Jack Renninson

Jack Renninson - Editor

Oxford, UK

Positive, professional editor of science fiction and fantasy, including New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers.

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Overview

Hi! And thanks for checking out my profile.

I am an experienced fiction editor, recently turned freelance after six years with major publishers in the UK. I work collaboratively with authors of all experience levels to make their stories shine and to help them achieve their publishing goals.

WORKING TOGETHER

My priority is bringing the novel of your dreams onto the page and into the hands of readers. That means:

— Careful reading, focussed on understanding the heart of your story
Detailed analysis of how your writing works and how it will impact its audience
Encouraging feedback, guiding you toward your own solutions

If this is what you might need, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

MY EXPERIENCE

Before turning freelance, I worked as Editor at HarperCollins, commissioning and publishing on the HarperVoyager science fiction and fantasy imprint. Authors I have worked with include George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb, and Jay Kristoff. I was the UK lead editor for writers including Sunday Times bestseller Kate Heartfield, New York Times bestselling geek superstar Wil Wheaton, and acclaimed new voices such as Sue Burke, David Wragg, and Anna Stephens.

While my experience is deepest in SFF, I have edited titles across many genres over the years: crime and thriller, horror, history, memoir, cookery, health.

TESTIMONIALS

'Jack is a top-class communicator who couples creative vision with a profound grasp of the craft of storytelling. Working with him is an unbridled joy'
David Wragg, author of THE BLACK HAWKS

'I honestly can't say enough about what a joy and privilege it was to work with Jack on THE EMBROIDERED BOOK. It's so much better for it, and I'm a better writer for it'
Sunday Times bestselling author Kate Heartfield
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
History
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Editor

HarperCollins
June, 2017 – February, 2022 (over 4 years)

Commissioned, edited, and published new novels at HarperVoyager, the UK's largest science fiction and fantasy publisher.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
June, 2016 – June, 2017 (about 1 year)

Before moving into a full-time editorial role, I worked as a freelancer, both on a long-term basis within the editorial teams of the Orion Non-Fiction and Weidenfeld and Nicolson imprints of Hachette, and on individual projects as a copy editor or proofreader.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Embroidered Book

Heartfield, Kate

The Crying Machine

Chivers, Greg

Slender Man

Anonymous

In the Night Wood

Bailey, Dale

But Seriously

McEnroe, John

Mamma

Mina Holland

Jack has 1 review

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Ian Jaffray
I only regret having had only a single novel to ask for Jack’s help with! I could not have asked for a better editor and have enjoyed our brief but productive relationship during which he performed a structural edit on my first novel. Jack is very personable and has been as supportive as he has been incisive about pointing out the opportunities to strengthen the story and characters as they wer...
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Ian Jaffray, April 2022

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