I'm a writer and editor with 20 years in-house experience of children's publishing. I've also self-published a novel for adults, Ready to Love. My interest is in helping new writers prepare proposals and manuscripts for both traditional and independent routes to market. I'll help you shape your work with your readership firmly in mind.
As Editorial Director of the Fiction, I was involved in all stages of acquisitions and publishing for Hodder Children's Books fiction list. I also managed the Enid Blyton publishing programme. During this time, I was Vice Chair of the Children's Publishers Group of the Publishers Association. I was an Undiscovered Voices Judge in 2016.
I published an award-winning and commercially successful local picture book list including work from Shaun Tan, Alison Lester, Gary Crew and Peter Gouldthorpe. I also published Ally Carter's YA fiction and James Phelan's Alone trilogy.
I joined Orion Children's Books as Senior Editor and was promoted in 2007. Among the authors I worked with were Linda Newbery, Lucy Coats, Richard Brassey, Caroline Lawrence, Michelle Lovric and Cliff McNish.
As a freelance editor, I worked on children's and YA fiction for Piccadilly Press, Simon and Schuster, Orion Children's Books and Hodder Children's Books, amongst others.
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A great storm brews out at sea and batters the Devon coast, flooding vast swathes of land. At Wintercombe Abbey the preceding weeks have been spent in a ferment of experimentation, as Jake Wilde's father, David and Maskelyne work furiously on Operation Leah. They have been practising changing tiny events in the past, in preparation for the rescue of Venn's wife Leah from death, the culmination... read more
Passions run deep beneath the tranquil surface in a summer holiday adventure in the eleventh Roman Mystery.
The royal family are disturbed by the shocking news that there has been a break-in at the Tower of London - everything has been stolen, including the crown jewels. The adults say it's a human matter, but Lupo has an especially bad feeling about this particular crime. He and Kitty take matters into their own hands. Meanwhile, something is stirring in the Thames - a creature who has been hiding ... read more
When the gang go star-gazing, they soon get bored and spy on the town - and see someone setting a haystack on fire. Will the Seven act fast enough to save the barn?
Millie's cousin Geraldine is a show-off and a pain. So Millie plots revenge. She tells Geraldine about the ghost with red eyes who lives in the garden shed and comes out at night - but manages to scare herself silly in the process! Everyone is furious, but Millie and Geraldine end up the best of friends! This is a brilliant story about making friends with a funny, slightly spooky twist.
Enid Blyton's Christmas Stories
The perfect book for fathers and sons to share - and for anyone who has ever been part of a crazy but loveable family. Oliver Coggin lives with his chaotic family in Dizzy Perch, a crazy house on top of a mountain somewhere remote in Scotland. With Pa away - on mysterious but exciting scientific research - Oliver keeps the household going. Not that everyone always listens to what he has to say... read more
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