Elodie Olson-Coons

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Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Internationally-published ghostwriter and editor specialising in literary fiction, historical/fantasy, memoir, music and food writing.

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As an experienced literary consultant, book editor, copy editor and proofreader, I can help you make your writing sharper and smoother, your ideas clearer and more accessible, your plot more coherent or a little more exciting. I work on a regular basis with three boutique publishing houses – Canelo, Arcadian and White Mountain Books – and I've been a full-time freelancer since 2012.

I like getting stuck into projects, and I'm comfortable with all the messy stages of bringing a book to life, from structuring to drafting, from printing to pitching. I'm particularly interested in ambitious projects, intimate projects, projects with a big heart.

yes please: both literary and commercial fiction, autobiography and memoir, experimental writing, travel writing & books with a strong sense of place, magical realism, myths and folktales, raunch and romance, historical fiction, sprawling sagas – and nonfiction projects relating to food, music, or language.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literature
Romance
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Music

Certifications

  • BA English, First Class - Magdalene College, Cambridge
  • MSc Creative Writing, Honours - Edinburgh University

Work experience

Writer, Ghostwriter, Editor, Translator

Self-employed
June, 2012 – Present (about 6 years)

The Second Pen is a bespoke literary consultancy currently based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. With five years of professional experience as a book editor, I specialise in fiction, autobiography and academic work. I'm drawn to the collaborative aspects of editing, including working closely with writers on structure and style.

As a structural editor, copyeditor and proofreader, I work on a regular basis with Canelo, Arcadian Lifestyle Publishing, and White Mountain Books. I also take on fiction and memoir manuscripts from private clients in order to fix them up for self-publishing or submission to agents, in parallel to my ghostwriting work.

Editor

Arcadian Lifestyle Publishing
June, 2012 – Present (about 6 years)

Since 2012, I've been a book editor for Arcadian Lifestyle, an independent publishing company shepherded by Bloomsbury and Oxford University Press, editing and proofreading in-house and external projects as well as managing freelance writers.

During my time with Arcadian, I've commissioned and edited academic articles, short stories and full-length fiction and nonfiction books, overseeing every stage from conception and structuring to drafting, proofreading and printing. Since 2013, I have worked for the company freelance.

Reviewer & Music Writer

Freelance
January, 2012 – Present (over 6 years)

I review classical concerts in France, Switzerland and the UK for Bachtrack, a leading international website, specialising in contemporary music and opera. I also curate the culture section for Grand Genève Magazine, a local arts publication, and occasionally write features and interviews for other publications, including Music & Literature.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The White Lion of Norfolk

Lynda M. Andrews

Meet Thomas Howard: his quest for power knows no boundsThe White Lion of Norfolk is the story of Thomas Howard, Third Duke of Norfolk: a ruthless, unscrupulous man willing even to use his two nieces, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, as pawns to curry political favour.Amidst the pomp and pageantry of the Royal Court, Howard climbs the greasy pole of ambition, remaining totally subservient to h... read more

Meet Thomas Howard: his quest for power knows no boundsThe White Lion of Norfolk is the story of Thomas Howard, Third Duke of Norfolk: a ruthless, unscrupulous man willing even to use his two nieces, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, as pawns to curry political favour.Amidst the pomp and pageantry of the Royal Court, Howard climbs the greasy pole of ambition, remaining totally subservient to h... read more

Monsters

Raphaela Weissman

Every evening, Annie and Paul Mayfield and their son Thomas sit together in the seething silence of their Brooklyn apartment, still haunted by the memory of the attack on the Twin Towers a year earlier. The nights are plagued by Thomas's vivid nightmares, Annie's unexplained sleepwalking, and Paul's growing paranoia as he fears the implications of their disquiet. At eight years old, Thomas is ... read more

Every evening, Annie and Paul Mayfield and their son Thomas sit together in the seething silence of their Brooklyn apartment, still haunted by the memory of the attack on the Twin Towers a year earlier. The nights are plagued by Thomas's vivid nightmares, Annie's unexplained sleepwalking, and Paul's growing paranoia as he fears the implications of their disquiet. At eight years old, Thomas is ... read more

Le destin allait frapper à ma porte ! (French Edition)

Jacques Paturle

"Elle se tenait au départ du trou n°6 et s’apprêtait à frapper son drive. (...) Juste au moment où son club se dressait droit au-dessus d’elle, je vis – je le vois encore – l’éclair descendre sur elle. (...) Ma femme venait d’être foudroyée. Nous étions un dimanche, le 21 janvier 1991, sur un golf de la baie de Sydney, en Australie" C'est un coup de foudre qui fait disparaître Patricia, le gra... read more

"Elle se tenait au départ du trou n°6 et s’apprêtait à frapper son drive. (...) Juste au moment où son club se dressait droit au-dessus d’elle, je vis – je le vois encore – l’éclair descendre sur elle. (...) Ma femme venait d’être foudroyée. Nous étions un dimanche, le 21 janvier 1991, sur un golf de la baie de Sydney, en Australie" C'est un coup de foudre qui fait disparaître Patricia, le gra... read more

The Day She Can’t Forget: The heart-stopping psychological suspense you’ll have to keep reading

Meg Carter

It changed her life. But can she remember everything?On a cold evening Zeb, a single mum in her thirties, is found wandering aimlessly on a remote road. She is dazed, confused and bloodied. She doesn’t know where she is, or how she got there. She has travelled far from home and someone has attacked her. Memory loss means she can trust no-one, and with her assailant unidentified, Zeb is despera... read more

It changed her life. But can she remember everything?On a cold evening Zeb, a single mum in her thirties, is found wandering aimlessly on a remote road. She is dazed, confused and bloodied. She doesn’t know where she is, or how she got there. She has travelled far from home and someone has attacked her. Memory loss means she can trust no-one, and with her assailant unidentified, Zeb is despera... read more

The Pasha's Tale (Ottoman Cycle Book 4)

S.J.A. Turney

Plots, murder and a return to Istanbul form an epic conclusion to S.J.A. Turney’s Ottoman CycleFive years since Skiouros left the city of Constantine, he has come to understand the dreadful price exacted by vengeance. Saved from the French authorities by Dragi – the Romani crewman of a Turkish galley – he and his friend Parmenio are once again bound for the east. But Dragi’s aid comes with a p... read more

Plots, murder and a return to Istanbul form an epic conclusion to S.J.A. Turney’s Ottoman CycleFive years since Skiouros left the city of Constantine, he has come to understand the dreadful price exacted by vengeance. Saved from the French authorities by Dragi – the Romani crewman of a Turkish galley – he and his friend Parmenio are once again bound for the east. But Dragi’s aid comes with a p... read more

Red Earth to Paradise

Vincent Garner

Zero: The unputdownable dystopian mystery

Matt Brolly

In the future, no crime will go unpunishedAfter a major financial collapse, a zero tolerance policy results in the death penalty for all crimes. Society is organised around a gruesome ritual of punishment.When a judge is kidnapped, and a ransom note demands the release of all prisoners awaiting execution, Detective Kate Swanson is put on the case.But soon her boss also disappears. Unrest, bomb... read more

In the future, no crime will go unpunishedAfter a major financial collapse, a zero tolerance policy results in the death penalty for all crimes. Society is organised around a gruesome ritual of punishment.When a judge is kidnapped, and a ransom note demands the release of all prisoners awaiting execution, Detective Kate Swanson is put on the case.But soon her boss also disappears. Unrest, bomb... read more

The Bluebell Bunting Society: A feel-good, summer read about love and friendship

Poppy Dolan

'Wonderfully warm and laugh-out-loud funny… you cannot fail to be uplifted by it’ Cressida McLaughlin When the going gets tough, the tough get sewing...At twenty-nine, Connie isn’t exactly living her dreams. When her beloved gran died Connie returned to Hazelhurst, the village she grew up in, and took over her gran’s old job as caretaker at the village hall. It’s not a career in journalism as ... read more

'Wonderfully warm and laugh-out-loud funny… you cannot fail to be uplifted by it’ Cressida McLaughlin When the going gets tough, the tough get sewing...At twenty-nine, Connie isn’t exactly living her dreams. When her beloved gran died Connie returned to Hazelhurst, the village she grew up in, and took over her gran’s old job as caretaker at the village hall. It’s not a career in journalism as ... read more

The Danish Queen

Lynda M. Andrews

How did a Danish princess become the so-called first queen of Great Britain?Anne of Holstein is perhaps the least-known Queen Consort in Britain’s history. But her marriage to James I saw her become key to the legacy of the Stuarts. From her homeland of Denmark, Anne travelled to Scotland – a place she had heard tales about of ruthless and bloodthirsty people – and met her betrothed. A teenage... read more

How did a Danish princess become the so-called first queen of Great Britain?Anne of Holstein is perhaps the least-known Queen Consort in Britain’s history. But her marriage to James I saw her become key to the legacy of the Stuarts. From her homeland of Denmark, Anne travelled to Scotland – a place she had heard tales about of ruthless and bloodthirsty people – and met her betrothed. A teenage... read more

Beauty in the Dark

Bella Beeston

God's Cook Book: Tracing the Culinary Traditions of the Levant

Jamie d'Antioc

A fascinating mixture of history, religion and recipes, God's Cook Book explores the spiritual traditions of the ancient Levant and how they influenced culinary development. It offers a unique insight into the holy books of the three Abrahamic faiths, (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), and their prescriptions for human nutrition, as well as practical guides allowing the modern-day cook to recr... read more

A fascinating mixture of history, religion and recipes, God's Cook Book explores the spiritual traditions of the ancient Levant and how they influenced culinary development. It offers a unique insight into the holy books of the three Abrahamic faiths, (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), and their prescriptions for human nutrition, as well as practical guides allowing the modern-day cook to recr... read more

My Sufi Grandmother

Jamie D'Antioc

My Sufi Grandmother

My Sufi Grandmother

Grandmother's Stories

Reda al-Dabbagh

You Are Loved: The must-read romcom of 2017

Jo Platt

Sometimes, life needs a rewrite…Author Grace Waterhouse has hit rock bottom. Her ex-husband has just had a baby with his new partner and her latest novel is… well, the less said the better. Desperate for distraction, Grace impulsively takes on a friend’s cleaning job, parachuting herself into a new social circle including an eccentric OAP, a heartbroken twenty-something and one James Brooke, a... read more

Sometimes, life needs a rewrite…Author Grace Waterhouse has hit rock bottom. Her ex-husband has just had a baby with his new partner and her latest novel is… well, the less said the better. Desperate for distraction, Grace impulsively takes on a friend’s cleaning job, parachuting herself into a new social circle including an eccentric OAP, a heartbroken twenty-something and one James Brooke, a... read more

One Last Wish: A heartbreaking novel about love and loss

Ella Harper

The unmissable new novel from the bestselling author of Pieces of YouHow would you cope if your child became terminally ill? Rosie and Nate had the perfect relationship. But they struggled to cope with the devastating news their daughter Emmie has incurable cancer. It feels like their world – and their relationship – has come crashing down. They must do everything to support their little girl,... read more

The unmissable new novel from the bestselling author of Pieces of YouHow would you cope if your child became terminally ill? Rosie and Nate had the perfect relationship. But they struggled to cope with the devastating news their daughter Emmie has incurable cancer. It feels like their world – and their relationship – has come crashing down. They must do everything to support their little girl,... read more

Elizabeth, The Witch's Daughter

Lynda M. Andrews

Elizabeth I: From princess, to outcast, to the world’s most powerful queenIt is recorded that never once during her life did Elizabeth Tudor speak of her mother Anne Boleyn; but did she never think of her? As a little girl, Elizabeth Tudor knows she is a princess but one day is suddenly told she is now 'the Lady Elizabeth'. She witnesses from the sidelines the glittering splendour of her fathe... read more

Elizabeth I: From princess, to outcast, to the world’s most powerful queenIt is recorded that never once during her life did Elizabeth Tudor speak of her mother Anne Boleyn; but did she never think of her? As a little girl, Elizabeth Tudor knows she is a princess but one day is suddenly told she is now 'the Lady Elizabeth'. She witnesses from the sidelines the glittering splendour of her fathe... read more

Nightingales and Roses: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen

Maryam Sinaiee

In Nightingales and Roses, Iranian food blogger and home cook Maryam Sinaiee takes us through a full year in the Persian kitchen. From Spring through to Winter, Maryam offers the reader a true taste of real Persian cooking - Lamb and Aubergine stew, Rosewater Ice Cream with Pistachios, Baked Fish with Tamarind and Jewelled Rice. Full of flavour, history and culture, Maryam's recipes are a wond... read more

In Nightingales and Roses, Iranian food blogger and home cook Maryam Sinaiee takes us through a full year in the Persian kitchen. From Spring through to Winter, Maryam offers the reader a true taste of real Persian cooking - Lamb and Aubergine stew, Rosewater Ice Cream with Pistachios, Baked Fish with Tamarind and Jewelled Rice. Full of flavour, history and culture, Maryam's recipes are a wond... read more

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Jon Partner

Elodie has really helped my book come alive. Helping me to edit and see the potential in my novel, I am very pleased with her help!

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Jon Partner, June 2018


Yiannis Spyropoulos

Elodie is a remarkable young editor who improved my work significantly and exceeded expectations in all respects. She made sensible comments and has treated my manuscript with care and attention to detail. She is professional and timely. I could not recommend her highly enough.

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Yiannis Spyropoulos, May 2018


Andree Kubilus

The feedback I received from Elodie was exactly what I wanted. She was clear and thoughtful in her comments. Her observations encouraged me to dig deeper into character motivations and plot structure. She gave me insight from a readers/editors point of view. Most importantly, I knew what my next steps should be towards improving the manuscript. Very grateful - Thanks Elodie

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Andree Kubilus, May 2018


Fijeh Aadum

Working with Elodie is such a delight. She exceeded my expectation. It is like going through a mini MFA creative writing course.

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Fijeh Aadum, May 2018


Katya Kuleshova

Elodie is amazing. We've just completed the first round of developmental edit for my debut historical novel. Elodie is very responsive and supportive, and I love her sense of humor. Her suggestions are clear, specific, and immensely helpful in every cut: plotting, characterization, scene building, and coloring the text. What struck me the most was her intuition: it feels like she somehow knows ...

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Katya Kuleshova, November 2017

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