Working as an Assistant Editor has given me the opportunity to work on some of the biggest titles in the industry. I've been involved in publishing Jonathan Franzen, Joyce Carol Oates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche and Hilary Mantel.
But it has also given me a chance to discover authors of my own. I've taken non-fiction all the way from vague outline, to critically acclaimed finished book, working closely with the author to help shape their vision and make sure their voice shines through. I've also taken finished novels and found the one or two crucial little flaws that can be improved upon to take a book from good to great. Working hands on with a text and with an author is the reason I got into the industry, and is the thing I still love most about it.
Over my time at 4th Estate I've also seen thousands of query letters from authors and agents. It was my responsibility to read them, and pass on to my superiors the titles I thought worth pursuing. I know what makes a submission stand out from the crowd and catch a publisher's eye
’This is essential’ Margaret Atwood on Twitter‘She's one of the most acute and perceptive analysts of the furtive growth of fascism. Everyone should know about this’ Philip Pullman’Vibrates with outrage’ The Times‘It couldn’t happen here’Ece Temelkuran heard reasonable people in Britain say it the night of the Brexit vote.She heard reasonable people in America say it the night Trump’s election... read more
The bonds of family are tested in the wake of a profound tragedy, providing a look at the darker side of our society by one of our most enduringly popular and important writersNight Sleep Death The Stars is a gripping examination of contemporary America through the prism of a family tragedy: when a powerful parent dies, each of his adult children reacts in startling and unexpected ways, and hi... read more
Your morning flat-white helped shape the modern world ‘Elegantly written, witty and so wide in scope, so rich in detail and so thought provoking’ Joanna Blythman It may seem like just a drink, but coffee's dark journey from the highlands of Ethiopia to the highstreets of every town in the country links alchemy and anthropology, poetry and politics, science and slavery. Plots have been hatched,... read more
The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York. B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film by an enigmatic outside... read more
Inspired by her hugely popular podcast, How To Fail is Elizabeth Day’s brilliantly funny, painfully honest and insightful celebration of things going wrong. This is a book for anyone who has ever failed. Which means it’s a book for everyone. If I have learned one thing from this shockingly beautiful venture called life, it is this: failure has taught me lessons I would never otherwise have und... read more
An ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman’s resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society, from the inventive imagination of Joyce Carol Oates “Time travel” — and its hazards—are made literal in this astonishing new novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and is punished by being sent back in time to... read more
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As an editor with over 25 years' experience specializing in nature and memoir, I can help you take your project to the next level.
Copy editor with 13 years' experience helping authors produce clear, polished nonfiction books: biography/memoir, self-help, how-to, sports