I'm a publishing consultant and editor, who, before going freelance in 2015, worked in corporate publishing in London for 12 years. During my career, I’ve worked for a number of major UK trade publishers, across all levels, from editorial assistant to company director, and my skills are subsequently wide-ranging. In 2012, I was one of four people shortlisted for the 2012 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, the UK award recognising women's outstanding potential and previous achievements in their publishing careers.
I’ve commissioned and grown authors (both mainsteam and genre) to bestselling and award-winning status, overseeing their individual publishing strategies whilst working closely with overseas markets (particularly Ireland, Europe, the US and Australia). I acquired rights to and published North American authors (many of whom have been New York Times bestselling authors), and subsequently I'm very familiar with that market. I understand the current publishing climate, and what it takes to be competitive and stand out from the crowd.
I now work in various capacities, as a freelance publishing consultant and editor, with publishing companies, literary agents, private authors and writers'/literary festivals. Regular publishing-house clients include: Little, Brown; Ebury; HarperCollins, Harlequin, Transworld, Hachette Ireland, Bookouture.
I work on fiction and non-fiction, across all editorial areas, e.g. assessing ideas, structural edits, copyediting, proofreading, giving advice on query letters etc.
I have a practical, friendly, hands-on approach, and will give you clear, constructive advice, which will help you make your book the best it can be. As well as helping you to enhance your writing, I'm also looking to help you make your book as commercial as possible.
Do get in touch to discuss your project, and arrange a quote.
Oversaw the running of the Harlequin UK editorial programme and its imprints, managing a team of 6, as well as commissioning and growing authors myself. I sat on the board, and so was also involved in the management of the company at senior level.
The Piatkus list averages about 100 titles a year, and the genres within which we publish are: general fiction; women’s commercial fiction; historical fiction; romantic suspense; crime and thrillers; paranormal romance; urban fantasy; and horror.
As the star of the award-winning BBC series The Apprentice, Alan Sugar has won millions of fans who tune in to watch his mix of business wisdom, witty putdowns and ability to cut straight through bullshit. But how did the famously straight-talking entrepreneur end up fronting one of our most successful and long-running shows, and why were some of his biggest challenges during his ten years in ... read more
'An utterly amazing story that I am still shaking my head over hours after I finished the last word.' Keeper Bookshelf ‘Pleasure Island was simply stunning and has left me with a huge book hangover that will take a considerable amount of time to cure. It has an incredible pace packed full of twists and turns, manipulation and surprises…This is THE Summer read of 2015 go and buy it now.’ Shaz's... read more
THE ULTIMATE RACE AGAINST TIME THRILLERWhen the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts.No one knows this more than Edgar Hill. 550 miles away from his family, he must push himself to the very limit to get back to them, or risk losing them forever...His best option is to run.But what if your best isn’t good enough?
With the threat of the First World War looming, tension simmers under the surface of Ireland. Growing up in the privileged confines of Dublin's leafy Rathmines, the bright, beautiful Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their wealthy Anglo-Irish background and their mother Isabella's expectations. Soon, as war erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters find ... read more
‘I think what is inside of you triggers the worst of me’ Sophia McKay has always had a reckless streak, but falling for lycan leader Jask Tao, gave her something to live for. Now, cursed with a serryn bloodline, a darkness inside Phia is awakening. A darkness she knows could prove deadly to those she loves most. Approaching a blue moon, Jask Tao and his pack are living close to the edge, due t... read more
A witty, romantic, New York-inspired novel.Next time you’re in New York, take a turn off Broadway onto East Houston Street. There, you’ll see it: The Starlight Diner. A retro eatery curious enough to delight tourists and locals alike. Fifties tunes stream out of the jukebox long into the night, and it serves the tastiest milkshakes in the five boroughs.Esther Knight waitresses at The Starlight... read more
From the bestselling author of LIZZIE'S SECRET and LIZZIE'S WAR, a story about resilient, strong women surviving adversity post World War 1. DEVON 1918. When Jessie Hale loses her nursing job at the end of the First World War, she leaves London to become the nursemaid to the Kendle family in Devon. On arrival she finds the family in disarray. Captain Kendle is a loving father but is traumatise... read more
All they have left is each other...Life has always been tough for May and Gus Stirzaker. Their father went away to sea never to return, and then their mother falls victim to the typhus sweeping through Liverpool. Regarded as orphans by the authorities, May and Gus are sent to the Brownlow Hill Workhouse. Like all workhouses, Brownlow is the last resort for the poor and the destitute. May and G... read more
Lana and May are a very long way from home. Their Nigerian parents have emigrated to England in search of a better life for their family. Nineteen Fifties London is a great adventure to the girls but not always welcoming. There are signs in windows of lodging houses warning: 'no blacks, no dogs, no Irish'.When tragedy strikes and the girls lose their father, their mother is unable to cope. Whe... read more
When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no one can (or will) say how it happened.His mother is exhausted.His father is angry.His older sister is resentful.And they all have something to hide.
‘I fell in love with this book and I couldn’t put it down... kept me gripped… I just had to keep reading one more chapter!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 starsFans of Bella Forrest, Divergent and The Hunger Games will be absolutely hooked by this breath-taking page-turner of suspense, love and mystery.In a world ravaged by devastating storms, only the all-powerful Paradigm Industries have the tools to... read more
‘I literally could not put it down… I finished in less than 24 hours, it draws you in from the very first chapter… WOW… And just when you think that’s it… BAM.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars‘You don't deserve a sister…’Lizzy Beresford is at home alone when she finds a chilling letter in her kitchen. Someone has been into her home – someone who wishes Lizzy harm.In her little country cottage, wit... read more
‘So addictive… I absolutely raced through this story, it grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go… need to know what happens next!... compelling and powerful!’ Rae Reads, 5 starsA gripping and heart-pounding story filled with mystery, suspense and danger, about one girl who braves her life to discover the truth. Fans of Bella Forrest, Divergent and The Hunger Games will be enthralled by this exp... read more
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I have edited over 80 titles in crime, noir and literary fiction, from poetry to short story and novels. I am also a published poet myself.
An editor with over twenty years of publishing experience at major houses, who has a sweet spot for genre fiction and comic books.