I am passionate about helping authors with almost any aspect of their writing at any stage of the process! I find working at the developmental stage so rewarding, helping authors see when and how to move their story on to maintain page-turning pace, working on how to create drama and tension through plot hooks and turns, and how to tie it all up into that satisfying finale. I also enjoy close line editing where I can support writers to get their work to a professionally polished state.
I’ve been lucky enough to work in some of the most successful divisions of the world’s biggest publishers, working on fiction strategy and my personal passions – growing new names into established authors and helping authors to find good publishing homes and successful careers. I'm always open to discussing a flexible approach to what an individual writer needs.
I provide developmental and line-edits for contemporary fiction, psychological thrillers, police procedurals, women's fiction and romance. I work for publishers and private clients, including for an award-winning Channel 4 cult show. I'm practised in reviewing and consulting on submissions letters, and can do a 'ready for submission' read on bio, letter and sample.
Transworld, Penguin Random House
I grew a list of wide ranging fiction authors in this role. I published Julie Cohen's Dear Thing and Louise Douglas's The Secrets Between Us, both successful Richard and Judy Book Club picks. I continued to publish Sarra Manning with You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. I published IMPAC-nominated Alison Jameson's Little Beauty, Kathy Lette's The Boy Who Fell to Earth, and Ashley Prentice Norton's The Chocolate Money. I also looked after a list of mostly USA, UK and Irish crime, literary and women's fiction authors.
Headline Publishing Group, Hachette UK
I worked on a wide range of fiction, from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks, award-winning American literary authors Erick Setiawan to New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Rachel Gibson. I also launched the mainstream adult fiction careers of YA writer Sarra Manning with Unsticky, and screenwriter Jessica Ruston with Unsticky.
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