Grace Paul

Grace Paul - Editor

London, UK

Award-winning non-fiction editor who has worked at Penguin and Hachette on a wide range of bestselling titles from memoir to gift and humour

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Overview

Over the past four and a half years, I've worked at Penguin and Hachette on a wide array of commercial non-fiction projects including mono and illustrated. I'm adept at editing high-profile projects across a range of diverse genres, from lifestyle international hit 'Lagom' to editing and writing the puzzles for the Christmas bestseller 'Bletchley Park Brainteasers' as well as working on key BBC brands including 'Doctor Who', 'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'Good Food' plus TV tie-ins including 'Queer Eye' and ITV. I've also worked on celebrity memoirs including Charlotte Crosby and Bryony Gordon.

I'm used to turning projects around quickly (as is the nature of non-fiction publishing!) and making sure that I provide the best author care including editorial sensitivity. There's nothing more I enjoy than helping an author fulfil their full potential, guiding them through the structural edit and beyond making sure that they're enjoying the process as I realise how daunting it can be sometimes!

As well as editing, I was recently working as a Senior Commissioning Editor at Hachette and am happy to help authors develop their ideas to pitch to agents and editors. I've commissioned a wide range of titles from cookbooks including 'The Modern Kebab' to insta-poet sensation Atticus's poetry collections and have a strong knack for spotting gaps in the market.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Entertainment

Work experience

Senior Commissioning Editor

Hachette
November, 2018 – July, 2019 (8 months)

• Commissioned a wide range of commercial non-fiction and look after a number of high-profile authors including the Ordnance Survey.
• Strong market knowledge, financial awareness and sensitive editorial understanding.
• Worked closely with all internal departments and build strong relationships with authors and agents in order to drive the strategy for books at every stage in the publishing process.

Commissioning Editor

Hachette
July, 2018 – October, 2018 (3 months)

• Acquired a wide range of commercial non-fiction including the official Queer Eye TV tie-in and Insta-poet Atticus.
• Looked after a number of high-profile authors in the Publishing Director’s absence (maternity leave) including Charlotte Crosby, Bryony Gordon, Sinclair McKay and Daisy Buchanan.
• Strong market knowledge, financial awareness and sensitive editorial understanding.

Editor

Hachette
July, 2017 – June, 2018 (11 months)

• Edited a wide range of titles, mono and illustrated, including the Sunday Times bestseller 'Bletchley Park Brainteasers', 'The Crystal Maze Challenge' and Bryony Gordon’s 'Eat, Drink, Run.'.

Assistant Editor

Hachette
December, 2016 – June, 2017 (6 months)

• Commissioned Lagom as an IP project which has sold in sixteen territories.
• Reviewed agent submissions, structural editing, copyediting and proofreading.
• Supported head of non-fiction at all stages of the publishing process.

Editorial Assistant

Penguin Random House
December, 2014 – November, 2016 (almost 2 years)

• Full administrative and editorial support to three editorial directors.
• Worked with big brands such as Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, Proms and Match of the Day.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Bletchley Park Brainteasers

Sinclair McKay

Bletchley Park Brainteasers was the runaway Christmas bestseller in 2017 and delighted hundreds of thousands of devoted puzzlers with its fiendish puzzles, riddles and enigmas. It's never to late to join the code breakers of Bletchley Park in their enjoyment of a devilish challenge!Would you love to master morse code? Could you have have outsmarted an enigma machine? Would your love of chess h... read more

Bletchley Park Brainteasers was the runaway Christmas bestseller in 2017 and delighted hundreds of thousands of devoted puzzlers with its fiendish puzzles, riddles and enigmas. It's never to late to join the code breakers of Bletchley Park in their enjoyment of a devilish challenge!Would you love to master morse code? Could you have have outsmarted an enigma machine? Would your love of chess h... read more

Eat, Drink, Run.

Bryony Gordon

The new hilarious and inspirational memoir from Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling author Bryony Gordon.'A courageous account that will inspire us all - bloody brilliant' Fearne Cotton'An honest and damn funny book about daring to dream, about chafing and Vaseline, and running through the pain. I raced through it without getting a stitch' Matt Haig'The woman who made talking about your thinking no... read more

The new hilarious and inspirational memoir from Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling author Bryony Gordon.'A courageous account that will inspire us all - bloody brilliant' Fearne Cotton'An honest and damn funny book about daring to dream, about chafing and Vaseline, and running through the pain. I raced through it without getting a stitch' Matt Haig'The woman who made talking about your thinking no... read more

Lagom

Lola A Åkerström

Perfect for fans of The Little Book of Hygge and Norwegian Wood, find the balance in life that is just right for you. Let Lola A. Åkerström, Editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm, be your companion to all things lagom.As the Swedish proverb goes, 'Lagom är bäst' (The right amount is best). Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the ... read more

Perfect for fans of The Little Book of Hygge and Norwegian Wood, find the balance in life that is just right for you. Let Lola A. Åkerström, Editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm, be your companion to all things lagom.As the Swedish proverb goes, 'Lagom är bäst' (The right amount is best). Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the ... read more

Love Her Wild

Atticus Poetry

For fans of Milk & Honey and Chasers of the Light, the first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus. Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry In Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the... read more

For fans of Milk & Honey and Chasers of the Light, the first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus. Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry In Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the... read more

Queer Eye

Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown

From the Fab Five - the beloved hosts of Netflix's viral hit Queer Eye - comes a book, and an official guide, that is at once a behind-the-scenes exclusive, a practical guide to living and celebrating your best life, and a symbol of hope.Feeling your best is about far more than deciding what colour to paint your accent wall or how to apply nightly moisturiser. It's also about creating a life t... read more

From the Fab Five - the beloved hosts of Netflix's viral hit Queer Eye - comes a book, and an official guide, that is at once a behind-the-scenes exclusive, a practical guide to living and celebrating your best life, and a symbol of hope.Feeling your best is about far more than deciding what colour to paint your accent wall or how to apply nightly moisturiser. It's also about creating a life t... read more

The Crystal Maze Challenge

Neale Simpson

The Crystal Maze is back and there's no place like dome. Packed full of over 100 new games, mind benders and riddles, with this book you can now play the ultimate game show in the playground of your own home. Join ranks with family and friends as you travel through the four iconic zones - Aztec, Industrial, Future and Medieval - guided by Maze Master Richard Ayoade. Some games are quick, so yo... read more

The Crystal Maze is back and there's no place like dome. Packed full of over 100 new games, mind benders and riddles, with this book you can now play the ultimate game show in the playground of your own home. Join ranks with family and friends as you travel through the four iconic zones - Aztec, Industrial, Future and Medieval - guided by Maze Master Richard Ayoade. Some games are quick, so yo... read more

Secret Service Brainteasers

Sinclair McKay

Sinclair McKay's Bletchley Park Brainteasers was the runaway quiz book bestseller of 2017, now it's time to pit your wits against the secret heroes of MI5 and MI6 and find out if YOU have what it takes to be a spy!If you cracked the GCHQ Puzzle Book and followed the Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book, you MUST show off your James Bond credentials with Secret Service Brainteasers ...Whether you have l... read more

Sinclair McKay's Bletchley Park Brainteasers was the runaway quiz book bestseller of 2017, now it's time to pit your wits against the secret heroes of MI5 and MI6 and find out if YOU have what it takes to be a spy!If you cracked the GCHQ Puzzle Book and followed the Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book, you MUST show off your James Bond credentials with Secret Service Brainteasers ...Whether you have l... read more

The Art of Urban Astronomy

Abigail Beall

Did you know that stars are seasonal? That Orion is one of the brightest constellations? That a single day on Venus is longer than an entire year on Venus? Space has captivated mankind since the beginning of time. Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon and since then our knowledge of astronomy has continued to expand. With so many mysteries yet to be solved, s... read more

Did you know that stars are seasonal? That Orion is one of the brightest constellations? That a single day on Venus is longer than an entire year on Venus? Space has captivated mankind since the beginning of time. Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon and since then our knowledge of astronomy has continued to expand. With so many mysteries yet to be solved, s... read more

The Little Book of Girl Power

Various

'When I came out of my mother's womb I screamed: "Girl Power!"' Ginger SpiceThe Spice Girls shaped the nineties. They taught us about girl power, union jack dresses, the power of leopard print clothes and how if we want to be our lover, you've got to get with our friends. The Little Book of Girl Power is a collection of the most iconic girl band's quotes on love, men, girl power and friendship... read more

'When I came out of my mother's womb I screamed: "Girl Power!"' Ginger SpiceThe Spice Girls shaped the nineties. They taught us about girl power, union jack dresses, the power of leopard print clothes and how if we want to be our lover, you've got to get with our friends. The Little Book of Girl Power is a collection of the most iconic girl band's quotes on love, men, girl power and friendship... read more

The Little Book of Sass

Various

'You're strong, you're a Kelly Clarkson song, you got this.'Everything that comes out of Jonathan Van Ness's mouth is a gift from god. He's the man who taught us about hair, self-care and CON-FI-DONCE. The Little Book of Sass is a collection of the most iconic quotes from the sassiest man around on love, men, self-care and friendship.From the power of the heel to how to be the most supportive ... read more

'You're strong, you're a Kelly Clarkson song, you got this.'Everything that comes out of Jonathan Van Ness's mouth is a gift from god. He's the man who taught us about hair, self-care and CON-FI-DONCE. The Little Book of Sass is a collection of the most iconic quotes from the sassiest man around on love, men, self-care and friendship.From the power of the heel to how to be the most supportive ... read more

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