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Charlotte Cole

Charlotte Cole - Editor

London, UK

An editor for twenty years, I specialise in memoir and autobiography - ordinary people's extraordinary stories.

Overview


With two decades of UK trade editorial experience, I am a sought-after structural editor and copy-editor working with book publishers, literary agents, individual authors and other clients. Whatever my role on a project, my aim is to help the work reach as wide an audience as possible.

I began learning my craft at The Women’s Press and was most recently Editorial Director at Ebury Press, where I commissioned and edited over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers – from the memoir Nurse on Call, which spent five weeks at number one, to books by national treasures such as Pam Ayres, Sue Johnston, Gok Wan and Lynda Bellingham (Lost and Found). Publishing clients including Ebury Publishing, HarperCollins, Hodder, Orion, Pan Macmillan and September Publishing.

I work on all sorts of books, from crime fiction to humour to self-help, but my specialism and first love is memoir - real people's brilliant lives.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Editor

Freelance

December, 2012 – Present (about 4 years)

With two decades of trade editorial experience, I am a sought-after structural editor and copy-editor working with book publishers, literary agents, individual authors and other clients. Whatever my role on a project, my aim is to help the work reach as wide an audience as possible.

Editorial Director

Ebury Publishing

September, 2006 – December, 2012 (about 6 years)

Over six years at Ebury I published over 20 Sunday Times bestsellers, including Nurse on Call by Edith Cotterill which spent five weeks at number one. Other notable titles include The Necessary Aptitude by Pam Ayres, Through Thick and Thin by Gok Wan and Yes Sister, No Sister by Jennifer Craig. From helping authors develop their manuscript at an early stage to comprehensive editing at first draft, I ensured every book was as good as it could possibly be. I also ran imprint progress catch ups and represented Ebury Publishing in company-wide managing editor meetings.

Commissioning Editor

Vision

May, 2002 – August, 2006 (over 4 years)

For a time the only editor on the small team at independent publisher Vision, I commissioned and conceived books, undertook structural and copy-editing, project managed and liaised with printers. All non-fiction, books covered memoir, politics, popular culture and self-help.

Commissioning Editor

The Women's Press

November, 1994 – April, 2002 (over 7 years)

I joined as secretary to the publisher and sales director and worked my way up to commissioning editor. I
commissioned and otherwise worked on literary, crime and science fiction, big ideas, self-help and y/a. My personal highlights here were commissioning Patricia Grace’s Dogside Story, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, and Octavia E Butler’s Parable of the Talents, shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You

Lynda Bellingham

In 2013 Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. Having kept the details of her illness private, now for the very first time Lynda talks with beautiful poignancy about her life since her diagnosis, her family and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn't planned. Having been told that she only has a matter of months left to live and writing this in what will sadly be her fin... read more

In 2013 Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. Having kept the details of her illness private, now for the very first time Lynda talks with beautiful poignancy about her life since her diagnosis, her family and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn't planned. Having been told that she only has a matter of months left to live and writing this in what will sadly be her fin... read more

Buster: The dog who saved a thousand lives

Will Barrow, Isabel George

Thousands of lives have been saved by this spaniel. He is a best friend in dog's clothing. An RAF dog with his mossy feet firmly on the ground. A brave dog who has served his colleagues and his country with unstinting devotion. A dog in a million. This is the story of the partnership of Buster and Will, told by Will himself, describing how each came to save the other's life. This is a relation... read more

Thousands of lives have been saved by this spaniel. He is a best friend in dog's clothing. An RAF dog with his mossy feet firmly on the ground. A brave dog who has served his colleagues and his country with unstinting devotion. A dog in a million. This is the story of the partnership of Buster and Will, told by Will himself, describing how each came to save the other's life. This is a relation... read more

'We Ain't Got No Drink, Pa': A Little Girl's Struggle to Survive in the Slums of 1920s South East London

Hilda Kemp, Cathryn Kemp

'We ain't got no drink, Pa.' I trembled as I spoke. Then somewhere inside me I found the anger, the courage to answer him back.'We don't have no grog cos you drank it all!'I knew he was going for me tonight, so I reckoned I might as well go down fighting after all.Growing up in the slums of 1920s and 30s Bermondsey, Hilda Kemp's childhood was one of chaos and fear. Every day was battleground, ... read more

'We ain't got no drink, Pa.' I trembled as I spoke. Then somewhere inside me I found the anger, the courage to answer him back.'We don't have no grog cos you drank it all!'I knew he was going for me tonight, so I reckoned I might as well go down fighting after all.Growing up in the slums of 1920s and 30s Bermondsey, Hilda Kemp's childhood was one of chaos and fear. Every day was battleground, ... read more

Six Little Miracles: The Heartwarming True Story of Raising the World's First Sextuplet Girls

Janet Walton

Janet had been told she couldn't have children, so she and her husband Graham were overjoyed to find out she was pregnant. Then they told it was not just one baby, but six!On 18 November 1983, Janet Walton gave birth to the world’s first all-female sextuplets: Hannah, Lucy, Ruth, Sarah, Kate and Jennie.Janet takes us through the reality of parenting six children of the same age – the extreme s... read more

Janet had been told she couldn't have children, so she and her husband Graham were overjoyed to find out she was pregnant. Then they told it was not just one baby, but six!On 18 November 1983, Janet Walton gave birth to the world’s first all-female sextuplets: Hannah, Lucy, Ruth, Sarah, Kate and Jennie.Janet takes us through the reality of parenting six children of the same age – the extreme s... read more

Raw

Marni Mulholland

'How does it start? A look, a smile, a laugh, a hug, a play, a game. A cuddle, a fumble, a touch’ Marni thought she’d found a friend in her social worker, Matthew. But he groomed her from the moment she entered the children’s home. A year later their ‘relationship’ crossed boundaries no child should know exist. As Matthew led Marni down the path of depravity, she grew up not knowing how to sur... read more

'How does it start? A look, a smile, a laugh, a hug, a play, a game. A cuddle, a fumble, a touch’ Marni thought she’d found a friend in her social worker, Matthew. But he groomed her from the moment she entered the children’s home. A year later their ‘relationship’ crossed boundaries no child should know exist. As Matthew led Marni down the path of depravity, she grew up not knowing how to sur... read more

Coming Up Trumps: A Memoir

Jean Trumpington

The Top 10 Sunday Times bestseller. In this characteristically trenchant memoir, the indomitable Jean Trumpington looks back on her long and remarkable life. The daughter of an officer in the Bengal Lancers and an American heiress, Jean Campbell-Harris was born into a world of considerable privilege, but the Wall Street Crash entirely wiped out her mother's fortune. At fifteen the young Jean C... read more

The Top 10 Sunday Times bestseller. In this characteristically trenchant memoir, the indomitable Jean Trumpington looks back on her long and remarkable life. The daughter of an officer in the Bengal Lancers and an American heiress, Jean Campbell-Harris was born into a world of considerable privilege, but the Wall Street Crash entirely wiped out her mother's fortune. At fifteen the young Jean C... read more

You Made Me Late Again!: My New Collection

Pam Ayres

The wonderful new collection of poems, anecdotes and short verses from the inimitable Pam Ayres. With over fifty new poems from Britain's favourite poet, You Made Me Late Again! is an essential addition to Pam Ayres' incomparable collection of works. Pam's poems are observant, witty and poignant in equal measure. In 'The Swifts' and 'The Pyracantha Anthem' she marvels at nature, while 'A Patie... read more

The wonderful new collection of poems, anecdotes and short verses from the inimitable Pam Ayres. With over fifty new poems from Britain's favourite poet, You Made Me Late Again! is an essential addition to Pam Ayres' incomparable collection of works. Pam's poems are observant, witty and poignant in equal measure. In 'The Swifts' and 'The Pyracantha Anthem' she marvels at nature, while 'A Patie... read more

How to Build a Girl

Caitlin Moran

What do you do in your teenage years when you realise what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes - and build yourself.It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde – fast-talking, hard-drinking Go... read more

What do you do in your teenage years when you realise what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes - and build yourself.It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde – fast-talking, hard-drinking Go... read more

Stalked: A dangerous predator. A life lived in fear. A terrifying true story.

Alison Hewitt

A young woman's harrowing account of being stalked by the man she once lovedAlison Hewitt was in the midst of training to be a family doctor when she met Al Amin Dhalla through an exclusive dating agency. He was a seemingly respectable businessman from Canada, so attentive and caring it was easy to ignore the warning signs - until he started, step by step, to take over her life. Six months aft... read more

A young woman's harrowing account of being stalked by the man she once lovedAlison Hewitt was in the midst of training to be a family doctor when she met Al Amin Dhalla through an exclusive dating agency. He was a seemingly respectable businessman from Canada, so attentive and caring it was easy to ignore the warning signs - until he started, step by step, to take over her life. Six months aft... read more

GI Brides: The wartime girls who crossed the Atlantic for love

Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi

The Sunday Times bestsellerFrom the bestselling authors of The Sugar Girls, G.I. Brides weaves together the real-life stories of four women who crossed the ocean for love.The ‘friendly invasion’ of Britain by over a million American G.I.s caused a sensation amongst a generation of young women deprived of male company during the Second World War. With their exotic accents, smart uniforms and au... read more

The Sunday Times bestsellerFrom the bestselling authors of The Sugar Girls, G.I. Brides weaves together the real-life stories of four women who crossed the ocean for love.The ‘friendly invasion’ of Britain by over a million American G.I.s caused a sensation amongst a generation of young women deprived of male company during the Second World War. With their exotic accents, smart uniforms and au... read more

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