Claire Baldwin

Claire Baldwin - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Editor with over a decade of experience acquiring and publishing bestselling fiction at Hachette UK.

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Overview

I am an experienced editor and publisher who has worked in the book industry for the last fifteen years. The majority of these were spent at Hachette UK and Headline Publishing Group. There, as Associate Publisher, I commissioned and published a wide range of bestselling and highly acclaimed fiction: from commercial to literary novels, including historicals, magical realism and fantasy, as well as psychological thrillers and stories with rich, international settings. I focused particularly on launching debut writers and my authors included international bestseller Deborah Harkness, Lyndsay Faye, Katherine Clements, Anton DiSclafani, Tom Vowler and Kevin Brophy.

I still work, on a freelance basis, with Headline and the authors I commissioned there, as well as other publishing companies, literary agencies and independent authors worldwide. I also recently co-authored the New York Times bestseller The World of All Souls, the in-depth and fully illustrated companion to the All Souls trilogy.

I made the exciting leap to go freelance to concentrate solely on the areas of publishing I love most: discovering and nurturing new talent, the creative and collaborative editorial process, and working one-to-one with writers to bring out the full potential of their stories. I can give you candid and insightful feedback on your manuscript with a general Editorial Assessment. Or, if you feel ready for a full structural edit, I’ll look at all key aspects of the book, including plot, structure, characterisation, pace, voice and themes, as well as positioning in the market, giving clear and detailed guidance on how and where areas could be developed.

Please do get in touch if you’d like to discuss your project further.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Classics
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Associate Publisher, Fiction

Headline Publishing Group
August, 2012 – January, 2015 (over 2 years)

Commissioned a wide range of commercial to upmarket, literary fiction for the Headline, Headline Review and Tinder Press imprints, originating and driving the publishing vision and strategy for each author acquired.

Authors I published at Headline include No.1 internationally bestselling Deborah Harkness, Lyndsay Faye, Anton DiSclafani, Katherine Clements, Tom Vowler, Jen Williams and Kevin Brophy, as well as (for maternity cover) Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child and Natalie Young's Season to Taste.

Senior Commissioning Editor, Fiction

Headline Publishing Group
October, 2010 – July, 2012 (almost 2 years)

Commissioning Editor, Little Black Dress

Headline Publishing Group
July, 2008 – October, 2010 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Shadow of Night

Deborah Harkness

Discovery of Witches (All Souls)

Deborah E. Harkness

Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew in the stunning first volume of the No.1 internationally bestsellling ALL SOULS trilogy. A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew - the forbidden love at the heart of it. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, ... read more

Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew in the stunning first volume of the No.1 internationally bestsellling ALL SOULS trilogy. A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew - the forbidden love at the heart of it. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, ... read more

The Crimson Ribbon

Katherine Clements

Marrying the vibrancy of Sarah Dunant with a gothic touch, Katherine Clements conjures the extraordinary women you never knew about in the turbulent years of the English Civil War Based on the real figure of the fascinating Elizabeth Poole, this is the mesmerizing story of two women's obsessions, superstitions, and hopes. May Day, 1646: Ruth Flowers finds herself suddenly, brutally, alone. For... read more

Marrying the vibrancy of Sarah Dunant with a gothic touch, Katherine Clements conjures the extraordinary women you never knew about in the turbulent years of the English Civil War Based on the real figure of the fascinating Elizabeth Poole, this is the mesmerizing story of two women's obsessions, superstitions, and hopes. May Day, 1646: Ruth Flowers finds herself suddenly, brutally, alone. For... read more

The Gods of Gotham (Gods of Gotham 1)

Lyndsay Faye

August 1845 in New York; enter the dark, unforgiving city underworld of the legendary Five Points...After a fire decimates a swathe of lower Manhattan, and following years of passionate political dispute, New York City at long last forms an official Police Department. That same summer, the great potato famine hits Ireland. These events will change the city of New York for ever.Timothy Wilde ha... read more

August 1845 in New York; enter the dark, unforgiving city underworld of the legendary Five Points...After a fire decimates a swathe of lower Manhattan, and following years of passionate political dispute, New York City at long last forms an official Police Department. That same summer, the great potato famine hits Ireland. These events will change the city of New York for ever.Timothy Wilde ha... read more

The Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai: Love, Sacrifice and Honour in Twelfth-Century Japan

Barbara Lazar

Now available in paperback, Memoirs of a Geisha meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in a gorgeously vivid, fresh historical that instantly captures the imagination I am Kozaisho: Fifth daughter, Woman-For-Play, teller of stories, lover, wife, and Flower Samurai.In the rich, dazzling, brutal world of 12th century Japan, one young girl begins her epic journey, from the warmth of family to the V... read more

Now available in paperback, Memoirs of a Geisha meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in a gorgeously vivid, fresh historical that instantly captures the imagination I am Kozaisho: Fifth daughter, Woman-For-Play, teller of stories, lover, wife, and Flower Samurai.In the rich, dazzling, brutal world of 12th century Japan, one young girl begins her epic journey, from the warmth of family to the V... read more

The Berlin Crossing

Kevin Brophy

For readers who were gripped by the world of espionage in William Boyd's Restless, this is a compelling, unforgettable novel that brings to life the very human story behind a momentous turning point in history In Germany 1993, the Berlin Wall is down, the country is reunified, and 30-year-old school teacher Michael Ritter feels his life is falling apart. His wife has thrown him out, his new We... read more

For readers who were gripped by the world of espionage in William Boyd's Restless, this is a compelling, unforgettable novel that brings to life the very human story behind a momentous turning point in history In Germany 1993, the Berlin Wall is down, the country is reunified, and 30-year-old school teacher Michael Ritter feels his life is falling apart. His wife has thrown him out, his new We... read more

What Lies Within

Tom Vowler

For fans of Before I Go to Sleep and The Guilty One, a tightly spun, atmospheric, and powerful psychological suspense novel Living in a remote Devon farmhouse, Anna and her family have always been close to nature, surrounded by the haunting beauty of the moor. But when a convict escapes from nearby Dartmoor prison, their isolation suddenly begins to feel more claustrophobic than free. Fearing ... read more

For fans of Before I Go to Sleep and The Guilty One, a tightly spun, atmospheric, and powerful psychological suspense novel Living in a remote Devon farmhouse, Anna and her family have always been close to nature, surrounded by the haunting beauty of the moor. But when a convict escapes from nearby Dartmoor prison, their isolation suddenly begins to feel more claustrophobic than free. Fearing ... read more

The Iron Ghost (Copper Cat)

From Jen Williams, author of highly-acclaimed fantasy debut THE COPPER PROMISE, comes a brand-new epic fantasy adventure in THE IRON GHOST. Beware the dawning of a new mage...Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of be... read more

From Jen Williams, author of highly-acclaimed fantasy debut THE COPPER PROMISE, comes a brand-new epic fantasy adventure in THE IRON GHOST. Beware the dawning of a new mage...Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of be... read more

The Snow Child

Jane Steele

Lyndsay Faye

The Museum of Cathy

Anna Stothard

Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband

Natalie Young

Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband

Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband

Written in the Blood

Stephen Lloyd Jones

Lying To You: A gripping and tense psychological drama

Amanda Reynolds

Wildfire (July 2018) 1st Paperback

Wildfire (July 2018) 1st Paperback

The Soldier (Rise of the Jain Book 1)

Neal Asher

The Soldier is the first novel in the Rise of the Jain series, by bestselling science fiction author Neal Asher.Her mission is vital. Her failure is unthinkable.A corner of space swarms with alien technology, a danger to all sentient life. It’s guarded by Orlandine, who must keep it contained – as it could destroy entire civilizations. An alien intelligence shares her vigil. But she doesn’t sh... read more

The Soldier is the first novel in the Rise of the Jain series, by bestselling science fiction author Neal Asher.Her mission is vital. Her failure is unthinkable.A corner of space swarms with alien technology, a danger to all sentient life. It’s guarded by Orlandine, who must keep it contained – as it could destroy entire civilizations. An alien intelligence shares her vigil. But she doesn’t sh... read more

The Joyce Girl

Annabel Abbs

Claire has 30 reviews

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CJ Hansson
This was my third collaboration with Claire and I think that speaks for itself. Always punctual in completing the job, always super clear about what she will be providing. A great line-edit, with microscopic attention to detail - exactly what was needed.

CJ Hansson, October 2021


Stephen Frost
Claire’s insights into my novel’s strengths and weaknesses have been invaluable. She has sensitively introduced new ideas and suggestions from a position of real care and understanding without compromising my own voice. Her experience and passion shine through. I unhesitatingly recommend Claire!

Stephen Frost, September 2021


Pamela Livingstone
I'm so glad I used to Claire to assessment my manuscript. Her insights were extremely helpful, delivered in a positive and supportive way. When writing a book, it'a easy to get to a point where you can't see the wood for the trees. Claire helped me see what I need to do to make it better. I'd definitely work with her again.

Pamela Livingstone, August 2021


Larry Bastian
Claire was fantastic to work with. She is professional, insightful, and thorough. While being very supportive, she also helped me see weaknesses in my story and suggested fixes. I think The Death of Finneas Balfany is much better because of Claire's editing. --Larry Bastian

Larry Bastian, June 2021


Earik Beann
Claire is great. She spotted a few plot holes and world-building issues I hadn't considered, and made great suggestions on how to fix them without me (thankfully!) having to do a massive rewrite of anything. I also really appreciate some of her suggestions on how to add more suspense and smooth out some bumpy transition areas in my manuscript. She's very easy to work with, and I'd definitely us...
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Earik Beann, May 2021

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