Over the last decade, I've worked at three of the 'Big Five' publishing houses in the UK (Hachette, Pan Macmillan and Penguin Random House). Most recently I was a Senior Commissioning Editor at Hodder & Stoughton, so I know what editors are looking for when they read your manuscript, and what will get agents desperate to sign you up!
I’ve worked with a range of writers, from debut authors on their first publishing deal, to prize-winning authors, to household names on their tenth bestselling novel. Authors I’ve worked with include Kate Mosse, Kate Morton, Jodi Picoult, Joanna Trollope, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Ray Celestin and Natalie Haynes. I specialise in fiction, with my areas of expertise including historical fiction, ‘book club’ fiction, literary/commercial crossover fiction, women's fiction, crime, thrillers, and romance. I also love fiction featuring LGBTQI+ romances, so don't hesitate to send them my way! Whatever the genre, I love working with authors to make their manuscript the absolute best it can be, and there’s nothing better than the thrill of hearing someone has got their first publishing deal!
As a former Senior Commissioning Editor, I am well-versed in how best to position your book and how to draw out that all-important ‘hook’. I can advise you on what commissioning editors would be considering when reading your manuscript, what would be discussed around your book in an acquisitions meeting, and which agents might be looking for what you have. But most importantly, I will give you the tools, advice and considered critique to ensure YOUR story shines off the page.
When it comes to editing, I see it as a real partnership. Every suggestion I make will be just that – a suggestion! I will offer as much constructive feedback as I can, but at the end of the day, I know it’s your name on the cover and I'll never push something you don’t agree with. I also like to completely tailor my feedback to the author - no two edits are the same - so whether that's concentrating on the more nitty-gritty of your writing style or bigger-picture issues of pacing and narrative drive, I'll work out what your book needs and concentrate my advice on what will be most useful to you.
Through my editorial notes, I hope to reinvigorate your creative flow, shine a fresh light on the manuscript you’ve probably reread a million times, and offer valuable insight as someone who has real understanding of the industry.
· Editorial Assessments -- I read your whole manuscript and write you a detailed editorial letter with constructive feedback.
· Developmental Editing -- an in-depth edit with comments and suggested changes within your manuscript to offer you insight on a line-by-line basis, as well as an overarching editorial letter.
· Query letter reviews -- to help you polish the perfect pitch for your book, ready to bag an agent!
I'm currently available for September 2022 onwards.
Commissioning, editing and publishing books for both the Hodder Fiction and Sceptre imprints.
Editing a range of bestselling, award winning and debut novels for the Mantle imprint of Pan Macmillan.
Working at Transworld, PRH, on the Doubleday and Bantam Press imprints across fiction and non-fiction titles.
'The best historical crime novel I will read this year' – The Times'This is right up there with the best of C. J. Sansom and Andrew Taylor' – Amanda Craig, author of The Golden RuleFrom the pleasure palaces and gin-shops of Covent Garden to the elegant townhouses of Mayfair, Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s Daughters of Night follows Caroline Corsham as she seeks justice for a murdered woman whom Lon... read more
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020One of the Guardian's and TLS's 'Best Books of 2019'In A Thousand Ships, broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective, for fans of Madeline Miller and Pat Barker.This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of them all . . .In the middle of the night, a woman wak... read more
A breathtaking historical novel of revenge, persecution and loss, The City of Tears by Kate Mosse follows on from her Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Burning Chambers.May 1572: for ten violent years the Wars of Religion have raged across France. Neighbours have become enemies, countless lives have been lost, and the country has been torn apart over matters of religion, citizenship and ... read more
They say you can't choose your family . . . But what if they're wrong?Chloe lives a quiet life. Working as a newspaper archivist in the day and taking care of her nan in the evening, she's happy simply to read about the lives of others as she files the news clippings from the safety of her desk.But there's one story that she can't stop thinking about. The case of Angie Kyle – a girl, Chloe's a... read more
Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2021How does the saying go? Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you . . . For Ruth, a new mother recovering from postpartum psychosis, every day is difficult and, after months spent hearing voices in the walls and trusting no one, she’s no longer confident in her own judgement. Neither, it seems, is anyone else. So, when she h... read more
Bringing sixteenth-century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse's number one bestselling novel, The Burning Chambers, is a gripping story of love, betrayal, war and adventure, conspiracies, and divided loyalties. Carcassonne 1562. Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOW... read more
From the bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton brings us her trademark mix of secrets, lies, and intricately layered mysteries in The Clockmaker's Daughter.My real name, no one remembers.The truth about that summer, no one else knows.In the depths of a nineteenth-century winter, a little girl is abandoned in the narrow streets of London. Adopted by a my... read more
‘A page-turner of a crime thriller . . . This is a world conveyed with convincing, terrible clarity’ – C. J. Sansom, author of Winter in Madrid.Winner of the HWA Debut Crown 2019Winner of the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award 2020Blood & Sugar is the thrilling debut historical crime novel from Laura Shepherd-Robinson for fans of C. J. Sansom and Andrew Taylor.June, 1781. An unidentified body ... read more
An Unsuitable Match, by number one bestselling author Joanna Trollope, is an uplifting story of love, family and second chances.'Nobody writes about family tensions better than Joanna Trollope' – Good Housekeeping‘Why on earth, after all you’ve been through, all you’ve survived, all you’ve achieved, why do you want to get married?’ Rose Woodrowe has just got engaged to Tyler Masson – a wonderf... read more
The Lake House by Kate Morton is the mysterious and enchanting novel from the number one bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper.A missing child . . .June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. No... read more
From the bestselling author of The Axeman's Jazz, Ray Celestin's gripping third book, The Mobster's Lament, follows a gangster's last chance to escape the clutches of New York's mafia families, but as a blizzard descends on NYC, a ruthless serial killer is tracking his every move.New York, 1947. Mob fixer Gabriel Leveson’s plans to flee the city are put on hold when he is tasked with tracking ... read more
From the author of The Agent of Deceit, Chris Morgan Jones, comes The Searcher, another captivating spy thriller.Isaac Hammer sent down; the great detective behind bars. A bunch of people would like the idea . . . If this had been his doing, fine, he'd take the rap. But stand by and watch while someone else destroyed his world?Isaac Hammer is under arrest. The police have proof that his compan... read more
'Syria, Isis, radicalisation, parental love & the zeitgeist wrapped up in a poetic page-turner of epic proportions' - James O'Brien, author of How to Be RightWhat would you do if your daughter fled towards danger? Morgan Jones' The Good Sister shows just how far one father will go to rescue a daughter who doesn't want to be saved. One quiet morning, with her father still asleep, seventeen-year... read more
For fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Girl Who Reads on the Métro is the French phenomenon by Christine Féret-Fleury, ready to charm book-lovers everywhere . . .When Juliette takes the métro to her loathed office job each morning, her only escape is in books – she avidly reads on her journey and imagines what her fellow commuters’ choices might say about t... read more
A secluded hut in the middle of the woods. A double life that could be his downfall. The Secret Life of Mr Roos is the third Inspector Barbarotti novel from the ‘Godfather of Swedish crime’ (Metro), Håkan Nesser. At fifty-nine years old, Valdemar Roos is tired of life. Working a job he hates, with a wife he barely talks to and two step-daughters he doesn’t get on with, he doesn’t have a lot to... read more
The Darkest Day is the first novel in the five part Inspector Barbarotti series from renowned Swedish crime author Håkan Nesser.It’s December in the quiet Swedish town of Kymlinge, and the Hermansson family are gathering to celebrate a big family birthday. But beneath the guise of happy festivities, tensions are running high, and it’s not long before the night takes a dark and unexpected turn ... read more
Håkan Nesser, 'the Godfather of Swedish Crime' (Metro), is back with the second installment in the Inspector Barbarotti series, The Root of Evil.*Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger*July 2007. A letter arrives on Inspector Barbarotti’s doorstep detailing a murder that is about to take place in his quiet Swedish town. By the time the police track down the subje... read more
Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year.The Other Mrs Walker is the beguiling debut from Mary Paulson-Ellis, for fans of Kate Atkinson and Sarah Waters.Somehow she'd always known that she would end like this. In a small square room, in a small square flat. In a small square box, perhaps. Cardboard, with a sticker on the outside. And a name . . . An old lady dies alone and unheeded in a cold Edin... read more
Shortlisted for the 2020 Joyce Carol Oates Prize'Part mystery, part war story, part romance, The Winter Soldier is a dream of a novel' - Anthony Doerr, author of All The Light We Cannot See.From the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner, comes Daniel Mason's The Winter Soldier, a story of love and medicine through the devastation of the First World War.Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year... read more
A Life to Kill is the seventh gripping installment in Matthew Hall's twice Crime Writers' Award Gold Dagger nominated Coroner Jenny Cooper series, from the creator of BBC One's Keeping Faith.If they're hiding something, we've got a right to know. We've got a right to know what Kenny died for . . .The day they've all been waiting for is at hand. The last British combat soldiers in Helmand are c... read more
Filled with all the larger-than-life characters and enchanting storytelling that made readers fall for The Reader on the 6.27, Jean-Paul Didierlaurent’s follow-up novel, The Rest of Their Lives, is set to charm the world.It’s difficult to find love in a profession like Ambroise’s – even his father despises what he does . . .And while Manelle – a home-help for the elderly in the same small Fren... read more
From the critically acclaimed author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree comes The Glovemaker – a stunning historical novel for fans of Cold Mountain. Winter, 1888. Utah Territory. As glovemaker Deborah Tyler awaits her husband’s long-anticipated return home, a desperate stranger arrives on her doorstep asking for help. Everything about the man feels wrong. Deborah is sure he’s on the run... read more
Grieving husband? Or cold-blooded killer? JoAnn Chaney examines the dark side of marriage in this startling thriller, As Long As We Both Shall Live.'Unputdownable . . . This novel is anything but predictable. The female characters are forces of nature, and the plot twists are deliciously demented, a la Gone Girl and Big Little Lies' – People Magazine‘My wife! I think she’s dead!’ Matt frantica... read more
The third mystery in the hugely compelling, bestselling international crime series from Norway's answer to Agatha Christie, Hans Olav Lahlum. The Catalyst Killing will have you guessing to the final clue...The first murder was only the spark . . . 1970. Inspector Kolbjørn Kristiansen, known as K2, witnesses a young woman desperately trying to board a train only to have the doors close before h... read more
A multi-layered and unnerving portrait of gangland Glasgow, For Those Who Know the Ending is the gripping novel from the award-winning author of The Glasgow Trilogy, Malcolm Mackay. He has to clear thoughts of Joanne and thoughts of the past out of his mind. He has to think about himself, his situation. Think about the next hour . . . In that hour, everything will be decided. It’s been almost ... read more
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