Holly McCulloch

Holly McCulloch - Editor

Oxford, UK

Knowledgeable and supportive guide and writing coach / editorial guru to help everyone get their voice out there.

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Overview

I am a huge believer in voices. Everyone's voice deserves to be heard. I want to help you shout from the rooftops (or from the bookshelves, whichever comes first).
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Having previously worked in trade publishing (as a reader for Conville & Walsh Literary Agency and within fiction editorial for Headline Publishing Group), before moving across to work as a book buyer for the WHSmith bookshops within Harrods and Selfridges, I know what it takes to get published, what it takes to make your book stand out to retailers, and what it takes for your book to be picked up by the readers themselves.

I also know what it takes to be a writer - my first novel is due to be published in February 2021. It can be a lonely road, one that is full of fog and confusing signs. But it doesn't have to be - I can help. I can make the road a little less lonely and a little less confusing.

Within fiction, my main areas of interest include: women's fiction, romance, and uplit. I also have a passion for food and beverage titles, in particular those relating to cake baking and decorating. (Outside of editorial work, I also run a cake business, creating bespoke celebration cakes.)

My freelance work mainly centres on providing editorial assessments.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Fiction
Fantasy
Romance
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
November, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

Freelance publishing guru and editor.

Book Buyer

WHSmith Travel (Harrods and Selfridges Concessions)
January, 2013 – April, 2014 (about 1 year)

Book buyer for the Harrods and Selfridges bookshops, for both fiction and non-fiction titles, including special collections.

Editorial

Headline Publishing Company
May, 2011 – January, 2012 (8 months)

Oversaw the production process for a large number of high-profile titles, from delivery of manuscript to final files; worked with bestselling authors including Victoria Hislop, Neil Gaiman and Jill Mansell; wrote cover copy and reading-group discussion guides.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Thread

Victoria Hislop

The enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of THE ISLAND and THE RETURN.Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across t... read more

The enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of THE ISLAND and THE RETURN.Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across t... read more

The Island

Victoria Hislop

The acclaimed million-copy number one bestseller and winner of Richard & Judy's Summer Read 2006 from Victoria Hislop is a dramatic tale of four generations, rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy, from the thirties, through the war, to the present day.On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it.... read more

The acclaimed million-copy number one bestseller and winner of Richard & Judy's Summer Read 2006 from Victoria Hislop is a dramatic tale of four generations, rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy, from the thirties, through the war, to the present day.On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it.... read more

A Walk In The Park

Jill Mansell

A WALK IN THE PARK is a Sunday Times bestseller by Jill Mansell, not to be missed by fans of Lucy Diamond and Milly Johnson. Reviewers love Jill's books: 'Glorious, heartwarming, romantic' Woman & HomeIt's been a while, but Lara Carson's back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result. Because Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no... read more

A WALK IN THE PARK is a Sunday Times bestseller by Jill Mansell, not to be missed by fans of Lucy Diamond and Milly Johnson. Reviewers love Jill's books: 'Glorious, heartwarming, romantic' Woman & HomeIt's been a while, but Lara Carson's back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result. Because Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no... read more

To The Moon And Back

Jill Mansell

No. 1 bestselling author Jill Mansell writes with sensitivity and optimism about love, loss and new beginnings in TO THE MOON AND BACK. Not to be missed by readers of Jojo Moyes and Veronica Henry. 'Another super tale from a talented writer' Sun When Ellie Kendall tragically loses her husband she feels her life is over. But eventually she's ready for a new start - at work, that is. She doesn't... read more

No. 1 bestselling author Jill Mansell writes with sensitivity and optimism about love, loss and new beginnings in TO THE MOON AND BACK. Not to be missed by readers of Jojo Moyes and Veronica Henry. 'Another super tale from a talented writer' Sun When Ellie Kendall tragically loses her husband she feels her life is over. But eventually she's ready for a new start - at work, that is. She doesn't... read more

Just My Luck

Parks, Adele

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Louise Gregory
We couldn't have asked for a better editor in Holly. She is professional, knowledgable, and has a sense of fun. The editorial assessment she completed exceed my expectations in terms of detail. I'd love to work with Holly on future projects.

Louise Gregory, February 2021

Holly McCulloch
Ah thank you Louise! I'd very happily work with you again!

Reply from Holly McCulloch

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