Gillian Holmes

Gillian Holmes - Editor Tick

London, United Kingdom

I have worked with many authors, and I never get tired of helping someone write the very best book they can. It's always a thrill.

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Hello, I'm an editor with nearly twenty years experience of the UK publishing industry. For the past six years I have been working as fiction editor at Arrow, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where I have worked with many bestselling authors such as Dorothy Koomson, Katie Flynn and Cathy Woodman. I specialise in commercial fiction, but I have also edited non fiction, such as The C Word by Lisa Lynch and I have been working with Rosemary Conley on her diet and fitness books. I am happy to do a structural edit, copy edit or proofread, so if you need help, please do contact me.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Anthologies
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Editor

Penguin Random House
October, 2009 – October, 2015 (about 6 years)

Acquiring and publishing commercial fiction for the Arrow imprint in the UK. While at Arrow, I worked with many bestselling authors including Dorothy Koomson, Katie Flynn, Cathy Woodman, Amy Silver (now better known as Paula Hawkins, author of Girl on a Train), Katie Price (novels), Kathy Reichs and Tony Parsons.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

That Girl from Nowhere

This is from the bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before and My Best Friend's Girl, an emotional story about love, identity and the meaning of family. "Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?' he asks. 'Nowhere,' I reply. 'I'm from nowhere.' 'Everyone's from somewhere,' he says. 'Not me,' I reply silently. Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and th... read more

This is from the bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before and My Best Friend's Girl, an emotional story about love, identity and the meaning of family. "Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?' he asks. 'Nowhere,' I reply. 'I'm from nowhere.' 'Everyone's from somewhere,' he says. 'Not me,' I reply silently. Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and th... read more

The Reunion

They thought they'd be friends forever, until a tragic accident drove them apart. Now, seventeen years later, five friends meet again, and are forced to face up to the secrets of the past Jen, Andrew, Lilah, Natalie and Dan were inseparable at university, but in the seventeen years since they left they have hardly seen each other. Until Jen invites them all to stay at her house in the French A... read more

They thought they'd be friends forever, until a tragic accident drove them apart. Now, seventeen years later, five friends meet again, and are forced to face up to the secrets of the past Jen, Andrew, Lilah, Natalie and Dan were inseparable at university, but in the seventeen years since they left they have hardly seen each other. Until Jen invites them all to stay at her house in the French A... read more

Vets on Call: (Talyton St George)

Cathy Woodman

It's all change at Otter House as a new vet moves in. Perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Catherine AlliottMotorbike-riding, leather-clad Ross looks like a bad boy, but underneath the leathers, he’s a good-looking charmer and he soon worms way into the hearts of everyone in Talyton St George.Even vet nurse Shannon warms to him. So when she needs a place to live, it makes sense to move in with... read more

It's all change at Otter House as a new vet moves in. Perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Catherine AlliottMotorbike-riding, leather-clad Ross looks like a bad boy, but underneath the leathers, he’s a good-looking charmer and he soon worms way into the hearts of everyone in Talyton St George.Even vet nurse Shannon warms to him. So when she needs a place to live, it makes sense to move in with... read more

The Sanctuary Seeker (A Crowner John Mystery Book 1)

Bernard Knight

When an unidentified body is found in the village of Widecombe, Crowner (coroner) John is eager to assume his new duties. However, the corrupt sheriff, Richard de Revelle, erects numerous stumbling blocks to the investigation.

When an unidentified body is found in the village of Widecombe, Crowner (coroner) John is eager to assume his new duties. However, the corrupt sheriff, Richard de Revelle, erects numerous stumbling blocks to the investigation.

Still Waters (DCI Mark Lapslie, Bk 1)

Nigel McCrery

When the badly decayed body of an elderly woman is unearthed, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie and his sergeant, Emma Bradbury, are called in on the case. The body provides only two mysterious clues to the identity of the murderer: someone with a deadly knowledge of household plants used shears to clip the fingertips off the corpse's right hand. But this dearth of evidence is not Lapslie... read more

When the badly decayed body of an elderly woman is unearthed, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie and his sergeant, Emma Bradbury, are called in on the case. The body provides only two mysterious clues to the identity of the murderer: someone with a deadly knowledge of household plants used shears to clip the fingertips off the corpse's right hand. But this dearth of evidence is not Lapslie... read more

The C-Word

Lisa Lynch

Updated with new material, The C Word is the incredibly moving, darkly humorous account of one woman's fight against breast cancer. Now a BBC Drama starring Sheridan Smith. The last thing Lisa Lynch had expected to put on her 'things to do before you're 30' list was beating breast cancer, but them's the breaks. So with her life on hold, and her mind stuffed with unspoken fears, questions and e... read more

Updated with new material, The C Word is the incredibly moving, darkly humorous account of one woman's fight against breast cancer. Now a BBC Drama starring Sheridan Smith. The last thing Lisa Lynch had expected to put on her 'things to do before you're 30' list was beating breast cancer, but them's the breaks. So with her life on hold, and her mind stuffed with unspoken fears, questions and e... read more

Bloody Valentine (Quick Reads)

James Patterson

Valentine's Day goes horribly wrong in this exciting and gripping novel from bestselling author James Patterson ... because this year Valentine's Day isn't for romance - it's for murder.Mega rich restaurant owner Jack Barnes and his second wife Zee are very much in love. However, their plans for Valentine's Day are about to be torn apart by the most violent murder.Who is the strange figure plo... read more

Valentine's Day goes horribly wrong in this exciting and gripping novel from bestselling author James Patterson ... because this year Valentine's Day isn't for romance - it's for murder.Mega rich restaurant owner Jack Barnes and his second wife Zee are very much in love. However, their plans for Valentine's Day are about to be torn apart by the most violent murder.Who is the strange figure plo... read more

Learn Love in a Week

Andrew Clover

Polly has been married to Arthur for ten years when she meets James Hammond. He's her Road Not Taken. The One That Got Away. He's also rich, and in one week he's inviting her to his hotel in the country to give her the job she's always wanted. He also wants her.Polly is so tempted. Arthur is gorgeous, but he's grumpy. He insists he can change, but can he? After ten years, can you learn to love... read more

Polly has been married to Arthur for ten years when she meets James Hammond. He's her Road Not Taken. The One That Got Away. He's also rich, and in one week he's inviting her to his hotel in the country to give her the job she's always wanted. He also wants her.Polly is so tempted. Arthur is gorgeous, but he's grumpy. He insists he can change, but can he? After ten years, can you learn to love... read more

Midnight Girls

Lulu Taylor

The new, glitzy, page-turning novel from Arrow's irresistible book-a-year blockbuster author, Lulu Taylor. From the prestigious dormitories of Westfield to the irresistible socialite scene of present-day London: everywhere Allegra McCorquodale goes, scandal follows her. And in Allegra's shadow are her closest friends since school, the Midnight Girls. Romily de Lisle: super rich, brilliant and ... read more

The new, glitzy, page-turning novel from Arrow's irresistible book-a-year blockbuster author, Lulu Taylor. From the prestigious dormitories of Westfield to the irresistible socialite scene of present-day London: everywhere Allegra McCorquodale goes, scandal follows her. And in Allegra's shadow are her closest friends since school, the Midnight Girls. Romily de Lisle: super rich, brilliant and ... read more

How to Kill Your Husband

Kathy Lette

All wives sporadically want to kill their husbands - 'where there's a will, I intend to be in it' wives half joke with each other. But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband's murder, the joke falls flat. Life should begin at 40. Not life imprisonment for killing your hubby.

All wives sporadically want to kill their husbands - 'where there's a will, I intend to be in it' wives half joke with each other. But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband's murder, the joke falls flat. Life should begin at 40. Not life imprisonment for killing your hubby.

After the Honeymoon

Janey Fraser

Two couples, one honeymoon destination, and enough secrets to end both marriages. Perfect for fans of Jill MansellHow can one honeymoon cause so much trouble?Much as Emma loves Tom, she would never have got married if he hadn’t insisted. But with Tom sick for the whole week, shouldn’t she at least take advantage of the entertainment?Winston married Melissa after a three-month whirlwind romance... read more

Two couples, one honeymoon destination, and enough secrets to end both marriages. Perfect for fans of Jill MansellHow can one honeymoon cause so much trouble?Much as Emma loves Tom, she would never have got married if he hadn’t insisted. But with Tom sick for the whole week, shouldn’t she at least take advantage of the entertainment?Winston married Melissa after a three-month whirlwind romance... read more

Who Built the Moon?

Christopher Knight, Alan Butler

Thought-provoking' - Daily MailThe moon has confounded scientists for many years. It does not obey the known rules of astrophysics and there is no theory of its origin that explains the known facts - in fact it should not really be there. When researching the ancient system of geometry and measurement used in the Stone Age that they discovered in their previous book, Civilization One, the auth... read more

Thought-provoking' - Daily MailThe moon has confounded scientists for many years. It does not obey the known rules of astrophysics and there is no theory of its origin that explains the known facts - in fact it should not really be there. When researching the ancient system of geometry and measurement used in the Stone Age that they discovered in their previous book, Civilization One, the auth... read more

Time to Say Goodbye

Katie Flynn

From the Sunday Times bestselling author Katie Flynn. Three girls, evacuated from Liverpool during World War Two, support each other through hardship and heartbreak..It’s 1939, and three ten-year-old girls meet on a station platform.Imogen, Rita and Debby all missed the original evacuation and now the authorities are finding it difficult to place them. When Auntie and her niece, Jill, who run ... read more

From the Sunday Times bestselling author Katie Flynn. Three girls, evacuated from Liverpool during World War Two, support each other through hardship and heartbreak..It’s 1939, and three ten-year-old girls meet on a station platform.Imogen, Rita and Debby all missed the original evacuation and now the authorities are finding it difficult to place them. When Auntie and her niece, Jill, who run ... read more

His Kidnapper's Shoes

Maggie James

Daniel is my son. He has always been mine. And he always will be.On some level deep inside, Laura Bateman knows something is wrong. That her relationship with her son is not what it should be. That it is based on lies.But bad things have happened to Laura. Things that change a person. Forever.For twenty-six-year-old Daniel, the discovery that his mother is not who he thought comes close to des... read more

Daniel is my son. He has always been mine. And he always will be.On some level deep inside, Laura Bateman knows something is wrong. That her relationship with her son is not what it should be. That it is based on lies.But bad things have happened to Laura. Things that change a person. Forever.For twenty-six-year-old Daniel, the discovery that his mother is not who he thought comes close to des... read more

Lock the Door: A psychological thriller full of suspense

Jane Holland

Meghan Smith has always been a protective mother. Her baby son, Harry, has a life-threatening condition and is never far from her sight. But on the evening of her wedding anniversary, as she and her husband celebrate in the garden with friends, Harry disappears from his cot without a trace.In an instant, the perfect life she always longed for is in tatters, her family exposed to interrogation ... read more

Meghan Smith has always been a protective mother. Her baby son, Harry, has a life-threatening condition and is never far from her sight. But on the evening of her wedding anniversary, as she and her husband celebrate in the garden with friends, Harry disappears from his cot without a trace.In an instant, the perfect life she always longed for is in tatters, her family exposed to interrogation ... read more

A Mother's Grace: The heart-warming Sunday Times bestseller (Days of the Week 3)

Rosie Goodwin

'Rosie writes such heart-warming sagas featuring believable characters and well-researched backgrounds and eras' Lyn Andrews'An absorbing story in the grand tradition of the best saga authors' Margaret Dickinson'The new Catherine Cookson' Coventry Evening TelegraphTuesday's child is full of grace . . .Warwickshire, 1910. Pious young Grace Kettle escapes the world of her unsavoury and bullying ... read more

'Rosie writes such heart-warming sagas featuring believable characters and well-researched backgrounds and eras' Lyn Andrews'An absorbing story in the grand tradition of the best saga authors' Margaret Dickinson'The new Catherine Cookson' Coventry Evening TelegraphTuesday's child is full of grace . . .Warwickshire, 1910. Pious young Grace Kettle escapes the world of her unsavoury and bullying ... read more

The Skipper's Dog's Called Stalin (A Harry Gilmour Novel Book 2)

David Black

Spring, 1941. France has fallen but the Free French naval forces are in no mood to surrender. Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour is also ready for action, despite the horrors of his first taste of submarine warfare.When he is appointed as British Navy Liaison Officer aboard the Free French submarine Radegonde, he finds it anarchic, disorientating—and very French. Within its claustrophobic... read more

Spring, 1941. France has fallen but the Free French naval forces are in no mood to surrender. Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour is also ready for action, despite the horrors of his first taste of submarine warfare.When he is appointed as British Navy Liaison Officer aboard the Free French submarine Radegonde, he finds it anarchic, disorientating—and very French. Within its claustrophobic... read more

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Ann Howes

Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said about this wonderful woman. Not a whole lot. She was professional, on time and encouraging. And pointed out a major plot flaw while offering detailed suggestions on how to fix it without changing the story. Not only did she give me invaluable guidance as a reader, but as an editor as well and pushed me to make my manuscript to be better than...

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Ann Howes, November 2017


Kevin Meegan

Gillian was an absolute pleasure to work with, her standards where above and beyond and I couldn't be happier/recommend her expertise enough! Not only did she meet the deadline, but she also highlighted some major flaws in my book that needed fixing! I'm so very grateful for all of the work that she has done, it is very evident she spent a great number of hours trying to improve my novel to the...

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Kevin Meegan, November 2017


Mart Perks

Gillian provide an excellent service throughout. She met the deadline, and sent me an extensive report on my work. She gave me plenty of valid suggestions on how to improve my ms. At the moment I am rewriting my book and hope she will look at it again and see a vast improvement. Many thanks for all your help and encouragement.

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Mart Perks, September 2017


John May

Wish I could give her ten stars. Gillian is a consummate professional. Her advice and guidance was invaluable. But, she's also friendly with a great sense of humor. Working with her on my first novel was a joy.

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John May, August 2017


Martin Lee

Gillian was professional, precise and incredibly detailed which I loved. She was exact in her comments, pointing out inconsistencies and inaccuracies in my draft with reference back to previous pages or comments so I could resolve them easily. Her analysis of my novel, both its strengths and its weaknesses, was extremely useful to me as I go back into rewrites and edits. She has definitely mad...

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Martin Lee, July 2017

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