Fran Fabriczki

Fran Fabriczki - Editor

London, UK

Editor with 4+ years of experience at HarperCollins. Extensive knowledge in historical and literary fiction; loves fantasy and YA/MG.

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Overview

Hi there,

I’m Fran, an editor working at HarperCollins Publishers in London. Throughout my career I’ve worked on over 300 books, in a wide variety of genres. Although my specialties are historical, adventure, crime and literary fiction, I’m always keen to have a look at other genres too, especially fantasy and YA/MG, which I love to read.

I have an English degree from the University of Cambridge, which gave me a great grounding in analyzing literature, while at HarperCollins I've had the chance to work on some amazing books by big brand authors such as Wilbur Smith and Bernard Cornwell. I had the chance to hone my editorial skills on the job, as well as through rigorous industry-standard training in copy-editing and proofreading.

I can help get your manuscript into the best shape possible, in the following ways:

Editorial Assessment: every week I read many many submissions, so I’ve got a very good sense of what commissioning editors and agents are responding to. I can give you tailored feedback on whether your style, idea, tone etc. is going to work.

Developmental Editing: my favourite part of the process! I’ve worked on beautiful books such as Entanglement by Katy Mahood, The Light at the End of the Day by Eleanor Wasserberg, and the bestselling Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon. I love digging deep into a manuscript to see what’s working and what’s not, and asking the difficult questions about the work's structure. Most authors know the answers to the problems in the manuscript, they just need an editor to highlight the issues and ask the right questions. That’s what I’m here for.

Copy Editing: I love to get into the nitty gritty of grammar and formatting, to make sure that a manuscript is in the best shape possible before it's sent out.

Proofreading: a daily part of my job, and an essential element of the process. I can make sure your readers are engrossed in your lovingly crafted story, rather than giggling over an awkwardly split word.

Whatever it is you need help with, I'm happy to discuss and tailor my work to your needs, so do get in touch!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Certifications

  • Progress in Editorial Skills

Work experience

Assistant Editor

HarperCollins Publishers
July, 2017 – Present (about 2 years)

I work on a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles in the company’s prestigious 4th Estate and William Collins imprints. I guide authors through all stages of the editorial process, and write their metadata and cover copy.

Editorial Assistant

HarperCollins Publishers
July, 2016 – July, 2017 (about 1 year)

I worked on a range of fiction: crime, women’s fiction, literary fiction, and big brand authors such as Wilbur Smith and Bernard Cornwell.

PA and Editorial Assistant

HarperCollins Publishers
September, 2015 – July, 2016 (10 months)

I had the chance to assist some incredible, established editors, reading and responding to queries for them, and learning the ins and outs of the editorial process from the best in the business.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

War Cry

Wilbur Smith

`That time is upon us. I can feel it coming. That evil barbarian will not be satisfied until he has engulfed the whole world in war and death., I fear for us all.' In a triumphant return to his much-loved Courtney series, Wilbur Smith introduces us to the bravest new member of the famed family, Saffron Courtney. Saffron grows up on a sprawling Kenyan estate, under the watchful eye of her fathe... read more

`That time is upon us. I can feel it coming. That evil barbarian will not be satisfied until he has engulfed the whole world in war and death., I fear for us all.' In a triumphant return to his much-loved Courtney series, Wilbur Smith introduces us to the bravest new member of the famed family, Saffron Courtney. Saffron grows up on a sprawling Kenyan estate, under the watchful eye of her fathe... read more

The Tiger's Prey: A Novel of Adventure (Courtney Family Novels)

Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper

The New York Times bestselling author of Desert God and Pharaoh adds another chapter to his popular historical saga featuring the seafaring Tom Courtney, the hero of Monsoon and Blue Horizon, with this magnificent swashbuckling saga set in the eighteenth century and packed with action, violence, romance, and rousing adventure.Tom Courtney, one of four sons of master mariner Sir Hal Courtney, o... read more

The New York Times bestselling author of Desert God and Pharaoh adds another chapter to his popular historical saga featuring the seafaring Tom Courtney, the hero of Monsoon and Blue Horizon, with this magnificent swashbuckling saga set in the eighteenth century and packed with action, violence, romance, and rousing adventure.Tom Courtney, one of four sons of master mariner Sir Hal Courtney, o... read more

Three Things About Elsie: A Novel

Joanna Cannon

The bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep delivers a suspenseful and emotionally satisfying novel “infused with warmth and humor” (People) about a lifelong friendship, a devastating secret, and the small acts of kindness that bring people together.There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always kno... read more

The bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep delivers a suspenseful and emotionally satisfying novel “infused with warmth and humor” (People) about a lifelong friendship, a devastating secret, and the small acts of kindness that bring people together.There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always kno... read more

Critical Incidents

Lucie Whitehouse

A gripping literary thriller and the first of a new crime series, from the bestselling author of Before We Met.Detective Inspector Robin Osborne is going home.Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents ... read more

A gripping literary thriller and the first of a new crime series, from the bestselling author of Before We Met.Detective Inspector Robin Osborne is going home.Dismissed for misconduct from the Met’s Homicide Command after refusing to follow orders, unable to pay her bills (or hold down a relationship), she has no choice but to take her teenage daughter Lennie and move back in with her parents ... read more

At the Edge of the Orchard: A Novel

Tracy Chevalier

“With impeccable research and flawless prose, Chevalier perfectly conjures the grandeur of the pristine Wild West . . . and the everyday adventurers—male and female—who were bold enough or foolish enough to be drawn to the unknown. She crafts for us an excellent experience.” —USA TodayFrom internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, author of A Single Thread, comes a riveting drama of ... read more

“With impeccable research and flawless prose, Chevalier perfectly conjures the grandeur of the pristine Wild West . . . and the everyday adventurers—male and female—who were bold enough or foolish enough to be drawn to the unknown. She crafts for us an excellent experience.” —USA TodayFrom internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, author of A Single Thread, comes a riveting drama of ... read more

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel

Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist!B&N Editor's Pick - Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017 From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.When M... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist!B&N Editor's Pick - Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017 From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.When M... read more

Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (Austen Project)

Curtis Sittenfeld

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible tackles gender, class, courtship, and family as Curtis Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE TIMES (UK) This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible tackles gender, class, courtship, and family as Curtis Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE TIMES (UK) This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer... read more

We Must Be Brave

Frances Liardet

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLERSpanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself."This stirring debut will work its way indelibly into your heart." --Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky OnesA woman. A war. The child who changed everything.Dec... read more

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLERSpanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself."This stirring debut will work its way indelibly into your heart." --Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky OnesA woman. A war. The child who changed everything.Dec... read more

Standard Deviation: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries)

Katherine Heiny

*A Skimm Reads Pick*Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2017Kirkus Best Debut Novels 2017Kirkus Best Fictional Families 2017Minnesota Public Radio Best of 2017An uproarious novel ("Both heart-piercing and, crucially, very funny." —Louise Erdrich, The New York Times) from the celebrated author of Single, Carefree, Mellow about the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache... read more

*A Skimm Reads Pick*Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2017Kirkus Best Debut Novels 2017Kirkus Best Fictional Families 2017Minnesota Public Radio Best of 2017An uproarious novel ("Both heart-piercing and, crucially, very funny." —Louise Erdrich, The New York Times) from the celebrated author of Single, Carefree, Mellow about the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache... read more

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