David Haviland

David Haviland - Ghostwriter Tick

Brighton, UK

I'm a highly experienced ghostwriter, editor, publisher, and the author of six books, for HarperCollins, Penguin, Little Brown, and more.

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Overview

I have worked in publishing for more than 15 years, as an editor, author, ghostwriter, agent and publisher.

I've written/ghosted bestselling books for publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin, Piatkus, and Summersdale. One of my books was a NY Times and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller for a total of 13 weeks, and the best-selling non-celebrity memoir of that year. My most recent book, How to Remove a Brain, has been shortlisted for The People's Book Prize 2019 (to be awarded in May 2019).

I spent six years as a literary agent for the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, and was selected as a Rising Star of 2013 by The Bookseller. When I left the agency, I was ranked #6 in sales worldwide for UK Fiction by Publishers Marketplace.

I currently run Thistle Publishing, one of the UK's fastest-growing independent publishers, which won the People's Book Prize for Non-Fiction 2017, was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize 2018, and shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham Prize 2018.

I've worked in most genres of trade fiction and non-fiction, but I particularly enjoy working on crime, thrillers, commercial-literary, humour, memoirs, biographies, and history.

“David is someone I both respect and trust, and his keen eye for a good manuscript is matched only by his clear knowledge of what to do with it.”
David Quantick, Emmy Award winning screenwriter and novelist

"David Haviland was 100% effective in selling my book, resulting in an excellent subsequent relationship with my publisher."
Marius Gabriel, bestselling novelist, and winner of the RNA Historical Novel of the Year award

“David has worked with me for almost ten years as a trusted reader, one of my authors, my fiction agent and co-director in Thistle Publishing. He is the first and only person I have appointed in my twenty-five years running the agency which gives some idea of how highly I rate him. A shrewd and insightful editor and reader, a very good researcher and writer, a diligent and imaginative agent and a very hard-working and skilful publisher with a great eye for covers.”
Andrew Lownie, owner of the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency

“David Haviland has an exceptional editorial eye and I am extremely grateful for his help. He pulled my debut novel, The Lodger, together and was engaged and professional at all times. There is no doubt that without his input, my novel would never have sold to St Martin's Press.”
Louisa Treger, author of The Lodger (St Martin’s) and The Dragon Lady (Bloomsbury)

“David Haviland, acting as my literary agent, sold my first book to two publishers. One offered me a two-book deal. The original manuscript needed work, but David edited it and offered advice on revisions. His insight, literary experience, and professionalism cannot be overstated.”
Larry Enmon, author of Wormwood, The Burial Place, and City of Fear

“David's ability to look at the overall shape of my manuscript as well as the finer details really helped get me to get my novel up to publishing standard. His insightful suggestions led to changes that I hadn't realised were needed and made the story much stronger, yet he was also respectful of me as the author - allowing me to have complete creative control over my story and characters.”
Chloe Banks, award-winning writer of short stories and novelist
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Education & Reference
History
Social & Behavioral Sciences
True Crime
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Humor & Comedy

Certifications

  • The Bookseller Rising Star 2013

Awards

  • Shortlisted for the People's Book Prize 2019 - How to Remove a Brain, David Haviland

Work experience

Publisher

Thistle Publishing
January, 2013 – Present (over 6 years)

Since 2013 I have been Publisher and Co-Director of Thistle Publishing, which has become one the UK's fastest growing independent publishers. We have been recognised by various awards including : Winner of the People's Book Prize 2017 - A Life in Death, Richard Venables, longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize 2018 - The Warehouse Industry, William Macbeth, shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham Prize 2018 - The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle, J. D. Dixon.

Literary Agent

Andrew Lownie Literary Agency
June, 2012 – August, 2018 (about 6 years)

I was the fiction agent for the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, during which time I was recognised as a Bookseller 'Rising Star' of 2013. Authors represented include David Quantick, Patrick Dillon, Marius Gabriel, Larry Enmon, Louisa Treger, Matt Wilven, C. M. Taylor and Carolyn Kirby.

Ghostwriter, editor and author

Freelance
January, 2004 – Present (over 15 years)

I've written/ghosted bestselling books for publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin, Piatkus, and Summersdale. One of my books was a NY Times and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller for a total of 13 weeks, and the best-selling non-celebrity memoir of that year. My most recent book (under my own name), How to Remove a Brain, has been shortlisted for The People's Book Prize 2019 (to be awarded in May 2019).

Portfolio (3 selected works)

How to Remove a Brain: and other bizarre medical practices and procedures

David Haviland

Shortlisted for The People's Book Prize 2019“Hilarious, and sometimes stomach-turning, vignettes.”New Scientist"I never thought a book titled How to Remove a Brain would be so incredibly brilliant. David Haviland, I don't know you, or why you create books like this and Why Dogs Eat Poop, but you are clearly smarter than your maturity level."Kick Ass Book Reviews"I’m not going to lie, I read th... read more

Shortlisted for The People's Book Prize 2019“Hilarious, and sometimes stomach-turning, vignettes.”New Scientist"I never thought a book titled How to Remove a Brain would be so incredibly brilliant. David Haviland, I don't know you, or why you create books like this and Why Dogs Eat Poop, but you are clearly smarter than your maturity level."Kick Ass Book Reviews"I’m not going to lie, I read th... read more

The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva: & Other Morsels of Misinformation from the History Books

David Haviland

Was there a real Lady Godiva? Yes. Did she ride through Coventry in the nude to persuade her husband to lower taxes? Probably not. David Haviland sorts fact from fiction in this entertaining compilation of historical trivia ranging from the Trojan War, the Delphic oracle and Julius Caesar to Sandringham's clocks, Kim Jong-Il's record-breaking round of golf - and even modern wireless technology... read more

Was there a real Lady Godiva? Yes. Did she ride through Coventry in the nude to persuade her husband to lower taxes? Probably not. David Haviland sorts fact from fiction in this entertaining compilation of historical trivia ranging from the Trojan War, the Delphic oracle and Julius Caesar to Sandringham's clocks, Kim Jong-Il's record-breaking round of golf - and even modern wireless technology... read more

Self-Harming Parrots And Exploding Toads: A marvellous compendium of bizarre, gross and stupid animal antics

Francesca Gould, David Haviland

SELF-HARMING PARROTS AND EXPLODING TOADS is a marvellous compendium of the world's most unpleasant creatures and animal facts. Entries will cover everything from the disgusting to the informative, including the following:* Are cows' farts a major cause of climate change?* What happens at a dung beetle wedding?* Why do vultures defecate on themselves? * What's the best way to fight a crocodile?... read more

SELF-HARMING PARROTS AND EXPLODING TOADS is a marvellous compendium of the world's most unpleasant creatures and animal facts. Entries will cover everything from the disgusting to the informative, including the following:* Are cows' farts a major cause of climate change?* What happens at a dung beetle wedding?* Why do vultures defecate on themselves? * What's the best way to fight a crocodile?... read more

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