I’m Anna Barrett (née Hogarty), a book editor and former literary agent with the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency, one of the most prestigious agencies in London. With more than ten years’ experience in the publishing industry, I work with writers at all stages of their journey: from discussing ideas and assessing projects in progress, to developmental editing and providing help with creating that all-important pitch.
I have worked for the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency (Literary Agent of the Year, 2018) for the past six years, as in-house editor, as a part-time literary agent, and now as a freelance editor. Prior to this I worked at some of the UK’s top publishing houses including Penguin, John Murray, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline and Atlantic Books, where I saw a variety of titles through from acquisition to print.
As a freelance editor, I have worked additionally with HarperCollins/HQ, Macmillan, Little, Brown Book Group and Constable & Robinson. I am an editor for The Faber Academy, a ‘book doctor’ and editor for Jericho Writers, and I run writing groups and mentoring programmes at my own editing venture, The Writer’s Space.
While working in publishing, I have been professionally trained by the Publishing Training Centre in a wide range of editorial skills. I have also studied creative writing at City University, City Lit and as part of the Faber Academy's flagship six-month ‘Writing a Novel’ course. For my own writing, I am represented by Kate Burke at Blake Friedmann, and I am currently working on my debut book.
Editorially, I specialise in commercial fiction: crime and thrillers, mystery, ‘up-lit’, historical fiction and book-club reads. I have been lucky enough to work with writers such as Gail Honeyman, Fiona Barton, Elizabeth Kay and Elizabeth Macneil on their novels ahead of their publishing deals. I love nothing more than finding a bright, new voice in fiction, an unusual premise you can’t wait to talk about, or a character that pulls you right in.
Another big passion of mine is yoga, which I teach on the side, and I have represented writers such as Katherine May, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Michelle Elman, James Reeves and Gabrielle Brown on their publishing journeys. If you are writing inspirational non-fiction, or have a project in the ideas-for-living space, I might be the editor for you.
While most of my freelance editing centres on wider structural notes or help with query letters and agent-approach packages, I am experienced in line editing too. If you’d like to discuss working together, do get in touch with a brief. It would be lovely to hear from you.
Founder of The Writer's Space (writing groups, mentoring and bespoke editorial packages for authors); Freelance editor (and former literary agent) at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency; Freelance editor for publishing houses including The Faber Academy, Atlantic Books/Corvus, HarperCollins/HQ, Macmillan, Little, Brown Book Group and Constable & Robinson; Editor and book doctor for Jericho Writers; Copywriter for various brands; Yoga teacher (yin yoga and yoga nidra).
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, drawing on experience from a previous career in advertising/marketing.
‘Funny, touching and unpredictable’ Jojo MoyesEleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to liveEleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, somet... read more
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE BOOK THIS YEAR MAKE IT THIS ONE. THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER . . . 'If you like my stuff, you'll like this' STEPHEN KING'Wonderfully creepy - like a cold blade on the back of your neck' LEE CHILD'A tense gripper with a leave-the-lights-on shock ending' Sunday Times'There are shades of Stephen King when the reality bends into the sinister, and a deliciously creepy finale' D... read more
THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, AND RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK'If you liked GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, you might want to pick up THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful' Stephen KingWe've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the... read more
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
In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a perfect love story leads to the perfect crime.Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry. ... That something is really, really wrong with me.Maddie and Ian's romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas... read more
‘Chilling story…stunning’ Clare Mackintosh‘Taps into every woman’s fear that she will not be believed’ Mel McGrath, author of The Guilty Party‘Deep. Dark. Utterly addictive…you can’t unread this story. It will haunt you’ Teresa Driscoll, author of The Friend* * * *THE TWINS ARE CRYING.THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY.LAUREN IS CRYING.LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED.Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . ... read more
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER - AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4A BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB CHOICE 2019'A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the TrainThe Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is the intoxicating story of a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her world for ever. London. 1850. ... read more
Some secrets are unspoken. Others are unspeakable . . . August 1939. Thirty-year-old Hetty Cartwright is tasked with the evacuation and safekeeping of the natural history museum’s collection of mammals. Once she and her exhibits arrive at Lockwood Manor, however, where they are to stay for the duration of the war, Hetty soon realizes that she’s taken on more than she’d bargained for. Protectin... read more
'SET TO BE NEXT YEAR'S BIGGEST THRILLER' StylistA chilling exploration into obsession, reconciliation and revenge in 2020's must-read novel.Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years.She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair . . .Turns out her mum, Patty, is a really good liar.After five years in prison Patty Watts is finally free. All she wants is to... read more
'Immersive, compulsive and gripping' C. L. TaylorThings will never be the same again...Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to the school where he works.A day like any other, except for Adam, who in a last despairing act jumps in front of Ben's car, and in killing himself, turns the teacher's world upside down.Wracked with guilt and desperate to clear his conscience, Ben develo... read more
**THE THIRD NAIL-BITING THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY SISTER'S BONES AND DAY OF THE ACCIDENT**__________________________________________No matter how far you run . . . He's never far behindLisa needs to disappear. And her friend's rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It's miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her littl... read more
The mesmerizing and unsettling debut thriller everyone will be talking about in 2020'One of the most interesting and compelling narrators I've ever encountered' SHARI LAPENA_______________ It all started with one little lie . . . Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties they both fell in love and married handsome... read more
‘A remarkable debut which doesn’t go where you expect it to go. I very much look forward to seeing what she writes next.’ JOJO MOYES___________________________A lifetime together. Six months of silence. One last chance.Frank hasn't spoken to his wife Maggie for six months.For weeks they have lived under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table – all without words.Maggie... read more
When fifteen-year-old Nathan discovers that his older brother Al, has taken his own life, his whole world is torn apart. Al was special. Al was talented. Al was full of passion and light ... so why did he do it? Convinced that his brother was in trouble, Nathan decides to retrace Al's footsteps. As he does, he meets Megan, Al's former classmate, who is as determined as Nathan to keep Al's memo... read more
Crime reporter Harper McClain is back on the beat when a troubled musician vanishes in Christi Daugherty’s Revolver Road.Even in the chill of February, no place touches Harper McClain’s heart like Savannah. She should be walking beneath the historic city’s towering oaks, surrounded by graceful mansions. Instead, she’s hiding miles away on Tybee Island after a mysterious voice on the phone warn... 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
For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and A Man Called Ove, a life-affirming, deeply moving "coming-of-old" story, a celebration of how ordinary days are made extraordinary through friendship, family, and the power of forgiving yourself--at any age."Here is a love story of the most important kind: that of coming to love oneself through accepting and returning the love of others--b... read more
How do you survive the ‘wintering’ phase of your life?Wintering, the dormant periods in our lives, the dark moments we endure – which can be brought about through myriad of ways; from the death of a loved one to a sudden change in circumstances or mental health issues – can be lonely, damaging and catch us off guard. Katherine May recounts her own year-long journey through winter, and how she ... read more
How to find peace in a restless world, from the UK’s leading yoga nidra practitioners.We live in a restless society. Even the things we do to relax and restore ourselves have become competitive, often played out and packaged for social media. We’re on a constant mission to fix, refine and improve ourselves, endlessly consuming spiritual catchphrases, sharing images of physical perfection and a... read more
For centuries, Chinese sages, rulers and spiritual seekers have embraced a simple yet powerful principle to enable them to live in harmony with the Source of nature and all life; the art of 'self-cultivation' or, xiu yang. Xiu yang works with the idea that we can steadily nurture our capacity to being fully human and fully awake. Like a field that is patiently cultivated to optimally grow the ... read more
Reduce stress, release pain and create whole body harmony with this practical introduction to Qigong and the yin/yang balance of Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese arts of 'movement meditation'. From reducing stress and improving posture to balance and general mobility, the many physical and mental benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi are widely celebrated. In this accessible book, Mimi Kuo-Deemer offers ... read more
Helen has it all...Daniel is the perfect husband.Rory is the perfect brother.Serena is the perfect sister-in-law.And Rachel? Rachel is the perfect nightmare.When Helen, finally pregnant after years of tragedy, attends her first antenatal class, she is expecting her loving architect husband to arrive soon after, along with her confident, charming brother Rory and his pregnant wife, the effortle... read more
Following her acclaimed debut Little Darlings, Melanie Golding's newest folkloric suspense is a spine-tingling twist on Celtic mythology.One dark December night, in a small seaside town, a little girl is found abandoned. When her mother finally arrives, authorities release the pair, believing it to be an innocent case of a toddler running off. Gregor, a seemingly single man, is found bludgeone... read more
They say we'll never know what happened to those men. They say the sea keeps its secrets . . . 'A mystery, a love story and a ghost story, all at once. I didn’t want it to end' - S J WatsonCornwall, 1972. Three keepers vanish from a remote lighthouse, miles from the shore. The entrance door is locked from the inside. The clocks have stopped. The Principal Keeper’s weather log describes a might... read more
THE STUNNING AND DEVASTATING LOVE STORY ABOUT HOPE, SACRIFICE AND THE CONNECTIONS THAT FOREVER BIND US'A modern day Atonement meets David Nicholls. Beautifully written - I couldn't put it down' EMMA GANNON'Like if One Day had been written by Sally Rooney' 5***** READER REVIEW'An intricate story of love . . . A beautiful piece of writing' SUNDAY EXPRESS_______She could be the girl dancing on ta... 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
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
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015'A brilliant and beautiful novel' Kamila Shamsie, Guardian'The Grapes of Wrath for the 21st century' Washington PostThe Year of the Runaways tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of an unlikely family thrown together by circumstance. Thirteen young men live in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India and in desperate search of a new life. ... read more
Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? He... read more
Is it ever too late for the gift of goodbye? As I write now, you are eight years old – asleep in the bed next door in princess pyjamas, with a fairy costume discarded on the floor. Twenty-Five. The age I had you. The age our story began. And the age, I hope, that will see you truly ready for the things that I need to say to you… Melissa Dance was eight years old when her mother died. They neve... 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
'Quirky, compelling and thoroughly enjoyable' Kate Ellis'A super start to the series' Frances Brody 'An entertaining murder mystery . . . witty' L C Tyler Buddhism, love, art and murder - welcome to the world of the Mindful DetectiveWhen a famously narcissistic performance artist is found floating in a tank of formaldehyde at her own private view, suspicion falls on those closest to her . . .L... read more
‘By far the best book I have read in 2018!... A gripping, brilliant, have-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-in-suspense psychological thriller! From the very first page I was enthralled and hooked... Kept me guessing... The ending will knock you square off of your feet!... Amazing 5 star read.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars 'Now we are bound forever,' she says, her eyes determined. 'I will never tell... read more
Buddhism, love, art and murder - welcome to the world of the Mindful Detective . . .When Ethan Flynn, charismatic vocalist of supergroup Stigma, is electrocuted by his own guitar in front of 175,000 witnesses on the Pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival, suspicion falls on his tyrannical twin, Tyrone.Leading the murder investigation is Buddhist detective, Vincent Caine, and his partner, DI... read more
Do you feel more frazzled, and less rested, than ever before? Do you feel you’re always running to catch up, but never quite make it? Are you searching for a route back to your calmer self, without adding yet another thing to your to-do list?If you’d like to feel more in charge of your brain and your life, this book is for you. You’ll learn how to reclaim genuine calm through personal stories,... read more
SMASH IT with the new stars of cheesecake! Joe and Brendon have reinvented the cheesecake for a new generation with their massively successful Pleesecakes. Their inventive toppings and out-of-this-world flavour combinations will have you drooling with anticipation, and they couldn't be easier to make. Pleesecakes' first book features over 60 of the boys' wildly popular no-bake recipes - once y... read more
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