Gary Budden

Gary Budden – Editor

Experienced fiction editor, available for developmental editing and copyediting. Founder of award winning independent publisher Influx Press


I am an experienced book editor, fiction writer, and publisher, based in London, UK, with over twelve years experience in the publishing industry.

I am the co-founder of award-winning independent publisher, Influx Press, commissioning and editing many titles myself.

Influx Press has published over fifty titles since 2012, with many critically acclaimed novels, non-fiction works, and short story collections.

In 2022, our title THE TREES was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize. In 2018, Influx Press won the Republic of Conscious Prize for best small publisher.

Highlights that I have personally edited include:

BOY PARTS by Eliza Clark. This has sold 50,000+ copies to date in the UK, is being developed for television, and is currently being translated into several languages.

THE SERVICE by Frankie Miren


ATTRIB AND OTHER STORIES – Eley Williams (winner of the James Tait Black award and the Republic of Consciousness Prize)

IMAGINARY CTIES – Darran Anderson.

Influx Press titles have received significant national press coverage, been translated and published in numerous countries outside of the UK, and launched the successful writing careers of many of our published writers.

I have worked on novels, short story collections, poetry, anthologies, and creative non-fiction titles during my time at Influx Press.

I worked as an editor in the fiction department of Titan Books for two years, acquiring and editing science fiction, fantasy, horror and TV/film/gaming tie-in fiction. I have worked with New York Times bestselling authors as well as emerging debut authors; a number of authors who's work I acquired and edited have gone on to critical acclaim with their novels published by Titan.

Previous to this, I worked an editor for independent genre publisher, Unsung Stories, for two years, acquiring and editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles.

I also worked as fiction editor for the long running literary magazine, Ambit, selecting and editing short fiction for inclusion in the magazine.

I now work as a chief acquiring editor and publisher at Influx Press, alongside freelance editing and writing work.

I have a passion for weird fiction, place-focused writing and literary speculative fiction and am always excited to work on manuscripts from new writers.

I offer development edits, providing advice on structure, character and plot, copy-edits to address style, tone and consistency. I like to work in dialogue with the author, offering sensitive and insightful feedback to help highlight your unique voice and to tell your story in the best way possible.

I look forward to working with you!


Biographies & Memoirs History Travel
Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Science Fiction Short Story
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Titan Books

Feb, 2017 — Feb, 2019 (about 2 years)

I worked as an editor in the fiction department of Titan Books for two years, acquiring and editing science fiction, fantasy, horror and TV/film/gaming tie-in fiction. I worked with New York Times bestselling authors as well as emerging debut authors.

I worked with many established and emerging authors including Paul Tremblay, Nina Allan, Aliya Whiteley, M.T. Hill, Tim Major, Mark Morris, Gareth L. Powell and many more.

Unsung Stories

Oct, 2014 — Dec, 2016 (about 2 years)

Ambit Magazine

Jan, 2013 — Sep, 2016 (over 3 years)

Influx Press

Jan, 2012 — Present

I am the co-founder of award-winning independent publisher, Influx Press.

Influx Press has published numerous titles, including BOY PARTS by Eliza Clark, the James Tait Black Award-winning 'ATTRIB. AND OTHER STORIES by Eley Williams, and IMAGINARY CITIES by Darran Anderson.

Influx Press won the Republic of Conscious Prize in 2018 for best small publisher. In 2022, THE TREES by Percival Everett was shortlisted for the Booker Prize



Gareth E. Rees

Developmental Editing
The Breach

M.T. Hill

From Philip K. Dick Award-nominated author M.T. Hill, The Breach is a unique science fiction mystery set in the dangerous underground world of the urban exploration scene.Freya Medlock, a repo... read more
Developmental Editing
Water Shall Refuse Them

Lucie McKnight Hardy

The heatwave of 1976. Following the accidental drowning of her sister, sixteen-year-old Nif and her family move to a small village on the Welsh borders to escape their grief. But rural seclusi... read more
Developmental Editing
Boy Parts

Eliza Clark

‘Hallucinogenic, electric and sharp, Boy Parts is a whirlwind exploration of gender, class and power.’– Jessica AndrewsIrina obsessively takes explicit photographs of the average-looking men s... read more
Developmental Editing
Service, The

Frankie Miren

Developmental Editing

Hollyman, Steve

Developmental Editing
Polluted Sex

Lauren Foley

Developmental Editing
Exercises In Control

Banks, Annabel

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing

Hollyman, Steve

Developmental Editing

Whitehead, Kylie

Developmental Editing
In the Pines

Scraton, Paul

Developmental Editing

Scovell, Adam

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Ways of Living

Seltzer, Gemma

Developmental Editing

Lee Rourke

After two decades spent in the US, L-J is on a flight back to his native Suffolk to visit family and his childhood coastal home. His flight is straightforward, as per design, until it hits a g... read more
Developmental Editing
Hope Island

Tim Major

A gripping supernatural mystery for fans of John Whyndam's The Chrysalids from the author of Snakeskins.Workaholic TV producer Nina Scaife is determined to fight for what remains of her family... read more
Developmental Editing
All My Colors

David Quantick

From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, All My Colors is a darkly comic novel about a man who remembers a book that may not exist, with dire consequences. A bizarre, mind-bending story ... read more
Developmental Editing
How the Light Gets In is the debut collection from award winning short story writer, Clare Fisher. A book of very short stories that explores the spaces between light and dark and how we find ... read more
Developmental Editing
Berlin: long-celebrated as a city of artists and outcasts, but also a city of teachers and construction workers. A place of tourists and refugees, and the memories of those exiled and expelled... read more
Developmental Editing
"The idea was lost but the memory was here." Phyllis Ewans, a prominent researcher in lepidoptera and a keen walker, has died of old age. Thomas, a much younger fellow researcher of moths firs... read more
Developmental Editing
Car Park Life

Gareth E. Rees

CAR PARK LIFE is a psychogeographic exploration of the UK's retail chain store car parks by the author of MARSHLAND and THE STONE TIDE. These commonplace urban landscapes are little-explored, ... read more
Developmental Editing
A HOLY MYSTERYIt is 1891, and a catholic priest arrives at 221b baker street, only to utter the words “il corpe” before suddenly dropping dead.Though the man’s death is attributed to cholera, ... read more
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Attrib. and other stories

Eley Williams (author)

Attrib and Other Stories
Developmental Editing
Signal Failure
Developmental Editing
Twenty-five writers, twenty-five different perspectives on the rapidly changing London Borough of Hackney. From gentrification to supermarket sandwiches, Turkish Alevism to inner-city river li... read more
Developmental Editing
A DARK PAST It is 1894, and Sherlock Holmes is called to a Covent Garden art gallery where dozens of patrons lie dead before a painting of the Undying Man. Holmes and Watson are soon on the tr... read more
Developmental Editing
Ghosts on the Shore
Developmental Editing
An Unreliable Guide to London

Gary Budden, M. John Harrison, Chloe Aridjis, Courtt Kit Caless

AN UNRELIABLE GUIDE TO LONDON brings together twenty-six stories about the lesser known parts of a world renowned city. Stories that stretch the reader's definition of the truth. Stories that ... read more
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Skein Island

Aliya Whiteley

From the award-winning author of The Beauty, Aliya Whiteley, Skein Island is a powerful and disturbing look at the roles we play, and how they form and divide us. "Aliya Whiteley is one of the... read more

Gareth E Rees

Marshland is a deep map of the east London marshes, a blend of local history, folklore and weird fiction, where nothing is quite as it seems. Cocker spaniel by his side, Rees wanders the marsh... read more
Developmental Editing
Imaginary Cities

Darran Anderson

Inspired by the surreal accounts of the explorer and 'man of a million lies' Marco Polo, Imaginary Cities charts the metropolis and the imagination, and the symbiosis therein. A work of creati... read more
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Ghosts of Empire

George Mann

The latest installment in acclaimed Ghost series from Sunday Times bestselling author George Mann In the aftermath of the events seen in Ghosts of Karnak, and with the political climate somewh... read more
Developmental Editing
Embers of War

Gareth L. Powell

From BSFA Award winning author Gareth L. Powell comes the first in a new epic sci-fi trilogy exploring the legacies of war.The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet followin... read more
Developmental Editing
A new stunning epic fantasy for readers of Brandon Sanderson, Michael J. Sullivan and Brian Staveley.In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastat... read more
Developmental Editing

Andrew Lane

"It’s plausible, unpredictable, and thoroughly entertaining” Publishers Weekly on NetherspaceIt's half-way through the twenty-first century.Contact with alien races was made forty years ago, b... read more
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Oliver Langmead

You and I, we wear our wounds. I wear my scars, you wear your tattoos, and we don't forget who we are.' It is for the entities known as Sleepwalkers to cross the doors between dreams, and hunt... read more
Developmental Editing
From Aliya Whiteley, author of the critically-acclaimed The Beauty, comes a genre-defying story of fate, free-will and the choices we make in life. In the aftermath of the Great War, Shirley F... read more
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The world is a far stranger place than we give it credit for. There, in the things we think familiar, safe, are certain aspects. Our fears and desires given form. Moments that defy explanation... read more
Developmental Editing
The Record Keeper

Agnes Gomillion

The Record Keeper is a visceral and thrilling near-future dystopia examining past and present race relations. After World War III, Earth is in ruins, and the final armies have come to a reluct... read more
Developmental Editing
The Predator

Christopher Golden

The official novelization of the summer blockbuster The Predator, Shane Black’s new movie with a screenplay by Shane Black and Fred Dekker.For centuries Earth has been visited by warlike creat... read more
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New Fears

Ramsey Campbell

WINNER - 2018 BRITISH FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST ANTHOLOGYFEAR COMES IN MANY FORMSThe horror genre's greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in th... read more
Developmental Editing

Tim Major

An SF thriller examining the repercussions of rejuvenation and cloning on individuals’ sense of identity and on wider society. Caitlin Hext’s first shedding ceremony is imminent, but she’s far... read more
Developmental Editing
Zero Bomb

M.T Hill

From Philip K. Dick Award-nominated author M.T. Hill, Zero Bomb is a startling science fiction mystery that asks: what do we do when technology replaces our need to work?The near future. Follo... read more
Developmental Editing

Gary has 33 reviews





Michael L.

Michael L.

Apr, 2024

Gary was professional, communicative and courteous. I was very happy with the notes he gave on my work which gave me the confidence I needed to take it to the next level.
Neal S.

Neal S.

Jan, 2024

Gary is a honest and robust editor, and I feel his comments and suggestions will just make me a better writer. I couldn't recommend him highly enough.
Damien M.

Damien M.

Dec, 2023

Really amazing experience working with Gary. His insight and clarity have made the book into such a strong proposition, plus he was great to work with.
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Dec, 2023

I vastly appreciated Gary's no-nonsense approach for developmental edits on my short stories. He was honest in letting me know what worked, what didn't work, what to leave as is, and what to dial back, all while sprinkling in some helpful line edits. Following the edits, he continued communication and answered all my questions, giving me the honest insight I paid for. Cheers Gary.
Mirko N.

Mirko N.

Jul, 2023

It's always a pleasure to work with Gary.

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