Anna Hogarty

Anna Hogarty - Editor

Geneva, Switzerland

In-house editor for the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency (Literary Agent of the Year 2018); freelance editor, proofreader and copywriter.

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I am an editor with experience both publishing and agency side. Formerly a commercial fiction editor at Atlantic Books, I am now the in-house editor and reader 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 have a first-class History degree, and have studied Creative Writing at City University, City Lit, and as part of the Faber Academy’s flagship Writing a Novel course.

I am passionate about words, and I enjoy helping authors make their manuscripts shine. I specialise in commercial fiction: thrillers, crime and mystery, women's fiction and book-club reads. Another big passion of mine is yoga, which I teach, and I have an interest in stories to do with wellness, meditation and mindfulness. While most of my freelance editing centres on wider structural notes, I am experienced in line editing too.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • Proofreading - Publishing Training Centre
  • Grappling with Grammar - Publishing Training Centre
  • Copywriting - Publishing Training Centre
  • Search Engine Optimisation - Publishing Training Centre
  • Copy-editing - Publishing Training Centre

Work experience

Editor and Literary Agent

Self-employed
August, 2014 – Present (about 5 years)

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.

Editor

Atlantic Books
May, 2013 – July, 2014 (about 1 year)

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.

Editorial Assistant

Headline Publishing Group
February, 2012 – April, 2013 (about 1 year)

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.

Editorial Assistant

Hodder & Stoughton
July, 2011 – January, 2012 (7 months)

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.

Freelancer

Penguin Books
March, 2011 – June, 2011 (3 months)

Undertook audience research, developed targeting plans and instigated partnership activity for various titles.

Portfolio (23 selected works)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: Debut Sunday Times Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award winner 2017

Gail Honeyman

‘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

‘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

The Chalk Man: 'If you like my stuff, you'll like this' STEPHEN KING

C. J. Tudor

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

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 Widow

Fiona Barton

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

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

How Do You Like Me Now?

Holly Bourne

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

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

Beautiful Bad

Annie Ward

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

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

Little Darlings: The most addictive and haunting debut of 2019

Melanie Golding

‘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

‘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 Doll Factory

Elizabeth Macneal

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

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

The Stolen Queen

" 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

" 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

Return to Fourwinds

Elisabeth Gifford

"***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

"***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

The Silent Hours

Cesca Major

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

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

The Children of Jocasta

Natalie Haynes

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

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

The Santiago Sisters

Victoria Fox

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

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

Now You See: A thriller that's impossible to put down

Max Manning

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

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 Echo Killing: A gripping debut crime thriller you won’t be able to put down!

Christi Daugherty

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

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

Am I Ugly?

Michelle Elman

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

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

Everything You Told Me

Lucy Dawson

'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

'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

Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis: Nourishing Practices for Body, Mind and Spirit

Mimi Kuo-Deemer

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

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

The Year of the Runaways

Sunjeev Sahota

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

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

Xiu Yang: Self-Cultivation for a healthier, happier and more balanced life

Mimi Kuo-Deemer

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

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

Pleesecakes

Joe Moruzzi, Brendon Parry

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

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

Mother of Eden (Dark Eden 2)

Chris Beckett

"We speak of a mother's love, but we forget her power. Power over life. Power to give and to withhold.' Generations after the breakup of the human family of Eden, the Johnfolk emphasise knowledge and innovation, the Davidfolk tradition and cohesion. But both have built hierarchical societies sustained by violence and dominated by men - and both claim to be the favoured children of a long-dead ... read more

"We speak of a mother's love, but we forget her power. Power over life. Power to give and to withhold.' Generations after the breakup of the human family of Eden, the Johnfolk emphasise knowledge and innovation, the Davidfolk tradition and cohesion. But both have built hierarchical societies sustained by violence and dominated by men - and both claim to be the favoured children of a long-dead ... read more

Art of Death

Laurence Anholt

Buddhism, love, art and murder - welcome to the world of the Mindful Detective When 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 . . .Leading the murder investigation is DI Shanti Joyce, recently transferred from London to Yeovil following the collapse of her marriage and a case that went... read more

Buddhism, love, art and murder - welcome to the world of the Mindful Detective When 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 . . .Leading the murder investigation is DI Shanti Joyce, recently transferred from London to Yeovil following the collapse of her marriage and a case that went... read more

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Elliott Nixon
As this was my first novel, I was a bit hesitant about having an editor. Anna could not have been more professional, more helpful and more understanding to a rookie writer. Her assessments were clear and helped me see the bigger picture for my novel. Highly recommended for all writers, new and experienced alike!

Elliott Nixon, August 2019


Maria Moloney
Anna was very professional and helpful in every respect. She was timely thorough with her feedback and she gave good insights into the world of editing and publishing. She was generous with her advice and time. I very much enjoyed working with her.

Maria Moloney, July 2019


BB Winter
I couldn't have asked for more. Anna is the consummate professional. Delivered ahead of the deadline some insights which are fundamental to the story. Her comments were supportive and encouraging, and to the point. I would highly recommend her.

BB Winter, June 2019


Germaine McGuffie
This was my first experience with an editor. Anna was professional and made the entire collaboration painless and worry-free. I found her assessments to be constructive and encouraging - a combination much appreciated by a new author. Thanks Anna. I hope we can work together again in the future.

Germaine McGuffie, June 2019


Ian Muir
Great - many thanks again for your support...

Ian Muir, May 2019

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