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Gillian Holmes

Gillian Holmes - Editor

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.

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English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
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Adventure Anthologies Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Romance Thriller Women's Fiction
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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 (15 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 Find God in Everything: An Invitation to Awaken to Your True Nature and Transform Your World

Amoda Maa Jeevan

Look at the world through new eyes and see divinity in everything! Only by adjusting our own perceptions, opening our hearts and minds, and changing our own reality can we begin to alter the chaotic world around us. To do this, we must see that everyone and everything is a manifestation of God, and use this control in every area of our lives from how we eat, move, breathe, think, and feel, to ... read more

Look at the world through new eyes and see divinity in everything! Only by adjusting our own perceptions, opening our hearts and minds, and changing our own reality can we begin to alter the chaotic world around us. To do this, we must see that everyone and everything is a manifestation of God, and use this control in every area of our lives from how we eat, move, breathe, think, and feel, to ... 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

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Malaika Rose Stanley

Outstanding!

Malaika Rose Stanley, October 2016

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