Jonathan Eyers

Jonathan Eyers - Ghostwriter

London, UK

I have been an editor at Bloomsbury Publishing for over a decade, and am also the author of five books of fiction and non-fiction.

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Overview

By day I'm a commissioning editor for Bloomsbury Publishing in London. It's my job to find the books we want to publish next and work them up into irresistible proposals. Finding a book to publish is not always just about great writing - it often starts with a great idea. Often the person who has that great idea is also the person best placed to write it. Other times, someone with a great idea needs help to fully realise its potential. Part of my job involves partnering the person who had the book idea with the right developmental editor, copyeditor, co-writer or ghostwriter who can work with them to bring all of their ideas to life on the page.

I am the author of five rather eclectic books: a children's historical adventure novel, a children's non-fiction book about wildlife, a collection of maritime history essays detailing disasters at sea, and two esoteric humour books - a wide variety of topics, and an equally wide variety of tones. The key is to find the right voice for the writing, whatever the subject. I believe that is no less true of non-fiction than it is of fiction.

Ghostwriting is a creative, collaborative process. The actual writing comes a little way down the road. First it's about structuring the content and finding the voice. Only then do I start putting words down. We will pass drafts back and forth, and you will edit me as much as I edit you. Only when the words feel as if they are your own will our work be done.

I have ghostwritten for people you have heard of, but discretion is important here. I don't see it as having written the text for them - I see it as taking their initial ideas and moulding them into something that says what they were trying to say in the first place. A piece of writing of which we can both be proud.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
History
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Historical Fiction
Literature
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Commissioning Editor

Bloomsbury Publishing
January, 2007 – Present (over 12 years)

My very first job in publishing involved reading unsolicited manuscripts so I quickly became adept at spotting common problems with book ideas and writing, sometimes from the very first line. I have lost count of the number of books I saw through, as a desk editor, from raw manuscript to printed copies, but I am now a commissioning editor - the guy who gets to look for the books we publish next.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Thieves of Pudding Lane: A story of the Great Fire of London (Flashbacks)

Jonathan Eyers

Gripping historical adventure set in the Great Fire of London. A young boy orphaned by the Plague learns to survive as a thief on the streets of London - until fire breaks out... London, 1666. Orphaned by the Great Plague, Sam is soon starving on the streets - and desperate enough to steal some bread. He's quickly recruited as one of sinister Uncle Jack's children, and taught to pick pockets. ... read more

Gripping historical adventure set in the Great Fire of London. A young boy orphaned by the Plague learns to survive as a thief on the streets of London - until fire breaks out... London, 1666. Orphaned by the Great Plague, Sam is soon starving on the streets - and desperate enough to steal some bread. He's quickly recruited as one of sinister Uncle Jack's children, and taught to pick pockets. ... read more

Final Voyage: The World's Worst Maritime Disasters

Jonathan Eyers

Everyone knows the story of the Titanic, but in terms of loss of life that catastrophe doesn't even figure as one of the 50 worst maritime disasters of the last three hundred years. The causes of disaster are legion: besides icebergs and enemy torpedoes, ships have been sunk by fire, explosions, flooding, capsizing, storms, collisions and human error.Ships featured include:Wilhelm Gustloff - h... read more

Everyone knows the story of the Titanic, but in terms of loss of life that catastrophe doesn't even figure as one of the 50 worst maritime disasters of the last three hundred years. The causes of disaster are legion: besides icebergs and enemy torpedoes, ships have been sunk by fire, explosions, flooding, capsizing, storms, collisions and human error.Ships featured include:Wilhelm Gustloff - h... read more

How to Snog a Hagfish!: Disgusting Things in the Sea

Jonathan Eyers

For the majority of people, seasickness is the most unpleasant thing they experience at sea. However, beneath the surface is a whole other world, and a lot of it could turn all but the strongest stomachs.When attacked, the hagfish (also known as the slime eel) ties itself in a knot that travels the length of its body, squeezing out mucus by the bucketful and making it impossible for a predator... read more

For the majority of people, seasickness is the most unpleasant thing they experience at sea. However, beneath the surface is a whole other world, and a lot of it could turn all but the strongest stomachs.When attacked, the hagfish (also known as the slime eel) ties itself in a knot that travels the length of its body, squeezing out mucus by the bucketful and making it impossible for a predator... read more

Yacht Were You Thinking?: An A-Z of Boat Names Good and Bad

Jonathan Eyers

Often the culmination of many years of dreaming and penny-pinching, the purchase of a boat of any size is a huge event for any sailor, and with that comes serious naming pressure. Naming a boat can be as personal as naming a baby. Many boat owners have a secret fear that someone else got their brilliantly original name first--or ruined their chosen name forever by co-opting it for their disgra... read more

Often the culmination of many years of dreaming and penny-pinching, the purchase of a boat of any size is a huge event for any sailor, and with that comes serious naming pressure. Naming a boat can be as personal as naming a baby. Many boat owners have a secret fear that someone else got their brilliantly original name first--or ruined their chosen name forever by co-opting it for their disgra... read more

Don't Shoot the Albatross!: Nautical Myths and Superstitions

Jonathan Eyers

Sailors are a notoriously superstitious lot - even if some won't admit it. Years of taking to the water, at the mercy of uncontrollable (and sometimes deadly) forces, have led even the wisest to seek ways of influencing the gods or fate. From bad omens and odd rituals to lucky tokens and forbidden words, the superstitions of the sea are legion.Many of these superstitions have refused to go awa... read more

Sailors are a notoriously superstitious lot - even if some won't admit it. Years of taking to the water, at the mercy of uncontrollable (and sometimes deadly) forces, have led even the wisest to seek ways of influencing the gods or fate. From bad omens and odd rituals to lucky tokens and forbidden words, the superstitions of the sea are legion.Many of these superstitions have refused to go awa... read more

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