Bethany Wright

Bethany Wright - Editor

Norwich, UK

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.

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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').
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
History
Nature
Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Science Fiction

Certifications

  • Certificate in Copyediting and Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre)
  • MA in Creative Writing (University of East Anglia)

Work experience

Editor

Penguin Random House
November, 2016 – August, 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.

Assistant editor

Thames & Hudson
April, 2015 – November, 2016 (over 1 year)

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

Portfolio (26 selected works)

Outspoken: 50 Speeches by Incredible Women

Deborah Coughlin

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 the funny side to life. From Jesus to Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King Jr. and even Donald Trump, we’ve been raised with the words ... 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 the funny side to life. From Jesus to Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King Jr. and even Donald Trump, we’ve been raised with the words ... read more

The Cold War: A New Oral History

Bridget Kendall

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 individuals who lived through the conflict's key events, offering a variety of perspectives that reveal how the Cold War was experienced... 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 individuals who lived through the conflict's key events, offering a variety of perspectives that reveal how the Cold War was experienced... read more

Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion (Target Collection)

Jenny T Colgan

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 audacious invasion of the Earth by the Sycorax – horrifying marauders from beyond the stars. Within hours, a third of humanity stands on the ... 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 audacious invasion of the Earth by the Sycorax – horrifying marauders from beyond the stars. Within hours, a third of humanity stands on the ... read more

On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back

stacey dooley

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 delivery through DHL/FedEx express.

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 delivery through DHL/FedEx express.

Blue Planet II: A New World of Hidden Depths

James Honeyborne, Mark Brownlow

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 richness and variety of underwater life across our planet. With 300 breathtaking photographs and stills from the BBC Natural History Unit's s... read more

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 richness and variety of underwater life across our planet. With 300 breathtaking photographs and stills from the BBC Natural History Unit's s... read more

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work

Tiffany Jewell

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 equity and liberation.“In a racist society, it’s not enough to be non-racist—we must be ANTI-RACIST.” —Angela Davis Gain a deeper under... 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 equity and liberation.“In a racist society, it’s not enough to be non-racist—we must be ANTI-RACIST.” —Angela Davis Gain a deeper under... read more

The Big Book of Soccer by Mundial

Mundial

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. There are masterclasses from the pros; learn to take a slide tackle like Nesta, bicycle-kick like Zlatan and shoot like Ji So-Yun. Wan... 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. There are masterclasses from the pros; learn to take a slide tackle like Nesta, bicycle-kick like Zlatan and shoot like Ji So-Yun. Wan... read more

Music Is My Life: Soundtrack your mood with 80 artists for every occasion

Myles Tanzer

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 feeling, by collecting together 80 of music's finest artists to guide young people through the good, bad and sad times. Whatever the feeling... 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 feeling, by collecting together 80 of music's finest artists to guide young people through the good, bad and sad times. Whatever the feeling... read more

Paris: The Great Saga

Didier Busson

Springwatch: The 2019 Almanac

Michael Bright, Karen Farrington

‘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 and its sister programmes, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, have been bringing the best of Britain’s wildlife into our homes. Now Springwatc... 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 and its sister programmes, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, have been bringing the best of Britain’s wildlife into our homes. Now Springwatc... 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 illness. Sacred, almost mystical qualities have often been associated with their long history of curative and ritualistic practices. Today, ... read more

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 illness. Sacred, almost mystical qualities have often been associated with their long history of curative and ritualistic practices. Today, ... read more

Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs

Michael Blann

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 they represent breathtaking beauty, active holidays, and peaceful moments. For cyclists, however, the dramatic landscapes mean something q... 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 they represent breathtaking beauty, active holidays, and peaceful moments. For cyclists, however, the dramatic landscapes mean something q... read more

My Teenage Diary: Adolescent Musings from the Hit BBC Radio 4 Series

Harriet Jaine

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-stained, lipstick-smudged, adolescent ramblings form the backbone of this book, edited by series producer, Harriet Jaine. Featuring diary ex... 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-stained, lipstick-smudged, adolescent ramblings form the backbone of this book, edited by series producer, Harriet Jaine. Featuring diary ex... read more

Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection.

Michael Hall

"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 last great collection formed by the European monarchies to have survived into the twenty-first century. Containing over a million artwor... 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 last great collection formed by the European monarchies to have survived into the twenty-first century. Containing over a million artwor... read more

Dynasties: The Rise and Fall of Animal Families

Stephen Moss

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 lay claim to vast swathes of territory, fighting off rivals and securing their hunting grounds for generations to come. Dynasties offers a... 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 lay claim to vast swathes of territory, fighting off rivals and securing their hunting grounds for generations to come. Dynasties offers a... read more

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (Target Collection) (Doctor Who: Target Collection)

Steven Moffat

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 day. And one other – the man they used to be but never speak of – is fighting the Daleks in the darkest days of the Time War. Driven by d... 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 day. And one other – the man they used to be but never speak of – is fighting the Daleks in the darkest days of the Time War. Driven by d... read more

Doctor Who: Rose (Target Collection)

Russell T. Davies

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 positions, ready to strike. Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most importan... 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 positions, ready to strike. Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most importan... 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 our hair. There are creatures big and small all over the world that make us squirm and wriggle in our seats just at the mere thought of th... read more

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 our hair. There are creatures big and small all over the world that make us squirm and wriggle in our seats just at the mere thought of th... read more

The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes

Dan Waddell

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 entendres, and legendary moments from cricketing history, you’ll find the perfect line for every occasion.

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 entendres, and legendary moments from cricketing history, you’ll find the perfect line for every occasion.

Magnum Cycling

Magnum Photos, Guy Andrews

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 in their careers. Cycling embodies the elements of a great photograph―the human form, pushing itself to physical extremes, thrilling lan... read more

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 in their careers. Cycling embodies the elements of a great photograph―the human form, pushing itself to physical extremes, thrilling lan... read more

Paul Smith's Cycling Scrapbook

Paul Smith

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 cyclist. His cycling career cut short, and after a six-month spell in the hospital, he opened a small boutique in England in 1970. Today, P... 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 cyclist. His cycling career cut short, and after a six-month spell in the hospital, he opened a small boutique in England in 1970. Today, P... read more

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Lucy Fuggle
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.

Lucy Fuggle, June 2020


Pamela Fry
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.

Pamela Fry, June 2020


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

Toyin Okunuga, June 2020


Tim Rangnow
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 Rangnow, April 2020


Tim Rangnow
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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Tim Rangnow, February 2020

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