Angela Meyer

Angela Meyer - Editor

Melbourne VIC, Australia

I specialise in structural editing and advice. I'm experienced with crime/thrillers, hist fic, spec fic and literary. Former publisher.

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I'm an experienced fiction editor. I published bestsellers and award-winners in my previous in-house role at Echo Publishing/Bonnier Books UK. Prior to that I was a book reviewer, and I edited Books+Publishing, Australia and New Zealand’s book trade magazine. I specialise in structural and story editing and advice, and can even do collaborative work (depending on time). I also copy edit and proofread (UK English). Genres I am experienced in include crime fiction and thrillers, historical fiction, general commercial fiction, literary fiction, speculative fiction and some romance. My main strengths are character, narrative logic, and pacing. I am also a published, award-winning author, and have taught writing, including at NMIT, RMIT, various writers' centres, and for the Faber Academy.

I am absolutely passionate about working on books and working with authors. I believe in integrity in the editor-author relationship, and I will work with you if I truly feel I can do the manuscript justice. I am approachable, generous, but no-nonsense – I am serious about the work! I have great relationships ongoing with the authors I have worked with, as it can be an intimate process (particularly developmental and structural editing). I do a lot of work directly for publishers, so can also be booked up in advance. But I would love to hear from you.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense

Certifications

  • Doctor of Creative Arts

Awards

  • Mslexia Award (Novella)
  • Shortlisted: Australian Book Industry Awards
  • Shortlisted: Readings Prize for New Australian Writing
  • Shortlisted: MUD Literary Prize
  • Shortlisted: Aurealis Award
  • Bonnier Publishing Employee of the Year (out of UK, US and Australia)
  • Shortlisted: Saltire Literary Awards First Book Award

Work experience

Publisher

Echo Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK
November, 2014 – October, 2019 (almost 5 years)

I began as a commissioning editor for the Echo imprint. I acquired, developed, and project-managed award-wining, globally published and bestselling novels, and also some works of nonfiction. In 2018, Echo became an imprint of Bonnier Books UK, most closely aligned with Zaffre, the UK's adult fiction publishing imprint, with sales and distribution in Australia through Allen and Unwin.

Promoted from commissioning editor to publisher, I continued to build Echo's list of adult fiction and narrative nonfiction: compelling stories, strong characters, memorable themes and predominantly Australian voices, with new opportunities to take these books and authors to the world stage.

Books I published in my five years at Echo/Bonnier Books UK include multi-award-winners, books sold into multiple territories, global international number one bestsellers, and a 'landmark' trans YA work.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Resurrection Bay (Pushkin Vertigo)

Emma Viskic

ONE OF THE YEAR'S 10 BEST MYSTERY NOVELS — PUBLISHERS WEEKLYThe acclaimed debut thriller from Australia's most exciting new crimewriting talent.Finalist for the CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Gold Dagger and John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger AwardsThe 2nd Caleb Zelic title, AND FIRE CAME DOWN, will be published October, 2018, and the author is already writing a 3rd installment.Caleb Zelic can'... read more

ONE OF THE YEAR'S 10 BEST MYSTERY NOVELS — PUBLISHERS WEEKLYThe acclaimed debut thriller from Australia's most exciting new crimewriting talent.Finalist for the CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Gold Dagger and John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger AwardsThe 2nd Caleb Zelic title, AND FIRE CAME DOWN, will be published October, 2018, and the author is already writing a 3rd installment.Caleb Zelic can'... read more

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel

Heather Morris

#1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 International BestsellerThis beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior exis... read more

#1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 International BestsellerThis beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior exis... read more

IDA

Alison Evans

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelgänger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects ... read more

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelgänger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects ... read more

Strange Ink

Gary Kemble

Spine-chilling horror in the vein of Joe Hill. After moving into a new house, journalist Harry Hendrick wakes up with tattoos that aren't his...When washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. But soon more tattoos appear: grisly, violent images which come accompanied by horrific nightmare... read more

Spine-chilling horror in the vein of Joe Hill. After moving into a new house, journalist Harry Hendrick wakes up with tattoos that aren't his...When washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. But soon more tattoos appear: grisly, violent images which come accompanied by horrific nightmare... read more

Fled

Meg Keneally

A fierce and heart-breaking historical debut, perfect for fans of The Light Between Oceans and based on the incredible true story of convict Mary Bryant.Highway robberConvictRunawayMotherJenny Trelawney is no ordinary thief. Forced by poverty to live in the Devon forest, she becomes a successful highway woman - until her luck runs out.Transported to Australia, pregnant and alone, Jenny must fa... read more

A fierce and heart-breaking historical debut, perfect for fans of The Light Between Oceans and based on the incredible true story of convict Mary Bryant.Highway robberConvictRunawayMotherJenny Trelawney is no ordinary thief. Forced by poverty to live in the Devon forest, she becomes a successful highway woman - until her luck runs out.Transported to Australia, pregnant and alone, Jenny must fa... read more

Highway Bodies

Alison Evans

Who will you rely on in the zombie apocalypse?*Bodies on the TV, explosions, barriers, and people fleeing. No access to social media. And a dad who’ll suddenly bite your head off – literally. These teens have to learn a new resilience…Members of a band wield weapons instead of instruments.A pair of siblings find there’s only so much you can joke about, when the menace is this strong.And a coup... read more

Who will you rely on in the zombie apocalypse?*Bodies on the TV, explosions, barriers, and people fleeing. No access to social media. And a dad who’ll suddenly bite your head off – literally. These teens have to learn a new resilience…Members of a band wield weapons instead of instruments.A pair of siblings find there’s only so much you can joke about, when the menace is this strong.And a coup... read more

Cilka's Journey: A Novel (Tattooist of Auschwitz)

Heather Morris

From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on a riveting true story of love and resilience. Her beauty saved her ― and condemned her. Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other wome... read more

From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on a riveting true story of love and resilience. Her beauty saved her ― and condemned her. Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other wome... read more

Dark Ink

Gary Kemble

Gary Kemble's second horror novel. Journalist Harry Hendrick investigates rumours of supernatural visions and demonic control reaching high into political society.Investigating sordid political corruption, journalist Harry Hendrick grows uneasy when he hears rumours of a chilling figure behind it. Mistress Hel plies her dark arts from a luxurious suburban lair, motivated by a desire for reveng... read more

Gary Kemble's second horror novel. Journalist Harry Hendrick investigates rumours of supernatural visions and demonic control reaching high into political society.Investigating sordid political corruption, journalist Harry Hendrick grows uneasy when he hears rumours of a chilling figure behind it. Mistress Hel plies her dark arts from a luxurious suburban lair, motivated by a desire for reveng... read more

The Fortress

S.A. Jones

“Stunning, speculative novel, equal parts entertaining and moving, and one of the first books I’ve encountered with truly autonomous female characters.” --Angela Meyer, author and editor Jonathon Bridge has a corner office in a top-tier law firm, tailored suits and an impeccable pedigree. He has a fascinating wife, Adalia, a child on the way, and a string of pretty young interns as lovers on t... read more

“Stunning, speculative novel, equal parts entertaining and moving, and one of the first books I’ve encountered with truly autonomous female characters.” --Angela Meyer, author and editor Jonathon Bridge has a corner office in a top-tier law firm, tailored suits and an impeccable pedigree. He has a fascinating wife, Adalia, a child on the way, and a string of pretty young interns as lovers on t... read more

The Great Unknown

Angela Meyer

In this anthology, our editor, Angela Meyer, pays tribute to the undeniable cultural influence that American TV programs such as Twilight Zone and Outer Limits have had on our lives "down under." "These TV dramas," Meyer says, "were often metaphors for equality, justice, the nuclear threat and more. Though they were just as often pure, spooky fun." Meyer has selected short stories and microfic... read more

In this anthology, our editor, Angela Meyer, pays tribute to the undeniable cultural influence that American TV programs such as Twilight Zone and Outer Limits have had on our lives "down under." "These TV dramas," Meyer says, "were often metaphors for equality, justice, the nuclear threat and more. Though they were just as often pure, spooky fun." Meyer has selected short stories and microfic... read more

Olmec Obituary (Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Book 1)

L.J.M. Owen

Yearning for her former life as an archaeologist, Australian librarian Dr Elizabeth Pimms is struggling with a job she doesn’t want, a family she both loves and resents, and enforced separation from her boyfriend.A royal Olmec cemetery is discovered deep in the Mexican jungle, containing the earliest writing in all the Americas. Dr Pimms is elated to join the team investigating these Aztec anc... read more

Yearning for her former life as an archaeologist, Australian librarian Dr Elizabeth Pimms is struggling with a job she doesn’t want, a family she both loves and resents, and enforced separation from her boyfriend.A royal Olmec cemetery is discovered deep in the Mexican jungle, containing the earliest writing in all the Americas. Dr Pimms is elated to join the team investigating these Aztec anc... read more

Australian Love Stories

Cate Kennedy

There are imaginary lovers, unattainable lovers, star-crossed lovers and predestined lovers. There is straight love, same sex love and some very curious love. And Love’s attendants—cupid, lust, obsession, and betrayal—dance through this volume that contributes to the growing tradition of Australian love.This brand new collection from Inkerman & Blunt is a beautiful companion to Australian Love... read more

There are imaginary lovers, unattainable lovers, star-crossed lovers and predestined lovers. There is straight love, same sex love and some very curious love. And Love’s attendants—cupid, lust, obsession, and betrayal—dance through this volume that contributes to the growing tradition of Australian love.This brand new collection from Inkerman & Blunt is a beautiful companion to Australian Love... read more

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Simon Rowell
Angela was simply excellent, transforming my manuscript through nuanced and thorough editing. She was a pleasure to work with and I hope to work with her again in the future. Highly recommended.

Simon Rowell, December 2019

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