Joey Quince

Joey Quince - Editor

London, UK

London agent and editor. Your man for lit fiction, crime, fantasy, and all thriller fiction.

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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR + BOOK EDITOR + GHOSTWRITER + AUTHOR

I like to think of what I do as 'creative auditing' - unleashing the author's story with snappish and rigorous editorial observations, diction dieting, faultless research, and an acute eye for angling for the market - be that content or copy, the macro or the micro. I understand the commercial market, world of agents, and this informs my editing.

That said, the types of things I look to ensure a manuscript is brimming with are all the things the reader of that genre wants to read about. So, whether that be 'movie picture' scene transitions for thrillers; credible conflict between complex characters of lit-fiction; 'fleshy' subplots for that slow burning romance; or touchable, textured world-building in fantasy fiction and sci-fi -- I'll tailor it accordingly.

From starting out in London publishing houses, editing books that have been published and distributed by large publishers including Bloomsbury and Penguin Random House, I am now the Editorial Director of Arcadian Library imprint White Mountain Books. Alongside this, I am a ghostwriter of over fifteen published books, many of them novels, founder of a book packaging press, and advanced register professional with the Society of Editors and Proofreaders. Editing, however, is my main passion. I have experience across a range of publications: from the memoirs of notable bankers and oil men; to literary, YA, sci-fi, fantasy and historical fiction; to academic texts, as well as collections of poetry and children's stories.

I can also quote for a range of slimmed down packages: from polishing up prose, to a dialogue package focussing only on speech, to character clean-ups. If you decide that I might be the fellow to ensure you're doing that, what you'll also receive is a vibrant and dynamic working relationship, and a shared goal of reaching your endgame. All of my relationships with writers I have worked with in the past have been built on a lot of energy, no lack of humour, and a great slice of passion into whatever the project entails.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Inspirational
Literature
Poetry
Romance
Thriller

Certifications

  • Degree in English and American Literature from the University of East Anglia

Work experience

Editorial Director

Arcadian Library and White Mountain Books
August, 2016 – Present (about 3 years)

• Promoted to the position of Editorial Director after two years in previous position as Book Editor. Entrusted with the general running of Arcadian Lifestyle Publishing; this includes leading a team of writers, editors, proofreaders and more.
• Main duties comprise liaising - and maintaining good relations - with authors, editors, designers, proofreaders, printers, typesetters, marketers, legal advisors, and distributors to chart and navigate a book along the full publication spectrum: from manuscript through to international release.
• To ensure that strict deadlines set by our publishing partners and distributors Bloomsbury and Macmillan are met for delivery to distributing warehouse. This trickles down to every element of a book's creation. Because of this, it is my duty to set - and meet - tight deadlines to maintain annual publishing schedule.
• More specific roles include the following: book editing; formatting for typesetters; contributing to, and signing off on, book cover design; scheduling administration; drafting marketing components for books such as blurbs, dedications, summaries, and introductions.

Content Editor and Ghostwriter

Arcadian Lifestyle Publishing
August, 2014 – August, 2016 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Guardian of the Sunshine Bride (Sīhalt Series Book 1)

Austin Rehl

This epic fantasy has the best of action, romance, political intrigue and magic with a twist.A Warrior - Jared spent his childhood in the cold north, training to be a skilled warrior and diplomat—one of the trusted Sīhalt Guardians. He violates his code of conduct by seeking revenge for his sister’s death. This act of violence sets off a chain of events that endangers the next person he is ord... read more

This epic fantasy has the best of action, romance, political intrigue and magic with a twist.A Warrior - Jared spent his childhood in the cold north, training to be a skilled warrior and diplomat—one of the trusted Sīhalt Guardians. He violates his code of conduct by seeking revenge for his sister’s death. This act of violence sets off a chain of events that endangers the next person he is ord... read more

Western Women Travelling East 1716-1916 (Studies in the Arcadian Library)

Penelope Tuson

[ Western Women Travelling East 1716-1916 By ( Author ) Dec-2014 Hardcover

[ Western Women Travelling East 1716-1916 By ( Author ) Dec-2014 Hardcover

God's Cook Book

Jamie d'Antioc

A fascinating mixture of history, religion and recipes, God's Cook Book explores the spiritual traditions of the ancient Levant and how they influenced culinary development. It offers a unique insight into the holy books of the three Abrahamic faiths, (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), and their prescriptions for human nutrition, as well as practical guides allowing the modern-day cook to recr... read more

A fascinating mixture of history, religion and recipes, God's Cook Book explores the spiritual traditions of the ancient Levant and how they influenced culinary development. It offers a unique insight into the holy books of the three Abrahamic faiths, (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), and their prescriptions for human nutrition, as well as practical guides allowing the modern-day cook to recr... read more

Grandmother's Stories

Reda al-Dabbagh

One Night in Tokyo

Aiden Patterson

Soul Guide

Amelio Nazarko

Soul Guide is a reflective consolidation that sets in motion a journey of self-love, told in pairs of poems that parallel each other. It shadows misadventure, chronicles the bittersweet effects of love in different forms, and offers solidarity within oneself. Soul Guide is a perceptive narrative about loss, wandering, and eventually reigniting your own soul.

Soul Guide is a reflective consolidation that sets in motion a journey of self-love, told in pairs of poems that parallel each other. It shadows misadventure, chronicles the bittersweet effects of love in different forms, and offers solidarity within oneself. Soul Guide is a perceptive narrative about loss, wandering, and eventually reigniting your own soul.

The Prisoner of Thiago

Jamie D'Antioc

The Spice Temple: The Journey Begins

Cindia Luest

At the edge of a small Alpine town, a mysterious, old villa is transformed into a culinary temple.Let it share its secrets of opulence and greed; romance and deceit; culinary creativity and chaos.A young and talented pianist, rejected from pursuing her musical dream, finds shelter and awakens new passions. A banker, haunted by twisted visions, wants to escape the demons of his past but only gi... read more

At the edge of a small Alpine town, a mysterious, old villa is transformed into a culinary temple.Let it share its secrets of opulence and greed; romance and deceit; culinary creativity and chaos.A young and talented pianist, rejected from pursuing her musical dream, finds shelter and awakens new passions. A banker, haunted by twisted visions, wants to escape the demons of his past but only gi... read more

Joey has 13 reviews

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Robert Gallant
Joey Quince provided excellent critiques and suggestions. He obviously spent a lot of time studying my novel.

Robert Gallant, September 2019


Steve Windsor
Joey was awesome. His big picture editing and world building helped breathe depth into the plot threads of my novel. He told me in our first discussion that “The unique hallmarks of your world needs to permeate everything to float authentically and enticingly into the reader’s mind.” His attention to detail and his imaginative nature are the reasons why we are already in discussion for our seco...
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Steve Windsor, June 2019


DLP HIlborn
I was looking for a frank evaluation of a manuscript I knew wasn't working. Joey very rapidly zeroed in on the problems. His comments were tactful, specific, and very helpful. Working with him taught me things not only about this manuscript, but about my overall strengths and weaknesses as a writer. His insight helped me develop a plan for reworking this manuscript, but his advice will benefit ...
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DLP HIlborn, February 2019

Joey Quince
A gripping novel, D. Thank you for your kind review. This book has huge potential, with a hook and a cast to match. I'm happy to have helped take your writing higher, and to continue to work with y...
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Austin Rehl
Joey Quince has exceeded my expectations. When Mr. Quince accepted an opportunity to collaborate on my book, I was very pleased. I chose him for a number of reasons, but the first was that he had the interest and experience I sought. I realized that my writing needed help, he was able to deliver the editorial strength so that my prose took on a vivid life. I have a epic fantasy adventure an...
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Austin Rehl, December 2018

Joey Quince
Thank you, Austin. Though I must admit that an editor's job is all the more satisfying when the manuscript he or she works on is as gripping and full of life and storytelling craft as yours. I look...
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Nemat Sadat
Joey polished my manuscript to perfection and made my debut novel sing. His meticulous edits is a precise balance between the potent and the poetic. He contemplated over every line and each word and offered great developmental suggestions to give better shape to the novel. My characters pop from the page and the tempo of the story works better now because Joey applied extra care to the pivotal ...
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Nemat Sadat, June 2018

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