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 2014.
Recent clients include Head of Zeus, Unbound, Joffe Books and Cornerstones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Born in 1884, Khalila Shahin was a pillar of the spiritual community in the Levant. A Sufi mystic, she and her teachings were venerated across the region, from Aleppo to Konya and Istanbul. Khalila was also a gifted poet, who wrote deeply philosophical verse in accordance with Arabic literary traditions. She was never published in the West, but her poetry was immensely popular in Syria and the... 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
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
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
It takes courage to survive in this atmospheric historical adventure set during the English Civil WarAugust 1643, and the Siege of Gloucester continues. Can the weak city walls really survive against the might of the Royalists?William Sparrow and Hugo Telling may be on different sides, but their dreams and desires are the same. To find the courage to fight proudly and lead their men. For the w... read more
The captivating first instalment of the Hillsbridge Sagas, perfect for fans of Val Wood and Maggie HopeThe Hall family live under the brooding shadow of the Black Mountains, in the mining town of Hillsbridge. Charlotte, James and their seven children are independent spirits, united by strong family values.Living in a mining community is never easy, and when the shadow of impending war threaten... read more
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