Charlotte Cole

Charlotte Cole - Editor

England, United Kingdom

An editor for twenty years, working regularly with Ebury, Hodder, Orion, Macmillan and others. I specialise in memoir and autobiography.

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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, Hodder, Orion, Macmillan, Mirror Books, Simon & Schuster 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.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Editor

Freelance
December, 2012 – Present (almost 7 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 (8 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

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

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

I Let Him Go

Denise Fergus

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, with an updated chapter from Denise.'I was crying so much I couldn't breathe. The thought of leaving the shopping centre without him was crushing. I knew that walking away from the place where he had gone missing, without any idea where he now was, meant that things were really bad. James had been right by my side and then he was gone forever.'On 12th February 1993... read more

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, with an updated chapter from Denise.'I was crying so much I couldn't breathe. The thought of leaving the shopping centre without him was crushing. I knew that walking away from the place where he had gone missing, without any idea where he now was, meant that things were really bad. James had been right by my side and then he was gone forever.'On 12th February 1993... read more

The Dark Side of the Mind

Kerry Daynes

'Enthralling and terrifying. The Dark Side of the Mind is a chilling glimpse into a world of miscreants, monsters and the misunderstood.' Professor Dame Sue Black, author of the Sunday Times bestseller All That Remains 'Kerry Daynes delves into the minds of psychopaths in a fascinating memoir.' Katya Edwards, Daily Mail 'Daynes offers fascinating insights into what makes criminals tick and how... read more

'Enthralling and terrifying. The Dark Side of the Mind is a chilling glimpse into a world of miscreants, monsters and the misunderstood.' Professor Dame Sue Black, author of the Sunday Times bestseller All That Remains 'Kerry Daynes delves into the minds of psychopaths in a fascinating memoir.' Katya Edwards, Daily Mail 'Daynes offers fascinating insights into what makes criminals tick and how... read more

A Window Breaks

C. M. Ewan

‘Fantastic – Ewan is a genius at easing you in, and then keeping you there until the story is done with you’ – Lee ChildIf your family was targeted in the middle of the night, what would you do?You are asleep. A noise wakes you.You stir, unsure why, and turn to your wife.Then you hear it.Glass. Crunching underfoot.Your worst fears are about to be realized.Someone is inside your home.Your choic... read more

‘Fantastic – Ewan is a genius at easing you in, and then keeping you there until the story is done with you’ – Lee ChildIf your family was targeted in the middle of the night, what would you do?You are asleep. A noise wakes you.You stir, unsure why, and turn to your wife.Then you hear it.Glass. Crunching underfoot.Your worst fears are about to be realized.Someone is inside your home.Your choic... read more

How to Make a Difference

Kate Robertson, Ella Robertson

"An exceptionally relevant book for this age of activism." Bob GeldofWith a foreword by Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the UN (1997-2006).How to Make a Difference is a practical roadmap to modern day activism created by the powerful and imaginative minds behind the world's biggest campaigns including Colin Kaepernick, Emma Watson, Sir Bob Geldof, Fatima Bhutto, Black Lives Matter, Dou... read more

"An exceptionally relevant book for this age of activism." Bob GeldofWith a foreword by Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the UN (1997-2006).How to Make a Difference is a practical roadmap to modern day activism created by the powerful and imaginative minds behind the world's biggest campaigns including Colin Kaepernick, Emma Watson, Sir Bob Geldof, Fatima Bhutto, Black Lives Matter, Dou... read more

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