Commissioning books and overseeing the editorial journey from start to finish, providing authors with kind, honest, and in-depth feedback.
Working on editorial and copywriting projects for clients including Time Out, Rebellion Publishing, Momentum Books and Periscope Books amongst many others.
Managed submissions and wrote reader reports, editing manuscripts and book in translation. Worked as secondary editor on 'Drinking and Driving in Chechnya' by Peter Gonda, and 'Kiraze' by Solmaz Kamuran, amongst others. Proofread Pulitzer Prize-winner and Man Booker-longlisted 'The Moor's Account' by Laila Lailami, and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week 'Long Time No See' by Hannah Lowe amongst others.
Managed short story submissions for a fantasy anthology, alongside copyediting and proofreading work for novellas.
It is the mid-1990s, and ordinary Russians are reeling from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Old habits clash with new money, and war rages between Russia and the breakaway Chechen republic. Leonid, a hard-luck lorry driver, lives with his senile, military-veteran father in Moscow and ferries shipments of illicit goods all over Russia for his Mafiya bosses. He nurses a single wish: to leave b... read more
In 1527 the Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez arrived on the coast of modern-day Florida with hundreds of settlers, and claimed the region for Spain. Almost immediately, the expedition was decimated by a combination of navigational errors, disease, starvation and fierce resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year, only four survivors remained: three noblemen and a Moroccan slave cal... read more
In a drab North Korean city, a seventh daughter is born to a couple longing for a son. Abandoned hours after her birth, she is eventually rescued by her grandmother. The old woman names the child Bari, after a legend telling of a forsaken princess who undertakes a quest for an elixir that will bring peace to the souls of the dead. As a young woman, frail, brave Bari escapes North Korea and tak... read more
Irenie, a young girl coming of age in upstate New York, has a secret at the core of her life. Her mother – the striking, charismatic Yasmeen – disappeared five years earlier. Her father, James, a distant, eccentric academic so bewitched by his late wife, has never spoken of this gaping absence from their lives. Yasmeen is presumed dead, though Irenie has doubts. In a hidden loft space above he... read more
“Trading Down is a brilliant, faced-paced read that cleverly intertwines the world of high finance and international terror - a realistic possibility in today’s world” - James Longman, Foreign Correspondent, ABC News Chris Peters loves his work in a multi-national bank: the excitement of the trading floor, the impossible deadlines and the constant challenge of the superfast computers in his ca... read more
Watch out for the Rag and Bone Man…After his father’s death, Hal Ward and his mum move to the Quarry Hill Estate in Leeds, to try and start a new life. The summer of 1968 stretches out long and dreary, and there’s nothing to distract Hal and his new friend Shahid from the mystery of the masked, sinister Rag and Bone Man—who saw so much with no eyes—or the secrets simmering under the rambling e... read more
Mega-City One, 2101 AD. Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson’s first year on the streets as a full-Eagle Judge is at an end.Haunted by a strange dream of storm and shadow, Anderson learns she’s been infected by a psychic virus – and is Patient Zero of an epidemic that could spread to everyone in the Meg.Tracing the infection to a dangerously gifted mutant out in the Cursed Earth, she sets out to find ... read more
War is coming to Ruthnia. As ancient, inhuman powers move against one another, Rel Kressind finds himself in the company of the fabled modalmen – giants who regard themselves as the true keepers of humanity’s legacy. Far out in the blasted, magical wastelands of the Black Sands where no man of the Hundred has ever set foot before, Rel comes face to face with the modalman’s deity, the Brass God... read more
Enlightenment Inc., the latest company from Silicon Valley legend – and now aging hippie – Pax Wilson, is failing.Tensions between management, lackluster products, and Pax’s obsession with a seemingly dead-end ‘enlightenment’ app, NirvanApp, mean that the company is losing money, fast. Carter Allman, the CEO brought in to turn it around, can’t see a way out of the mess. And he’s dealing with h... read more
Helena had always been haunted by the dream of the staircase.It prevents her from forming any real relationship with a man, because who could live up to the haunting, handsome figure that awaits her at the top of the staircase?When her on-off boyfriend and childhood sweetheart Hal takes Helena on a romantic trip to Paris, he offers her a final ultimatum, and she is suddenly forced to decide be... read more
‘With history this colourful and a mystery this baffling, the result is delicious’ – Good Book GuideAlison Pope is the daughter of famous archaeologist Edgar Pope. After finishing her degree, she follows her adventurous spirit, and joins her father on all his digs. His latest excavation will take them to stunning Knidos in Turkey, where the resting place of a legendary Greek statue of Aphrodit... read more
The myths are about to come true…When, at the ripe age of forty-two, Major Hugh Delamare decides it’s time to settle down, he never could have dreamed that the young and pretty Millicent Dwyer would agree to take his hand, and together, they begin their married life at the Major’s idyllic island retreat off the coast of England.But after a strange accident in the sea, lovely Millie appears to ... read more
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Hello: I'm Lesley, an experienced fiction editor specialising in sci-fi/fantasy, crime, thriller. Polishing your prose: keeping it yours.
Editor of award-winning literature and NYT bestsellers, with 7 years' experience at Penguin Random House.