Hugh Barker

Hugh Barker - Editor

London, UK

I'm a writer, editor and publisher with decades of experience. I'm keen to advise on or edit commercial fiction, non-fiction or memoir.

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Reviews (38)
I'm an editor and writer with many years experience in a wide variety of publishing roles and houses including Constable & Robinson, Michael O'Mara and (as author) Faber, Bloomsbury, Ebury and Atlantic - I have worked on everything from cosy crime to comic novels, and non-fiction including art, history, science philosophy and most other areas. I also have experience in the sales departments of publishers, so understand their mindset, and also have experience as an author, having written about fifteen books myself (under my own name and pseudonyms).
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Math & Science
Philosophy
Political Science & Current Affairs
Fiction
Holiday
Humor & Comedy
Mystery & Crime

Work experience

Freelance writing, book creation and editing

Self-employed
April, 2016 – Present (almost 4 years)

I write books for several major publishers including Penguin and Hachette. I also work regularly as a freelancers for publishers around the UK and the US, as well as taking on a wide variety of jobs via Reedsy, which I find endlessly enjoyable and fascinating.

Publishing Director

Michael O'Mara
April, 2014 – August, 2016 (over 2 years)

Commissioning Editor

Constable & Robinson
January, 2004 – April, 2014 (about 10 years)

I had a variety of roles, starting in the sales department, then commissioning and acquiring hundreds of books and ending up as a commissioning editor

Sales Manager

Quarto
January, 2001 – January, 2004 (about 3 years)

My first job in publishing, although I previously worked as a proof-reader and in bookshops for several years.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Hedge Britannia: A Curious History of a British Obsession

Hugh Barker

This is the story of how Britishhedgerows contribute to our national identity and our wildlife. Overthe centuries we have proved ourselves to be a nation of hedge growers,marking boundaries or trimming them into fantastical creations. Fromformal garden features to emphatically rustic barriers, Hugh exploresour hedges in all their diversity.Hedge Britannia offers a wittyinsight into the history... read more

This is the story of how Britishhedgerows contribute to our national identity and our wildlife. Overthe centuries we have proved ourselves to be a nation of hedge growers,marking boundaries or trimming them into fantastical creations. Fromformal garden features to emphatically rustic barriers, Hugh exploresour hedges in all their diversity.Hedge Britannia offers a wittyinsight into the history... read more

Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music

Hugh Barker, Yuval Taylor

Musicians strive to “keep it real”; listeners condemn “fakes”; ... but does great music really need to be authentic? Did Elvis sing from the heart, or was he just acting? Were the Sex Pistols more real than disco? Why do so many musicians base their approach on being authentic, and why do music buffs fall for it every time? By investigating this obsession in the last century through the storie... read more

Musicians strive to “keep it real”; listeners condemn “fakes”; ... but does great music really need to be authentic? Did Elvis sing from the heart, or was he just acting? Were the Sex Pistols more real than disco? Why do so many musicians base their approach on being authentic, and why do music buffs fall for it every time? By investigating this obsession in the last century through the storie... read more

This Book Will Send You to Sleep

Professor K. McCoy, Dr Hardwick

A Brief Guide to Business Classics: From The Art of War to The Wisdom of Failure

James M. Russell

The world of business books is a curious place where one can find everyone from great businesspeople like Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, to the most spectacular business failures such as Enron and the sub-prime business market. There are geniuses, hard workers, academics and entrepreneurs as well a few charlatans and hucksters. There's even room for Donald Trump., The 70 titles cove... read more

The world of business books is a curious place where one can find everyone from great businesspeople like Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, to the most spectacular business failures such as Enron and the sub-prime business market. There are geniuses, hard workers, academics and entrepreneurs as well a few charlatans and hucksters. There's even room for Donald Trump., The 70 titles cove... read more

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

Jen Campbell

'Can books conduct electricity?''My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok... isn't it?' A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the "Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops" blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller's collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor. From 'Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaur... read more

'Can books conduct electricity?''My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok... isn't it?' A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the "Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops" blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller's collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor. From 'Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaur... read more

We're Going on a Bar Hunt: A Parody

Emlyn Rees, Josie Lloyd

We're going on a bar hunt.We're going to find a cool one.The babysitter's booked.We're not old!Bestselling authors Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd also happen to be parents, so they understand the complications of organising a rare night out. In this parody of the famous children's book, two parents set off for a night on the tiles, and encounter a series of watering holes and bars before an alarmi... read more

We're going on a bar hunt.We're going to find a cool one.The babysitter's booked.We're not old!Bestselling authors Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd also happen to be parents, so they understand the complications of organising a rare night out. In this parody of the famous children's book, two parents set off for a night on the tiles, and encounter a series of watering holes and bars before an alarmi... read more

You've Done What, My Lord?: Hilarious tales from a country estate

Rory Clark

You've Done What, My Lord? Rumshott is one of the finest landed estates in England. However, when James Aden takes up the position of Deputy Agent he does not realise the full extent of what the job entails. He finds himself spending his days negotiating with royalty, farmers, and even wildlife, as well as the imperious Lady Leghorn. Full description

You've Done What, My Lord? Rumshott is one of the finest landed estates in England. However, when James Aden takes up the position of Deputy Agent he does not realise the full extent of what the job entails. He finds himself spending his days negotiating with royalty, farmers, and even wildlife, as well as the imperious Lady Leghorn. Full description

The Bookshop That Floated Away

Sarah Henshaw

Bookshop That Floated Away

Bookshop That Floated Away

Create Your Own Universe

Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod

If you have ever wanted to create a comic, graphic novel, animation, film, television series, or even a book, then Create Your Own Universe is here to help you get started. A fun, imaginative and interactive guide to creating your own characters and worlds, this is a great starting point for producing your own stories.Be inspired and collect information on all your characters, locations and ba... read more

If you have ever wanted to create a comic, graphic novel, animation, film, television series, or even a book, then Create Your Own Universe is here to help you get started. A fun, imaginative and interactive guide to creating your own characters and worlds, this is a great starting point for producing your own stories.Be inspired and collect information on all your characters, locations and ba... read more

Hugh has 38 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Timothy Fay
I was very happy with Hugh Barker’s proofread and edit. My book ‘‘Suburban Dictionary’’ has received happy reviews from very successful authors. Going beyond a typical edit, Hugh added many helpful suggestions. He started and finished on schedule. (American pronunciation of schedule. Heh heh.) A very skillful edit. Thank you, Hugh!

Timothy Fay, January 2020


Dominic Miller
I have worked with Hugh on two occasions and have found him to be punctual, professional and a pleasure to deal with. A returning happy customer :)

Dominic Miller, January 2020


Scott Baker
Mr. Barker made innumerable edits and suggestions, each of which has left my story much stronger and more concise. His keen sense of detail is super impressive, and I wholeheartedly recommend him.

Scott Baker, December 2019


A Mohiddin
Very happy, many thanks

A Mohiddin, December 2019


Hill Cheuk
Hugh was great. He was clear with what he will deliver and he did it with professionalism. He embraced the project and elevated the work to a higher level.

Hill Cheuk, November 2019

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