Hannah Boursnell

Hannah Boursnell - Editor

London, UK

Friendly, experienced editor who loves a great story. I've edited numerous bestsellers, including memoir, humour, lifestyle and fiction.

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Overview

Over the years, I’ve helped novelists, journalists, actors, singers, poets, cooks, comedians, entrepreneurs, innovators, musicians and historians (among many others) to share their stories with the wider world. I’ve even worked with the occasional animal! No children... yet. Whether you're an experienced writer or a ‘beginner’ with an extraordinary tale to tell, I can help you. I can help you get the words out of your head and onto the page, I can help you craft those words and sentences into the best possible shape, and I can help you figure out the best way to get those words of yours out into the world and into the hands of readers. I am passionate about storytelling – fiction and non-fiction – and I have years of experience working with writers (and those who have never dared think of themselves as such) in a creative and collaborative partnership.

I’m a non-fiction specialist, but I’ve published fiction too and am an avid reader across (nearly) all genres. I worked for Little, Brown Book Group’s Sphere imprint for a decade, with four years before that at then-independent publisher Constable and Robinson. I graduated from City University’s MA in Publishing Studies in 2005, with distinction. I’ve published big, loud books and small, quiet ones; beautiful illustrated coffee-table books and weighty, wordy tomes. Humour, memoir, lifestyle, biography, current affairs and history are all favourites, but the joy of non-fiction is that you get to be a bit of a magpie – each new project, each new subject, is something new to learn and enjoy. There are very few subjects that I’m not willing to have a go at.

The editorial relationship is a partnership; a collaboration. I will work with you to shape your book into what you want it to be. It's your story; they're your ideas, your words – I'm there to support and give them a little spit and polish where necessary. If you think I can might be able to help you, let’s talk.

Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
History
Home & Garden
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy

Certifications

  • MA Publishing Studies
  • BA (Hons) History

Work experience

Editorial Director

Little, Brown Book Group
August, 2009 – April, 2020 (over 10 years)

I was an editor at Little, Brown for just over ten years, specialising in non-fiction but occasionally dabbling in fiction too. I commissioned widely across the scope of commercial non-fiction, and was very proud to publish numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, including two numbers ones.

Managing Editor

Constable & Robinson
September, 2005 – July, 2009 (almost 4 years)

I began my career at Constable and Robinson, then a medium-sized independent publisher. I began as an Editorial Assitant, and progressed through the desk-editing team to the Managing Editor position, where I was responsible for editorial quality control and schedules.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

When The Curtain Falls

Fletcher, Carrie Hope

Feed Me Vegan

Watson, Lucy

Hannah has 2 reviews

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Professionalism
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Communication & Punctuality

Jessica Smith
I am so lucky to have worked with Hannah. Her editorial notes were just what I needed to really get the right feel and message for my story. The line by line comments were also extremely useful. I couldn't be more pleased. I hope to have the opportunity to work her on future projects!

Jessica Smith, September 2020

Hannah Boursnell
Thank you so much, Jessica! Good luck with your story.

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David Clubb
I really enjoyed working with Hannah. We had a call before hand and she set my mind at ease on the process and what to expect. She was honest and gave great advice even before entering into our collaboration. This built my trust and confidence and I was sure she would do a good job. Hannah wrote a good report and made me think about the ways forward and we had a follow up call which was great t...
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David Clubb, July 2020

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