Anna Solemani

Anna Solemani - Editor Tick

London, United Kingdom

I am a Children’s and YA Fiction editor with over eight years’ experience in the industry.

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I am a children’s and YA fiction editor with over eight years’ experience in the publishing industry. I began my career at Scholastic Children’s Books, developing the illustrious lists for both Scholastic Fiction and the boutique literary imprint Marion Lloyd Books. In 2013 I moved to Orchard Books, where I manage a wide range of bestselling series, middle-grade and YA fiction.

Interests: Young fiction, middle-grade and YA, particularly commercial fiction, literary fiction, tearjerkers, magical realism, quirky reality-benders, inspirational coming-of-age and overcoming-of-odds stories.

Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Adventure
Anthologies
Children's - Middle Grade
Classics
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Dystopian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • MA (Hons) Classics, University of Edinburgh, 2005–2009
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), TEFL Scotland, 2008
  • Letteratura e Filosofia, Università di Bologna, 2007–2008
  • Copyediting Workshop, Hachette Children’s Group, 2015
  • Copyediting Skills, The Publishing Training Centre, 2012
  • Copywriting Training, Scholastic Children’s Books, 2012
  • Proofreading & Copyediting, Scholastic Children’s Books, 2012
  • Proofreading for Editors, The Publishing Training Centre, 2011

Work experience

Senior Editor

Orchard Books
June, 2017 – Present (about 1 year)

I continue to manage Orchard's bestselling fiction brands, looking after a wide range of early readers, middle-grade and YA fiction.

Editor

Orchard Books
September, 2013 – June, 2017 (over 3 years)

I managed Orchard’s top-selling fiction brands, looking after a wide range of early readers, middle-grade and YA fiction.

Freelance Editor

Freelance
March, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

I also work as a freelance editor for children's book of all ages, from picture books to YA. My services include structural editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, assessing submissions, brainstorming storylines and writing copy.

Editorial Assistant

Scholastic UK
August, 2010 – March, 2013 (over 2 years)

I cut my teeth in publishing assisting both the Marion Lloyd Books and Fiction Editorial teams in all aspects of running their illustrious Children’s and Young Adult Fiction lists.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Grandma Dangerous and the Dog of Destiny

Kita Mitchell

WARNING: DO NOT GIVE THIS BOOK TO YOUR OWN GRANDMA. SHE MIGHT GET IDEAS...Danger is her middle name!Ollie's dad is missing - but Grandma Dangerous is on the case! She has a hot-air balloon, thirty packets of biscuits and a pooch with magical powers (she says).But as they sail through the skies, Ollie realises they're not just on a rescue mission...Grandma's on the run!"Thrills! Biscuits! This ... read more

WARNING: DO NOT GIVE THIS BOOK TO YOUR OWN GRANDMA. SHE MIGHT GET IDEAS...Danger is her middle name!Ollie's dad is missing - but Grandma Dangerous is on the case! She has a hot-air balloon, thirty packets of biscuits and a pooch with magical powers (she says).But as they sail through the skies, Ollie realises they're not just on a rescue mission...Grandma's on the run!"Thrills! Biscuits! This ... read more

Boywatching: Up Close

Chloe Bennet

In BOYWATCHING, Chloe and her friends turned their obsession with the mysterious yet strangely alluring St Thomas's boys into a scientific pursuit (with hilarious consequences). In the second book, the thrilling prospect of a joint school play takes up much of everyone's waking (and dreaming) hours. But aside from that, can Chloe hang onto the heaven that is Mark? Will Gemma's reunion with the... read more

In BOYWATCHING, Chloe and her friends turned their obsession with the mysterious yet strangely alluring St Thomas's boys into a scientific pursuit (with hilarious consequences). In the second book, the thrilling prospect of a joint school play takes up much of everyone's waking (and dreaming) hours. But aside from that, can Chloe hang onto the heaven that is Mark? Will Gemma's reunion with the... read more

Season Three

Chloe Bennet

When Chloe's boyfriend Mark goes off on a French exchange, he leaves his cousin Oscar in the not-so-capable hands of the Boywatchers. Poor Oscar is extremely handsome, but terribly awkward. Can the girls succeed in transforming him into a suave, girlfriended gent - in time for Mark's return? Broken hearts, promises and toes abound in this hilarious and heartwarming conclusion to the fabulous B... read more

When Chloe's boyfriend Mark goes off on a French exchange, he leaves his cousin Oscar in the not-so-capable hands of the Boywatchers. Poor Oscar is extremely handsome, but terribly awkward. Can the girls succeed in transforming him into a suave, girlfriended gent - in time for Mark's return? Broken hearts, promises and toes abound in this hilarious and heartwarming conclusion to the fabulous B... read more

Goblins

Philip Reeve

Always busy squabbling, the goblins who live in the great towers of Clovenstone spend all their time fighting and looting. Only clever young Skarper understands that dark magic created by a vanquished sorcerer is rising again. From the lands of men come fortune-seekers - and soon trolls, giants, cloud-maidens, swamp monsters, tree-warriors, humans and bloodthirsty goblins alike are swept into ... read more

Always busy squabbling, the goblins who live in the great towers of Clovenstone spend all their time fighting and looting. Only clever young Skarper understands that dark magic created by a vanquished sorcerer is rising again. From the lands of men come fortune-seekers - and soon trolls, giants, cloud-maidens, swamp monsters, tree-warriors, humans and bloodthirsty goblins alike are swept into ... read more

It's a Crazy Christmas

Giles Andreae

Meet Billy... He's Bonkers!The Christmas celebrations have begun! But when Billy gets trapped by a snowman, weed on by a puppy and burped on by his relatives, he decides... it's a totally crazy Christmas!3 side-splittingly hilarious stories in 1!

Meet Billy... He's Bonkers!The Christmas celebrations have begun! But when Billy gets trapped by a snowman, weed on by a puppy and burped on by his relatives, he decides... it's a totally crazy Christmas!3 side-splittingly hilarious stories in 1!

Frozen

Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature - freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.At the heart of thi... read more

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature - freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.At the heart of thi... read more

Golden

Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston

In this epic conclusion to the trilogy, Nat and Wes go on a journey to find the Rift, save the source of magic and defeat the Drau, the pirates, and the RSA - but at a great sacrifice. Wes is dying, and as he's rotting the Drau will let the rot "cleanse" the source of magic, dooming Wes forever. Nat and Wes discover that the source of the magic lies in the Drakon - the key to the Blue, the pro... read more

In this epic conclusion to the trilogy, Nat and Wes go on a journey to find the Rift, save the source of magic and defeat the Drau, the pirates, and the RSA - but at a great sacrifice. Wes is dying, and as he's rotting the Drau will let the rot "cleanse" the source of magic, dooming Wes forever. Nat and Wes discover that the source of the magic lies in the Drakon - the key to the Blue, the pro... read more

Stolen

Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston

Nat and her drakon are the last of their kind, sworn to protect what their enemies seek to control. She's risked her life for their reunion, but that meant breaking Wes's heart - and her own. New Vegas is threatened by the resurgence of magic and declares war on all the marked. When Wes is caught by the RSA, he is forced to do the unthinkable. Wes and Nat find themselves on opposing sides of a... read more

Nat and her drakon are the last of their kind, sworn to protect what their enemies seek to control. She's risked her life for their reunion, but that meant breaking Wes's heart - and her own. New Vegas is threatened by the resurgence of magic and declares war on all the marked. When Wes is caught by the RSA, he is forced to do the unthinkable. Wes and Nat find themselves on opposing sides of a... read more

Rainbow Magic: Esther the Kindness Fairy

Daisy Meadows

Everyone knows Kirsty and Rachel are best friends. But when Jack Frost steals the Friendship Fairies' magical objects, the special bond of BFFs everywhere is at risk! Can they fight the Ice Lord and his goblin minions to restore the magic of friendship in both the Fairyland and worlds?

Everyone knows Kirsty and Rachel are best friends. But when Jack Frost steals the Friendship Fairies' magical objects, the special bond of BFFs everywhere is at risk! Can they fight the Ice Lord and his goblin minions to restore the magic of friendship in both the Fairyland and worlds?

Magic Animal Friends: Charlotte Waggytail Learns a Lesson

Daisy Meadows

Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me!Best friends Jess and Lily love all animals. But when they follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest - a place where animals live in tiny cottages and sip dandelion tea at the Toadstool Cafe - their animal friends suddenly become much more magical!

Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me!Best friends Jess and Lily love all animals. But when they follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest - a place where animals live in tiny cottages and sip dandelion tea at the Toadstool Cafe - their animal friends suddenly become much more magical!

Twice-Lived Summer of Bluebell Jones

Susie Day

Twice-lived Summer of Bluebell Jones On her thirteenth birthday, Blue makes a desperate wish. To be transformed into a cool, confident teenager. Enter Red, appearing from nowhere like a wacky fairy godmother. She's only visible to Blue - in fact, she IS Blue, but a year older. But her future self causes a heap of crazy trouble - and there are dark secrets she's not telling... Full description

Twice-lived Summer of Bluebell Jones On her thirteenth birthday, Blue makes a desperate wish. To be transformed into a cool, confident teenager. Enter Red, appearing from nowhere like a wacky fairy godmother. She's only visible to Blue - in fact, she IS Blue, but a year older. But her future self causes a heap of crazy trouble - and there are dark secrets she's not telling... Full description

It's Alive!

Claire O'Brien

One day, I, Cordelia Codd, will design beautiful costumes and live in a glamorous city.But for now, I'm stuck with: Living in a MICRO-TINY cottage stuck to the side of a pubA pair of BONKERS parents who are still NQT (Not Quite Together) Two MEAN GIRLS trying to steal my best friendAnd a Granny who is behaving even more strangely than usual. The third and final instalment in the hilariously ha... read more

One day, I, Cordelia Codd, will design beautiful costumes and live in a glamorous city.But for now, I'm stuck with: Living in a MICRO-TINY cottage stuck to the side of a pubA pair of BONKERS parents who are still NQT (Not Quite Together) Two MEAN GIRLS trying to steal my best friendAnd a Granny who is behaving even more strangely than usual. The third and final instalment in the hilariously ha... read more

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Tomi Doherty

Very thorough, accommodating and wonderful to work with. I will definitely recommend her to others and would love to work with her again. Thanks again, Anna.

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Tomi Doherty, July 2018


Paula Graves

Anna was an excellent resource for me in this stage of my book project. She outlined her ability to work on the project with her schedule. She proposed what she would provide based on my initial submission to describe the larger project. This was likely a little more than most would have had the patience to wade through. She was prompt once the work began and gave thoughtful suggestions and cri...

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Paula Graves, July 2018

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