Jo Lane

Jo Lane - Editor

London, UK

Editor specializing in crime and thrillers. Former Publishing Director for all James Bond publishing including a Sunday Times bestseller.

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Overview

I am a London-based story editor, helping authors get the most from their writing by assessing plots, pace, structure, characterisation, themes and expression of language. I have worked in the publishing industry for over ten years and have edited books published by HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette and Pan Macmillan, including a number one Sunday Times bestseller.

I have always had a passion for reading and writing and after graduating from the University of Nottingham, I wanted to pursue a career that would involve both. I recognised that editing called to my strengths and interests and would be a job I could do well. After a few different editorial roles, I became the Publishing Director for IFPL (the Ian Fleming literary estate), looking after the global James Bond publishing portfolio. This involved managing the rights of Ian Fleming's bestselling thrillers and commissioning new 007 publishing. In this role I edited some of Britain's best-loved authors, including Anthony Horowitz, William Boyd and award-winning children's author, Frank Cottrell Boyce. As the Publishing Director for IFPL, I read extensively in the crime and thriller market in order to find writers suitable for James Bond projects and I was a judge for a literary prize. The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger is awarded to the best thriller published in the UK each year and requires the annual assessment of over 100 entries.

I really enjoy the editorial process. Helping to shape a writer's carefully-crafted story to reach its fullest potential is an exciting privilege and I love the creative challenges it presents. I find solutions rather than dwell on problems, and steer the editorial process in a way that suits the writer’s vision and makes most commercial sense. I pride myself on writing detailed and positive editorial notes and always deliver work on time. I understand the effort and emotion that has gone into writing a manuscript and it is my job to respectfully prune and develop a writer's work into its best version. I focus on gripping story structure, authentic characters and an entertaining reading experience. Imagination, positivity and creativity are the hallmarks of my editorial style. Please get in touch to start a fulfilling and successful collaboration.



Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Comics & Graphic Novels
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Publishing Director

Ian Fleming Publications
July, 2012 – April, 2020 (almost 8 years)

Responsible for the global publishing portfolio of the Ian Fleming literary estate and the literary James Bond and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang brands.
Experience of working across multiple markets: adult fiction, children’s fiction including picture books, comic books and non-fiction.
Experience of working across multiple formats: hardbacks, paperbacks, ebooks, enhanced ebooks, special editions and audio books.

Assistant Editor

Cambridge University Press
September, 2009 – July, 2012 (almost 3 years)

Starting as Publishing Assistant I worked my way up to Assistant Editor and managed the editorial schedule of approximately eighty books a year.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

Paterson Joseph

PICKED FOR THE TIMES BIGGEST BOOKS FOR AUTUMN 2022 'An absolutely thrilling, throat-catching wonder of a historical novel. Told with dazzling energy and brilliant panache. Hugely recommended.' STEPHEN FRY 'Phenomenal! Highly recommended' MALORIE BLACKMAN, author of Noughts and Crosses'Absolutely loving this . . . A great storyteller' DAVID HAREWOOD, actor and author of Maybe I Don't Belong Her... read more

PICKED FOR THE TIMES BIGGEST BOOKS FOR AUTUMN 2022 'An absolutely thrilling, throat-catching wonder of a historical novel. Told with dazzling energy and brilliant panache. Hugely recommended.' STEPHEN FRY 'Phenomenal! Highly recommended' MALORIE BLACKMAN, author of Noughts and Crosses'Absolutely loving this . . . A great storyteller' DAVID HAREWOOD, actor and author of Maybe I Don't Belong Her... read more

Geneva

Richard Armitage, Richard Armitage, Nicola Walker, Audible Studios

Forever and a Day

Anthony Horowitz

*THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*A spy is dead. A legend is born. Read the explosive new James Bond thriller. ***** A British agent floats in the waters of the French Riviera, murdered by an unknown hand. Determined to uncover the truth, James Bond enters a world of fast cars, grand casinos and luxury yachts. But beneath the glamour, he soon encounters a dangerous network of organised crime. ... read more

*THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*A spy is dead. A legend is born. Read the explosive new James Bond thriller. ***** A British agent floats in the waters of the French Riviera, murdered by an unknown hand. Determined to uncover the truth, James Bond enters a world of fast cars, grand casinos and luxury yachts. But beneath the glamour, he soon encounters a dangerous network of organised crime. ... read more

Trigger Mortis

Anthony Horowitz

Literary legend James Bond returns to his 1950s heyday in this exhilarating thriller by Sunday Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz. It's 1957 and James Bond (agent 007) has only just survived his showdown with Auric Goldfinger at Fort Knox. By his side is Pussy Galore, who was with him at the end. Unknown to either of them, the USSR and the West are in a deadly struggle for technological... read more

Literary legend James Bond returns to his 1950s heyday in this exhilarating thriller by Sunday Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz. It's 1957 and James Bond (agent 007) has only just survived his showdown with Auric Goldfinger at Fort Knox. By his side is Pussy Galore, who was with him at the end. Unknown to either of them, the USSR and the West are in a deadly struggle for technological... read more

Solo

William Boyd

*The Sunday Times Bestseller* It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge. A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M’s orders in pursuit of hi... read more

*The Sunday Times Bestseller* It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge. A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M’s orders in pursuit of hi... read more

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Packed with fun illustrations by Joe Berger, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again is the hilarious sequel to Ian Fleming's much loved children's classic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the author of the Carnegie Medal-winning Millions.When the Tooting family find a vast abandoned engine and fit it to their camper van, they have no idea of the adventure that lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an... read more

Packed with fun illustrations by Joe Berger, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again is the hilarious sequel to Ian Fleming's much loved children's classic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the author of the Carnegie Medal-winning Millions.When the Tooting family find a vast abandoned engine and fit it to their camper van, they have no idea of the adventure that lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an... read more

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time is the second book in the delightful sequel series by Frank Cottrell Boyce, that began with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again. Featuring black and white illustrations by Joe Berger, this magical story charts the adventures of the Tooting family and their very special car.Uh-oh! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is stuck in reverse. And Little Harry's p... read more

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time is the second book in the delightful sequel series by Frank Cottrell Boyce, that began with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again. Featuring black and white illustrations by Joe Berger, this magical story charts the adventures of the Tooting family and their very special car.Uh-oh! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is stuck in reverse. And Little Harry's p... read more

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

The Tootings meet Ian Fleming's original eccentric family, the Potts, in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Carnegie Medal-winning author, Frank Cottrell Boyce and illustrated by Joe Berger.The Tootings are stuck in 1966! Somebody's stolen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and left them behind. But that's not their biggest problem. Their biggest problem is that Little Harry's been kidnapped by who... read more

The Tootings meet Ian Fleming's original eccentric family, the Potts, in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Carnegie Medal-winning author, Frank Cottrell Boyce and illustrated by Joe Berger.The Tootings are stuck in 1966! Somebody's stolen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and left them behind. But that's not their biggest problem. Their biggest problem is that Little Harry's been kidnapped by who... read more

Young Bond: Shoot to Kill

Steve Cole

BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND.BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN.James Bond hits Hollywood . . .Lights. Camera. Murder.Young Bond is back – in his most action-packed, explosive adventure yet.

BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND.BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN.James Bond hits Hollywood . . .Lights. Camera. Murder.Young Bond is back – in his most action-packed, explosive adventure yet.

Young Bond: Heads You Die

Steve Cole

BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND.BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN.The explosive action continues in Steve Cole's second Young Bond adventure . . . James's Cuban holiday has become a nightmare mission to save an old friend from a villain who has perfected 1,000 ways to kill.With corrupt cops and hired assassins hot on his heels, James must travel through Havana and brave Caribbean waters to stop a... read more

BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND.BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN.The explosive action continues in Steve Cole's second Young Bond adventure . . . James's Cuban holiday has become a nightmare mission to save an old friend from a villain who has perfected 1,000 ways to kill.With corrupt cops and hired assassins hot on his heels, James must travel through Havana and brave Caribbean waters to stop a... read more

Young Bond: Strike Lightning

Steve Cole

BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND.BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN.James Bond is back again in Steve Cole's third thrilling Young Bond adventure.When James stumbles upon a horrific sight, he knows things are not what they seem. His school is determined to make him believe what happened was an accident, but James believes what he saw was murder.The significance of the events at school only come to ... read more

BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND.BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN.James Bond is back again in Steve Cole's third thrilling Young Bond adventure.When James stumbles upon a horrific sight, he knows things are not what they seem. His school is determined to make him believe what happened was an accident, but James believes what he saw was murder.The significance of the events at school only come to ... read more

Young Bond: Red Nemesis

Steve Cole

BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND.BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN.James is back in Steve Cole's fourth and final blistering Young Bond adventure . . . James is on home soil when he receives a package with a message from beyond the grave. The package’s mysterious contents put James at the heart of a long-running plot that, if it runs its course, will paint London’s streets red with blood. Not only... read more

BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND.BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN.James is back in Steve Cole's fourth and final blistering Young Bond adventure . . . James is on home soil when he receives a package with a message from beyond the grave. The package’s mysterious contents put James at the heart of a long-running plot that, if it runs its course, will paint London’s streets red with blood. Not only... read more

Shaken

Ian Fleming

The 007 official cocktail book - created in association with the Ian Fleming EstateExplore Bond creator Ian Fleming's writings on the pleasures of drinking and sample 50 delicious cocktail recipes inspired by his work - developed by award-winning bar Swift.Cocktails are at the glamorous heart of every Bond story. Whether it's the favoured Martini, which features in almost every book, or a refr... read more

The 007 official cocktail book - created in association with the Ian Fleming EstateExplore Bond creator Ian Fleming's writings on the pleasures of drinking and sample 50 delicious cocktail recipes inspired by his work - developed by award-winning bar Swift.Cocktails are at the glamorous heart of every Bond story. Whether it's the favoured Martini, which features in almost every book, or a refr... read more

Under the Italian Sun

Moorcroft, Sue

Vengeance Is Mine

Michael Wood, Jill Halfpenny, Mark Stobbart, Audible Originals

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ray cutler
I've tried several people, some from reedsy, others from other sites and sources. Jo was easily the best. Informative and a great coach, she gave tips on improvements that I had not seen, and all with a constructive, positive spin. Would us her again in a heart beat!

ray cutler, November 2022


Riley John Joyce
Jo is extremely helpful! Her commentary in the analysis was very insightful. She brought up things I hadn't considered before. I felt at the end of her assessment we were on the same page, no pun intended. She pointed out where inconsistencies existed, and how to work through them. I will definitely work with Jo again in the future. I'd recommend her to anyone in the thriller or mystery genre.

Riley John Joyce, September 2022


Matt Odinson
Having the good fortune to work with Jo has been the best thing that has happened to me since 2020! That is of course aside from the addition of new puppies to my farm family!

Matt Odinson, September 2022


Lee Batchler
Having achieved some measure of success in the film industry, I have always been aware how much a great film editor contributes to the finished work. So when I undertook during COVID to write my first novel, I searched high and low for the very best manuscript editor I could find. In landing literary maven and Big Five veteran Josephine Lane as my personal Gandalf the Wise in the book arena, I ...
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Lee Batchler, June 2022


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Conrae Johannes, May 2022

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