Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith - Editor

London, UK

A successful fiction editor, I aim to work with authors to bring out the best in their work so that it's ready for the publication journey.

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An editorial director for a successful publishing house in London. I specialise in commercial fiction across genres and I aim to bring out the best in your work. Drawing on years of experience, and numerous books with fantastic reviews, I'm here to help shape manuscripts into their best possible shape.

Having worked across a number of bestselling authors, both internationally and domestically, my aim is to work collaboratively with authors to make their work the best it can be. With an eye for creating bestsellers I can offer advice on developmental edits, copy-editing and publishing strategy.
English (UK)
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction


  • Proofreading - Publishing Training Centre
  • Copy-editing - Publishing Training Centre

Work experience

Editorial Director

Bonnier Books UK
March, 2021 – Present (almost 2 years)

Editorial Director

Head of Zeus
July, 2018 – March, 2021 (over 2 years)

Editorial Director for Aria and Aries. Specialising in commercial genre fiction I was responsible for the overall publishing of the list as well as the editor and publisher for authors such as Faith Hogan, Julie Houston, Andie Newton, Mandy Baggot and Lucy Coleman.

Within my remit I managed the Aria/ Aries team, lead on our publishing strategy - from cover design to pricing and have years of experience seeing a book through from manuscript delivery to becoming a bestseller.

Assistant Editor

July, 2016 – July, 2018 (about 2 years)

Working primarily on the Mills and Boon and HQ Digital lists, I built a portfolio of successful digital-first authors. These included USA Today bestselling, Terry Lynn Thomas, UK Kindle bestsellers Darren O'Sullivan, Rebecca Raisin, Amanda Brittany and Rachel Burton.

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