Emily Yau

Emily Yau - Editor

London, United Kingdom

A Bookseller Rising Star and commercial fiction editor with eight years experience at Penguin Random House, Hachette and HarperCollins.

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I love working with authors, helping them reach their vision and make their book shine. I can be as hands on as needed, from identifying the problem areas and suggesting solutions, to in-depth line edits. I'm passionate about finding the gold in a story and bringing it to the fore, whilst remaining sensitive to an author's voice and style. As a copyeditor and proofreader, I am incredibly meticulous with a high attention to detail.

My main areas of expertise are women's fiction, crime/thrillers and, having worked at Del Rey, science fiction and fantasy. I've worked on a small number of literary novels and non fiction and I'm keen to do more.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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See what authors are saying about my previous edits:

"I couldn't have asked for a better editor than Emily. She has a fantastic eye for exactly those tricky problems that are hard for a writer to spot in their own work. Her feedback was always honest but sensitive." Beth O'Leary, author of The Flatshare

"There are many reasons why Emily is brilliant editor. She is calm, focussed and objective, and the feeling I had when working with her was that she was my guide rather than my judge. She never pushed me in one direction or another, just lent me fresh perspectives." Adrian J Walker, author of The End of the World Running Club
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Science Fiction
Dystopian
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Proofreading - Publishing Training Centre
  • Copy-editing - Publishing Training Centre
  • Working with Authors - Publishing Training Centre

Awards

  • Bookseller Rising Star 2017

Work experience

Editorial Director

Quercus (Hachette UK)
August, 2017 – December, 2018 (over 1 year)

I commission and publish my own list of fiction across all commercial genres: largely crime/thriller, women's fiction, up-lit and historical. Books I have worked on include The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary, Darling Blue by Tracy Rees and The Last Thing She Told Me by Linda Green.

Commissioning Editor

Ebury & Del Rey (Penguin Random House)
March, 2012 – August, 2017 (over 5 years)

I commissioned and published commercial fiction novels, including The One by John Marrs and Final Girls by Riley Sager. I also worked with authors such as Andy Weir, Caitlin Moran and Rowan Coleman.

Departmental Co-ordinator

Orion Publishing (Hachette UK)
September, 2011 – March, 2012 (6 months)

Working in the paperbacks division, I checked and proofread ebooks.

Editorial Trainee

Avon (HarperCollins)
September, 2010 – September, 2011 (about 1 year)

I spent most of my time here managing and collating proofreading jobs as well as some development and line editing. Here, I worked with authors such as Miranda Dickinson and Jaishree Misra.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Final Girls: A Novel

Riley Sager

THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL“The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this.”—Stephen King Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale m... read more

THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL“The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this.”—Stephen King Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale m... read more

The End of the World Running Club

Adrian J. Walker

The #1 International Bestseller!A Science Fiction & Fantasy Book to Keep on Your Radar by io9 and GizmodoA powerful post-apocalyptic thriller, perfect for fans of The Martian. When the sky begins to fall, one man finds himself separated from his family, his best hope is to run―or risk losing what he loves forever. When the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the coun... read more

The #1 International Bestseller!A Science Fiction & Fantasy Book to Keep on Your Radar by io9 and GizmodoA powerful post-apocalyptic thriller, perfect for fans of The Martian. When the sky begins to fall, one man finds himself separated from his family, his best hope is to run―or risk losing what he loves forever. When the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the coun... read more

The Last Dog on Earth

Adrian J. Walker

"A real find." ―STEPHEN KING on The End of the World Running Club Every dog has its day...And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from London, the day his city falls is finally a chance for adventure. Too bad his master Reg plans to hide himself away from the riots outside...But when an abandoned child shows up looking for help, Reg and his trusty hound must brave the chaos in a journey that... read more

"A real find." ―STEPHEN KING on The End of the World Running Club Every dog has its day...And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from London, the day his city falls is finally a chance for adventure. Too bad his master Reg plans to hide himself away from the riots outside...But when an abandoned child shows up looking for help, Reg and his trusty hound must brave the chaos in a journey that... read more

The One

John Marrs

A no 1 amazon bestseller and featured on Simon Mayo's Radio 2 book club"Wonderful conceit, ridiculously entertaining ... an absolute pleasure" T. A Cotterell, author of What Alice Knew How far would you go to find THE ONE?One simple mouth swab is all it takes., A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a... read more

A no 1 amazon bestseller and featured on Simon Mayo's Radio 2 book club"Wonderful conceit, ridiculously entertaining ... an absolute pleasure" T. A Cotterell, author of What Alice Knew How far would you go to find THE ONE?One simple mouth swab is all it takes., A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a... read more

The Flatshare: A Novel

Beth O'Leary

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiff... read more

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiff... read more

Fromage à Trois: Paris. Love. Cheese.

Victoria Brownlee

Meet Ella, on the brink of turning 30 and full of regret for a life only half lived. In a haze of heartbreak after splitting up with the man she thought she was going to marry, she makes the only decision that seems rational and buys a one-way ticket to Paris, embarking on a pilgrimage of food, wine, and joie de vivre. After arriving, Ella struggles to grasp the nuances of French manners and f... read more

Meet Ella, on the brink of turning 30 and full of regret for a life only half lived. In a haze of heartbreak after splitting up with the man she thought she was going to marry, she makes the only decision that seems rational and buys a one-way ticket to Paris, embarking on a pilgrimage of food, wine, and joie de vivre. After arriving, Ella struggles to grasp the nuances of French manners and f... read more

The Lost Boys

Lilian Carmine

Fate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart? Having moved to a strange town, seventeen-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home.But there’s a very good reason why Tristan Halloway is always to be found roaming in the local graveyard... Perfect for fans of Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Kate, The Lost Boys is a magica... read more

Fate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart? Having moved to a strange town, seventeen-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home.But there’s a very good reason why Tristan Halloway is always to be found roaming in the local graveyard... Perfect for fans of Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Kate, The Lost Boys is a magica... read more

A Clockwork Heart: Book Two in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow

Liesel Schwarz

FOR BETTER OR CURSE. That might as well have been the wedding vow of Elle Chance and her new husband, the ex-Warlock Hugh Marsh in the second book of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into storytelling magic. As Elle devotes herself to her duties as the Oracle—who alone has the power to keep the dark designs of Shadow a... read more

FOR BETTER OR CURSE. That might as well have been the wedding vow of Elle Chance and her new husband, the ex-Warlock Hugh Marsh in the second book of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into storytelling magic. As Elle devotes herself to her duties as the Oracle—who alone has the power to keep the dark designs of Shadow a... read more

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection)

Anthony Ray Hinton

OPRAH WINFREY'S BOOK CLUB SUMMER 2018 SELECTION**THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**'Both [Nelson Mandela and Ray Hinton] emerged from their incarceration with a profound capacity to forgive...The Sun Does Shine is amazing and heartwarming' Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate'This incredibly moving chronicle...is one staggering revelation after another...' IndependentAnthony Ray Hinton was po... read more

OPRAH WINFREY'S BOOK CLUB SUMMER 2018 SELECTION**THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**'Both [Nelson Mandela and Ray Hinton] emerged from their incarceration with a profound capacity to forgive...The Sun Does Shine is amazing and heartwarming' Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate'This incredibly moving chronicle...is one staggering revelation after another...' IndependentAnthony Ray Hinton was po... read more

The Last Thing She Told Me: Sometimes even the deepest buried secrets will find their way to the surface...

Linda Green

From the MILLION copy bestselling author Even the deepest buried secrets can find their way to the surface...Moments before she dies, Nicola's grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden. Nicola's mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola's daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty's garden, it's clear that something sinister has ta... read more

From the MILLION copy bestselling author Even the deepest buried secrets can find their way to the surface...Moments before she dies, Nicola's grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden. Nicola's mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola's daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty's garden, it's clear that something sinister has ta... read more

Darling Blue: The new historical romance from the author of THE HOURGLASS

Tracy Rees

A sweeping tale of love in the 1920s and a powerful story of reinvention, Darling Blue is a simply gorgeous read...Blue lives a charmed life. From her family's townhouse in Richmond, she lives a life of luxury and couldn't want for anything - well, on the surface at least. Then on the night of her twenty-first birthday her father makes a startling toast: he will give his daughter's hand to whi... read more

A sweeping tale of love in the 1920s and a powerful story of reinvention, Darling Blue is a simply gorgeous read...Blue lives a charmed life. From her family's townhouse in Richmond, she lives a life of luxury and couldn't want for anything - well, on the surface at least. Then on the night of her twenty-first birthday her father makes a startling toast: he will give his daughter's hand to whi... read more

The Flatshare

Beth O'Leary

Tiffy and Leon share a flatTiffy and Leon share a bedTiffy and Leon have never met...'I finished The Flatshare in one sitting - it is, as promised, incredibly uplifting and joyous. I spent the last few hours with a massive smile on my face. I have fallen head over heels in love with Tiffy and Leon, and indeed with this book.' Louise O NeillTiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey ... read more

Tiffy and Leon share a flatTiffy and Leon share a bedTiffy and Leon have never met...'I finished The Flatshare in one sitting - it is, as promised, incredibly uplifting and joyous. I spent the last few hours with a massive smile on my face. I have fallen head over heels in love with Tiffy and Leon, and indeed with this book.' Louise O NeillTiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey ... read more

The Vets at Hope Green

Sheila Norton

A heart-warming and inspiring story about living the simple life, which readers are already likening to All Creatures Great and Small, 'like a Sunday Night ITV drama''Like a plate of hot-buttered crumpets and a mug of tea - warm, comforting and utterly delightful!'Annie Lyons (author of The Choir on Hope Street)Sam has always dreamed of working with animals...But her receptionist job in a Lond... read more

A heart-warming and inspiring story about living the simple life, which readers are already likening to All Creatures Great and Small, 'like a Sunday Night ITV drama''Like a plate of hot-buttered crumpets and a mug of tea - warm, comforting and utterly delightful!'Annie Lyons (author of The Choir on Hope Street)Sam has always dreamed of working with animals...But her receptionist job in a Lond... read more

Winter Without You: The heartwarming and emotional read for Christmas 2018

Beth Good

What do you do when you lose everything?After the tragic death of her boyfriend, Hannah Clitheroe is hiding away from the world. But when she discovers she's inherited a house in Cornwall, she knows it's time to face reality. Her estranged grandmother lived in Kernow House for years, but Hannah soon realises someone else thinks it's rightfully theirs: Raphael Tregar, a difficult man who quickl... read more

What do you do when you lose everything?After the tragic death of her boyfriend, Hannah Clitheroe is hiding away from the world. But when she discovers she's inherited a house in Cornwall, she knows it's time to face reality. Her estranged grandmother lived in Kernow House for years, but Hannah soon realises someone else thinks it's rightfully theirs: Raphael Tregar, a difficult man who quickl... read more

The Workhouse Waif: An uplifting romance perfect for summer reading

Lynette Rees

Destined to a life of poverty, this little girl has bigger plans in life...After the death of her father in a mining accident, Megan and her family had no choice but to move to the local workhouse. Separated from her mother and five siblings, young Megan must learn how to stand on her own two feet. But one day she meets a young boy who's stealing apples from the local market and together, they... read more

Destined to a life of poverty, this little girl has bigger plans in life...After the death of her father in a mining accident, Megan and her family had no choice but to move to the local workhouse. Separated from her mother and five siblings, young Megan must learn how to stand on her own two feet. But one day she meets a young boy who's stealing apples from the local market and together, they... read more

The Burning House: A Shocking Thriller Based on a True Story!

Neil Spring

It was a victimless crime... Estate Agent Clara is struggling to make a sale. With her abusive ex-husband on the brink of finding where she's hiding, she needs to make a commission soon or lose her chance to escape. Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness has remained unsold for years, and Clara is sure that an 'innocent' fire will force the price down. But the perfect crime soon turns into... read more

It was a victimless crime... Estate Agent Clara is struggling to make a sale. With her abusive ex-husband on the brink of finding where she's hiding, she needs to make a commission soon or lose her chance to escape. Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness has remained unsold for years, and Clara is sure that an 'innocent' fire will force the price down. But the perfect crime soon turns into... read more

Escape to the Paris Cheese Shop: A heartwarming summer romance for cheese lovers everywhere!

Victoria Brownlee

Who needs love when you can eat cheese?Heartbroken and on the cusp of turning 30, Ella decides to pack her bags and move to Paris, somewhere she had visited when she was a different, more adventurous person. It's on the streets of beautiful, romantic Paris that she finds her heart's true desire: cheese. And with the help of Serge, the owner of the local fromagerie, she sets herself a challenge... read more

Who needs love when you can eat cheese?Heartbroken and on the cusp of turning 30, Ella decides to pack her bags and move to Paris, somewhere she had visited when she was a different, more adventurous person. It's on the streets of beautiful, romantic Paris that she finds her heart's true desire: cheese. And with the help of Serge, the owner of the local fromagerie, she sets herself a challenge... read more

More Than a Feeling: A Hilarious Rom Com That Will Have You Hooked

Cate Woods

'Brilliantly funny. Best book I've read in a long time!' Amazon reviewer on Just Haven't Met You Yet! Life isn't turning out quite how Annie expected. In her twenties, she had a dream job, an amazing social life and bags of confidence. Now, she's living with her boyfriend Luke and is a stay-at-home mum to their baby daughter. The promising career has petered out, and along with it, her confide... read more

'Brilliantly funny. Best book I've read in a long time!' Amazon reviewer on Just Haven't Met You Yet! Life isn't turning out quite how Annie expected. In her twenties, she had a dream job, an amazing social life and bags of confidence. Now, she's living with her boyfriend Luke and is a stay-at-home mum to their baby daughter. The promising career has petered out, and along with it, her confide... read more

Single for the Summer: A feel-good romantic comedy you need to read for summer 2018

Mandy Baggot

A feelgood laugh-out-loud romantic comedy to read on the beach this summer Tess Parks has made up her mind: love isn’t for her.When it comes to dating she has one rule: after six weeks with a guy, she ends it. So when her heartbroken best friend invites her for a girly getaway in Corfu, Tess is sure she can stick to their pact to stay single for the summer. But then she meets the gorgeous rest... read more

A feelgood laugh-out-loud romantic comedy to read on the beach this summer Tess Parks has made up her mind: love isn’t for her.When it comes to dating she has one rule: after six weeks with a guy, she ends it. So when her heartbroken best friend invites her for a girly getaway in Corfu, Tess is sure she can stick to their pact to stay single for the summer. But then she meets the gorgeous rest... read more

Gone Viking: The laugh out loud debut novel from the bestselling author of The Year of Living Danishly

Helen Russell

Be bold. Be brave. Be Viking...The uplifting, laugh out loud debut novel from the bestselling author of THE YEAR OF LIVING DANISHLYFrazzled mum Alice Ray likes to think she’s on top everything – she has FOUR bags-for-life in the boot of her car for heaven's sake. But after spectacularly embarrassing herself at work, she finally gives in to her sister’s pleas to take a much needed break.But thi... read more

Be bold. Be brave. Be Viking...The uplifting, laugh out loud debut novel from the bestselling author of THE YEAR OF LIVING DANISHLYFrazzled mum Alice Ray likes to think she’s on top everything – she has FOUR bags-for-life in the boot of her car for heaven's sake. But after spectacularly embarrassing herself at work, she finally gives in to her sister’s pleas to take a much needed break.But thi... read more

Dark Touch

Debbie Johnson

It’s not easy finding out you’re a Goddess. For Lily McCain, the move from local music journalist to being the incarnation of Mabe, Mother of Mortals was a surprise to say the least.Thrust into a game of gods and monsters, the rules of which she barely knows, one thing is clear: if you have power, someone will try to take it from you.A Daily Express magazine 'Must Read!'Debbie Johnson is also ... read more

It’s not easy finding out you’re a Goddess. For Lily McCain, the move from local music journalist to being the incarnation of Mabe, Mother of Mortals was a surprise to say the least.Thrust into a game of gods and monsters, the rules of which she barely knows, one thing is clear: if you have power, someone will try to take it from you.A Daily Express magazine 'Must Read!'Debbie Johnson is also ... read more

Cataveiro (The Osiris Project Book 2)

E. J. Swift

A shipwreck. And one lone survivor.For political exile Taeo Ybanez, this could be his ticket home. Relations between the Antarcticans and the Patagonians are worse than ever, and to be caught on the wrong side could prove deadly.For pilot and cartographer Ramona Callejas, the presence of the mysterious stranger is one more thing in the way of her saving her mother from a deadly disease.All roa... read more

A shipwreck. And one lone survivor.For political exile Taeo Ybanez, this could be his ticket home. Relations between the Antarcticans and the Patagonians are worse than ever, and to be caught on the wrong side could prove deadly.For pilot and cartographer Ramona Callejas, the presence of the mysterious stranger is one more thing in the way of her saving her mother from a deadly disease.All roa... read more

Emily has 9 reviews

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Thomas Fowler
Emily delivered! Every piece of feedback she provided made complete sense. She had a complete awareness of POV, tone, and how to best tackle this project. As I went through her comments on my manuscript, it was easy to wrap up my copyedits and move into proofreading. I highly recommend her and will absolutely hire her for the upcoming sequels to the book!

Thomas Fowler, August 2019

Emily Yau
Thanks so much for the kind words, Thomas. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in book 2!

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Colleen McHugh
Emily's work has blown me away. She is skilled in both macro and micro levels of editing, from breaking down chapter length and narrative structure to honing word choice and character development. I would especially recommend her to a first time author who is looking for a partner in the daunting process of editing. I was truly touched by the care she took with the work, and I have already book...
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Colleen McHugh, August 2019

Emily Yau
Thanks so much, Colleen. I'm really looking forward to continue working with you!

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Rae Williams
I loved working with Emily, she was excellent to work with. I have never been through a process like this, so as a first timer I was pretty nervous. Emily was very professional, she tuned the work around quickly and even when there was a small delay she communicated with me in good time. She was exceptionally professional in her approach and her edit was thorough. The edit she provided me was a...
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Rae Williams, August 2019

Emily Yau
Thanks so much, Rae. I'm so pleased you were happy with the edit and wish you all the best with your writing.

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Ana Carina Baca
The only bad thing I can say about Emily is that she is too much of a perfectionist. She will work and work until your novel is at its complete best. I highly recommend hiring her.

Ana Carina Baca, August 2019

Emily Yau
Thanks Ana – I'm so happy you were pleased with the edit and wish you all the best with it! x

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Jodi Marie Mackin
I needed an editor who was familiar with and enjoyed the historical romance genre, I also needed someone who wasn't afraid to tell me if something didn't make sense. I was really impressed when she came back to me with a full development edit, helping me re-work the plot, ensuring I didn't get swept up in the romance and forget everything else (which I do quite often haha) and helped with the ...
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Jodi Marie Mackin, August 2019

Emily Yau
Thanks so much, Jodi. I hope everything is going well with your edits and look forward to seeing how well it's received when you're ready to publish!

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