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amy durant

amy durant - Editor

London

I am Publishing Director for Endeavour Press. I am also a freelance digital publishing consultant and editor.

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I am publishing director for Endeavour Press - the UK's leading independent digital publisher, and also a freelance editor and publishing consultant.

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Publishing Director

Endeavour Press

January, 2013 – Present (almost 4 years)

Click to edit position descriptionI am the Publishing Director for Endeavour Press - the UK's leading independent digital publisher. I manage a list of over 200 authors and am in charge of our Kindle Singles, and managing other staff members.

I oversee the full process of ebook design, production and marketing. A lot of what Endeavour does is track down out of print books, contact the authors, and bring out new digital editions. I have successfully contacted and signed a number of authors and estates for this process. I have also developed very good relationships with literary agents, discussing authors they have which might be suitable for our lists, and working with them to build up their list of Endeavour Press authors.

Another key part of Endeavour Press's business is the development of Kindle Singles. Kindle Singles are short essays, or novellas published by Amazon on their Kindle Single store. I have a very good relationship with Andrew Rosenheim who runs the store. I come up with and pitch ideas to him, edit the manuscripts, design the covers and talk with him about future projects. I also recently went to New York to visit the same team in the US and am currently building a relationship with them as well.

I have been particularly commended for my editorial work. Endeavour does take on new authors, and these manuscripts often need a substantial copy-edit, so I work with authors suggesting cuts and edits for their books, and also sharing cover ideas.

Endeavour Press currently publish twenty books a week, and it is up to me to make sure that this happens, that we are signing enough books to allow this to continue happening, and to organise other members of staff so that they hit their targets. I make sure that all the books are brought out within 6 months of being contracted.

I also oversee and discuss marketing strategies, continuously coming up with new ways to market our books to move with the ever changing digital market.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Hand of Darkness

Roger Hurn

The Church of the Dark Light commands its followers to 'embrace the darkness' inside themselves. But after a beautiful young girl joins the cult, she mysteriously vanishes. Her elder sister turns to private investigator Ryan Kyd to find out what happened to her. Ryan suspects the church is a scam and holds little hope of his client's sister returning. So he gives the job to his assistant - the... read more

The Church of the Dark Light commands its followers to 'embrace the darkness' inside themselves. But after a beautiful young girl joins the cult, she mysteriously vanishes. Her elder sister turns to private investigator Ryan Kyd to find out what happened to her. Ryan suspects the church is a scam and holds little hope of his client's sister returning. So he gives the job to his assistant - the... read more

The Natural Law

Steve Attridge

Dr Paul Rook’s life is a mess: he drinks too much, his wife has left him for his best friend, and he spends his days teaching philosophy to students who aren’t interested at all. Thankfully, he has another life -- a side line career as a private investigator. So when he meets Mary King, whose small-time criminal husband has been shot dead in a faraway hotel room, he gladly takes the case. Almo... read more

Dr Paul Rook’s life is a mess: he drinks too much, his wife has left him for his best friend, and he spends his days teaching philosophy to students who aren’t interested at all. Thankfully, he has another life -- a side line career as a private investigator. So when he meets Mary King, whose small-time criminal husband has been shot dead in a faraway hotel room, he gladly takes the case. Almo... read more

The Great Game: An Imperial Adventure

Steven O'Brien

In the high days of the Raj Captain Toby Larburgh meets a stranger in Calcutta’s Great Eastern Hotel. Over a drink Toby tells of his adventures in the mountains of British India’s northern borders. His quest to find out what lay behind the death of a local Imperial agent took him to the far-flung reaches of the British Empire, the distant princely state of Ghondabaur. When he reaches the lavis... read more

In the high days of the Raj Captain Toby Larburgh meets a stranger in Calcutta’s Great Eastern Hotel. Over a drink Toby tells of his adventures in the mountains of British India’s northern borders. His quest to find out what lay behind the death of a local Imperial agent took him to the far-flung reaches of the British Empire, the distant princely state of Ghondabaur. When he reaches the lavis... read more

1913: The Eve of War

Paul Ham

Christmas 1913. In Britain, people are debating a new dance called ‘the tango’. In Germany, they are fascinated by the wedding of the Kaiser’s daughter to the Duke of Brunswick. Little did they know that their world was on ‘The Eve of War’, a catastrophe that was to engulf the continent, cost millions of lives, and change the course of the century. And yet behind the scenes, the Great Powers w... read more

Christmas 1913. In Britain, people are debating a new dance called ‘the tango’. In Germany, they are fascinated by the wedding of the Kaiser’s daughter to the Duke of Brunswick. Little did they know that their world was on ‘The Eve of War’, a catastrophe that was to engulf the continent, cost millions of lives, and change the course of the century. And yet behind the scenes, the Great Powers w... read more

Love Hurts

Faith Bleasdale

Emily Smith has always loved Christmas. Growing up, her family didn’t have much but they always made their family Christmas special. Emily’s gran had been at the heart of their festive celebrations, and it all started with getting the right Christmas tree. Now, age thirty, Emily is hosting her own Christmas for the first time. And she is determined that everything will be just perfect. Her fia... read more

Emily Smith has always loved Christmas. Growing up, her family didn’t have much but they always made their family Christmas special. Emily’s gran had been at the heart of their festive celebrations, and it all started with getting the right Christmas tree. Now, age thirty, Emily is hosting her own Christmas for the first time. And she is determined that everything will be just perfect. Her fia... read more

Alan Turing: Unlocking the Enigma (Kindle Single)

David Boyle

Alan Mathison Turing. Mathematician, philosopher, codebreaker, a founder of computer science, and the father of Artificial Intelligence, Turing was one of the most original thinkers of the last century - and the man whose work helped create the computer-driven world we now inhabit. But he was also an enigmatic figure, deeply reticent yet also strikingly naïve. Turing’s openness about his homos... read more

Alan Mathison Turing. Mathematician, philosopher, codebreaker, a founder of computer science, and the father of Artificial Intelligence, Turing was one of the most original thinkers of the last century - and the man whose work helped create the computer-driven world we now inhabit. But he was also an enigmatic figure, deeply reticent yet also strikingly naïve. Turing’s openness about his homos... read more

Bomber Girls (Kindle Single)

M J Foreman

Their finest hour… In 1939, with Britain fighting for its life against Nazi Germany, the Air Transport Auxiliary was formed to back up the Royal Air Force. All of its pilots were men. But by 1940, after Fighter Command lost hundreds of pilots during the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill realised the recruitment pool needed to be widened. In stepped ATA Senior Commander Pauline Gower, who ha... read more

Their finest hour… In 1939, with Britain fighting for its life against Nazi Germany, the Air Transport Auxiliary was formed to back up the Royal Air Force. All of its pilots were men. But by 1940, after Fighter Command lost hundreds of pilots during the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill realised the recruitment pool needed to be widened. In stepped ATA Senior Commander Pauline Gower, who ha... read more

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