Hayley Steed

Hayley Steed - Editor Tick

London, United Kingdom

Associate Agent at a leading UK agency working editorially and agenting commercial fiction and non-fiction

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I'm work at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency as Madeleine's Associate Agent working closely with her clients as well as my own, working editorially and coordinating film, TV, audio and digital rights.

I have a First Class English Degree from Loughborough University and have previously worked as a proofreader and in a number of leading UK literary agencies as well as a bespoke PR company working on fiction and non-fiction books of all genres.

I read and edit in a number of genres and particularly enjoy crime/thrillers, women's fiction, memoir, YA and grounded science-fiction though I am experienced in editing a wide range of commercial fiction. I love to work with an author to make their book the best it can be.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Dystopian
Horror
Inspirational
Literature
Mashups
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Associate Agent

Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency
July, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

Publicity Assistant

EDPR
May, 2015 – July, 2016 (about 1 year)

Books Dept. Assistant

Curtis Brown
March, 2015 – May, 2015 (2 months)

I assisted the books department at Curtis Brown, including various admin tasks, but mostly readers reports and early editorial letters for clients.

Intern

5 Leading Literary Agencies
October, 2014 – March, 2015 (5 months)

Interned at Toby Eady, Ed Victor, Hardman and Swainson, Mulcahy Associates and Darley Anderson where I worked editorially on manuscripts and assisted the team.

I also interned at DK, Random House Children's and Biteback.

Freelance Proofreader

Independent publisher
August, 2014 – October, 2015 (about 1 year)

I worked as a freelance proofreader for over a year, on several manuscripts, picking up errors in the process of production.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Crowner and Justice (The Chris Tyroll Mystery Series Book 5)

Barrie Roberts

Chris Tyroll is a busy litigation lawyer in the West Midlands. He'd like to have long lunches, play golf and holiday in the Seychelles, but he puts up with early starts, no lunches and late nights. One morning three clients come to him with totally different problems. The first, an Employment Tribunal case against British Defence Systems, looks complicated. BDS manufactures a seek-and-destroy ... read more

Chris Tyroll is a busy litigation lawyer in the West Midlands. He'd like to have long lunches, play golf and holiday in the Seychelles, but he puts up with early starts, no lunches and late nights. One morning three clients come to him with totally different problems. The first, an Employment Tribunal case against British Defence Systems, looks complicated. BDS manufactures a seek-and-destroy ... read more

The Gathering Wolves

Elizabeth Darrell

Russia 1919.At the height of the Russian Revolution thousands of White Russians are fleeing the horror of Red Moscow. Former enemies became friends, old allies became hostile.One of the main routes of escape is the railway which heads north through hundreds of miles of arctic forest. British engineer Paul Anderson takes command of a remote Russian station with orders to repair the damaged brid... read more

Russia 1919.At the height of the Russian Revolution thousands of White Russians are fleeing the horror of Red Moscow. Former enemies became friends, old allies became hostile.One of the main routes of escape is the railway which heads north through hundreds of miles of arctic forest. British engineer Paul Anderson takes command of a remote Russian station with orders to repair the damaged brid... read more

Hunter Killer

Harry McCallion

A man, alone and exhausted, with a deep gash on his temple, has a bullet wound that has robbed him of his memory.He learns his name is Fraser and within moments, he realises he is being relentlessly hunted by an unknown number of trained, armed men.He doesn’t know why he’s running or who he is fighting against but within moments of coming to, he has killed the first of his attackers.Already, h... read more

A man, alone and exhausted, with a deep gash on his temple, has a bullet wound that has robbed him of his memory.He learns his name is Fraser and within moments, he realises he is being relentlessly hunted by an unknown number of trained, armed men.He doesn’t know why he’s running or who he is fighting against but within moments of coming to, he has killed the first of his attackers.Already, h... read more

Double Kill

Harry McCallion

Belfast’s Shankhill Road: In the darkness he waited, knowing she would come… Kane is not just a run-of-the-mill IRA gangster. He is the organization’s main hit man — a cold, ruthless loner. He is also something else even more terrifying…a suspected killer of women. Seductive young women who happen to be Protestant.Sergeant Nevin Brown has more than one crime to deal with: there’s the brutal IR... read more

Belfast’s Shankhill Road: In the darkness he waited, knowing she would come… Kane is not just a run-of-the-mill IRA gangster. He is the organization’s main hit man — a cold, ruthless loner. He is also something else even more terrifying…a suspected killer of women. Seductive young women who happen to be Protestant.Sergeant Nevin Brown has more than one crime to deal with: there’s the brutal IR... read more

The Trade

Christopher Nicole

The year is 1893.James Martingell is a self-made explorer, hunter and prospector, and few men know war-torn Southern Africa better than he does. He also sells guns to whoever can afford them. Offered a fortune to deliver a huge stock of weapons to would-be Boer rebels in the Transvaal, he believes he is about to be a rich man. Instead, he finds himself facing betrayal, imprisonment, open warfa... read more

The year is 1893.James Martingell is a self-made explorer, hunter and prospector, and few men know war-torn Southern Africa better than he does. He also sells guns to whoever can afford them. Offered a fortune to deliver a huge stock of weapons to would-be Boer rebels in the Transvaal, he believes he is about to be a rich man. Instead, he finds himself facing betrayal, imprisonment, open warfa... read more

The Bridge of a Hundred Dragons

Elizabeth Darrell

Shanghai, 1927. Major Mark Rawlings is sent to Shanghai to investigate the collapse of an isolated railway bridge. From the moment Alexandra Mostyn, aspiring painter and emancipated Bright Young Thing of 1920s Shanghai society, literally bumps into Major Rawlings, she starts to learn what it is to suffer. Mark is haunted by terrible memories of the Russian Civil War and of the beautiful woman ... read more

Shanghai, 1927. Major Mark Rawlings is sent to Shanghai to investigate the collapse of an isolated railway bridge. From the moment Alexandra Mostyn, aspiring painter and emancipated Bright Young Thing of 1920s Shanghai society, literally bumps into Major Rawlings, she starts to learn what it is to suffer. Mark is haunted by terrible memories of the Russian Civil War and of the beautiful woman ... read more

Guilty Little Secrets: A gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming

Rona Halsall

They said she was guilty.Four years ago, Natalie was sent to prison. She doesn’t remember the crime, but the evidence was all there. And if she didn’t do it, then who did?He said he was the innocent victim.After it happened, her husband Tom filed for divorce and took their baby Harry to live on the Isle of Man – a place where Natalie would have no legal rights. He claimed it was the safest pla... read more

They said she was guilty.Four years ago, Natalie was sent to prison. She doesn’t remember the crime, but the evidence was all there. And if she didn’t do it, then who did?He said he was the innocent victim.After it happened, her husband Tom filed for divorce and took their baby Harry to live on the Isle of Man – a place where Natalie would have no legal rights. He claimed it was the safest pla... read more

The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules (Cornish Village School series Book 1)

Kitty Wilson

Rosy Winter is definitely not looking for loveFollowing heartbreak, Rosy has rebuilt her life in the beautiful Cornish village of Penmenna. Now, headmistress of the local school, she is living by The Rule: no dating anyone in the village. Easy right? But Rosy Winter has a new neighbour, handsome gardener Matt.In Penmenna for his new gardening TV show, this guy next door will do everything he c... read more

Rosy Winter is definitely not looking for loveFollowing heartbreak, Rosy has rebuilt her life in the beautiful Cornish village of Penmenna. Now, headmistress of the local school, she is living by The Rule: no dating anyone in the village. Easy right? But Rosy Winter has a new neighbour, handsome gardener Matt.In Penmenna for his new gardening TV show, this guy next door will do everything he c... read more

I Am Watching You

Teresa Driscoll

An Amazon Charts bestseller.What would it take to make you intervene? When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that o... read more

An Amazon Charts bestseller.What would it take to make you intervene? When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that o... read more

Truth and Lies (A DI Amy Winter Thriller Book 1)

Caroline Mitchell

Meet Amy Winter: Detective Inspector, daughter of a serial killer.DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart.Responsible for a string of heinous killings decad... read more

Meet Amy Winter: Detective Inspector, daughter of a serial killer.DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart.Responsible for a string of heinous killings decad... read more

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Cecilia C

It was wonderful working with Hayley. She helped me edit my query letter and looked over my sample pages. The notes she gave me for my sample pages were valuable in editing other parts of my story. I would defintely recommend her and hope to work with her again in the future.

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Cecilia C, July 2018


Megan Sechrest

Hayley was professional and polite. She responded quickly and finished in the time promised. Her input and suggestions for my query letter and sample pages helped me tremendously. I definitely recommend her.

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Megan Sechrest, July 2018

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