Cara Thurlbourn

Cara Thurlbourn - Ghostwriter

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Editor and ghostwriter with 10+ years in educational publishing. Specialising in YA, crime, non-fiction, and memoir.

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Overview

Hi, I'm Cara. I'm an author, book coach, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant.

With a professional background as an editor and several of my own books under my belt (one of which was longlisted for the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition) I have a unique understanding of what it's like on both sides of the publishing fence.
I work across a wide range of genres but my particular interests are:

>> Providing manuscript assessments, development editing, and ghostwriting for fictional works, particularly Young Adult and Crime/Thriller.
>> Helping people tell their personal stories of empowerment and courage in the form of memoir or self-help books.
>> Helping businesses create non-fiction books that bolster their brand, attract new clients, and establish them as a voice of authority in their industry.

Helping authors take their books from idea all the way to publication is a thrill I'll never get tired of and ghostwriting in particular is a dream-come-true kind of job for me. I have a knack for visualising stories and narratives, and for capturing the voice of the author.

I love working on both fiction and non-fiction, and I'm happy to tackle pretty much any genre you'd like to throw at me. I mainly write Young Adult fantasy, literary fiction, crime, and memoir but I read widely across multiple disciplines.

I'm always happy to discuss your project and provide samples for ghostwriting and editing, so please do get in touch and we'll have a chat about what you're looking for and how we can work together.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Young Adult

Awards

  • Longlisted for the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition 2018

Work experience

Ghostwriter

Relay Publishers
August, 2019 – Present (11 months)

Currently ghostwriting a psychological thriller for Relay Publishers under the pen name Jo Crow. Expected publication early 2020.

Author & Book Coach

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (over 3 years)

I started working with other authors on an ad-hoc basis while still working in educational publishing back in 2017. Since then, I've grown my business to help countless authors take their manuscripts from idea through to publication.

Managing Editor

Independence Educational Publishers
January, 2011 – July, 2018 (over 7 years)

As Managing Editor at Independence, I managed the commissioning, design, and production processes for two series of educational resource books. During my time at IEP, I edited over 70 publications (under my maiden name Cara Acred).

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Boy Who Lived In The Ceiling

Cara Thurlbourn

Longlisted for the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition 2018.A coming-of-age story filled with love, mystery, and sparkle.Freddie’s life isn’t like it used to be – he’s alone, homeless, and carrying a secret that threatens to swallow him up. Every day is a struggle. Until he meets Violet Johnson.Violet’s life is going down-hill. Her parents argue, her little brother’s stopped speaking, and she... read more

Longlisted for the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition 2018.A coming-of-age story filled with love, mystery, and sparkle.Freddie’s life isn’t like it used to be – he’s alone, homeless, and carrying a secret that threatens to swallow him up. Every day is a struggle. Until he meets Violet Johnson.Violet’s life is going down-hill. Her parents argue, her little brother’s stopped speaking, and she... read more

Fire Lines (Daughters of Fire Book 1)

Cara Thurlbourn

When your bloodline awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom?Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of the magick and mystery beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council... read more

When your bloodline awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom?Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of the magick and mystery beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council... read more

Internet Safety (Issues Today)

Cara Acred

Do you know who invented the Internet? Can you recognise a phishing scam when you see one? Most of us use the Internet everyday, but how much do we really know about it? This book explores the history of the Internet as well as answering frequently asked questions about the web. The Internet is a powerful tool and, with the rise of social networking and smarphones, learning how to stay safe on... read more

Do you know who invented the Internet? Can you recognise a phishing scam when you see one? Most of us use the Internet everyday, but how much do we really know about it? This book explores the history of the Internet as well as answering frequently asked questions about the web. The Internet is a powerful tool and, with the rise of social networking and smarphones, learning how to stay safe on... read more

Exploring Human Rights (Issues Today)

Cara Acred

What are human rights? How do they work? Do you know how they apply to you? This book looks at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how it protects and affects citizens across the globe. It also explores issues surrounding minority rights, such as older people's basic home care and prisoners' right to vote.

What are human rights? How do they work? Do you know how they apply to you? This book looks at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how it protects and affects citizens across the globe. It also explores issues surrounding minority rights, such as older people's basic home care and prisoners' right to vote.

Sustainability (Issues)

Cara Acred

With our planet’s resources dwindling, ‘sustainable living’ is an increasingly debated topic. In essence, sustainability is about balancing our lifestyle with Earth’s resources to keep the environment healthy and minimise our impact. This book looks at both issues and solutions, exploring our consumption of natural resources such as food, land and water. It also looks at how we can achieve a s... read more

With our planet’s resources dwindling, ‘sustainable living’ is an increasingly debated topic. In essence, sustainability is about balancing our lifestyle with Earth’s resources to keep the environment healthy and minimise our impact. This book looks at both issues and solutions, exploring our consumption of natural resources such as food, land and water. It also looks at how we can achieve a s... read more

The Internet of Things (Issues Book 299)

Cara Acred

The Internet is not just the Internet anymore. Products ranging from smartwatches and TVs to cars and fridges all use the Internet to connect our daily lives. This book explores the rise of the Internet of things, from the negative consequences of online technology to positive innovations. Articles include debate over screen-time for young children, online privacy and access to broadband. They... read more

The Internet is not just the Internet anymore. Products ranging from smartwatches and TVs to cars and fridges all use the Internet to connect our daily lives. This book explores the rise of the Internet of things, from the negative consequences of online technology to positive innovations. Articles include debate over screen-time for young children, online privacy and access to broadband. They... read more

Gently They Rage

Linda Negus

Ten stories, ten unique experiences, ten very special families...Gently They Rage is a powerful and emotive collection of stories, told by parents who have experienced the myriad complexities of life with a disabled child.In a series of ten moving interviews, Linda Negus explores the practical and emotional challenges these parents have faced, offering a source of inspiration and comfort to an... read more

Ten stories, ten unique experiences, ten very special families...Gently They Rage is a powerful and emotive collection of stories, told by parents who have experienced the myriad complexities of life with a disabled child.In a series of ten moving interviews, Linda Negus explores the practical and emotional challenges these parents have faced, offering a source of inspiration and comfort to an... read more

It's All About Bodd

Lindy Wheeler, Tom Lawley

Bodd is a little character who struggles to make sense of his life and his big big feelings.In beautiful verse, this unique children’s story explores Bodd’s feelings and the vital role they play in his survival. It’s All About Bodd opens up conversations about how to deal with anxiety, the effects that worry can have on our health, and its impact on those around us. An essential companion for ... read more

Bodd is a little character who struggles to make sense of his life and his big big feelings.In beautiful verse, this unique children’s story explores Bodd’s feelings and the vital role they play in his survival. It’s All About Bodd opens up conversations about how to deal with anxiety, the effects that worry can have on our health, and its impact on those around us. An essential companion for ... read more

Parent And Teacher Guide - It's All About Bodd

Lindy Wheeler

Bodd is a little character who struggles to make sense of his life and his big, big feelings.In beautiful verse, this unique children’s story explores Bodd’s feelings and the vital role they play in his survival. It’s All About Bodd opens up conversations about how to deal with anxiety, the effects that worry can have on our health,and its impact on those around us. The Parent And Teacher Guid... read more

Bodd is a little character who struggles to make sense of his life and his big, big feelings.In beautiful verse, this unique children’s story explores Bodd’s feelings and the vital role they play in his survival. It’s All About Bodd opens up conversations about how to deal with anxiety, the effects that worry can have on our health,and its impact on those around us. The Parent And Teacher Guid... read more

Homelessness in the UK (Issues)

Cara Acred

Many people who have experienced homelessness describe feeling as though they are ‘invisible’ when living on the streets. This book raises awareness of homelessness in the UK, exploring its causes and effects. It also examines the problems faced by those who are young and homeless, as well as considering different types of homelessness and how we might tackle the issue.

Many people who have experienced homelessness describe feeling as though they are ‘invisible’ when living on the streets. This book raises awareness of homelessness in the UK, exploring its causes and effects. It also examines the problems faced by those who are young and homeless, as well as considering different types of homelessness and how we might tackle the issue.

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