible. Unlike other perspicacious and gifted editors of my experience, his… Read more “Loving grasp of the narrative whole.”

Andrew Coulthard

I wanted to improve, and kept coming back for more!

Six Minutes to Midnight

‘You went into a level of detail that I hadn’t experienced before, which was difficult for me as my confidence is paper thin, but you dealt with it in such a way that I wanted to improve, and kept coming back for more! You were also far less dictatorial than it seems a lot of… Read more “I wanted to improve, and kept coming back for more!”

Jacob Prytherch

Easily one of the best editors I’ve worked with.

Author of The Cold.

‘Dion kicked my arse, editing-wise, but in a polite and really helpful way. Easily one of the best editors I’ve worked with. He’s so thorough he’ll probably edit this testimonial for me.’

Rich Hawkins

Impressed by the speed and precision of your responses.

‘I’m amazed this is your first go as an editor. I’ve been impressed by the speed and precision of your responses, the organizational abilities displayed thus far and the excitement for the project you convey to all participants. I can honestly not think of a single interaction which could’ve been improved upon.’

Chris Bauer

A diligent and important contributor.

Author of Fearless and co-author of the Phoenix Point stories.

‘Dion was a diligent and important contributor in the development of my novel from draft to draft. Aside from picking up a few crucial mistakes, he also asked important and challenging questions, always with a view to strengthening the story and how it was being delivered.’

Allen Stroud

Strengthened the story.

‘It was fun. Glad to say, it wasn’t too traumatic. I knew there were likely to be a few tweaks to help continuity (since I was submitting to a shared world book that was evolving all the time) but you also made suggestions that strengthened the story on its own merits.’

Mike Chinn

A tireless work ethic.

‘Dion is my go-to editor for UK novels. He has a great eye for detail and a tireless work ethic. He’s a joy to work with.’

Graeme Reynolds - Publisher

Clear, concise, and extremely helpful.

Author of The Return of the Samurai Slasher.

Dion’s feedback was clear, concise, and extremely helpful. I wouldn’t think twice about using him again!

Mike Garley

Personable and approachable.

‘I must say that the biggest thing for me has been how personable and approachable you are (both via email and social networking) which is really important. You feel like a real person, rather than a red pen! I found your editing both sympathetic and strict, which is exactly the balance it needs to be.… Read more “Personable and approachable.”

Angeline Trevena

Thorough and accurate.

‘Dion proves himself very thorough and accurate in his work with us and has shown a particular sensitivity to and respect for the author’s work. His enthusiasm for the project is coupled with his professional manner and reliability with deadlines.’

George Sandison - Publisher

His passion and enthusiasm shows through.

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‘The thing with Dion is that his passion and enthusiasm shows through in every project he works on. From conception to final proof, his level of dedication is second to none.’

Steve J. Shaw - Publisher

The next level.

‘No matter how brilliant you think your manuscript is already, Dion Winton-Polak will accelerate it to the next level.’

Joseph D'Lacey

I’d definitely recommend him.

‘I found Dion professional to work with and the book was all the better for his edits. I’d definitely recommend him.’

Paul Kane

You need Dion. He’s there for you.

‘You need your writing to be as good as it can possibly be, while still being yours, in your voice. You need a suggestion on how to make that difficult and vital paragraph a lot clearer than it is now. You need to know that you’ve got the psychology of your characters straight – or… Read more “You need Dion. He’s there for you.”

David Baume
Cat's Eyes

A very pleasant experience.

‘This is my first time working with an editor and you made it a very pleasant experience. I thought the editing process would be a bit overwhelming, but you made it manageable and relatively stress-free.’

Marc Kadushin

Such a collaborative process.

Six Minutes to Midnight

‘I hate editing – I tend to put it off for ages. I’ve had other edits done on short stories I’ve published but they have largely been cosmetic changes and have certainly not been such a collaborative process. I was worried that I’d feel a bit ‘precious’ about making changes but your comments were so… Read more “Such a collaborative process.”

Hereward L.M. Proops

Who am I?

Hi there, my name is Dion and I am in love with the written word. Have been for as long as I can remember. School lunchtimes were spent in the library, whole holidays were spent exploring fantastic worlds. My university degree examined English Literature through the ages, culminating with a first-class dissertation on the anti-hero.

Since then, I’ve been both a reviewer and a podcaster on the Geek Syndicate Network; compiled and edited ‘Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies,’ a strangely uplifting apocalyptic anthology; and I have project-managed the first volume of ‘This Twisted Earth’ – an ambitious, ongoing, shared-world anthology series – all the way from conception to publication. I’ve loved working on these books but royalties rarely pay the bills. Words are why I’m here, though. This is what I do.

So, I am now offering my skills to writers and publishers of all stripes. I can help you hit the right note, sharpen your script and polish your prose. I can bring your project to life and help you get it to a level that is not only fit for publication, but that you can be genuinely proud of, knowing it has reached its full potential. You can find out how by clicking on the Services page.

Still not entirely sure that you need me?
Read on.

Or, if you already know you need an editor…

Submit YOUR manuscript, HERE

The House of Frozen Screams
Thana Niveau
High Cross
Paul Melhuish
You Will Grow Into Them
Malcolm Devlin
The Veil
Joseph D'Lacey
A Warning...
Kit Power
The Rot
Paul Kane
Six Minutes to Midnight
Ed. Dion Winton-Polak
Sunny With A Chance of Zombies
Ed. Dion Winton-Polak

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