Homunculus Editing & Ghostwriting Services

Derek Prior is an experienced developmental editor who has worked with some of the best traditionally published and independent fiction writers. He has also nurtured many new and intermediate writers and helped them to reach the next level with their writing.

As a lifelong reader of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Derek has a particular interest in those genres, but also has experience editing Children’s Literature, Horror, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Suspense.

Derek was born and educated in the South of England. He qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1992 and then went on to read Drama, Classics and Medieval History at the University of Wales, achieving an honors degree.

He read Theological Studies (MA) and undertook Doctoral research at UWA.



Focuses on plot, characterization, style, pace, narrative voice, continuity and structure. Includes copy editing: spelling, grammar, and style. You will be provided with detailed notes in the margins of the text and a summary. Typically take 4-6 weeks.

Editing Queries: derekpprior@gmail.com

GHOSTWRITING: $0.45 per word

Do you have a strong idea for a novel but lack the time or expertise to do it justice?

Derek Prior has ghostwritten novels for both traditionally published and independent authors. Derek works closely with clients at every stage of the project, starting with the initial idea for the story, characterization, plot, style, voice etc. Word count is agreed at the outset, so final cost is fixed. Payment is by installment, with the first due at commencement of the writing stage, the second at the halfway point, and the last when the project is completed. At the end, you will receive a professionally written and fully revised manuscript.

Ghostwriting Queries: derekpprior@gmail.com


David Dalglish (A Dance of Cloaks – light copy edit; A Sliver of Redemption – light copy edit; A Dance of Blades – light copy edit; Night of Wolves – light copy edit; Clash of Faiths – light copy edit; A Dance of Death – light copy edit; The Old Ways – copy edit; The Broken Pieces – copy edit)

M.R. Mathias (The Sword and the Dragon2010 edition – proofread/light copy edit; The Butcher’s Boy – literary edit; Kings, Queens, Heroes and Fools – Literary Edit; Coldhearted Son of a Witch– literary edit; The Confliction – literary edit; Crimzon & Clover III: The Grog – literary edit; The Wizard and the Warlord – literary edit; The Legend of Vanx Malic:Through the Wildwood – literary edit; The Legend of Vanx Malic: Dragon Isle – literary edit; The Emerald Rider – literary edit; Crimzon and Clover V – literary edit; The Legend of Vanx Malic: Saint Elm’s Deep – literary edit; Blood and Royalty – literary edit; Paragon Dracus – literary edit; The Far Side of Creation – literary edit; The Long Journey Home – literary edit).

Valmore Daniels (Angel Fire – Literary Edit; Forbidden the Stars – light copy edit; Music of the Spheres – copy edit; Angel’s Breath – copy edit; Worlds Away – copy edit; Earth Angel – copy edit; Angel Tears – copy edit; Angel of Darkness – copy edit; Seed of Creation – copy edit; The Wolven of Hunter’s Holler – content edit, proof read)

Sibel Hodge (My Perfect Wedding – light copy edit; Be Careful What You Wish For – light copy edit; Trafficked -light copy edit; The Baby Trap – light copy edit; Voodoo Deadly – copy edit); It’s a Catastrophe! – copy edit; A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey – copy edit; The See-Through Leopard – copy edit)

Keith C. Blackmore (The Bear That Fell From the Stars – light copy edit)

Moses Siregar (The Black God’s War – editorial comments and copy edit)

Felix Savage (The Incurables – copy edit)

Rex Jameson (Lucifer’s Odyssey – literary edit; Angels and Demons – light copy edit; Elves and Goblins – copy edit; The Goblin Rebellion– copy edit; Hallow’s Ween – copy edit)

Jason Letts (Suspense – light copy edit)

Rakesh Gupta (The Gunsmith’s Apprentice – literary edit)

Curtis Hox (Bleedover – copy edit; Red Sphere – literary edit; Repossession in Progress – literary edit; The Kafka Harrier – literary edit; Witch Fire – literary edit; Transmission – literary edit; Bottomland – literary edit)

K. Gorman (A Cat and a Meese – literary edit; Star-Eater – literary edit; Into the Fire – copy edit)

Chris Dietzel (The Man Who Watched the World End – copy edit; A Different Alchemy – copy edit; The Hauntings of Playing God – copy edit)

N. Gemini-Sasson (The King Must Die – copy edit; Uneasy Lies the Crown – copy edit)

Victorine E. Lieske (How to Find Success Selling eBooks – copy edit)

John Elwood (Rail City Chronicles – copy edit)

William Bakke (Landfall – beta read)

Mitchell Hogan (A Crucible of Souls – copy edit and proof read; full redraft edit; Blood of Innocents – literary edit; full redraft edit; Inquisitor – literary edit; redraft edit; A Shattered Empire – literary edit; redraft edit; Revenant Winds – literary edit first draft, early chapters; Tower of the Forgotten – literary edit)

J.R. Tomlin (A King Ensnared – line edit)

S. Nathan (The Falcon’s Eye – literary edit; redraft edit; The Ghost Who Burns – content edit)

Maximiliane Donicht (Mascherata – literary edit; redraft edit)

Michael Karner (Red Axe, Black Sun – literary edit; Love is For Tomorrow – Reunion – line edit)

Jessica Henwick (Beneath the Jade Throne – content edit)

Laurel Anne Hill (Engine Woman’s Light – literary edit; literary edit of revision)

Charla Hatch (Return to Avalon – First Five Pages Critique)

P.M. Prior (The Basement – literary edit; redraft edit; The House – literary edit; redraft edit)

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