Amber Hatch

Amber Hatch - Editor

Oxford, UK

I have five books published in 17 languages. I am clearsighted, considerate and affordable. I love authentic voices and powerful tales.

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Overview

About me:
I have published five books in wellbeing and parenting with major publishers and my work has been translated into 17 languages. I have titles published by Penguin Random House (2015), Watkins Publishing (2015, 2016, & 2017) and Little, Brown (2017). Alongside my own writing and raising my children, I have worked as a freelance editor and manuscript assessor (fiction and non-fiction) for ten years including for Watkins Publishing. I have an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University (distinction). I have taught writing skills at Oxford University and Creative Writing for Wellbeing for mental health charity Mind.

How I work:
It's my passion to help you communicate as strongly as you can. I can help you recognise the strengths and weaknesses in your work and guide you to fix problems. Whether you are self-publishing or going down the traditional publishing route, I can help you shape up your manuscript so that you tell your story with authenticity and power.

I offer manuscript assessments, development editing and copyediting. I also enjoy working with authors over a longer time frame and can offer a mentoring package. I am also available as a ghostwriter.

My fees are fair and affordable, and I can offer a fast turnaround if time is short.

Fiction - I have a particular interest in children's and literary.

Non-fiction - I specialise in wellbeing and memoir.

“Amber doesn’t pull any punches and lets you know what is working and what is not. If you want somebody who will tell you your work is ‘nice’, Amber is not for you. On the other hand, if you want someone who will make your work publishable, Amber will help you get there. She’s brilliant and knows what works.” (This author went on to strike a four-book deal with Bloomsbury.)

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & Wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Short Story
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MA Creative Writing Bath Spa (distinction)
  • BA English Literature (First class)
  • CELTA

Awards

  • AHRC award £11,000 for Creative Writing MA

Work experience

Writing Skills Tutor

Oxford University
April, 2016 – July, 2018 (about 2 years)

I tutor academic writing skills to English Literature students at Oxford University.

Author

Penguin Random House; Little, Brown; Watkins Publishing
January, 2014 – Present (over 7 years)

I have published five books in wellbeing and parenting with major publishers and my work has been translated into 17 languages. I have titles published by Penguin Random House (2015), Watkins Publishing (2015, 2016, & 2017) and Little, Brown (2017).

Freelance Editor and Literary Consultant

Self-employed
August, 2009 – Present (over 11 years)

I have worked as a freelance editor offering manuscript assessments, copy editing and ghost writing over ten years, including copy editing for Watkins Publishing.

Creative Writing Leader

Oxfordshire Mind, the Mental Health charity
February, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

I devised and delivered a course in Creative Writing for Wellbeing at Oxfordshire Mind to help those struggling with mental health problems.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Mindfulness for Parents

Amber Hatch

Written in a friendly and accessible style, Amber Hatch, author of Nappy Free Baby and Colouring for Contemplation, includes tons of practical information alongside anecdotes, tips and insights that will help any parent, whether they are new to mindfulness or well-practised, to achieve a calmer, more relaxed family life. Topics covered include: establishing and maintaining a meditation practic... read more

Written in a friendly and accessible style, Amber Hatch, author of Nappy Free Baby and Colouring for Contemplation, includes tons of practical information alongside anecdotes, tips and insights that will help any parent, whether they are new to mindfulness or well-practised, to achieve a calmer, more relaxed family life. Topics covered include: establishing and maintaining a meditation practic... read more

Nappy Free Baby

Amber Hatch

This unique book shows parents how to break free from nappies and tricky toilet training. By recognising and responding to their baby's natural reflexes, parents can help them to stay clean and dry from birth, while reducing the cost to the family budget and the environment. Baby-led potty training can help to: - avoid nappy rash- prevent constipation- calm fussy babies- reduce landfill- save ... read more

This unique book shows parents how to break free from nappies and tricky toilet training. By recognising and responding to their baby's natural reflexes, parents can help them to stay clean and dry from birth, while reducing the cost to the family budget and the environment. Baby-led potty training can help to: - avoid nappy rash- prevent constipation- calm fussy babies- reduce landfill- save ... read more

The Art of Silence

Amber Hatch

Discover the art of silence In our day-to-day lives, most of us are absolutely bombarded by sound and visual stimuli. We lurch from one activity to the next feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Messages from media, advertising and popular culture tell us that having more will help us find happiness, yet instead we feel overloaded and burnt out. The Art of Silence offers us an antidote.It explores... read more

Discover the art of silence In our day-to-day lives, most of us are absolutely bombarded by sound and visual stimuli. We lurch from one activity to the next feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Messages from media, advertising and popular culture tell us that having more will help us find happiness, yet instead we feel overloaded and burnt out. The Art of Silence offers us an antidote.It explores... read more

Coloring for Contemplation, Pocket Edition (Watkins Adult Coloring Pages)

Amber Hatch

Colouring for Contemplation contains beautiful, meaningful themed artwork alongside accompanying quotations from some of the most inspirational thinkers around the world, providing an inner and outer colouring journey.Pick up your pens and pencils and begin your journey … This beautiful colouring book has been created to help you to be mindful - to slow down and breathe and to give you the ins... read more

Colouring for Contemplation contains beautiful, meaningful themed artwork alongside accompanying quotations from some of the most inspirational thinkers around the world, providing an inner and outer colouring journey.Pick up your pens and pencils and begin your journey … This beautiful colouring book has been created to help you to be mindful - to slow down and breathe and to give you the ins... read more

More Coloring For Contemplation

Amber Hatch

The follow-on title from the team that brought you the hugely successful Coloring for Contemplation.The follow-on title to the hugely successful Coloring for Contemplation, More Coloring for Contemplation is divided into 4 sections; love, compassion, joy and equanimity. Each section contains beautiful, meaningful themed artwork alongside an accompanying quotation from some of the most inspirat... read more

The follow-on title from the team that brought you the hugely successful Coloring for Contemplation.The follow-on title to the hugely successful Coloring for Contemplation, More Coloring for Contemplation is divided into 4 sections; love, compassion, joy and equanimity. Each section contains beautiful, meaningful themed artwork alongside an accompanying quotation from some of the most inspirat... read more

How to Teach Meditation to Children: Help Kids Deal with Shyness and Anxiety and Be More Focused, Creative and Self-confident

David Fontana, Ingrid Slack

This is the classic guide to teaching children of different ages how to meditate, helping them deal with anxiety, shyness and depression, and improving concentration, creativity, emotional balance and self-confidence.This is a new edition of the classic guide to teaching meditation to children – one of the first and still one of the best in terms of clarity, practicality and usability. Avoidin... read more

This is the classic guide to teaching children of different ages how to meditate, helping them deal with anxiety, shyness and depression, and improving concentration, creativity, emotional balance and self-confidence.This is a new edition of the classic guide to teaching meditation to children – one of the first and still one of the best in terms of clarity, practicality and usability. Avoidin... read more

The Monster Who Wasn't

T C Shelley

A brilliantly rich and strange fantasy adventure that will make us all believe in monsters – be they good, bad or somewhere in between.It is a well-known fact that fairies are born from a baby's first laugh. What is not as well documented is how monsters come into being …This is the story of a creature who is both strange and unique. When he hatches down in the vast underground lair where mons... read more

A brilliantly rich and strange fantasy adventure that will make us all believe in monsters – be they good, bad or somewhere in between.It is a well-known fact that fairies are born from a baby's first laugh. What is not as well documented is how monsters come into being …This is the story of a creature who is both strange and unique. When he hatches down in the vast underground lair where mons... read more

Twisted Space

Erik Nickerson

It seems like a simple game of Laser Tag, except that Milo is the smallest in seventh grade. And he must avoid his nemesis, Carla Correga and her bullying friends, of course. And to complicate matters, his good friend Serge, blind since birth, has insisted on playing. Milo crafts an elaborate plan to help his friend survive. But when the lights go out and the game begins, everything goes wrong... read more

It seems like a simple game of Laser Tag, except that Milo is the smallest in seventh grade. And he must avoid his nemesis, Carla Correga and her bullying friends, of course. And to complicate matters, his good friend Serge, blind since birth, has insisted on playing. Milo crafts an elaborate plan to help his friend survive. But when the lights go out and the game begins, everything goes wrong... read more

What Is Real? My Search for Truth in a World of Chaos and Confusion: "Believe What is True"

Thomas M Carter

“How do I really open my soul to knowledge and truth?” This is a question not often confronted and certainly with difficulty expressed and elaborated in our world today. This is because the path towards truth is fraught with illusions, delusions, confusion, and uncertainty. And yet, this query is the most central and crucial question there is--the most penetrating, pertinent, and essential que... read more

“How do I really open my soul to knowledge and truth?” This is a question not often confronted and certainly with difficulty expressed and elaborated in our world today. This is because the path towards truth is fraught with illusions, delusions, confusion, and uncertainty. And yet, this query is the most central and crucial question there is--the most penetrating, pertinent, and essential que... read more

Just Holden On

Ashley Parr

Ever feel like someone forgot to give you the important or embarrassing details about what happens during pregnancy and delivery? Or maybe they forgot to mention the fact that having multiple children is not always sunshine and unicorns? This mom of four under five brings to light the funny, relatable and sometimes shocking things that happen in real life once you have kids. She lends advice a... read more

Ever feel like someone forgot to give you the important or embarrassing details about what happens during pregnancy and delivery? Or maybe they forgot to mention the fact that having multiple children is not always sunshine and unicorns? This mom of four under five brings to light the funny, relatable and sometimes shocking things that happen in real life once you have kids. She lends advice a... read more

A Bit Too Much: 01x

Johnny Clack

“I hated looking for work. I hated circling the classifieds, I hated the web searches, I hated the web job sites, I hated the phony resumes, I hated the phony interviews. What do you think your greatest strength is? I got to the highest level of Wolfenstein II The New Colossus. How do you think that would help you in this job? Hand-eye coordination. High moral character - I killed a lot of bad... read more

“I hated looking for work. I hated circling the classifieds, I hated the web searches, I hated the web job sites, I hated the phony resumes, I hated the phony interviews. What do you think your greatest strength is? I got to the highest level of Wolfenstein II The New Colossus. How do you think that would help you in this job? Hand-eye coordination. High moral character - I killed a lot of bad... read more

Babies Build Toddlers

Bissonnette, Mariana

HE'S BACK

Holland, Sue, Moon, Coral

Capturing the Ghost

Lauka, David Tanner

Amber has 69 reviews

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Nina Heide
Thank you very much for your excellent work, Amber! I would really like to use your help in editing my next project too, when that time comes.

Nina Heide, March 2021

Amber Hatch
I really enjoyed working with you on your inspiring guide and would love to collaborate again on your next project!

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Aide Lehmann
Thank you as always!

Aide Lehmann, March 2021


Belen Cabot
"Pedestrian.. boring..manipulative..lazy..over the top but maybe that is the Mexican way.... "these are some of the comments I received. She did say some helpful scenes but the critique was so harsh that I actually haven't been able to get back to writing this novel.

Belen Cabot, March 2021

Amber Hatch
I'm so sorry to hear that you were upset with my critique and that you haven't felt able to revisit your novel yet. I absolutely had no intention to be harsh, and I'm distressed that you took my fe...
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John Gibbs
I have written a very personal story about my wife's battle with MSA, a progressive and terminal illness, and our journey. The intent of the book is to inspire and help others who are about to embark on a similar journey. I was looking for an editor that could appreciate the intent, challenge me in the right way to improve the book, and reflect the balance and style of writing in their feedb...
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John Gibbs, March 2021


Anthony Cann
Amber is a special professional; she did her best for me and is right on.

Anthony Cann, March 2021

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