I am an editor with experience both publishing and agency side. Formerly a commercial fiction editor at Atlantic Books, I am now the adult fiction editor for the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency, where I also have my own list of writers. I structurally edit, proofread and write copy on a freelance basis for a variety of publishing houses, writers and brands.
I have worked at some of the UK’s top publishing houses including Penguin, John Murray, Hodder & Stoughton and Headline. During this time I’ve seen a wide variety of titles through from acquisition to print, from bestselling fiction to illustrated books. I am also a graduate of the Faber Academy’s flagship Writing a Novel course, where I was taught by such authors as Tim Lott, Liza Klaussmann and Jill Dawson.
I am passionate about words, and I enjoy helping authors make their manuscripts shine. I particularly love commercial and literary fiction and young adult, and I have some experience in children’s books too. Another big passion of mine is yoga, healthy lifestyles and wellbeing. While most of my freelance editing centres on wider structural notes, I am experienced in line editing too.
Adult fiction editor and literary agent for the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency; Structural editor for Atlantic Books; Proofreader for Pan Macmillan, Constable and Robinson, Little, Brown Book Group and Atlantic Books; Copywriter and creative strategist for various brands.
Commissioned titles for a wide-ranging commercial fiction list; Wrote structural editorial notes for existing authors; Worked on bestselling and debut books; Devised copy for book jackets, websites and marketing material; Wrote and copy-edited reading-group guides and book-club submission synopses; Developed relationships with literary agents; received and responded to submissions for publication.
Oversaw the production process for a large number of high-profile titles, from delivery of manuscript to final files; Worked with bestselling authors including Karen Rose, Lisa Gardner and Deborah Harkness; Wrote cover copy and reading-group discussion guides.
Researched and selected out-of-print classics to be published as paperback reissues and e-books; Managed, updated and created content for the Saltyard Books website; Additional tasks included reading and commenting on proposals, developing flat plans for illustrated non-fiction titles, compiling offer memos, and writing copy, marketing sheets and cover briefs.
Undertook audience research, developed targeting plans and instigated partnership activity for various titles.
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A Stylist Must-Read & a Red Magazine Best Book of 2018'It is so good! It is so honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us ... I enjoyed it very much.' MARIAN KEYES***'Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.'Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey? There's no doubt that Tori is winning the gam... read more
" The year is 1199, and King Richard the Lionheart is dead, leaving his brother John to inherit both his French and English lands. Young Isabelle of Angouleme is betrothed to the son of her father's enemy, Hugh de Lusignan, and taken to his castle to be educated, where she is initiated into the 'Old Religion'. Isabelle is then told that she is to be married not to Hugh de Lusignan but to King ... read more
"***Shortlisted Author For Historical Writers' Association's Debut Crown For Best First Historical Novel*** One house. Two families. A lifetime of secrets. At Fourwinds they gather: Alice and Ralph, Patricia and Peter, to celebrate the marriage of their children. The marquee is on the lawn, breathing in and out in the summer heat. But the bride is nowhere to be seen. As both families are drawn... read more
An epic, sweeping tale set in wartime France, The Silent Hours follows three people whose lives are bound together, before war tears them apart: Adeline, a mute who takes refuge in a convent, haunted by memories of her past; Sebastian, a young Jewish banker whose love for the beautiful Isabelle will change the course of his life dramatically; Tristin, a nine-year-old boy, whose family moves fr... read more
In The Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes retells the Oedipus and Antigone myths to reveal a new side of an ancient story . . .My siblings and I have grown up in a cursed house, children of cursed parents . . .Jocasta is just fifteen when she is told that she must marry the King of Thebes, an old man she has never met. Her life has never been her own, and nor will it be, unless she outlives h... read more
They should have stayed as one. They couldn’t survive apart.It was fate, forever destined to come to this: from birth to death, two halves of the same whole.Twins Calida and Teresita Santiago have never known a world without each other…until Teresita is wrenched from their Argentinian home to be adopted by world-famous actress Simone Geddes.Now, while Teresita is provided with all that money c... read more
On the streets of London, a depraved killer is using social media to turn murder into entertainment. A twisty page-turner that will suit fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, and James Oswald. I, Killer has posted two photos of his first victim online - Before Death and After Death. They've gone viral before DCI Fenton's team even discovers the body.Soon, another victim's photo is similarly ... read more
The most exciting new crime voice you’ll read this year!Fifteen years ago her mother’s killer got away. Has he finally struck again?MURDER SHOCKS PEACEFUL NEIGHBOURHOODA woman in her thirties. Found naked and stabbed on the kitchen floor. Discovered by her twelve-year-old daughter after school.As top Savannah crime reporter Harper McClain stares at the horrific scene before her, one thought sc... read more
In today's world of supplements, celebrity diets and social media, it's very easy to be hard on ourselves about the way we look. With all this pressure to strive for 'perfection' aesthetically, it is easy to forget how damaging this can be psychologically. Michelle Elman is a leading part of the body positivity movement that has been gathering momentum to liberate people from these unrealistic... read more
'A gripping read that kept me guessing'C.L TAYLORYou went to bed at home, just like every other night.You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away.You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last ten hours.You have no phone, no money; just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing.You know you weren’t planning to kill yourself.Your family and friends think y... read more
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