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Kate Barker

Kate Barker - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Highly experienced London-based editor of general fiction and non-fiction. Traditional book publishing background.

Overview

I'm a freelance editor, copywriter and ghostwriter based in London. I worked in traditional book publishing for years - at Curtis Brown, Orion and for nearly ten years at Penguin, latterly as an Editorial Director for the Viking list. I've been fortunate enough to work with some incredible authors of fiction and non-fiction, many of whom have written bestselling, prize-winning books. I offer structural editing and general publishing/positioning advice. I can edit your manuscript, or help you hone a concept. I have also ghostwritten a top 10 bestseller for one of the big five publishers. N.B. I am not a copyeditor.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Adventure Anthologies Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Historical Fiction Holiday Humor & Comedy Inspirational LGBTQ Literature Mashups Plays & Screenplays Romance Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides Economics Education & Reference Entertainment Health & wellbeing History Home & Garden Nature Parenting & Families Philosophy Politics & Current Affairs Psychology Publishing Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Social & Behavioral Sciences Technology Travel Weddings

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Jane Austen Book Club

Karen Joy Fowler

Six people five women and a man meet once a month in California's Central Valley to discuss Jane Austen's novels. They are ordinary people, neither happy nor unhappy, but each of them is wounded in different ways, they are all mixed up about their lives and relationships. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable under the guidi... read more

Six people five women and a man meet once a month in California's Central Valley to discuss Jane Austen's novels. They are ordinary people, neither happy nor unhappy, but each of them is wounded in different ways, they are all mixed up about their lives and relationships. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable under the guidi... read more

Not on the Label

Felicity Lawrence

One Million Lovely Letters: When Life is Looking Hopeless, One Inspirational Letter Can Change Your Life Forever

Jodi Ann Bickley

In the summer of 2011, aged only 22, Jodi Ann Bickley contracted a serious brain infection that would change her life forever. Jodi had been performing at Camp Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Returning with pockets full of glitter, and her favourite bands' songs still playing in her head, She thought the happy memories would last forever. A week later, writhing in pain on the doctor's surgery f... read more

In the summer of 2011, aged only 22, Jodi Ann Bickley contracted a serious brain infection that would change her life forever. Jodi had been performing at Camp Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Returning with pockets full of glitter, and her favourite bands' songs still playing in her head, She thought the happy memories would last forever. A week later, writhing in pain on the doctor's surgery f... read more

The River

Tricia Wastvedt

In 1958, in a small Devon village, two children, playing in a boat on the river, are drowned. Their parents are distraught but remain in the village, living together yet estranged, for the next thirty years. Over time their tragedy becomes part of the invisible fabric of village life until, one summer's day, Anna arrives. She comes to the village to escape her own disappointments. She does not... read more

In 1958, in a small Devon village, two children, playing in a boat on the river, are drowned. Their parents are distraught but remain in the village, living together yet estranged, for the next thirty years. Over time their tragedy becomes part of the invisible fabric of village life until, one summer's day, Anna arrives. She comes to the village to escape her own disappointments. She does not... read more

The English Rebel: One Thousand Years of Trouble-making from the Normans to the Nineties

David Horspool

The English have a rich and glorious history of making trouble for themselves. One hundred and forty years before the French Revolution, the English executed their king and instituted a radical revolutionary government. In 1215, more than 570 years before the United States ratified its Bill of Rights, England's barons forced King John to accept the Magna Carta, sowing the first seeds of consti... read more

The English have a rich and glorious history of making trouble for themselves. One hundred and forty years before the French Revolution, the English executed their king and instituted a radical revolutionary government. In 1215, more than 570 years before the United States ratified its Bill of Rights, England's barons forced King John to accept the Magna Carta, sowing the first seeds of consti... read more

Disobedience

Naomi Alderman

Granta Best is a young British novelist. Naomi Alderman's Disobedience is an insightful and witty novel on the search for love, tolerance and faith. By the age of 32, Ronit has left London and transformed her life. She has become a cigarette-smoking, wise-cracking, New York career woman, who is in love with a married man. But when Ronit's father dies she is called back into the very different ... read more

Granta Best is a young British novelist. Naomi Alderman's Disobedience is an insightful and witty novel on the search for love, tolerance and faith. By the age of 32, Ronit has left London and transformed her life. She has become a cigarette-smoking, wise-cracking, New York career woman, who is in love with a married man. But when Ronit's father dies she is called back into the very different ... read more

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