Andrew James

Andrew James – Editor

Award-winning editor and literary agent. I work on LGBTQ+, mental health, neurodiversity, autism and disability.


I am an award-winning commissioning editor and I have over 13 years of experience commissioning and editing fiction, non-fiction and children's books. I have worked in academic and professional publishing as well as trade and children's and I specialise in LGBTQ+, mental health, neurodiversity, autism, disability and academic topics. I provide manuscript editing, book commissioning, authenticity reading (sensitivity reading) and consultancy. I have worked on books that have won or been shortlisted for Polari Book Prize, Polari First Book Prize, Polari Children’s & YA Book Award, Lambda Literary Award, Stonewall Book Award and World Book Night.

I am a market-focused editor and aim to provide feedback that will ensure your book is suited to the target audience. I like to provide detailed feedback and work collaboratively with authors and clients to help them realise their vision for the work. I'm friendly and easy-going and aim to work quickly and to budget.

Health & Wellbeing LGBTQ Non-Fiction Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (UK)
  • The Bookseller Rising Star

Work experience


May, 2023 — Present

I represent LGBTQIA+ authors and work with them editorially to shape their books so they're ready to submit to publishers. I also provide editorial services such as manuscript editing, book commissioning, authenticity reading (sensitivity reading) and consultancy and strategy.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Apr, 2016 — Aug, 2022 (over 6 years)

Responsible for developing and executing the editorial vision and publishing strategy for JKP’s market-leading LGBTQ+ publishing, which I established in 2016.

I commissioned award-winning practical non-fiction, self-help, memoir, children's books, graphic novels and workbooks.

Palgrave Macmillan

Dec, 2010 — Mar, 2016 (over 5 years)

Commissioned monographs, reference and trade non-fiction across Sociology, Social Policy and Education whilst managing a global team of assistants and editors. I was promoted from Editorial Assistant to Senior Commissioning Editor whilst at Palgrave.


To My Trans Sisters

Craggs, Charlie

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Andrew has 2 reviews





Nathanael W.

Nathanael W.

Apr, 2024

Great experience with a manuscript assessment - covered many aspects of the MS with helpful examples/references to the text so I could see what needed to be addressed. The manuscript assessment was laid out in the way of a general Introduction, before leading into headings such as Plotting, Voice, Style, Editorial Points etc., and finishing with a Conclusion which summarised the main points of ...
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Kelvin R. B.

Kelvin R. B.

Sep, 2023

Prompt, and exceedingly courteous, but I expected a little more detail. Andre gave me a few suggestions that were good. But ones i had already gotten from my spouse.

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