I am a highly experienced editor of fiction and non-fiction, specialising in children's books. I have worked with authors to develop original, high-quality titles for respected publishers including Hachette, Thames & Hudson, Peter Owen and Cambridge University Press. I would love to use my experience and publishing insight to help you make your book the best it can possibly be.
Do you want honest, constructive feedback on your book? An eagle eye for the brilliant details to highlight and the little imperfections to pick out? An understanding of how to make your book stand out to publishers and parents and also give it real kid appeal? Fantastic! Sounds like we'll be a perfect match.
I have worked with publishers including Hachette, Thames and Hudson, Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Laurence King on a wide range of books for children.
Books edited include:
Why Is Art Full of Naked People? (winner of Made for Mums Gold Award 9-12 2017)
The Big Book of Bugs (shortlisted for School Library Association Book Awards 2017)
This Book Thinks You're a Scientist (in partnership with the Science Museum)
How Things Work (in partnership with OKIDO)
Paper Zoo (shortlisted in Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2017)
Genius! (shortlisted for ALCS Educational Writers' Award)
Books written and edited include:
Cambridge School Shakespeare series (Cambridge University Press)
Titanic Unclassified (Bloomsbury/A&C Black, in partnership with The National Archives)
Fact Cat and Popcorn series (Wayland) - history, science, nature, countries
History Detective Investigates series (Wayland)
Splat! traces art history through its key turning points and helps to map important art movements from the Renaissance and Impressionism to Surrealism and contemporary art. At the beginning, a spread explores how early peoples represented animals and everyday life. Then brief sections explore the stories of particular artists who helped to make important artistic innovations, including Michela... read more
A silk evening gown with a grungy cardigan and cool retro hi-tops? Surfer shorts with jeweled slippers and a rock 'n' roll leather jacket? This book shows children how to create their own look by mixing up all kinds of styles, from preppy slacks and sporty tops to rockabilly skirts and Parisian-chic berets, encouraging them to push fashion boundaries and create a fashion designer's sketchbook ... read more
A little boy invents many stories with the help of 10 geometrical patterns. One day, he creates a hat, but the hat flies away and is stolen by a little monkey. He chases the hat around a pop-up city, trying desperately to get it back. During his hunt he goes to many different stores and places (the zoo, the bakery, the hairdresser, the library...). All images are built with these 10 geometrica... read more
Based on the idea of the seaside photo booth, Making Faces! is a fill-in art pad that's hands on and great fun. There are 32 pictures to complete. At the beginning of the book, a page explains how the book works and suggests ideas for colouring in the pages. Children complete a picture, then tear off the sheet and poke their face through the hole. They turn themselves into kings and queens wea... read more
Make seven collage pictures of animals - a roaring lion, a splashing hippo, a colourful toucan, a trumpeting elephant, a naughty monkey, a dashing bear and a snapping crocodile - with this cleverly designed book. Complete all the pictures to make an animal procession travelling to the last page, where there's a group photo session at the zoo with a final collage to complete.
Benin 900-1897 CE
How often has Brazil won the World Cup? Which Brazilian river is the widest in the world? Who is Brazil's first woman President? Discover the answers to all of these questions and learn all about Brazil, what continent it is on, what countries surround it, what natural resources it has and what the landscape and climate is like. Visit the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro and travel up the Amazo... read more
Based on the success of her strikingly original storybook The Fairytale Princess, Su Blackwells sumptuous fairytale images, cut out from the pages of classic fables, are now brought to life in three dimensions in this beautiful paper theatre. Everything a child needs to re-enact the well-loved story of Sleeping Beauty is provided, including interchangeable scenery and delightful movable versio... read more
A short, entertaining text narrated by the young Tony introduces Miro, a quiet, kind and smartly dressed man, who 'dreamed when he was awake' and painted wonderfully strange worlds filled with magical animals. The book is beautifully illustrated with some of Miro's finest works, as well as evocative archive photography by Lee Miller and specially commissioned artworks by children done in the s... read more
Sandwiches in Space
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Experienced freelancer offering manuscript development, editing and proofreading. Focus on educational publishing.
A former editor of For Dummies books, I enjoy working with writers of all levels of experience to help them publish quality books.