Alice Corrie

Alice Corrie - Editor Tick

Very experienced editor who has worked with Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman, Sarah McIntyre, Chris Wormell, Polly Dunbar and many more.

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Overview

I have worked in children's publishing since 2001, initially in house at Random House Children's Books (now Penguin Random House) and since 2010 as a freelance editor, writer and project manager. Going freelance allowed me to combine the career that I love with my family life once I had children (and to avoid the dreaded commute from Brighton to London). This move to freelancing also gave me the flexibility to move to Berlin, where I am now based, when my husband's job took us there in 2016.

My area of expertise and specific interest is in illustrated children's books - picture books and heavily illustrated middle grade fiction as well as non-fiction. I adore the economy of language required to write a really blinding picture book (it's much harder than you'd think!), and the way the words and pictures work together to tell the story in both picture books and illustrated middle grade fiction. I love working with authors and illustrators to develop their ideas and characters and their storytelling. The process of pinging ideas back and forth until the best version of a story or an illustration is worked out is such fun. I see my role, when editing, as that of a guide. I am there to help and to tease ideas out of authors and illustrators and to push them to do their very best work (but in a super nice way, of course!). The author/illustrator relationship with an editor, in my experience, is a close one, and must be based on mutual trust and respect, all of which hopefully comes as one works together. A designer is also closely involved in this team, especially with highly illustrated books. I have found, in the past, that one often forms a very tight creative unit with the editor, designer, author and illustrator, and this is one of the big upsides of the job, in my opinion. And the really fabulous thing is that at the end of it all, you have a book! A gorgeous, tangible object to launch out into the world.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Work experience

Editor, writer and Project Manager

Self-employed
August, 2010 – Present (over 8 years)

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.

EGMONT:
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.

CAMPBELL BOOKS:
Boris's Body (as writer), a pre-school non-fiction novelty book (2012).

TEMPLAR:
Several Little Grey Rabbit titles (as writer - 2012 and 2013).

PRH:
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

Portfolio (29 selected works)

Coming Home

Michael Morpurgo

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

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

Thornhill

Pam Smy

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

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

The New Neighbours

Sarah McIntyre

All Mary (Adventures of Mary Plain)

Gwynedd Rae

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+

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+

Loved To Bits

Teresa Heapy

Lionheart

Richard Collingridge

Tiny Little Rocket

David Fickling, Richard Collingridge

Blast off on a cinematic space adventure that is out of this world!

Blast off on a cinematic space adventure that is out of this world!

Very Little Cinderella

Teresa Heapy

Very Little Cinderella

Very Little Cinderella

Jampires

Sarah McIntyre, David O'Connell

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?!

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: The Dinosaur's Return

Kristina Stephenson

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

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

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Pirate's Curse

Kristina Stephenson

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!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

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Mummy's Gold

Kristina Stephenson

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

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

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of the Wizard's Whisper

Kristina Stephenson

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

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: Little Grey Rabbit's Noisy Night

Alice Corrie

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 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: Little Grey Rabbit's Snowy Day

Alice Corrie

Little Grey Rabbit's Snowy Day

Little Grey Rabbit's Snowy Day

Little Grey Rabbit- Busy Day

Alice Corrie, Angela Swan

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

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

Little Grey Rabbit: Little Grey Rabbit and the Christmas Stockings

Alice Corrie

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

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

Alice Corrie

Changing Faces: Fairy Tales Turn the magic wheel for fairytale fun! Full description

Changing Faces: Fairy Tales Turn the magic wheel for fairytale fun! Full description

School for Dads

Charlotte Guillain

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, 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

Light-Fingered Larry (Bottlenose Bay)

Jan Fearnley

Light-fingered Larry

Light-fingered Larry

The New Royal Baby

Timothy Knapman

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

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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