Annie Murphy

Annie Murphy - Editor

London, UK

Publishing professional with 7+ years experience specialized in adult suspense, thrillers, upmarket commercial and literary fiction.

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Overview

I'm a freelance editor based in London, and have worked in publishing ever since receiving my bachelor's degree in literature from Stockholm University in 2012. The following 5 years I spent at Bonnier Publishing, Sweden's largest publishing group, before joining Polaris Publishing, owned by Danish media group Politiken, in 2017. I started freelancing in 2020 and specialize in suspense, thrillers, upmarket commercial fiction, literary fiction and historical fiction. I have worked with authors such as Jeanette Winterson (in translation), Édouard Louis (in translation), Karin Smirnoff (bestselling author whose debut was nominated for Sweden's most prestigious literary award Augustpriset — and which I discovered in the slush pile), Gustaf Skördeman (another slush pile find which sold to more than 15 countries before it was even published) and Lena Andersson (one of Scandinavia's most acclaimed authors). I was responsible for editing the original edition of Greta Thunberg's book Our House Is On Fire.

I also have commissioning experience, having focused on the English and French speaking markets, and throughout my career I've worked with the so called slush pile, that is sorting through manuscripts sent to publishing houses, reading and evaluating their publishing potential. I've had the pleasure of finding manuscript this way that have been nominated for different literary awards, reached the bestseller lists and sold to many different countries.

As a freelancer I mostly collaborate with different publishing houses and focus on developmental editing, but I also don't want to miss out on getting that first person look at a manuscript and helping it thrive — I find this deeply satisfying and rewarding. Publishing houses receive thousands of manuscripts each year and the titles who make it all the way are few and far in between — but I know from experience what publishers are looking for and what catches their eye, and that is something I can help with. I have a passion for the written word and a great eye for detail, and there's nothing I like more than discussing nit-picky nuance, character development, structure and storytelling.

I know from personal experience how valuable and important constructive criticism is, especially in the final stages before submitting a manuscript. I only take on editorial assessments in cases where I see potential and a willingness to go the extra mile, because that's what makes all the difference.

To give you an idea of what it's like working with me, to start with I always have a look at the manuscript in question before accepting a commission, so please attach your work when requesting a collaboration. Once we've come to an agreement, I normally spend a few weeks reading and analyzing your work before writing my editorial assessment which you will receive as an editorial note in Microsoft Word (minimum 2 A4 pages). It of course depends on the manuscript, but I normally focus on such things as character development, structure, narrative drive and voice, plot development, and language. I always offer authors the opportunity to on one occasion ask any follow-up questions they might have via email.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
March, 2020 – Present (6 months)

Editor

Polaris Publishing
June, 2017 – March, 2020 (over 2 years)

Editor

Wahlström & Widstrand (Bonnier Publishing)
August, 2014 – May, 2017 (over 2 years)

E-book Editor & Contract Specialist

Bonnier Publishing
September, 2012 – July, 2014 (almost 2 years)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis

Thunberg, Greta, Thunberg, Svante, Ernman, Malena, Ernman, Beata

The Gap of Time

Jeanette Winterson

‘A shining delight of a novel’New York Times 'Clever and beautiful...it soars'Financial Times A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn't know a lot about who she is or where she's come from - but she's about to find out. Jeanett... read more

‘A shining delight of a novel’New York Times 'Clever and beautiful...it soars'Financial Times A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn't know a lot about who she is or where she's come from - but she's about to find out. Jeanett... read more

The End of Eddy

Edouard Louis

‘A brilliant novel... courageous, necessary and deeply touching’ GuardianÉdouard Louis grew up in a village in northern France where many live below the poverty line. His bestselling debut novel about life there, The End of Eddy, has sparked debate on social inequality, sexuality and violence.It is an extraordinary portrait of escaping from an unbearable childhood, inspired by the author’s own... read more

‘A brilliant novel... courageous, necessary and deeply touching’ GuardianÉdouard Louis grew up in a village in northern France where many live below the poverty line. His bestselling debut novel about life there, The End of Eddy, has sparked debate on social inequality, sexuality and violence.It is an extraordinary portrait of escaping from an unbearable childhood, inspired by the author’s own... read more

History of Violence

Edouard Louis

The radical, urgent new novel from the author of The End of Eddy – a personal and powerful story of violence.I met Reda on Christmas Eve 2012, at around four in the morning. He approached me in the street, and finally I invited him up to my apartment. He told me the story of his childhood and how his father had come to France, having fled Algeria. We spent the rest of the night together, talki... read more

The radical, urgent new novel from the author of The End of Eddy – a personal and powerful story of violence.I met Reda on Christmas Eve 2012, at around four in the morning. He approached me in the street, and finally I invited him up to my apartment. He told me the story of his childhood and how his father had come to France, having fled Algeria. We spent the rest of the night together, talki... read more

Mischling

Affinity Konar

Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2018It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls e... read more

Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2018It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls e... read more

The Passion

Winterson, Jeanette

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