Britt Collins

Britt Collins - Editor

London, UK

Bestselling author, veteran journalist and editor with a passion for storytelling and 25 year’s experience contributing to top publications

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Overview

I’m an author and journalist specialising in style, culture, travel and conservation, and wrote an international bestseller Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man and their Journey Across America (Simon & Schuster), published in 12 countries with 27 editions translated in German, French, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, Polish, Chinese and other languages, and named by Bustle as one of the best non-fictions reads. I’m an insightful and incisive writer and editor with more than 25 years’ experience creating intelligent, impactful work across a diverse range of publications, including the Guardian, the Observer, Sunday Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Condé Nast Traveller. I've also created two trailblazing independent magazines and produced campaigns for global brands, such as Penguin Books, Calvin Klein and Vivienne Westwood.

I’m passionate about quality writing and storytelling, with a soft spot for animal stories and adventurous memoirs and biographies about people doing extraordinary things. As a writer, I know how to tell a story vividly and concisely in a way that will engage readers. As an editor, I know how to find the bare bones of the story and determine what is best for the work, polishing the prose and perfecting the author’s voice while preserving the integrity and creative vision. As a seasoned journalist and author, I know how to pitch a story and have a sense of what publishers want (my agent sent a condensed version of my book to only two of the big-five publishers and sold it in 24 hours).

Great stories are gold and I can help you tell yours — guiding a project from concept to completion. With 25+ years of writing and editing experience and a bestselling book to my name, I can assist with book proposals or back-cover copy to crafting and editing existing manuscripts into absorbing, saleable books. I'm also available for ghostwriting for non-fiction clients and can write your story in your voice and turn it into a compelling narrative.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Coming of Age
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
Inspirational
Travel

Certifications

  • BA in Comparitive Literature, American University, Washington, DC and University of California, Berkeley

Awards

  • Silver medal at New York Festival Advertising Awards

Work experience

Author

Simon & Schuster
July, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

Author of Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man and Their Journey Across America, an extraordinary true story about a drifter and stray cat, published in 12 countries, with 24 editions, named “one of the best non-fictions reads” by Bustle and recommended by New York Post, the Metro, Vogue Italia, the Observer, NPR, the Mirror, Booklist and other publications.

Journalist

The Guardian, Observer, Condé Traveller, Harper’s Bazaar, the Sunday Times, Travel + Leisure, the Independent, the Metro, Marie Claire, Wanderlust and Billionaire magazine
June, 1989 – Present (over 32 years)

Editor, TONI & GUY magazine

FST Publishing
June, 2011 – November, 2012 (over 1 year)

Produced a beautiful, award-winning quarterly double-cover magazine that blends insightful lifestyle features and in-depth interviews with gorgeous, edgy visuals, as well as launching the digital edition.

European Editor, ABOVE magazine

Centurion Publishing
May, 2011 – November, 2012 (over 1 year)

Worked as part of a London and Paris-based team creating and editing original features, high-profile interviews and hard-hitting reportage for the environment, style, culture and travel pages of this quarterly New York green lifestyle glossy, while concurrently editing another quartlerly publication Toni & Guy magazine.

Editor, Voyager for BMI airlines

Ink Publishing
February, 2010 – June, 2011 (over 1 year)

Relaunched Voyager, BMI airlines inflight monthly, and transformed it into a more compelling read by bringing a quirky yet glamorous perspective to its food, travel, design and lifestyle coverage and big-name writers and photographers. Voyager was chosen by CNN among the world’s best in-flight magazines as “brainy, colourful and original”.

Editor, Pure Living

Green Guides publishing
June, 2006 – December, 2007 (over 1 year)

Reinvinted this independent green lifestyle quarterly from its health-food-store incarnation into a sharper, glossier publication fusing sustainable living with high style and smart, fearless journalism. The Independent called Pure “flirtatiously rebellious in the face of staid green magazines” and its freshness and flair attracted stellar contributors and iconic photographers David Bailey, Peter Beard and Julian Broad. I created Pure on top of a hectic job as group editor at TIME INC.

Group Editor

TIME INC
May, 2004 – January, 2010 (over 5 years)

Led the copy desk of Time Inc’s commercial division and worked across eight women’s monthlies, including Marie Claire, InStyle, Wallpaper* and Livingetc, producing and commissioning fashion and beauty supplements and successful cross-channel campaigns for luxury brands, such as Calvin Klein, Penguin Books, Dior, Versace and Elizabeth Arden.

Journalist, Copy Editor + Copywriter

Self-employed
March, 1994 – April, 2004 (about 10 years)

Contributed to TIME, the Guardian, the Independent, Evening Standard, ES magazine, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Harper's & Queen, Tatler, Elle Decoration, Wallpaper*, Sleazenation, The Week, LA Confidential, Madison (Australia). I also created the digital content for Felix cat food for Ogilvy & Mather, which won a silver medal in the New York Advertising Festival.

Editor / Publisher, LIME LIZARD

Self-employed
March, 1990 – April, 1994 (about 4 years)

Straight out of university, I founded the London music magazine on a shoestring and turned it into a slick bi-monthly with blue-chip advertisers including Levi's and Marlboro cigarettes and corporate sponsor Rolling Rock beer. Lime Lizard became known as a fresh, authentic voice for indie music, featuring cover stars like Nirvana, REM, the Cure, the Stone Roses and launching talents such as Hollywood producer/screenwriter John Brownlow (Sylvia); Q magazine editor Ted Kessler; Emmy-nominated creative director Kevin Grady (New York agency Siegal+Gale); bestselling crime writer Lauren Henderson (Sam Jones mystery series and Jane Austen's Guide to Dating).

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Strays: The True Story of a Lost Cat, a Homeless Man, and Their Journey Across America

Britt Collins

For fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, “this lovely, luminous story will warm your heart and make you laugh and want to share your life with a rescue cat” (Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats).Alcoholic and depressed, Michael King lives on the streets of Portland, Oregon, and sleeps in a UPS loading bay.... read more

For fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, “this lovely, luminous story will warm your heart and make you laugh and want to share your life with a rescue cat” (Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats).Alcoholic and depressed, Michael King lives on the streets of Portland, Oregon, and sleeps in a UPS loading bay.... read more

Soul of a Lion: One Woman's Quest to Rescue Africa's Wildlife Refugees

Barbara Bennett

For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and the vast readership for gripping true-life stories, this African saga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the unique Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, where Marieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthy cattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care for embattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the "AIDS" lion infected by mistake at a vet clini... read more

For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and the vast readership for gripping true-life stories, this African saga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the unique Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, where Marieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthy cattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care for embattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the "AIDS" lion infected by mistake at a vet clini... read more

Lost in Beirut: A True Story of Love, Loss and War

Stevens, Ashe, Stevens , Magdalena

Britt has 17 reviews

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J Laucks
Britt helped me make my dream into a reality. Her expertise and thoughtful feedback helped me tremendously.

J Laucks, November 2021


David Clarke
Britt Collins delivers a professional, quality service.

David Clarke, October 2021


magdalena stevens
We are stunned with the quality of Britt’s work. She have absolutely captured the essence of our memoir’s characters, feelings, places and basically the entire story. If you want an editor who is passionate about helping your story shine and yet allowing you room for your own voice, Britt is the one. You can tell she spent countless hours polishing and enhancing our writing. It’s evident that ...
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magdalena stevens, August 2021


Elaine Baker
Great to work with, very knowledgeable and would highly recommend her services.

Elaine Baker, July 2021


Vivian Witkind Davis
Britt Collins is doing a splendid job of editing my memoir, Down on Court Five. She gave a speedy first round edit that was both supportive and justly critical. She is helping me to develop characters better and improve my ledes, making cogent suggestions that point me in the right direction. Due to Britt, I have realized there was a gaping hole in my first draft. It will take longer than I...
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Vivian Witkind Davis, July 2021

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