Clare Whitston

Clare Whitston - Editor

Oxford, UK

Experienced editor specializing in picture books, MG and YA with a warm and collaborative style designed to help you deliver your best work!

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Overview

A good editor brings the tools and insight to help a writer deliver their very best work, and I love supporting authors on this creative journey.



I have over seventeen years’ publishing experience, working on internationally best selling series, award-winning fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and lavish gift editions. As the senior commissioning editor of children’s fiction at OUP, I was longlisted and shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and edited award-winning authors as well as developing exciting debut voices. As creative lead on IP development at OUP, I loved conceptualizing stories, characters and worlds, writing style bibles and storylines for globally successful series'.



As a freelance children’s books specialist I offer editorial expertise and IP development in the children’s books market, working with publishers, authors and agents to build an even brighter, more inclusive and creative publishing landscape for readers everywhere.



I am available for editing, creative development, copy editing and proofreading and would love to hear about your project and how I can help you.

Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Coming of Age
Humor & Comedy
Mashups
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction

Certifications

  • BA Hons English Literature and Cultural Criticism 2:1 Cardiff University

Work experience

freelance editorial children's books specialist

Self-employed
August, 2021 – Present (about 1 year)

I offer editorial expertise and IP development in the children’s books market, working with a wide variety of publishers, authors and agents to build an even brighter, more inclusive and creative publishing landscape for readers everywhere.

senior commissioning editor, children's fiction

Oxford University Press
January, 2017 – August, 2021 (over 4 years)

Responsible for the strategic management of the children’s fiction list, acquiring and editing new voices, as well as developing established authors and illustrators on the list. Building relationships with authors and agents, negotiating contracts and managing IP content creation in house for fiction and picture books.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Pugs of the Frozen North

Philip Reeve

Reeve and McIntyre bring you another rip-roaring read! The Race to the Top of the World! It comes around once in a lifetime, and the prize? Your heart's desire. Shen and Sika can't resist the chance to win, but competition is fierce. The path to victory is littered with snow trolls, sea monsters, and a gang of particularly hungry yetis. But Shen and Sika have something the other contestants do... read more

Reeve and McIntyre bring you another rip-roaring read! The Race to the Top of the World! It comes around once in a lifetime, and the prize? Your heart's desire. Shen and Sika can't resist the chance to win, but competition is fierce. The path to victory is littered with snow trolls, sea monsters, and a gang of particularly hungry yetis. But Shen and Sika have something the other contestants do... read more

Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble

Harriet Muncaster

Half vampire, half fairy, totally unique! Isadora Moon is special because she is different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both. When Isadora's cousin, Mirabelle, comes to stay, Isadora is really excited. Mirabelle, who is a witch, is older than Isadora and always has the best ideas for things to do. So when she suggests that instead of taking Pink Rabbit Isado... read more

Half vampire, half fairy, totally unique! Isadora Moon is special because she is different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both. When Isadora's cousin, Mirabelle, comes to stay, Isadora is really excited. Mirabelle, who is a witch, is older than Isadora and always has the best ideas for things to do. So when she suggests that instead of taking Pink Rabbit Isado... read more

The Girl with the Shark's Teeth

Cerrie Burnell

Minnow is different from the other girls in her town and there's plenty to set her apart: the blossom of pale scars which lie beneath Minnow's delicate ears, the fact that she has an affinity with the water which leaves people speechless, and that once - she is sure - in deep, deep water, her body began to glow like a sunken star. When her mum gets into trouble and is taken from their boat in ... read more

Minnow is different from the other girls in her town and there's plenty to set her apart: the blossom of pale scars which lie beneath Minnow's delicate ears, the fact that she has an affinity with the water which leaves people speechless, and that once - she is sure - in deep, deep water, her body began to glow like a sunken star. When her mum gets into trouble and is taken from their boat in ... read more

The Demon Headmaster Total Control

Gillian Cross

Everyone is good at something. But at Lizzie's school this has been taken to extremes. Her classmate Ethan, who previously had no interest in sport, is now incredible at football; her brother's suddenly an expert in robotics; and Lizzie has become really good at being bad. But when she tries to remember what awful thing she's just done, all she has is a blank space in her mind. How come they'v... read more

Everyone is good at something. But at Lizzie's school this has been taken to extremes. Her classmate Ethan, who previously had no interest in sport, is now incredible at football; her brother's suddenly an expert in robotics; and Lizzie has become really good at being bad. But when she tries to remember what awful thing she's just done, all she has is a blank space in her mind. How come they'v... read more

The Accidental Prime Minister

Tom McLaughlin

When Joe tells a local news reporter exactly what he would do if he were leader of the country, the video goes viral and Joe's speech becomes famous all over the world! Before long, people are calling for the current leader to resign and give someone else a go . . . and that's how an ordinary boy like Joe ended up with the most extraordinary job. Now the fun can really start . . . Hats for cat... read more

When Joe tells a local news reporter exactly what he would do if he were leader of the country, the video goes viral and Joe's speech becomes famous all over the world! Before long, people are calling for the current leader to resign and give someone else a go . . . and that's how an ordinary boy like Joe ended up with the most extraordinary job. Now the fun can really start . . . Hats for cat... read more

Kitty and the Tiger Treasure

Harrison, Paula, Lovlie, Jenny

Clare has 3 reviews

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Stella Deane
Clare was a pleasure to work with and provided some really invaluable feedback. This was just a short brief but I would love to work with Clare again and would happily recommend her services to others.

Stella Deane, November 2021


Felicity Middleton
I am delighted with the editorial review I received from Clare Whitston. I found it to be balanced and fair. Most importantly I was given a clear idea of ways I could improve my story and how to structure the layout for submission to an agent. Clare suggested how I should give more thought to the purpose of the story and write a compelling synopsis to 'sell' it. Clare was warm and kind. She...
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Felicity Middleton, September 2021


Ina Bleris
Clare's developmental and line editing work was very helpful for my project. She was clear and provided highly professional feedback. Will not hesitate to work with her again.

Ina Bleris, September 2021

Clare Whitston
Thank you Ina!

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