At Zebra, it was all about historical romance. I worked with Janelle Taylor and Johanna Hailey along with a long list of other talented writers to tell stories that transported readers out of their present day to the past. Pirates, Scottish princes, the American revolution... all backdrops for stories about two people and the obstacles that stood in their way to finding one another. What do I love about a good historical? The chance to learn something about a time before mine!
I had the unique privilege of working with Vivian Stephens, the co-founder of the RWA in the early 1980's when we successfully launched two lines of contemporary romance novels. Under her tutelage I learned how to put the necessary components together to make a good story work. It takes more than a few steamy paragraphs to hook a reader -- at the end of the day it's all about the protagonists, who they are and what attracts them to one another. What makes your book stand out from all the other manuscripts on an editor's desk? At Harlequin, I learned how to pick the winners...
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Developmental and structural editor specialising in fiction, with experience working with Sunday Times bestselling authors across genres.
Children's/YA specialist and agent with 13 years' experience commissioning and editing. Ex-Penguin Random House, S&S and Roald Dahl HQ