Bryony Sutherland

Bryony Sutherland – Editor

Traditionally published biographer now editing memoirs, health, thrillers, SFF, historical + contemporary fiction. 20+ years in publishing.

Overview

"Bryony is a magician of an editor. She has the rare skill and confidence to really get into a manuscript, detect and even fix structural problems while leaving the heart and voice of the writing intact. It was after Bryony had edited my manuscript that I was able to get a contract with my agent and sell my novel. I cannot recommend her enough." Isabelle Dupuy, Author

"After working with Bryony on several projects, I cannot imagine hiring another editor. Her attention to detail is excellent, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Publishing a book can be a stressful endeavor, but Bryony makes it fun and exciting. She is passionate about what she does, and this shines through in every aspect of her work. Hire her, and let her help you take your story to a whole new level." James Michael Rice, Author

My writing career began as the co-author of eight celebrity biographies with Lucy Ellis, published by Random House, Virgin Books, Aurum Press, Ebury Press, Omnibus Press, Music Sales, Hannibal, Birmar, and Heel Verlag. Together we were called "professional storytellers" by The Guardian, "very professional" by Film Review, "immensely readable" by The Beat Goes On, "detailed" by Sunday Express, and "insightful" by OK! Magazine. As a ghostwriter, I have written for personalities from the professional worlds of music and sport, covering subjects ranging from anorexia to addiction and abuse.

I'm now a freelance book editor with over twenty years' publishing experience, and I love collaborating on psychological thrillers, crime thrillers, science fiction, dystopian fiction, urban fantasy, historical fiction, women's and contemporary fiction. Within non-fiction, I specialize in memoirs, lifestyle how-tos, health and well-being, celebrity, and entertainment titles. I relish working on series and keeping a keen eye on continuity, ongoing character and theme development, and plot arc across multiple related books.

Writing can be a solitary experience, and I find nothing more rewarding than fostering a creative and supportive long-term partnership with my authors, whether this is played out across a trilogy or numerous standalone titles. Whether you're perfecting your manuscript for agency submission, embarking on a self-publishing journey, or you're an established author seeking a fresh perspective, I will provide friendly, constructive feedback alongside thorough developmental editing and crisp copy editing.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Dystopian Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Psychological Thriller Urban Fantasy
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • The Business Book Awards Shortlist 2022 (Editor, Asking for Trouble by Jon Cohen)
  • The Guardian Summer Reads 2021 (Editor, Living the Dream by Isabelle Dupuy)
  • The Diverse Book Awards Shortlist 2020 (Editor, Living the Dream by Isabelle Dupuy)
  • Bookauthority Best New Resilience Books 2020 (Editor, How to Thrive By Building Resilience by Belen del Amo Perez de Lara)
  • Readers’ Favorite 2018 Award Contest Winner, Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi (Editor, Endohuman by Nick Dream)
  • IndieReader/Huffington Post's Best Books of the Month Sept 2017 (Editor, The Healer's Curse by J P Doyle)
  • Featured author, Mixed Remixed Festival 2016, Los Angeles (Editor & Author, Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide)
  • Top 5%, 2016 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition (Editor, A Company of Roses by Megan Goodenough)
  • Finalist/Runner-Up, Literary Fiction Book Review Award 2015 (Editor, Forever Human by Tom Conyers)
  • Displaced Best of Expat Non-Fiction 2015 (Editor, Greekscapes: Illustrated Journeys With An Artist by Pamela Jane Rogers)

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2009 — Present

Provides original content and edits existing text for books that spark her interest. Specialises in structural and copy editing, focusing on author development and collaboration.

Atomic Partnership Limited

Feb, 1997 — Present

Director and founding member of this freelance writing partnership, penning biographies of popular music and film personalities, and ghostwriting memoirs. Publishers include Random House, Virgin Books, Aurum Press, Omnibus Press, Music Sales, Heel Verlag, Hannibal, Birmar, and JC Clementine; major serialization in the UK, US, and Australia; editions printed in English, German, Spanish, and Danish.

Portfolio

Kylie: Showgirl

Sutherland, Byrony

The definitive biography of one of pop music's most private stars. Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics has always been an enigma, ill at ease with the trappings of fame, and giving away little about herself, but now the writers have given her the biography she dese... read more
Uma Thurman: The Biography

Sutherland, Bryony

Addicted to Love

Penrose, Lana

A Company of Roses

Goodenough, Megan

WRITE WAY HOME

Derenzie, Hedley

Primordial

Sobel, David

Pray For Darkness

Rice, James Michael

Forever Human

Conyers, Tom

42 Days

Roberts, A

Infinity 7

Hinckley, Charles R

Remember Us

Blake, Lindsay

Living the Dream

Dupuy, Isabelle

12 Essays In Love

Matheson, Andy

Savages

Lowe, Andrew

Saving Grace (Healing Ruby)

Westall, Jennifer H.

Bryony has 41 reviews

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Edie W.

Edie W.

Dec, 2022

As always, thank you so much.
John B.

John B.

Oct, 2022

Bryony has an impeccable eye for detail while making sure the voice stays true to the author. She has an innate ability to edit out just the right words and sections to keep the focus of the story flowing. It was pure delight to read through my edited manuscript and I found myself really liking the way the story naturally unfolded. She really takes her work to heart and cares about getting the ...
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Darren S.

Darren S.

Oct, 2022

An amazing experience working with Bryony.
Ian D.

Ian D.

Jul, 2022

Bryony fulfilled all expectations in terms of the editing and mindfulness of plot and characters. The work was not in a single genre, but she got the idea and rolled with it effectively.
Joseph K.

Joseph K.

Jun, 2022

Working with Bryony was an absolute pleasure. She is thoughtful and precise in her editing, and was always prompt in her replies to my queries. The comprehensive feedback and edits she provided not only improved the quality of my story, but also highlighted ways for me to refine my writing going forward. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.

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