George Lester

George Lester - Editor

London, UK

A passionate, driven editor with bags of experience in children's, YA fiction, fantasy and dystopian with a huge love for LGBTQIA+ titles.

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Overview

I worked in publishing for three and a half years before heading out as a freelance editor towards the tail end of 2018. I worked as an Editorial Assistant and Assistant Editor at two of the top children's book publishers in the UK on a range of titles from middle grade all the way up to YA.

Now, as a freelancer, I get to work with authors and publishers on a freelance basis on a range of projects, taking on full projects from structural edit to line edit to copy edit. I'm driven, passionate and will work hard with you on your book to make it the very best it can be, working around your schedule. I have a huge amount of love and passion for children's and YA fiction, though my interests extend to other areas also. I also have a love for anything that is LGBTQIA+. I look forward to chatting and working with you.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Middle Grade
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Book Editor

Self-employed
September, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

Assistant Editor

Pan Macmillan
January, 2018 – September, 2018 (8 months)

Having my own titles that I am leading the edit on, taking them from first structural edit right through to print

Taking more responsibility of some of the titles I have previously been shadowing

Organizing freelance copyeditors and proofreaders for our front-list titles

Editorial Assistant

Pan Macmillan
June, 2015 – December, 2017 (over 2 years)

Supporting the team on a variety of admin tasks including looking after our submissions log, general upkeep of our contact database and scheduling weekly editorial and pre-acquisition meetings.

Responsible for various backlist titles being reissued, briefing covers and liaising with our design and sales teams to make sure the look is right for the target market.

Shadowing editors on their front-list titles from the first structural edit right through to proof read stage.

Organizing copy, covers and creating video content for sales presentations (3 times a year).

Editorial Assistant

Penguin Random House UK
January, 2015 – May, 2015 (4 months)

First port of call in our department, the friendly face that people can come to for either answers or direction to the right editor.

Responsible for the diaries of senior team members, arranging meetings with both internal and external contacts at our London offices and Book Fairs.

Minuting weekly editorial, pre-acquisition and creative meetings.

Within a couple of weeks at the company, I had pitched an idea as part of the Bertelsmann Creativity Initiative. My idea was one of twelve chosen (only three of which were from PRH) and I then had the opportunity to present the idea to the CEOs of Bertelsmann, BMG, Fremantle, Penguin Random House and more.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Sing Like No One's Listening

Vanessa Jones

Sing Like No One's Listening by Vanessa Jones is a novel about dreaming a dream, finding your voice, and not throwing away your shot!Nettie Delaney hasn't been able to sing a note since her mum died. This wouldn't be a problem if she wasn't now attending Dukes, the most prestigious performing arts college in the country, with her superstar mother's shadow hanging over her. Nettie has her work ... read more

Sing Like No One's Listening by Vanessa Jones is a novel about dreaming a dream, finding your voice, and not throwing away your shot!Nettie Delaney hasn't been able to sing a note since her mum died. This wouldn't be a problem if she wasn't now attending Dukes, the most prestigious performing arts college in the country, with her superstar mother's shadow hanging over her. Nettie has her work ... read more

Boy Meets Hamster

Birdie Milano

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Kershaw's idea of a dream holiday includes at least three things: beaches to bask on, cosmopolitan culture, and a chance for romance (or at least his first kiss) with another boy. Unluckily for Dylan, his mum's treating the family to the least dreamy holiday ever: a £9.50 break at Starcross Sands, Cornwall's Crummiest Caravan Park.But Starcross Sands might not be so bad... read more

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Kershaw's idea of a dream holiday includes at least three things: beaches to bask on, cosmopolitan culture, and a chance for romance (or at least his first kiss) with another boy. Unluckily for Dylan, his mum's treating the family to the least dreamy holiday ever: a £9.50 break at Starcross Sands, Cornwall's Crummiest Caravan Park.But Starcross Sands might not be so bad... read more

Boy Meets Ghoul

Birdie Milano

It’s October half-term, and Dylan Kershaw’s dreams of a reunion with Leo, the gorgeous boy he met over the summer, are dashed when his sports-mad dad whisks him off to football camp in Manchester instead. What’s worse, dancer Leo seems to be too busy practicing his pirouettes to care. At least Dylan’s best friend Kayla is along for the trip, on a quest to win exclusive tickets to see her favou... read more

It’s October half-term, and Dylan Kershaw’s dreams of a reunion with Leo, the gorgeous boy he met over the summer, are dashed when his sports-mad dad whisks him off to football camp in Manchester instead. What’s worse, dancer Leo seems to be too busy practicing his pirouettes to care. At least Dylan’s best friend Kayla is along for the trip, on a quest to win exclusive tickets to see her favou... read more

Hashtag Hermione: Wipeout!

Emma Moss

Hermione's parents are separating - and although they're trying to deal with everything in the best way possible, it's difficult for Hermione not knowing who she'll end up living with, or where her home will be. At least she's got the school skiing trip to France to look forward to for a break from all the stress of being at home!The Girls Can Vlog gang are all excited - vlogging about what to... read more

Hermione's parents are separating - and although they're trying to deal with everything in the best way possible, it's difficult for Hermione not knowing who she'll end up living with, or where her home will be. At least she's got the school skiing trip to France to look forward to for a break from all the stress of being at home!The Girls Can Vlog gang are all excited - vlogging about what to... read more

Jazzy Jessie: Going for Gold

Emma Moss

Jessie's got a lot going on . . . As well as having to give up her bedroom to the new lodger, she's busy filming her popular pranking videos for the Girls Can Vlog channel, there's an important gymnastics competition to prepare for, and the SummerTube convention is just around the corner! But there are only so many hours in a day, and the girls are getting fed up with Jessie constantly running... read more

Jessie's got a lot going on . . . As well as having to give up her bedroom to the new lodger, she's busy filming her popular pranking videos for the Girls Can Vlog channel, there's an important gymnastics competition to prepare for, and the SummerTube convention is just around the corner! But there are only so many hours in a day, and the girls are getting fed up with Jessie constantly running... read more

Girls Can Vlog: Festival Frenzy

Emma Moss

School's out and glamping is go!The Girls Can Vlog gang is going on tour once more in Girls Can Vlog: Festival Frenzy, a summer special from author Emma Moss. When Lucy's parents plan a camping trip, Lucy manages to convince them to let her bring the rest of the gang along to attend Chesterbury Music Festival. It looks set to be a summer they will never forget!Discover more of the Girls Can Vl... read more

School's out and glamping is go!The Girls Can Vlog gang is going on tour once more in Girls Can Vlog: Festival Frenzy, a summer special from author Emma Moss. When Lucy's parents plan a camping trip, Lucy manages to convince them to let her bring the rest of the gang along to attend Chesterbury Music Festival. It looks set to be a summer they will never forget!Discover more of the Girls Can Vl... read more

Heartless

Marissa Meyer

From New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer, comes Heartless, a vision of Wonderland like none you've seen before, telling the untold story of the girl who would the notorious Queen of Hearts.Long before she was the Queen of Hearts, Catherine Pinkerton was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and ... read more

From New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer, comes Heartless, a vision of Wonderland like none you've seen before, telling the untold story of the girl who would the notorious Queen of Hearts.Long before she was the Queen of Hearts, Catherine Pinkerton was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and ... read more

Renegades

Marissa Meyer

Secret identities. Extraordinary powers.She wants vengeance. He wants justice.The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone . . . except the villains they once overthrew.Nova has a re... read more

Secret identities. Extraordinary powers.She wants vengeance. He wants justice.The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone . . . except the villains they once overthrew.Nova has a re... read more

Archenemies

Marissa Meyer

A story of superheroes, villains, vengeance and forbidden love, Archenemies by Marissa Meyer is the fabulous sequel to Renegades. Time is running out.Together, they can save the world.But they are each other’s worst nightmare.Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:As Insomnia, she is a fully-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. As... read more

A story of superheroes, villains, vengeance and forbidden love, Archenemies by Marissa Meyer is the fabulous sequel to Renegades. Time is running out.Together, they can save the world.But they are each other’s worst nightmare.Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:As Insomnia, she is a fully-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. As... read more

You Know Me Well

David Levithan, Nina LaCour

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having ju... read more

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having ju... read more

Field Notes on Love

Jennifer E. Smith

'Utterly romantic' Jenny Han, bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before.A delicious meet-cute romance about luck, love and serendipity from Jennifer E. Smith, author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.It's the perfect idea for a romantic week together: travelling across America by train.But then Hugo's girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the ti... read more

'Utterly romantic' Jenny Han, bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before.A delicious meet-cute romance about luck, love and serendipity from Jennifer E. Smith, author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.It's the perfect idea for a romantic week together: travelling across America by train.But then Hugo's girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the ti... read more

Three Dark Crowns

Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns is a heart-stopping fantasy from Kendare Blake, acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood.In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, ... read more

Three Dark Crowns is a heart-stopping fantasy from Kendare Blake, acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood.In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, ... read more

One Dark Throne

Kendare Blake

The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favour without any... read more

The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favour without any... read more

Two Dark Reigns

Kendare Blake

One Crowned, Two Exiled, A Revolution Rising.The battle has been fought, blood has been spilt and a queen has been crowned, but not all are happy with the outcome. Katharine, the poisoner queen, has been crowned and is trying to ignore the whispers that call her illegitimate, undead, cursed.Mirabella and Arsinoe have escaped the island of Fennbirn, but how long before the island calls them bac... read more

One Crowned, Two Exiled, A Revolution Rising.The battle has been fought, blood has been spilt and a queen has been crowned, but not all are happy with the outcome. Katharine, the poisoner queen, has been crowned and is trying to ignore the whispers that call her illegitimate, undead, cursed.Mirabella and Arsinoe have escaped the island of Fennbirn, but how long before the island calls them bac... read more

Queens of Fennbirn

Kendare Blake

Queens of Fennbirn contains two gripping stories from the New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns universe, written by Kendare Blake.The Young Queens is the story of the three queens when they were born, before they were separated - it gives a short glimpse of the time when they all lived together, loved each other and protected one another. It's also the story of the day they were torn a... read more

Queens of Fennbirn contains two gripping stories from the New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns universe, written by Kendare Blake.The Young Queens is the story of the three queens when they were born, before they were separated - it gives a short glimpse of the time when they all lived together, loved each other and protected one another. It's also the story of the day they were torn a... read more

Nemesis

Brendan Reichs

'Addictive as a puzzle, moving with breakneck speed, Nemesis had me guessing until the very end. Try to predict what Nemesis is. I dare you.' - Victoria Aveyard, #1 NYT Bestselling author of Red QueenEverything changes in an eye blink . . .It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, the same man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later she wakes u... read more

'Addictive as a puzzle, moving with breakneck speed, Nemesis had me guessing until the very end. Try to predict what Nemesis is. I dare you.' - Victoria Aveyard, #1 NYT Bestselling author of Red QueenEverything changes in an eye blink . . .It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, the same man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later she wakes u... read more

Wild Blue Wonder

Carlie Sorosiak

In the summer we all fell in loveBy the winter we had fallen apartFor Quinn and her sister, Fern, and brother, Reed, summer means working as counselors at their family's summer camp: months of bonfires, bunks, and friendships made and broken. But last summer was different. Last summer they all fell in love with the same boy – Dylan, their best friend since forever, suddenly seen through new ey... read more

In the summer we all fell in loveBy the winter we had fallen apartFor Quinn and her sister, Fern, and brother, Reed, summer means working as counselors at their family's summer camp: months of bonfires, bunks, and friendships made and broken. But last summer was different. Last summer they all fell in love with the same boy – Dylan, their best friend since forever, suddenly seen through new ey... read more

Floored

Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson, Eleanor Wood

The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood. When they got in the lift that morning, they were strangers. Sasha, who is at the UK's biggest TV centre desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he's ... read more

The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood. When they got in the lift that morning, they were strangers. Sasha, who is at the UK's biggest TV centre desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he's ... read more

The Road To Ever After

Moira Young

Davy David, an orphan, lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy's life upside down just days before Christmas, he sets in motion a chain of events which forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows the two of them to a boarded-up museum on the outskirts of town where they meet the elderly recluse, Miss Flint. She has planned one last adven... read more

Davy David, an orphan, lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy's life upside down just days before Christmas, he sets in motion a chain of events which forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows the two of them to a boarded-up museum on the outskirts of town where they meet the elderly recluse, Miss Flint. She has planned one last adven... read more

Dance Like No One's Watching

Vanessa Jones

Fame and Glee meet Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl in former West End actress Vanessa Jones' stunning sequel to Sing Like No One's Listening.It’s back to show business as usual at Duke’s Academy of Performing Arts. Things are finally working out for Nettie, with her voice restored, her gorgeous boyfriend Fletch and the lead role in the college musical. That is, until Fletch is left in a coma after a ... read more

Fame and Glee meet Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl in former West End actress Vanessa Jones' stunning sequel to Sing Like No One's Listening.It’s back to show business as usual at Duke’s Academy of Performing Arts. Things are finally working out for Nettie, with her voice restored, her gorgeous boyfriend Fletch and the lead role in the college musical. That is, until Fletch is left in a coma after a ... read more

My [Secret] YouTube Life

Charlotte Seager

What if your favourite YouTuber's life was a lie?What if you were the one to expose it?YouTuber LilyLoves has an amazing life: a rockstar boyfriend, a totally Insta-worthy London flat and a collection of beauty products that seems to grow daily (thanks, PO Box).Sixteen-year-old Melissa's life is way less amazing – LilyLoves is the only thing getting her through it. She's Lily’s biggest fan and... read more

What if your favourite YouTuber's life was a lie?What if you were the one to expose it?YouTuber LilyLoves has an amazing life: a rockstar boyfriend, a totally Insta-worthy London flat and a collection of beauty products that seems to grow daily (thanks, PO Box).Sixteen-year-old Melissa's life is way less amazing – LilyLoves is the only thing getting her through it. She's Lily’s biggest fan and... read more

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