I worked at Random House Children’s Publishers for 9 years (now PRH) and since 2010 I've been a freelance editor, writer and project manager, specialising in illustrated children's books.
At Random House, where I began in 2001 as an Editorial Assistant and left in 2010 as a Commissioning Editor, I learnt my trade. During my time there I worked with established authors and illustrators as well as developing and nurturing new talent, working on a variety of books from baby and toddler titles to pre-school novelty books, best-selling series, classic fiction, non-fiction, activity books, TV tie-ins and picture books. Among other things, I edited and brand-managed the million-selling Princess Poppy series by Janey Louise Jones, the award-winning The Spooky Spooky House by Andrew Weale and Lee Wildish, co-managed the Dahl Estate publishing programme and commissioned the original Fairytale Hairdresser by Abi Longstaff and Lauren Beard, which has gone on to become a successful series. I have a strong track record in commissioning, editing and project managing children’s books.
In my capacity as a freelancer, I have been picture book editor at Editor at David Fickling Books since 2011, a role that also includes managing the colour list. I am developing an innovative and exciting illustrated list with a mixture of new talent and established names, including Sarah McIntyre, Polly Dunbar and Michael Morpurgo. I also work on illustrated fiction (most recently the acclaimed Thornhill by Pam Smy and the forthcoming young fiction debut from Chris Wormell, The Magic Place), non-fiction (Martin Brown's fabulous series, Lesser Spotted) and graphic novels (Philip Pullman's first original graphic novel, John Blake).
At Egmont I have worked on many things since I started freelancing for them in 2010, including Kristina Stephenson's Sir Charlie Stinky Socks series, the relaunch of Gwynedd Rae's classic Mary Plain books, newly illustrated by Clara Vuillamy and with Adam and Charlotte Guillain on School for Dads. At PRH I edited and project managed the first three Very Little books by Teresa Heapy and Sue Heap, among other things.
In addition to my work for publishing clients, I provide manuscript evaluation for picture books and young fiction ideas for private clients.
DETAIL ON RECENT AND FORTHCOMING WORK:
DAVID FICKLING BOOKS:
Recent and forthcoming books include Magical Pets by Anya Glazer, The New Neighbours by Sarah McIntyre, Lesser Spotted Animals 2 by Martin Brown (of Horrible Histories fame); The Magic Place by Chris Wormell.
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Dinosaur's Return; 4 relaunched Mary Plain titles; 2 new picture books plus various writing projects, including Winnie-the-Pooh and the Grand Christmas Surprise.
Boris's Body (as writer), a pre-school non-fiction novelty book (2012).
Several Little Grey Rabbit titles (as writer - 2012 and 2013).
Editing: Princess Poppy: The Royal Parade & The Holiday and adapted 10 Princess Poppy picture books into Colour First Readers; Teresa Heapy and Sue Heap's Very Little series.
THE DICK KING-SMITH ESTATE:
I wrote content for and project managed the official Dick King-Smith website:
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
* Commissioning writers and illustrators
* Development and creative editing
* Art direction
* Costing/budgeting projects
* Working out production specifications (in liaison with production experts)
* Negotiating contracts
* Project management
* Forward planning/strategy for publishing programmes
* Writing texts to a brief: novelty, picture book, novelty formats and young fiction
* Developing ideas (concepts, series and format)
* Pitching ideas to sales teams
A plucky little robin sets out on an epic journey. Through dark forests, driving rain, clapping thunder and flashing lightning. Across frozen wastes, huge mountains and stormy seas he flies., And all the while he's dreaming of home. Of her. But will he ever get there? Find out in this wonderfully lyrical Christmas story from the brilliant Michael Morpurgo, with stunning illustrations by Kerry ... read more
As she unpacks in her new bedroom, Ella is irresistibly drawn to the big old house that she can see out of her window. Surrounded by overgrown gardens, barbed wire fences and 'keep out' signs, it looks derelict. But that night, a light goes on in one of the windows., And the next day she sees a girl in the grounds. Ella is hooked. The house has a story to tell., She is sure of it. Enter Thornh... read more
Living in Berne Zoo, Mary Plain is an orphan bear with an appetite for adventure. In this story, she goes on a svisit and tries lots of new things. First published in 1931, this new edition has contemporary black-line illustrations by Clara Vulliami. Age 6+
Blast off on a cinematic space adventure that is out of this world!
Very Little Cinderella
WATCH OUT! There's a jam thief about! Have you ever bitten into a jammy doughnut and thought - This needs more jam? Imagine Sam's horror when he discovers that his favourite treat has been SUCKED DRY! Who did it?!
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks returns for another fantastic adventure on the 10th anniversary of this bestselling picture book series!By the light of a silvery moon, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his faithful friends are heading for Thunder Mountain. Their mission? To take a little dinosaur home. But the biggest adventure EVER lies in store., Join our brave young knight and his faithful friends as t... read more
Join our brave young knight Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in his bestselling super duper picture book adventure series - oh my!Once upon a time, a message in a bottle said someone needed help; help from a certain bold, brave knight!So the brilliant Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his cat Envelope and his good grey mare must find a ship so they can set sail and rescue the messenger. But, who needs their h... read more
Join our brave young knight Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in his bestselling super duper picture book adventure series - oh my!Sir Charlie Stinky Socks' latest quest is to return a sack of stolen Egyptian gold back to its right owner, one Elfie Corrie. Sounds simple, but Sir Charlie's adventures never are . ., . Join our hero and his faithful friends as their adventure leads them through the desert... read more
Carries EU Toy Safety Directive 'Unsuitable for children ages 0-3' warning logo.Once upon a whisper a wizard made his way from a tall, tall tower to a castle on top of a hill. A mysterious whisper had told him that in the castle was a legendary knight who had helped dragons, monsters and kings. Who could this perfect knight possibly be? Why, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks of course! And he's looking... read more
Little Grey Rabbit's Noisy Night sees our kind, loyal heroine's reserves of patience pushed to the limit as she is awoken by a series of night-time disturbances. These two new pop-out books have gentle, reassuring storylines that pay tribute to Alison Uttley's classic original texts and Margaret Tempest's timeless illustrations.
Little Grey Rabbit's Snowy Day
For generations, Alison Uttley and Margaret Tempest's woodland characters have been loved by many, and now they are given a new lease of life in this charming new pop-out book. In Little Grey Rabbit's Busy Day, it's a beautiful morning and Little Grey Rabbit has lots to do. However, she gets into trouble while out and about, and her friends have to rescue her in time for tea! The gentle, reass... read more
Since 1929 the Little Grey Rabbit series has been a classic of children's literature, and this new collection of novelty books introduces its well-loved characters to today's children. In this changing-picture book, it's a few days before Christmas and Little Grey Rabbit realises that the stockings are missing. It's a calamity! Santa won't visit if they're not up by Christmas Eve! Join Little ... read more
Changing Faces: Fairy Tales Turn the magic wheel for fairytale fun! Full description
A funny, rhyming school story that makes a lovely Father's Day gift, from the authors of Spaghetti with the Yeti and the illustrator of Poo in the Zoo! and Hippobottymus. Has your dad started getting a bit slack? Always late to pick you up, looking at his phone too much? Then you need to get him down to School for Dads right away! And you might learn that he's really a brilliant dad after all ... read more
A funny and reassuring book from the genius of Dinosaurs in the Supermarket author Timothy Knapman- perfect for all families with a new arrival on the way and a great gift for a new big brother. When a new royal baby arrives on the scene, the Prince is not happy. Everyone used to clap and cheer when he had his first bath or got his first tooth. Now people are only interested in the new baby's ... read more
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