Bethany Wright

Bethany Wright – Editor

Former Penguin editor with an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. I enjoy working with authors to make their book the best it can be.

Overview

I have five years' in-house editorial experience, at Penguin Random House, Thames & Hudson and Routledge. I've had the privilege of working with authors such as David Attenborough, Stacey Dooley, Chris Packham, Jenny Colgan and Paul Smith. I also have an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

I enjoy working closely with authors to bring out the best in their books, whether that means offering advice on how to structure a book or proofreading to pick up any mistakes that have crept in. My favourite thing about my job is how much I learn from each book I edit, from discovering a forgotten female voice in history to learning the collective noun for a group of walruses (an 'ugly').
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction History Nature Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Science Fiction
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • Certificate in Copyediting and Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre)
  • MA in Creative Writing (University of East Anglia)

Work experience

Penguin Random House

Nov, 2016 — Aug, 2018 (over 1 year)

As an editor for BBC Books, I worked on a wide range of projects, including Blue Planet II, The Cold War: A New Oral History and Stacey Dooley's On the Front Line with the Women who Fight Back.

Thames & Hudson

Apr, 2015 — Nov, 2016 (over 1 year)

I project-managed a wide range of illustrated books, including Herbarium, New Nordic Gardens and Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs.

Portfolio

Our understanding of ocean life has changed dramatically in the last decade, with new species, new behaviors, and new habitats being discovered at a rapid rate. Blue Planet II, which accompanies an epic 7-part series, is a ground-breaking new look at the richn... read more
Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast... read more
Meet the new Doctor Who classics. Earth is under attack by power-hungry aliens. This is no time for the Doctor to be out of action. When a British space probe is intercepted by a sinister alien vessel on the eve of Christmas, it marks the beginning of an audac... read more
In this meticulously researched account, Bridget Kendall explores the Cold War through the eyes of those who experienced it first-hand. Alongside in-depth analysis that explains the historical and political context, the book draws on exclusive interviews with ... read more
History didn’t listen to women, but that never stopped them from speaking out …A lot of history is made up of speeches. Speeches about big ideas, celebratory speeches, rousing speeches to inspire soldiers to fight to the death, comic speeches to help us see th... read more
A visual celebration of cycling presented through the passions and personal memorabilia of beloved menswear fashion designer Paul Smith Were it not for a serious crash in his teens, fashion designer Paul Smith might have become known as a successful racing cyc... read more
Magnum Cycling

Magnum Photos

A remarkable work, celebrating the moments when world-class Magnum photographers turned their lenses to one of photography’s most rewarding subjects: cycling It’s no surprise that some of the world’s finest photographers have shot a bicycle race at some point ... read more
Collecting hundreds of quips and quotes, and beautifully illustrated throughout, The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes is a cricket fan’s indispensable guide to bats, beards, boundaries, and bowls. From witty sayings and wise words, to doubles entendre... read more
The Not BAD Animals

Sophie Corrigan

We all have a certain creature that makes our skin scrawl and give us the ‘heebie jeebies’. Spiders that make us scream, mice that make us jump on top of furniture until the coast is clear, or bats that make us shudder at the thought of them flapping around ou... read more
Meet the new Doctor Who classics. “Nice to meet you, Rose. Run for your life!”In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move – and kill – are taking up key position... read more
Meet the new Doctor Who classics. When the entire universe is at stake, three different Doctors will unite to save it. The Tenth Doctor is hunting shape-shifting Zygons in Elizabethan England. The Eleventh is investigating a rift in space-time in the present d... read more
Family isn't just important. It's everything. From lions hunting as a pride to penguins huddling together to keep from freezing in the bitter Antarctic winter, many animals are dependent on complex social relationships for their survival. Powerful dynasties la... read more
"Hall’s consummate history is not just the story of the evolution of one of the world’s great collections… The book is also a through-the-keyhole insight into the shifting tastes, good or bad, of 1,000 years of monarchs."- The TimesThe Royal Collection is the ... read more
Ever wanted to pick the lock of a celebrity’s teenage diary?My Teenage Diary is a Radio 4 comedy show hosted by Rufus Hound featuring celebrities reading and discussing extracts from their teenage diaries. Collected together for the first time, these tear-stai... read more
A photographic paean to the most beautiful peaks and grueling cycling climbs, for the growing audience of hardcore cycling touristsThe mountains of Europe have many different meanings for different people. For the locals they are a way of life; for visitors th... read more
Herbarium

Caz Hildebrand

An extremely stylish illustrated encyclopedia of herbs designed to enrich our understanding of all their uses, from cooking to medicine―an ideal gift and a must-have for your own kitchenHerbs are all about living well, from enriching a meal to treating an illn... read more
‘Beautiful, fun, a great book… the best book ever written!’ - Chris Evans‘It is a brilliant book, a toolkit, packed full of information – even I learnt a few new things!’ - Chris Packham Explore the world outside your window.For 13 years the BBC's Springwatch ... read more
Learn about music and emotion in this beautifully produced anthology Do you remember the first time you discovered an artist you really loved? Have you listened to them over and over again at different points throughout your life? This book harnesses that feel... read more
Dive into the world of soccer with this mega book of everything to do with the beautiful game. Learn all the lingo from the essential phrases to the bizarre jargon. Meet the greatest players, managers and teams of all time from both the men's and women's games... read more
Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward... read more

Bethany has 6 reviews

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Lucy F.

Lucy F.

Jun, 2020

Everything I wanted from hiring an editor and much more! I loved working with Bethany. She provided super helpful feedback on how to structure my manuscript ahead of schedule with very prompt communication – I'd absolutely work with her again.
Pamela F.

Pamela F.

Jun, 2020

Bethany provides insightful and practical feedback. Her support has made an enormous difference in the development of my manuscript. I hope to continue to work with Bethany, and heartily recommend her services.
Toyin O.

Toyin O.

Jun, 2020

Thank you for you input in my work Bethany. Your editing gave my work clear direction and better flow.
Tim R.

Tim R.

Apr, 2020

Bethany did another great job on the second manuscript I've had her edit. She pointed out some areas that could use improvement, and found issues I'd overlooked in my own early editing of the book. I can't thank her enough for all the great improvements she has helped me make toward the finished product.
Tim R.

Tim R.

Feb, 2020

Bethany did a great job with her edit of my novel. She pointed out ways I could make the story better, places where the tension could be increased and other places where I was falling into bad habits of explaining instead of showing. This is the first book that I am going to be publishing, and I know that without Bethany's help it would never have been as readable and enjoyable as it now is. ...
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