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 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.

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 (over 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 (over 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 (almost 7 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 (12 selected works)

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

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

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

The Root and the Blossom: Verses from a Sufi

Khalila Shahin

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

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

Odette

Jessica Duchen

A 21st-century twist on the familiar story of Swan Lake, Odette shows – in the best tradition of Christmas fairy-tales – how even against the greatest odds innocence, empathy, humanity and hope can win the day. When a swan crashes through Mitzi Fairweather’s front window during a winter storm, the shocked young journalist decides to tend the injured bird overnight. But this is no ordinary swan... read more

A 21st-century twist on the familiar story of Swan Lake, Odette shows – in the best tradition of Christmas fairy-tales – how even against the greatest odds innocence, empathy, humanity and hope can win the day. When a swan crashes through Mitzi Fairweather’s front window during a winter storm, the shocked young journalist decides to tend the injured bird overnight. But this is no ordinary swan... 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 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

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

Grandmother's Stories

Reda al-Dabbagh

King's Men Crow (Shadow on the Crown Book 3)

Nicholas Carter

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

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 Black Mountains (Hillsbridge Sagas Book 1)

Janet Tanner

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

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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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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