Emma Hargrave

Emma Hargrave – Editor

In tune with authors, readers and the written word’s rare power, my editorial energy creates contemporary texts that resonate with meaning.


As a publisher and editor, I have extensive project management expertise and a keen eye for detail - whether as initial editorial feedback, structural edit, copy edit or proofread. Using strong organisational skills, creative intelligence and a passion for excellence, I deliver high-quality, complex initiatives to budget and on time. Dedicated and resourceful, I take pride in my commitment to equality, partnership working and cultural engagement. With over two decades of wide-ranging publishing experience, I bring professional insight and good judgement to projects as various as short story anthologies to narrative non-fiction, photographic lifestyle titles to sporting autobiographies, plus children's fiction for ages from three to young adult. A recent highlight includes working on My Name’5 Doddie, the ‘lucid, brave’ and hugely popular autobiography of Doddie Weir, a true giant of Scottish rugby and tireless MND campaigner.
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction
English (UK)

Work experience

Black & White Publishing

Dec, 2017 — Dec, 2021 (about 4 years)

At one of Scotland’s leading independents, my role was to:
• Liaise with authors, team members and designers, managing relationships and prioritising demands and workloads within tight timeframes to deliver books of impeccable quality.
• Work with production and design colleagues to create visually appealing titles, whether full-colour hardbacks with photographic elements or strikingly typeset paperback novels.
• Realise sales, marketing and PR potential. I wrote copy pitched for press releases, and created innovative cover blurbs and straplines absolutely to brief.


Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies...His life has been rich and full. He has wit... read more