Charlotte Colwill

Charlotte Colwill – Editor

A former bookseller turned editor and literary agent, I specialise in childrens and commercial fiction. I love polishing raw literary gems!


I am a literary agent in London with clients ranging from genre fiction authors, as well as literary and commercial fiction, children's writers and non-fiction authors too. I have previously worked for Tibor Jones, with Wilbur Smith's co-writers, and for Jo Unwin Literary Agency, working with clients such as Eliza Clark, Caleb Femi and Jack Meggitt-Phillips. I also managed a UK based children's fiction packaging studio, using the same model as Working Partners, and creating successful children's series such as Agatha Oddly (HarperCollins).

I am very editorially focused as an agent, working collaboratively with my clients to get their manuscripts into a publication-ready state and helping them to achieve their vision. I have also worked with HarperCollins and Welbeck on the creation and editorial process of several children's series.

As an editor, I am both story and detail oriented. I love to bring out the absolute best in authors, and to share ideas in a collaborative way. I hope my love of writing and my deep respect for authors makes me fun to work with!

Business & Management
Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Horror Middle Grade Young Adult
English (UK)
  • Masters Degree Publishing
  • Bachelors Degree in English Literature and Philosophy

Work experience

Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Oct, 2021 — Jul, 2022 (9 months)

Literary Agent working on negotiations and editorial development for clients including Caleb Femi, Eliza Clark, Jack Meggitt-Phillips, Bethany Rutter, Jade LB and Wibke Bruggeman.

Tibor Jones

Sep, 2019 — Oct, 2021 (about 2 years)

I worked with Wilbur Smith and his literary agent, Kevin Conroy Scott, on Wilbur's many co-authored children's and adults projects, including close editorial support with Wilbur, his co-writers and his publisher Bonnier UK.

Tibor Jones Studio

Oct, 2018 — Present

I originated concepts for children's (middle grade, young fiction and YA) and worked with ghost writers to produce publication-ready manuscripts for publishers including HarperCollins and Welbeck.

Charlotte has 22 reviews





Matu W.

Matu W.

Feb, 2024

Charlotte’s professionalism and attention to detail are nothing short of brilliant. Working with her was a breeze and an absolute delight. She was not only available for a call and follow-ups on the copy-edit but also provided insights on navigating the query trenches. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Charlotte C.
Thanks so much Matu! It was a pleasure to work with you and best of luck with the edits.
Lenore B.

Lenore B.

Jan, 2024

Charlotte was above and beyond what I expected. She provided amazing suggestions and helpful information for my children's picture book, a great developmental write-up, and additional answers regarding my publishing questions. Her expertise is vast!
Charlotte C.
That's very kind, thank you Lenore! Very best of luck with your writing.
Bryan C.

Bryan C.

Dec, 2023

Charlotte's expertise shines through in her developmental editing approach, offering insights that only a seasoned editor could. Her ability to pinpoint issues (main plot vs subplots) across multiple storylines, brought more focus and improved my manuscript significantly. I also greatly appreciated how she's always putting herself through the eyes of a reader, letting me know when less is mor...
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Charlotte C.
That's very kind Bryan, many thanks! Best of luck with your book.
Victoria H.

Victoria H.

Nov, 2023

Charlotte reviewed my agent submission - query letter, synopsis, and first 10,000 words. She provided me with excellent and actionable feedback to help make my submission the best it could be. Charlotte was extremely responsive and very happy to assist with follow-up questions. I would highly recommend Charlotte and would definitely hire her again.
Jodie C.

Jodie C.

Sep, 2023

Charlotte offered developmental editing on my half-finished manuscript (historical fiction). Her insightful feedback provided the boost I needed to course correct and rejuvenate my enthusiasm for my novel. Each of her comments and suggestions inspired a mini-breakthrough for me. She articulated clearly what was working, as well as proposing strategies for improving what didn’t work. As a litera...
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