Eleanor Leese

Eleanor Leese - Editor

Warwick, UK

I specialise in women's fiction, romance, historical fiction and history non-fiction. Send me historical romance and I'll bite your hand off

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Overview

I'm an experience freelance editor who has worked with big-name publishers, exciting indies and directly with authors. I specialise in women's fiction, historical, and history non-fiction, and a historical romance is my catnip. All heat levels considered, though include content warnings if you think I might need them!

As an editor-turned-author I'm uniquely qualified to help you to develop your voice and your writing craft. I know this process from both sides of the red pen, and understand how scary it can be to ask for feedback on your work. I promise that any criticism will always be constructive, and that we will work together as a team to make your story the best it can be.

How does all this work, I hear you ask. If you're not sure what work your manuscript needs, or you just want me looking at the big picture, send me a request for a manuscript assessment. I can highlight your story's strengths and weaknesses, and suggest next steps for editing. If you're ready for more detailed, line-by-line feedback, request a quote for a development edit. I'll send you a quote, we can discuss details, and then the hard work starts!


Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Chick Lit
Contemporary Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Historical Fiction
Historical Romance
Romantic Comedy
Time Travel Romance
Non-Fiction
History

Certifications

  • Publishing Training Centre

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
September, 2010 – Present (over 9 years)

As an editor and mentor, I currently work with author clients at the start of their publishing journey, refining ideas and building on their writing craft to produce a polished manuscript. I focus on women’s and historical fiction and history non-fiction, although I have undertaken projects across a variety of genres. A recent mentoring client found representation for his history non-fiction title with a leading agent and sold to a Big Five publishing company within weeks of us working together on his submission package.

Over the past nine years I have worked with publishing companies and directly with authors to develop titles at all stages from outline to proofreading. Clients include: The History Press, Headline Publishing Group, Hodder & Stoughton, Ebury/Random House, Pan Macmillan, Choc Lit, Atlantic Books, Oneworld Publications, PS Publishing, DB Publishing, Icon Books, The Oxford Editors, Cornerstones and private clients.

Author

Harlequin
March, 2014 – Present (about 6 years)

I write contemporary, category-length romance under the pen name Ellie Darkins. My first novel was published by Crimson Romance in January 2014 and I have since published seven more with Harlequin Mills & Boon. Two more novels are scheduled for publication in 2019 and 2020.

Commissioning Editor

Elsevier
November, 2006 – August, 2010 (over 3 years)

Key responsibilities:
• Commissioning new projects and new editions, writing strategy plans.
• Ensuring timely publication, liaising with freelancers, creating P&Ls, setting budgets, picture research, and briefing and proofreading covers.
• Managing author relationships, ensuring timely delivery of manuscripts.
• Working with editorial assistants and development editors to ensure administrative and development tasks were completed.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Falling for the Rebel Princess (Harlequin Romance)

Ellie Darkins

From princess to rock-star royalty! Self-proclaimed "black sheep" Princess Charlie of Afland has worked long and hard to be taken seriously in the music industry, managing to keep her royal obligations, and her secret heartbreak, under the radar. Until one night in Vegas changes everything… Rock star Joe Kavanagh gets more from his Vegas gig than he'd bargained for…a princess bride and a PR st... read more

From princess to rock-star royalty! Self-proclaimed "black sheep" Princess Charlie of Afland has worked long and hard to be taken seriously in the music industry, managing to keep her royal obligations, and her secret heartbreak, under the radar. Until one night in Vegas changes everything… Rock star Joe Kavanagh gets more from his Vegas gig than he'd bargained for…a princess bride and a PR st... read more

Falling Again For Her Island Fling: Falling Again for Her Island Fling / What Makes a Father (Mills & Boon True Love)

Ellie Darkins, Teresa Southwick

Falling Again for Her Island FlingBy Ellie DarkinsHer head doesn’t remember him…but her heart does!Marine Biologist Meena isn’t prepared for the jolt of recognition when she meets tycoon Guy Williams. An accident stole Meena’s memories and she’s been searching for answers ever since. Could Guy be the missing piece to her past…and her future…What Makes a FatherBy Teresa SouthwickCan a ready mad... read more

Falling Again for Her Island FlingBy Ellie DarkinsHer head doesn’t remember him…but her heart does!Marine Biologist Meena isn’t prepared for the jolt of recognition when she meets tycoon Guy Williams. An accident stole Meena’s memories and she’s been searching for answers ever since. Could Guy be the missing piece to her past…and her future…What Makes a FatherBy Teresa SouthwickCan a ready mad... read more

Surprise Baby For The Heir: Surprise Baby for the Heir / The Colonels' Texas Promise (Mills & Boon True Love)

Ellie Darkins, Caro Carson

Surprise Baby for the Heir by Ellie DarkinsFrom perfect strangers…To mummy and daddy!One night with a gorgeous stranger is the perfect distraction for Elspeth from the happy-ever-after that will never be hers. The trainee doctor and carer has no room in her life for romance, until a surprise pregnancy catapults her back into Fraser’s world…The Colonels’ Texas Promise by Caro CarsonA marriage p... read more

Surprise Baby for the Heir by Ellie DarkinsFrom perfect strangers…To mummy and daddy!One night with a gorgeous stranger is the perfect distraction for Elspeth from the happy-ever-after that will never be hers. The trainee doctor and carer has no room in her life for romance, until a surprise pregnancy catapults her back into Fraser’s world…The Colonels’ Texas Promise by Caro CarsonA marriage p... read more

Conveniently Engaged to the Boss

Ellie Darkins

From assistant to fiancée!Joss Dawson knows the one thing that will make his dying father happy is to see his son find love…the problem is, he’s sworn off love forever!But the answer’s simple! Asking his father’s fiercely intelligent, beautiful assistant Eva to play the perfect role—his fiancée. Only for Eva it’s not that easy…Pretending to be Joss’s fiancée threatens to ruin the life she’s wo... read more

From assistant to fiancée!Joss Dawson knows the one thing that will make his dying father happy is to see his son find love…the problem is, he’s sworn off love forever!But the answer’s simple! Asking his father’s fiercely intelligent, beautiful assistant Eva to play the perfect role—his fiancée. Only for Eva it’s not that easy…Pretending to be Joss’s fiancée threatens to ruin the life she’s wo... read more

Doctor January

Rhoda Baxter

Six months after a painful break-up from Gordon, Beth's finally getting her life back on track. She has faith in her own scientific abilities and is willing to work hard to prove them. She's even beginning to see Hibbs (James Hibbotson), her dedicated lab partner, as more than just a lousy lothario in a lab-coat. So when Gordon returns from America without warning and expects to be welcomed ba... read more

Six months after a painful break-up from Gordon, Beth's finally getting her life back on track. She has faith in her own scientific abilities and is willing to work hard to prove them. She's even beginning to see Hibbs (James Hibbotson), her dedicated lab partner, as more than just a lousy lothario in a lab-coat. So when Gordon returns from America without warning and expects to be welcomed ba... read more

The Wedding Proposal

Sue Moorcroft

Elle Jamieson is a private person, in relationships as well as at work – and for good reason. But then she’s made redundant and with no ties to hold her, Elle heads off to sunny Malta.Lucas Rose hates secrets – he prides himself on his ability to lay his cards on the table and he expects nothing less in return. He’s furious when his summer working as a divemaster is interrupted by the arrival ... read more

Elle Jamieson is a private person, in relationships as well as at work – and for good reason. But then she’s made redundant and with no ties to hold her, Elle heads off to sunny Malta.Lucas Rose hates secrets – he prides himself on his ability to lay his cards on the table and he expects nothing less in return. He’s furious when his summer working as a divemaster is interrupted by the arrival ... read more

The Highwayman's Daughter

Henriette Gyland

Hounslow, 1768. Jack Blythe, heir to the Earl of Lampton, is a man with great expectations.So when his stagecoach is held up by a masked woman, brandishing a pistol and dressed as a ‘gentleman’ of the road, he wholly expects to have his purse stolen. And when he senses something strangely familiar about the lovely little bandit, Jack also expects to win his cousin Rupert’s wager by tracking he... read more

Hounslow, 1768. Jack Blythe, heir to the Earl of Lampton, is a man with great expectations.So when his stagecoach is held up by a masked woman, brandishing a pistol and dressed as a ‘gentleman’ of the road, he wholly expects to have his purse stolen. And when he senses something strangely familiar about the lovely little bandit, Jack also expects to win his cousin Rupert’s wager by tracking he... read more

The Art of Deception

Liz Harris

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Rebel Bride (Lust in the Tudor Court)

Elizabeth Moss

Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day: the second installment in a deliciously erotic trilogy begun in Wolf Bride, set against the sumptuous backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court by Elizabeth Moss. HE IS UNDER HER SPELL...Hugh Beaufort, favored courtier of King Henry VIII, likes his women quiet and biddable. But Susannah Tyrell is neither of these things. She is feisty, beautiful, opinionated an... read more

Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day: the second installment in a deliciously erotic trilogy begun in Wolf Bride, set against the sumptuous backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court by Elizabeth Moss. HE IS UNDER HER SPELL...Hugh Beaufort, favored courtier of King Henry VIII, likes his women quiet and biddable. But Susannah Tyrell is neither of these things. She is feisty, beautiful, opinionated an... read more

Wolf Bride (Lust in the Tudor Court)

Elizabeth Moss

"...full of sexual tension and political intrigue... For a terrific historical romance with a couple who can't keep their hands off each other, this is perfect."―RT Book ReviewsSet against the extravagant backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court, lady-in-waiting Eloise Tyrell learns the meaning of true passion―and danger―in this deliciously erotic novel, perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory ... read more

"...full of sexual tension and political intrigue... For a terrific historical romance with a couple who can't keep their hands off each other, this is perfect."―RT Book ReviewsSet against the extravagant backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court, lady-in-waiting Eloise Tyrell learns the meaning of true passion―and danger―in this deliciously erotic novel, perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory ... read more

A Man Called Ove: A Novel

Fredrik Backman

Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm! In this “charming debut” (People) from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedro... read more

Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm! In this “charming debut” (People) from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedro... read more

The Stonemason

Andrew Ziminski

A stonemason's story of the building of Britain: part archaeological history, part deeply personal insight into an ancient craft. In his thirty-year career, stonemason Andrew Ziminski has worked on many of our greatest monuments. From Neolithic monoliths to Roman baths and temples, from the tower of Salisbury Cathedral to the engine houses, mills and aqueducts of the Industrial Revolution and ... read more

A stonemason's story of the building of Britain: part archaeological history, part deeply personal insight into an ancient craft. In his thirty-year career, stonemason Andrew Ziminski has worked on many of our greatest monuments. From Neolithic monoliths to Roman baths and temples, from the tower of Salisbury Cathedral to the engine houses, mills and aqueducts of the Industrial Revolution and ... read more

The Furies

Irving McCabe

June 1914: In London, a militant suffragette plants a bomb on the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey, while in Sarajevo, an idealistic young surgeon fights to save the life of the mortally wounded Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Four weeks later the Great War begins and their paths cross when one of the worst typhus epidemics in European history sweeps across the Balkans. Set in Edinburgh, London... read more

June 1914: In London, a militant suffragette plants a bomb on the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey, while in Sarajevo, an idealistic young surgeon fights to save the life of the mortally wounded Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Four weeks later the Great War begins and their paths cross when one of the worst typhus epidemics in European history sweeps across the Balkans. Set in Edinburgh, London... read more

Love Songs for Sceptics

Christina Pishiris

A fantastic debut from a HILARIOUS and brilliantly ORIGINAL NEW VOICE in women’s fiction . . .LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS . . . ISN’T IT?My brother’s getting married in a few weeks and asked for help picking a song for his first dance. I suggested Kiss’s ‘Love’s a Slap in the Face’.It didn’t go down well.When she was a teenager, Zoë Frixos fell in love with Simon Baxter, her best friend and the boy ne... read more

A fantastic debut from a HILARIOUS and brilliantly ORIGINAL NEW VOICE in women’s fiction . . .LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS . . . ISN’T IT?My brother’s getting married in a few weeks and asked for help picking a song for his first dance. I suggested Kiss’s ‘Love’s a Slap in the Face’.It didn’t go down well.When she was a teenager, Zoë Frixos fell in love with Simon Baxter, her best friend and the boy ne... read more

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