Erika Koljonen

Erika Koljonen – Editor

Editor. I specialise in upmarket and literary fiction and narrative non-fiction, particularly in pop culture and LGBTQ+ issues.


I'm an assistant editor at Coronet, an imprint which prides itself in voice-driven and innovative non-fiction and fiction. I've project managed books by DJ Fat Tony, Graham Norton, Sara Cox and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and edited authors like Daisy Jones, Kate Sawyer and Melvin Burgess.

I'm an experienced editor who loves getting stuck in with structural amends, and have a stellar eye for detail with proofreads. My experience ranges from narrative non-fiction and memoir to studies of queer culture and upmarket novels featuring bickering families. In fiction, I do upmarket and literary novels that tackle with the lives of individuals, or are all-encompassing across generations. I've also edited mythological retellings. With these, I've worked on early drafts on which I provide comprehensive notes on suggested edits. In non-fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir are my favourites, and I've edited non-fiction from early stages (be this proposals or first drafts) all the way to near-finished works. With these, I'll do structural amends on early drafts and line edits on later drafts, depending on what is needed. My editorial style is quite straight to the point, but before we start working together, I like to discuss feedback and editorial styles to see what works best for you!
Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction
Entertainment LGBTQ Non-Fiction
English (UK)

Work experience

Hodder & Stoughton

Sep, 2019 — Present

I've been working at Hodder since September 2019, during which I've had the opportunity to work with both big-name brand authors and debut writers.

Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting

Jan, 2019 — Sep, 2019 (8 months)

I worked as a scouting trainee during busy bookfair seasons, which gave me a unique insight into the lifecycle of books, the pitching, submission and acquisition process, as well as a broad overview of the market and publishing landscape.


Apr, 2018 — Sep, 2019 (over 1 year)

I worked as a freelance reader for agencies like London Literary Scouting and Elina Ahlback.


We Need Snowflakes

Hannah Jewell

Is today's youth over sensitive, mollycoddled and intellectually pathetic? Does the scourge of political correctness threaten the very fabric of our nations? Yes, and yes! comes the cry of the incensed politician, columnist, comedian, disgruntled father, and b... read more
THE CHART-TOPPING MEMOIR______________________________________________________________________________________'This memoir is one of the smartest, funniest books I've read about love in a long, long time' - RED'illuminating' METROHaley McGee is in debt. The so... read more

Melvin Burgess

THE FIRST ADULT NOVEL BY THE CARNEGIE PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR OF JUNK'A spirited retelling... witty and insightful.' i PAPER'His prose is electrical, crackling with a mischievous charge.' BUZZ MAGAZINE'Told with wit [and] verve... it's a book that exerts a curiou... read more
SHORTLISTED FOR THE POLARI FIRST BOOK PRIZE 2022______________________________________________________________________________________'an explicitly inclusive, thoughtful, joyful read' - REFINERY 29'This "love letter of sorts" to inclusive queer women's cultur... read more
This Family

Kate Sawyer

An ambitious new novel of family life past and present from the author of the Costa Book Awards shortlisted The Stranding.'Intriguing, gripping, moving - this deserves to be HUGE.' MARIAN KEYES'Messy, complicated joyful characters and relationships that sneak ... read more

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