Holly Eleanor Ainley

Holly Eleanor Ainley - Editor Tick

Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

Literary & commercial fiction editor with 10 yrs experience, including at HarperCollins. I love stories full of drama, danger and heart.

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Overview

I'm a fiction editor with ten years experience in the publishing industry, most recently commissioning and publishing literary and commercial fiction at The Borough Press imprint of HarperCollins. I love every stage of the editorial process, from developing an early idea with an author, to structural editing, through to line editing. I also offer informed, incisive advice on cover letters and agent or publisher pitches.

I have a broad experience of the industry, having worked as a bookseller, a literary scout and an editor for both independent and trade publishers, giving me a unique insight into how a book is perceived at each stage of the publishing process.

My editing style is very collaborative and I provide a discursive, rewarding experience for every author, helping them get their manuscript into the best possible shape. I have worked extensively with debut novelists but also enjoy relationships with established writers. My expertise ranges across genres including historical fiction, literary fiction, commercial fiction, thrillers, novellas, short stories and graphic novel scripts. I am open to working with non-fiction authors of memoir or nature-writing projects.

I enjoy editing books with poignant, thought-provoking themes, character-driven plots (real or imagined) and a sprinkling of danger or of real heart. I look forward to reading your story.

Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Inspirational
LGBTQ
Literature
Thriller

Work experience

Reader

Sylvie Zannier-Betts Literary Scouting Ltd
January, 2018 – Present (10 months)

Working across the UK publishing industry to read and report on a broad range of upcoming fiction and non-fiction titles for European clients in six different territories as well as Film & TV clients.

Commissioning Editor

The Borough Press, HarperCollins
July, 2016 – December, 2017 (over 1 year)

I commissioned literary and reading group fiction for HarperCollins' literary imprint, The Borough Press, shortlisted for imprint of the year at the 2017 British Book Industry Awards. The Borough Press is home to authors Joanna Cannon (The Trouble With Goats and Sheep), Louisa Young (My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You), Tracy Chevalier (The Girl With a Pearl Earring), Nathan Filer (Costa award winner, The Shock of the Fall) and Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin)

Recent publications that I commissioned include the captivating debut Entanglement by Katy Mahood and simmering historical drama The Hunters by Kat Gordon.

Fiction Editor

Myriad Editions
February, 2012 – May, 2016 (about 4 years)

I edited and published a range of literary fiction at this dynamic independent publisher, including Benjamin Johncock's debut, The Last Pilot, winner of the 2016 Author's Club Best First Novel Award.

Literary Scout

Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting Ltd
January, 2011 – December, 2012 (almost 2 years)

Working across the UK publishing industry to report on all upcoming fiction and non-fiction titles for European clients in six different territories.

Bookseller

City Books Hove
January, 2008 – January, 2011 (about 3 years)

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Last Pilot

Benjamin Johncock

Last Pilot

Last Pilot

Entanglement

Katy Mahood

No Good Brother

Tyler Keevil

How You See Me

S. E. Craythorne

How You See Me

How You See Me

Dark Aemilia

Sally O'Reilly

In the boldest imagining of the era since Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth, this spellbinding novel of witchcraft, poetry and passion brings to life Aemilia Lanyer, the 'Dark Lady' of Shakespeare's Sonnets - the playwright's muse and his one true love. The daughter of a Venetian musician but orphaned as a young girl, Aemilia Bassano grows up in the court of Elizabeth I, becoming the Queen's f... read more

In the boldest imagining of the era since Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth, this spellbinding novel of witchcraft, poetry and passion brings to life Aemilia Lanyer, the 'Dark Lady' of Shakespeare's Sonnets - the playwright's muse and his one true love. The daughter of a Venetian musician but orphaned as a young girl, Aemilia Bassano grows up in the court of Elizabeth I, becoming the Queen's f... read more

Alarm Girl

Hannah Vincent

Stephen Florida

Gabe Habash

The Hunters

Kat Gordon

Drive, The

Tyler Keevil

A single call from his Czech girlfriend catapults Trevor into a serious crisis. Desperate to get his mojo back, he blazes down Highway 99 in a rented Dodge Neon. But soon his journey to California is fraught with peril, and all he has for protection are a semi-automatic pistol, his trusty plastic visor and a flea-ridden cat. As the drugs and the heartbreak kick in, the question is no longer wh... read more

A single call from his Czech girlfriend catapults Trevor into a serious crisis. Desperate to get his mojo back, he blazes down Highway 99 in a rented Dodge Neon. But soon his journey to California is fraught with peril, and all he has for protection are a semi-automatic pistol, his trusty plastic visor and a flea-ridden cat. As the drugs and the heartbreak kick in, the question is no longer wh... read more

Layla

Nina De La Mer

Arriving in London, Hayleigh finds work as lap dancer 'Layla', intent on earning enough cash to make a fresh start. She has the wit, the looks and skilful moves, exploiting men before they can exploit her. But over the course of a chaotic week she must make the biggest decision of her life and fight for the one thing she truly wants. This is a brilliant and moving novel, imaginatively powerful... read more

Arriving in London, Hayleigh finds work as lap dancer 'Layla', intent on earning enough cash to make a fresh start. She has the wit, the looks and skilful moves, exploiting men before they can exploit her. But over the course of a chaotic week she must make the biggest decision of her life and fight for the one thing she truly wants. This is a brilliant and moving novel, imaginatively powerful... read more

An Unsafe Haven

Nada Awar Jarrar

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