Heather Boisseau

Heather Boisseau – Editor

Over 20 years experience in non-fiction (self-help, cookery, memoir, MBS, business) and commercial fiction. I love to collaborate!

Overview

Over 20 years experience in editing/project managing/proofreading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books including women's commercial fiction, cookery, sport, memoir, and self-help. I also offer freelance writing and hand modelling on request!

I enjoy working one on one with an author, taking them on a journey from draft to final manuscript, and often learn a lot myself in the process. Every day's a school day!




Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Women's Fiction
Languages
English (UK)
Awards
  • Unsung Hero of Publishing 2016
Certifications
  • SfEP Introduction to Proofreading
  • SfEP Introduction to Copywriting
  • SfEP Introduction to Editing

Work experience

RedDoor Press

Jun, 2013 — Present

I have over twenty years editorial and production experience. I first started working in publishing at Hodder Education and after five years, left to join trade indie publisher, The Friday Project. I subsequently moved to HarperCollins, Virgin (working in editorial and publicity on celebrity and commercial non-fiction), and most recently Anova (Pavilion), as Commissioning Editor for Good Housekeeping books. It was here that I managed cookery photoshoots and planned co-edition recipe books in association with the magazine. I was named an Unsung Hero of Publishing by White Fox Publishing agency in 2016.

I am Publishing Director at RedDoor Press, responsible for the editorial, production and print buying of each book from manuscript stage. I commission both fiction and non-fiction, working closely and collaboratively with authors. Whilst I commission editorial and design freelancers, I edit and proofread manuscripts where required. I also sell translation and audio rights and present at book launches and festivals. Non-fiction genres include Health and Fitness, MBS, Cookery, Humour, Travel, Adult and Autobiography – in both mono and full-colour formats. Since joining RedDoor, I have been able to pursue my passion for women’s commercial fiction, domestic noir and popular drama, and to commission books I feel translate from page to screen.

Having spent years writing copy in-house, I now also take on freelance writing. I have written for various trade press and am looking to expand my portfolio.

Pavilion (Anova)

Sep, 2009 — Jun, 2013 (over 3 years)

I was responsible for commissioning and managing all new books published in association with Good Housekeeping Magazine and Zest Magazine. This involved project management of multiple co-edition, illustrated books (cookery, health, fitness) and planning/managing photo shoots to create new photographic material. Tasks included identifying market trends, budget management, client management, picture research and creation of presentations for book fairs.

I worked closely with freelance editors, proofreaders and designers, in addition to photographers, home economists and food stylists. The job was very creative and I really enjoyed collaborating with both the magazine and photographic teams.

Virgin Books

May, 2007 — Aug, 2007 (3 months)

I loved working at Virgin – tasks included proofreading manuscripts, picture research, project management of celebrity autobiography and non-fiction, writing press releases, generating ideas for serialisation, pitching to journalists and broadcast media, accompanying authors for media training and raising embargo confidentiality agreements.

The Friday Project

Jan, 2007 — Apr, 2009 (about 2 years)

The Friday Project was the UK's first blog to book publishing company. I worked with a diverse range of bloggers and website owners to create books from their digital content. Clients included: Holy Moly, PopJustice, Nudo, TVCream, TheManOnTheMiddleFloor, BloodSweatandTea.

I commissioned new books and authors from the Internet, blogs & agents, raised author contracts, liaised with The Society of Authors, project managed titles and managed editorial/ design budgets, copy edited & proof read jackets, marketing copy and manuscripts, created copy for jackets, marketing copy and AI blurb, commissioned photographers for photo shoots (inc. jackets & internal artwork). On the publicity side I handled media requests, wrote press releases, managed launch events, and secured authors for interview (attending TV/ radio interview where required). I handled all the print and paper buying across the list.

I integrated the TFP system into HarperCollins when the company was bought in 2008.

Hodder Education

Jan, 2001 — Jan, 2007 (about 6 years)

• Project development and list management; liaised with authors & contributors
• Prepared final manuscript and illustrations for production, sized & cropped artwork, prepared rough line drawings for artist and halftones for wet proofing
• Commissioned copy editors, proof readers and indexers
• Briefed jacket and text design; marked up material; briefed picture research
• Wrote jacket blurbs and marketing copy for Title Database
As Editorial Manager I managed a team of 5 editors and was the main liaison between editorial, production and design.

Portfolio

A tale of two very different sisters whose 1890s voyage from London into remote outback Australia becomes a journey of self-discovery, set against a landscape of wild beauty and savage dispossession. London in 1891: Harriet Cameron is a talented young artist w... read more
A text-only version of the bestselling book. TV Cream Toys celebrates the presents that we hoped, wished and prayed would turn up in the Christmas stockings of yesteryear. From Big Trak to Buckaroo!, Mastermind to Merlin, Sorry! to Strawberry Shortcake, each p... read more
Daisy Chain

Al Campbell

ENGLAND, 1771Daisy Salter, a talented botanical illustrator, is obliged by the untimely death of her father to move from Suffolk to London. She becomes governess to her niece, suffering her brutish brother-in-law, Lord Hugo Godolphin, in silence. Taking solace... read more
Tuk-Tuk to the Road

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent

AT A SPECIAL LOW PRICE FOR A LIMITED TIME Two girls, three wheels, one mission. If you've ever been to Bangkok you'll have most likely been catapulted through the streets in a tuk tuk, one of the city's ubiquitous three-wheeled taxis. With white knuckles and r... read more
Salad Days

Good Housekeeping Institute

Good Housekeeping recipes tick all the boxes –They look greatThey taste deliciousThey’re easy to makeNow, learn how to be a clever cook with this amazing new cookery series. EachGood Housekeeping salad recipe – triple-tested for perfect results – isguaranteed ... read more
Bake Me a Cake

Good Housekeeping Institute

Good Housekeeping recipes tick all the boxes –They look greatThey taste deliciousThey’re easy to makeNow, learn how to be a clever cook with this amazing new cookery series. EachGood Housekeeping cake recipe – triple-tested for perfect results – isguaranteed t... read more
Good Housekeeping Drop a Dress Size

Good Housekeeping Institute

Find yourself in a constant battle with the scales? You’re not alone. Most of us struggle with our weight – no matter what we do, those pesky pounds creep back on. Dukkan, Atkins, Cabbage Soup... there are so many diets from which to choose. But what we really... read more
Good Housekeeping Calorie Counter

Good Housekeeping Institute

Creating a balanced diet for the family can often be tricky, and eating on-the-go is a minefield when you’re trying to lose weight. Now it couldn’t be easier to work out exactly what’s in your food, with the Good Housekeeping Calorie Counter. This is a compact... read more
Almost universally considered the greatest defender England has ever produced by those who saw him play, Neil Franklin was a football superstar in the 40s and 50s whose name has never taken its rightful place amongst other football legends of our time. Capped ... read more
Cerebral Palsy

Ilana Estelle

Living with cerebral palsy is enormously difficult. But what if you never knew you had it? This is the incredible story of Ilana Estelle. Born the second of premature twins, an hour apart, from a young age Ilana knew she was different, but for all the wrong re... read more
It's time to reset your SPIRITUAL compassEveryday life has never been more challenging and it's easy to lose sight of who we are and who we want to be. In Spirituality, Healing and Me, Ilana Estelle draws on her experiences of emotional, mental and physical di... read more
Evaders

E.C Scullion

PART TWO IN THE TOM HOLT TRILOGYTwelve years ago, Clare Buchanan stepped off a London bus and disappeared.Hiding out in South America, former security manager Tom Holt has unearthed the secret behind her disappearance: that his former employer, Capricorn, is t... read more
Intruders

E.C Scullion

A tense, twisting, international thriller. Deftly written and engrossing, E. C. Scullion's debut Intruders, quickly drew me in, and the intrigue and pace kept me turning pages. A talented writer to watch' Adam HamdyThere is a safe, in a house, inside a secure ... read more
Just weeks after giving birth, Stephanie Henderson and her baby disappear. With husband Adam in despair, and the police investigation stalled, it's up to sister Jess to find them. But when Adam starts to behave suspiciously Jess begins to question what really ... read more
Night Lawyer

Alex Churchill

Sophie Angel is the night lawyer. Once a week, she's the one who decides what the papers can and can't say.During the day, she's a barrister. She struggles for justice in a system that's close to collapse, where she confronts the most dangerous aspects of huma... read more
Peacock Room

Merryn Corcoran

When Allegra O'Brien discovers her husband's infidelity, her world is shattered and she seeks solace in the sanctuary of her family. Her Italian grandpapa's tales of legendary Mama Cosima and the mysterious Peacock Room reawaken her love of historic, interior ... read more
What Kitty Did Next

Carrie Kablean

England, 1813. Kitty Bennet lives in the shadow of her two elder sisters, both of whom have made excellent marriages. Left at home in rural Hertfordshire with a querulous mother and a father who dismisses her as silly and ignorant, Kitty is lonely and desperat... read more
Tears of Monterini

Amanda Weinberg

Monterini, Italy. 1921. Yacobo Levi, an intellectual dreamer, works in the family bookshop. Angelo Ghione, a contadino, makes good wine by singing to the grapes. Lifetime best friends, their Jewish and Catholic families live side by side amidst a backdrop of v... read more

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Charles P.

Charles P.

Oct, 2022

So grateful to have found Heather to edit my book (a nonfiction work aimed at helping white collar professionals put their training and experience in proper perspective). I've been working on it for over five years. I thought I had reviewed it carefully, but she made numerous typographical and grammar edits that significantly improved it. In addition to her careful review (actually two reviews)...
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Callie C.

Callie C.

Jun, 2022

Heather was such a pleasure to work with. She was timely, thorough, and went above and beyond. Her stellar communication made the editing process seamless. I would hire Heather again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend her if you are looking for top-notch editing.

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