Ella Chappell

Ella Chappell - Editor

London, UK

Editor specialising in science and speculative fiction. Former editor at Titan Books, where I edited SFF and tie-in fiction for TV and film.

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Overview

I worked as an editor in the fiction department of Titan Books for four years, acquiring and editing science fiction, fantasy, horror and TV/film/gaming tie-in fiction. I worked with New York Times bestselling authors as well as emerging debut authors. Now I work at Unbound, where I edit and proofread fiction and non-fiction.

I have a passion for science and speculative fiction and am always excited to work on manuscripts from new writers in the genre. I offer development edits, providing advice on structure, character and plot, copy-edits to address style, tone and consistency, and proofreads to ensure an exceptional polish of the final manuscript. I’m most often described as kind, thoughtful and creative; I like to work collaboratively, offering sensitive feedback to help hone your unique voice and to tell the story only you can tell. Arthur C Clarke-award-winnng author Pat Cadigan described me as “the kind of editor every author wants to work with”.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MA in Creative Writing
  • BA in English Literature and Creative Writing

Work experience

Editor

Unbound
September, 2018 – Present (about 2 years)

Editing, proofreading and project managing fiction and non-fiction books from first manuscript to publication.

Editor/desk editor

Titan Books
April, 2017 – September, 2018 (over 1 year)

Acquiring and editing science fiction, fantasy, horror and YA, I was thrilled to create close and collaborative working relationships with many writers and work in genres that I love to read myself.

Assistant Editor

Titan Books
April, 2016 – April, 2017 (about 1 year)

Editorial assistant

Titan Books
January, 2015 – April, 2016 (about 1 year)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

The Book of Hidden Things

Francesco Dimitri

From "one of the most significant figures of the last generation of fantasy”, comes Francesco Dimitri's debut novel in English, an enthralling and seductive fantasy following four old friends and the secrets they keep.Four old school friends have a pact: to meet up every year in the small town in Puglia they grew up in. Art, the charismatic leader of the group and creator of the pact, insists ... read more

From "one of the most significant figures of the last generation of fantasy”, comes Francesco Dimitri's debut novel in English, an enthralling and seductive fantasy following four old friends and the secrets they keep.Four old school friends have a pact: to meet up every year in the small town in Puglia they grew up in. Art, the charismatic leader of the group and creator of the pact, insists ... read more

Wonder Woman: The Official Movie Novelization

Nancy Holder

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powe... read more

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powe... read more

Alita: Battle Angel

Pat Cadigan

The official novelization to the highly anticipated movie, Alita: Battle Angel. A young woman with no memory of her past uncovers her incredible destiny in Alita, a groundbreaking new experience from visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez. From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), comes Alita: Battle Angel, an epic adventure of hope and ... read more

The official novelization to the highly anticipated movie, Alita: Battle Angel. A young woman with no memory of her past uncovers her incredible destiny in Alita, a groundbreaking new experience from visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez. From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), comes Alita: Battle Angel, an epic adventure of hope and ... read more

Alita: Battle Angel

Pat Cadigan

The official prequel novel to the highly anticipated science fiction film Alita: Battle Angel, based on Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga, set to be released on December 21, 2018.A long time ago there was the Great War. The reasons for the war have been lost to time. On the shattered surface of the Earth, there is a metropolis that lives amidst the garbage thrown down from the inhabita... read more

The official prequel novel to the highly anticipated science fiction film Alita: Battle Angel, based on Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga, set to be released on December 21, 2018.A long time ago there was the Great War. The reasons for the war have been lost to time. On the shattered surface of the Earth, there is a metropolis that lives amidst the garbage thrown down from the inhabita... read more

The Rig

Roger Levy

An astounding SF thriller for fans of Adrian Tchaikovsky, Neal Stephenson, Alastair Reynolds and David Mitchell.Humanity has spread across many planets, connected by the Song, the information superhighway, and held together by AfterLife. All humans have neurids – organic chips that record your entire life – implanted in their brains at birth, and at the moment of death, one may be lucky enough... read more

An astounding SF thriller for fans of Adrian Tchaikovsky, Neal Stephenson, Alastair Reynolds and David Mitchell.Humanity has spread across many planets, connected by the Song, the information superhighway, and held together by AfterLife. All humans have neurids – organic chips that record your entire life – implanted in their brains at birth, and at the moment of death, one may be lucky enough... read more

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Luc Besson, Christie Golden

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha - an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share kno... read more

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha - an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share kno... read more

The Vinyl Detective - Victory Disc

Andrew Cartmel

The third book in the hilarious and enthralling Vinyl Detective mystery series. “Like an old 45rpm record, this book crackles with brilliance.” David Quantick on Written in Dead WaxWhen one of his cats accidentally discovers a rare Victory Disc, the Vinyl Detective and his girlfriend Nevada are whisked into the world of big band swing music, and a mystery that began during the Second World War... read more

The third book in the hilarious and enthralling Vinyl Detective mystery series. “Like an old 45rpm record, this book crackles with brilliance.” David Quantick on Written in Dead WaxWhen one of his cats accidentally discovers a rare Victory Disc, the Vinyl Detective and his girlfriend Nevada are whisked into the world of big band swing music, and a mystery that began during the Second World War... read more

DC Comics novels - Harley Quinn: Mad Love

Paul Dini, Pat Cadigan

The definitive story of Harley Quinn by her co-creator, Paul Dini, and Pat Cadigan, revealing the secrets of her history even as she seeks to kill Batman.When she was only seven years old, Harleen Quinzel witnessed her father being beaten up by thugs, and then arrested by the police. That night she ran away to the safest place she could think of: Coney Island amusement park. But there, pursued... read more

The definitive story of Harley Quinn by her co-creator, Paul Dini, and Pat Cadigan, revealing the secrets of her history even as she seeks to kill Batman.When she was only seven years old, Harleen Quinzel witnessed her father being beaten up by thugs, and then arrested by the police. That night she ran away to the safest place she could think of: Coney Island amusement park. But there, pursued... read more

Halloween

John Passarella

The official novelization of the highly anticipated revamp of the classic horror film Halloween.In 1978, Laurie Strode survived an encounter with Michael Myers, a masked figure who killed her friends and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night. Myers was later gunned down, apprehended and committed to Smith’s Grove State Hospital. For forty years, memories of that night... read more

The official novelization of the highly anticipated revamp of the classic horror film Halloween.In 1978, Laurie Strode survived an encounter with Michael Myers, a masked figure who killed her friends and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night. Myers was later gunned down, apprehended and committed to Smith’s Grove State Hospital. For forty years, memories of that night... read more

Counterfeit Detective

Stuart Douglas

An anonymous letter brings strange news to Baker Street; there is an impostor Sherlock Holmes at work in New York City, solving cases and taking society by storm. The real SHERLOCK HOLMES wastes no time in crossing the Atlantic to confront the charlatan. But he and Watson find more than they bargained for: the counterfeit Sherlock is missing, his landlady has been horribly murdered, and his cl... read more

An anonymous letter brings strange news to Baker Street; there is an impostor Sherlock Holmes at work in New York City, solving cases and taking society by storm. The real SHERLOCK HOLMES wastes no time in crossing the Atlantic to confront the charlatan. But he and Watson find more than they bargained for: the counterfeit Sherlock is missing, his landlady has been horribly murdered, and his cl... read more

Koko Uncaged

Kieran Shea

The third and final instalment in the fast-paced kick-ass Koko trilogy described by Booklist as “[A] futuristic wild ride... Great fun”. Surviving job loss, an unsettled vendetta, a submarine wreck, heartbreak, and mortal carnage on a tokusatsu scale, Koko P. Martstellar (ex-corporate mercenary and saloon/brothel owner) is trying to reassemble what’s left of her life. Being hired to protect gl... read more

The third and final instalment in the fast-paced kick-ass Koko trilogy described by Booklist as “[A] futuristic wild ride... Great fun”. Surviving job loss, an unsettled vendetta, a submarine wreck, heartbreak, and mortal carnage on a tokusatsu scale, Koko P. Martstellar (ex-corporate mercenary and saloon/brothel owner) is trying to reassemble what’s left of her life. Being hired to protect gl... read more

Unhinged

Barbra Leslie

Danny used to smoke crack cocaine. But two years ago her sister was murdered and Danny was flung into a wild chase across North America in pursuit of the murderer and his acolytes. Following a tumultuous stint in rehab, Danny and her family have finally found sanctuary: in a converted factory in downtown Toronto decked out in the most advanced security available. Danny is clean, running a gym,... read more

Danny used to smoke crack cocaine. But two years ago her sister was murdered and Danny was flung into a wild chase across North America in pursuit of the murderer and his acolytes. Following a tumultuous stint in rehab, Danny and her family have finally found sanctuary: in a converted factory in downtown Toronto decked out in the most advanced security available. Danny is clean, running a gym,... read more

The City in the Middle of the Night

Charlie Jane Anders

Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now, All the Birds in the Sky ― Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel, Finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel “If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams... And from there, it’s easy to control our entire lives.”January is a dying planet – divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one... read more

Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now, All the Birds in the Sky ― Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel, Finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel “If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams... And from there, it’s easy to control our entire lives.”January is a dying planet – divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one... read more

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David Reim
My collaboration with Ella was excellent. Her edits were comprehensive, well reasoned, and definitely drove the manuscript forward to a better place. She was professional in both her communications and her deliverables. I look forward to continuing my collaboration with Ella on future projects.

David Reim, May 2020

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