Kat Gordon

Kat Gordon - Editor

London, UK

Experienced proofreader of children's, YA, and crime fiction for Hachette and Simon and Schuster. Richard and Judy Book Club author 2019.

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Overview

As an experienced proofreader I have worked on top children's and YA fiction, including Perdita and Honor Cargill's Waiting for Callback series, and Harriet Whitehorn's Violet books, and with high-profile authors such as Paige Toon and the award-winning C.J. Flood. As a result I have a keen eye for detail, a thorough appreciation of when to make changes and when to leave the author's voice intact, and a good idea of the market.

I'm also a published writer, so I know all about the ups and downs of a writer's life! After receiving an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, I completed my debut, a literary coming-of-age novel, which was published in 2015 and shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. My second novel, set in Africa in the 1920s and '30s, sold at auction to HarperCollins in 2017, and was subsequently selected as a Richard and Judy Book Club pick in the UK. So besides sharing procrastination (or should I say inspiration) tips, I can also offer the benefit of my hard-won experience in creating vivid characters and gripping plots, researching to get historical details just right, and navigating the publishing process from beginning to end.

Since completing my Masters, I have remained close with my course-mates, informally editing and workshopping their novels from first to last drafts. Among those I've given editorial feedback on are Liza Klaussmann's Tigers in Red Weather, Emma Chapman's How to Be a Good Wife, and Liz Gifford's Secrets of the Sea House.


Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Children's
Coming of Age
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MA Creative Writing (distinction) - Royal Holloway
  • BA English Literature - Oxford

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Nightwanderers

C. J. Flood

A stunning, sad and darkly funny story about intense female friendship, from award-winning author, C. J. Flood.It all started with a poo in a flowerbed. Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters - closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn't be friends, but they are. Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through thei... read more

A stunning, sad and darkly funny story about intense female friendship, from award-winning author, C. J. Flood.It all started with a poo in a flowerbed. Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters - closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn't be friends, but they are. Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through thei... read more

Casting Queen

Perdita Cargill, Honor Cargill

'Funny, heart-warming and just properly brilliant.' Maximum Pop ‘Glows with warmth and wit’ Jenny McLachlan ‘A witty, feel-good romp of a book. Waiting For Callback is my new favourite teen read!’ Emma Carroll When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can't be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be r... read more

'Funny, heart-warming and just properly brilliant.' Maximum Pop ‘Glows with warmth and wit’ Jenny McLachlan ‘A witty, feel-good romp of a book. Waiting For Callback is my new favourite teen read!’ Emma Carroll When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can't be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be r... read more

Violet and the Smugglers

Harriet Whitehorn

Meet Violet Remy-Robinson, an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making... Uncle Johnny has invited Violet and her friends to spend the summer with him on a sailing adventure around Europe and Violet couldn't be more excited! But when she suspects that the captain of a boat nearby might be up to no good, Violet needs to put her detective skills into action… could he be the head of a smuggling ring... read more

Meet Violet Remy-Robinson, an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making... Uncle Johnny has invited Violet and her friends to spend the summer with him on a sailing adventure around Europe and Violet couldn't be more excited! But when she suspects that the captain of a boat nearby might be up to no good, Violet needs to put her detective skills into action… could he be the head of a smuggling ring... read more

The Bubble Boy

Stewart Foster

Amir is mad. He’s crazy. But the hospital wouldn’t let a crazy person in. They must have interviewed him and checked his qualifications. But maybe he didn’t even meet them? Maybe he hasn’t even come from India. He might have arrived on an alien spaceship and snuck in here in the middle of the night. Eleven-year-old Joe can't remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machin... read more

Amir is mad. He’s crazy. But the hospital wouldn’t let a crazy person in. They must have interviewed him and checked his qualifications. But maybe he didn’t even meet them? Maybe he hasn’t even come from India. He might have arrived on an alien spaceship and snuck in here in the middle of the night. Eleven-year-old Joe can't remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machin... read more

Strawberry Sisters: Especially Amelia

Candy Harper

There’s never a dull moment with the Strawberry Sisters! Little Lucy has a scheme to get popular, but if you want to keep all your hair, you’d better not ask what it is. Chloe’s facing the fight of her life and this time she can’t win it with her fists. Ella would just like everyone to stop shouting so she can do her homework. Then there’s Amelia. The moody big sister. Except Amelia’s decided ... read more

There’s never a dull moment with the Strawberry Sisters! Little Lucy has a scheme to get popular, but if you want to keep all your hair, you’d better not ask what it is. Chloe’s facing the fight of her life and this time she can’t win it with her fists. Ella would just like everyone to stop shouting so she can do her homework. Then there’s Amelia. The moody big sister. Except Amelia’s decided ... read more

I Knew You Were Trouble

Paige Toon

Sunshine, rock gods, and Hollywood heartthrobs! Jessie Jefferson is back in the next installment from bestselling author Paige Toon—perfect for fans of Holly Smale's Geek Girl, the Jessica Cole series, and Zoe Sugg's Girl Online.Life as the undercover daughter of a rock god isn't going to be easy. How will Jessie adjust to her old boring life again after spending her summer living it up with h... read more

Sunshine, rock gods, and Hollywood heartthrobs! Jessie Jefferson is back in the next installment from bestselling author Paige Toon—perfect for fans of Holly Smale's Geek Girl, the Jessica Cole series, and Zoe Sugg's Girl Online.Life as the undercover daughter of a rock god isn't going to be easy. How will Jessie adjust to her old boring life again after spending her summer living it up with h... read more

The Other Alice

Michelle Harrison

What happens when a tale with real magic, that was supposed to be finished, never was? This is a story about one of those stories . . . Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and – most of all – stories. Especially because he's grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer. When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice’s stories for a c... read more

What happens when a tale with real magic, that was supposed to be finished, never was? This is a story about one of those stories . . . Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and – most of all – stories. Especially because he's grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer. When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice’s stories for a c... read more

Invisible Inc.

Steve Cole

Chaos, wizardry and a gang of kind-of ghosts, in this hilarious adventure from bestselling author, Steve Cole. Noah’s mum’s new invention can zap ANYTHING into a ghost of its former self. It’s still there, but you can’t see it. You can’t touch it. When the sinister ‘Seerblight Solutions’ steal her invention, Noah is zapped – and finds he’s not the first to have been turned ‘invisible’ through ... read more

Chaos, wizardry and a gang of kind-of ghosts, in this hilarious adventure from bestselling author, Steve Cole. Noah’s mum’s new invention can zap ANYTHING into a ghost of its former self. It’s still there, but you can’t see it. You can’t touch it. When the sinister ‘Seerblight Solutions’ steal her invention, Noah is zapped – and finds he’s not the first to have been turned ‘invisible’ through ... read more

The Girl in the Ice

Robert Bryndza

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice. She is not the only one. When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper,... read more

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice. She is not the only one. When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper,... read more

After the Lie

Kerry Fisher

‘I just couldn't put it down … It's not very often when reading a book that you find yourself laughing, crying snotty tears, feeling sick with tension … Yes, honestly, it really is that good.’ Being Anne Reading ‘OMG, do I ever like this writer. I don't usually gush … But rarely have I come across a character that I so instantly identified with … The acerbic wit is my style. I want to meet and... read more

‘I just couldn't put it down … It's not very often when reading a book that you find yourself laughing, crying snotty tears, feeling sick with tension … Yes, honestly, it really is that good.’ Being Anne Reading ‘OMG, do I ever like this writer. I don't usually gush … But rarely have I come across a character that I so instantly identified with … The acerbic wit is my style. I want to meet and... read more

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