Anna Dixon

Anna Dixon – Editor

A passionate editor with 5 years in literary agencies under my belt - I love escapism, authentic human relationships and the fantastical.

Overview

I have worked in publishing for almost five years, with a background on the agency side of the business. I’ve provided editorial work for both new authors bringing their work up to submission standard, and well established big names whose agents needed extra help on the editorial front. Most recently I worked at WME, where alongside my agenting business I provided editorial work and proposal writing services for the huge roster of author clients (not just my own), and the wider talent list.

All of the non-fiction proposals I’ve worked on have since sold (yay!), and I have a wealth of experience in fiction editorial across multiple genres, and the children’s space.

My favourite things to work on include; dark women’s fiction with bite (anything dark and twisty at all for that matter - clearly never let go of my emo phase), fantasy and sci-fi, magical realism (a la Ruth Ozeki), book club fiction, crime and thriller, horror (a good example of my taste in that area beyond the obvious Stephen King is Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky - masterful), narrative non-fiction, talent led crossover non-fiction projects, middle-grade and YA. I can be a bit of a magpie though, anything with a strong emotional hook and nuanced characters, and you're likely to pique my interest! The only thing that may not be my speed is extremely sophisticated or experimental literary fiction - I admire it greatly, but wouldn't trust myself to know how to help shape it as it's not an area I've worked in a lot.

I think the foundation for a great editorial relationship isn't dissimilar to the foundation of any great personal relationship - it's based on trust, clicking with that person, and being able to enjoy your time with them. To that end, I'm an open book - ask me anything about my process, nothing is off limits, and if we ultimately don't feel that special creative connection, then I'm more than happy to be your cheerleader instead and give any advice I can so that you can find the right fit. At the end of the day, editorial is about YOU and getting your project to where you need it to go.


Services
Fiction
Children's Fantasy Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction True Crime
Languages
English (UK)

Work experience

WME

May, 2017 — Sep, 2021 (over 4 years)

At WME, I began as an assistant to a partner in the literary department, and after he left the agency, I started to build my own list and co-agent a number of US clients. My day-to-day responsibilities included signing and working with my own clients in the UK, co-agenting US clients, selling UK audio rights, building proposals for crossover clients from other areas of the business, editorial work (for the department as well as my own clients), and selling serial rights. I like to represent clients across all genres and so at WME gained experience in selling an extremely broad range of projects in fiction, non-fiction and children’s, and also I became something of an in house editor for the agency, with one head of department describing me as 'the best we have' in editorial.

Abner Stein

Jan, 2016 — May, 2017 (over 1 year)

At Abner Stein I began as an assistant to two agents, and by the time I left I assisted three. When one of my bosses went on maternity leave I was able to take on more responsibility for several months, covering ongoing projects and managing the inbox. At Abner Stein my main responsibilities included writing pitch letters and submission lists, drawing up deal memos / pre-contract acceptance letters, tracking payments, and drawing up invoice. I also worked as the reversions and permissions manager and worked closely with the agent handling all audio rights.

Portfolio

In a city that sleeps, the darkness is gathering ...For Londoner Fern King, Annwn is her second home - the dream mirror of London, the city she loves. An astonishing world, a world where Dreamers walk in their slumber, their dreams playing out all around them.... read more
Dreams come true, but so do your nightmares ...'A highly imaginative urban fantasy that offers a twist on the Arthurian legend as it whisks you away to a dream world full of wonder, mystery and nightmarish danger.' Bex Hogan, author of ISLES OF STORM AND SORRO... read more
'CAPTIVATING EPIC FANTASY FROM A MAJOR NEW TALENT' Anthony Ryan on The Rage of DragonsDesperate to delay an impending attack by the indigenous people of Xidda, Tau and his queen craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the queen will have the time she needs to... read more
'A captivating epic fantasy from a major new talent' Anthony Ryan, author of Blood Song***ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIME*** IN A WORLD CONSUMED BY ENDLESS WAR ONE YOUNG MAN WILL BECOME HIS PEOPLE'S ONLY HOPE FOR SURVIVAL.The Omehi pe... read more
The tinsel is up in the bakery, the lights are twinkling and the mince pies are sold out.It's CHRISTMAS EVE! Greg the Sausage Roll is so excited he could burst.And when he's scooped up as a last-minute treat for Santa, he's catapulted into a magical festive ca... read more
An unmissable guide for teenage girls and women everywhere who are ready to take over the world.This book is a call to arms. Because though you may be going through the hardest and most confusing years of your life, it's time to channel your extraordinary powe... read more
RedHanded

Suruthi Bala

2021 Listeners' Choice British Podcast Awards WinnerWhat is it about killers, cult leaders, cannibals, cults, and criminals that capture our imaginations even as they terrify and disturb us?How do we responsibly consume these kinds of stories as entertainment,... read more

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Matthew G.

Matthew G.

Nov, 2021

Anna is the human version of the Platonic ideal of "Editor." There is nothing she can't do, and well: line edits, story edits, notes on characters, notes on development. Her real-world professional experience elevates her notes beyond hunches and guesswork. She knows what publishers wants, and she knows how to carry you to those heights. You won't find a more responsive, punctual, and intellige...
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