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Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis - Editor

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Editor & proofreader with seven years' experience at HarperCollins and indie publishers. Specialising in commercial women's fiction.

Overview

My love for books has taken me from little old South Wales to the sunny shores of Greece, to the smoggy streets of London and back again. I’ve worked in both the indie and corporate worlds, cutting my editorial teeth at HarperCollins Publishers and small independents.

My speciality lies in commercial fiction: women’s fiction, historical, crime/thriller; with a dash of literary. I carry out all editorial services: structural editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, editorial critique, beta reading and agency letters. My perferred genre is women's fiction (just take a look at some of the titles I've worked on below), particularly romance and weepies.

I’ve had the pleasure of working around and learning from some of the best editors and publishers in the trade industry, and with some truly gifted and wonderful authors. I have a keen eye for a good story and revel in the opportunity to bring stories to life.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Holiday Romance Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Progress in Editorial Skills: Copy Editing and Proofreading

Awards

  • Professional Development Award: Publishing

Work experience

Publishing Manager

Accent Press
January, 2017 – September, 2017 (8 months)

I oversaw and managed Accent Press’s publishing schedule, production and marketing progammes.

Highlight of the role: working with Accent Press authors on shaping their manuscripts and building strong relationships with them.

Assistant Editor

Avon, HarperCollins (secondment)
June, 2015 – December, 2015 (6 months)

I oversaw ten authors and was responsible for the editorial process as well as working closely with the digital marketing manager to market my authors.

Highlights:
- Acquiring my very first fiction title.
- Building knowledge in the commercial fiction market.

Editor

Collins, Harpercollins Publishers
January, 2014 – December, 2016 (almost 3 years)

I delivered ELT, international, secondary and primary projects on time and to spec, controlling budgets, schedules and proofs.

Highlights of the role:
- Delivering a whole school primary literacy scheme in less than 3 weeks, under budget and with minor reprint corrections.
- Project managing a whole school primary mathematics scheme, as well as project managing five other projects.

Publishing Assistant

Parthian Books
February, 2013 – December, 2013 (10 months)

I assisted the fiction editor, marketing manager and publishing director.

Highlights of the role:
- Building strong relationships with Parthian authors.
- Managing my very first fiction title, securing a Kindle Daily Deal and travelling Cornwall with the author.

Editor

Express Publishing
August, 2011 – December, 2012 (over 1 year)

I wrote, edited and planned ELT textbooks and exam practice books for students of A1–C2 level.

Highlights of the role:
- Overseeing the Michigan ECCE and ECPE team, updating the exam practice books and student books for the new 2013 exams.
- Authoring texts, having to research the curriculum and ensure that it was in keeping with British Curriculum standards.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Time to Say Goodbye: a heart-rending novel about a father’s love for his daughter

S.D. Robertson

**A heart-rending story about the unique bond between a father and his daughter, for fans of Jojo Moyes, the bestselling author of Me Before You.**HOW DO YOU LEAVE THE PERSON YOU LOVE THE MOST?Will Curtis's six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he's going to do everything he can to keep his word.What Will doe... read more

**A heart-rending story about the unique bond between a father and his daughter, for fans of Jojo Moyes, the bestselling author of Me Before You.**HOW DO YOU LEAVE THE PERSON YOU LOVE THE MOST?Will Curtis's six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he's going to do everything he can to keep his word.What Will doe... read more

Would Like to Meet

Polly James

A hilarious, heart-warming read perfect for fans of Shirley Valentine and You’ve Got Mail.Could the worst thing that’s ever happened to Hannah Pinkman also turn out to be one of the best?She and her husband Dan have reached the end of the line. Bored with the same gripes, the same old arguments – in fact, bored with everything – they split up after a trivial row turns into something much more ... read more

A hilarious, heart-warming read perfect for fans of Shirley Valentine and You’ve Got Mail.Could the worst thing that’s ever happened to Hannah Pinkman also turn out to be one of the best?She and her husband Dan have reached the end of the line. Bored with the same gripes, the same old arguments – in fact, bored with everything – they split up after a trivial row turns into something much more ... read more

The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows: A gripping thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat (George McKenzie, Book 3)

Marnie Riches

The third edge-of-your-seat thriller in the Georgina McKenzie series. Fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo won’t be able to put it down!Europe is in the grip of an extreme Arctic blast and at the mercy of a killer, who leaves no trace. His weapons of choice are razor-sharp icicles. This is Jack Frost.Now a fully qualified criminologist, Georgina McKenzie is called upon by the Dutch police to pro... read more

The third edge-of-your-seat thriller in the Georgina McKenzie series. Fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo won’t be able to put it down!Europe is in the grip of an extreme Arctic blast and at the mercy of a killer, who leaves no trace. His weapons of choice are razor-sharp icicles. This is Jack Frost.Now a fully qualified criminologist, Georgina McKenzie is called upon by the Dutch police to pro... read more

Dance With the Dead: A PC Donal Lynch Thriller

James Nally

Aspiring actress Elizabeth Smart lands her centre stage role: her mutilated body is found dumped in North London’s red light district. Clasped in her hand is a piece of human hair belonging to an unidentified body of a woman murdered two weeks ago.Aspiring actress Elizabeth Smart lands her centre stage role: her mutilated body is found dumped in North London’s red light district. Clasped in he... read more

Aspiring actress Elizabeth Smart lands her centre stage role: her mutilated body is found dumped in North London’s red light district. Clasped in her hand is a piece of human hair belonging to an unidentified body of a woman murdered two weeks ago.Aspiring actress Elizabeth Smart lands her centre stage role: her mutilated body is found dumped in North London’s red light district. Clasped in he... read more

The Secret Wife: A captivating story of romance, passion and mystery

Gill Paul

** The USA Today Bestseller****The number one Kindle bestseller**‘A cleverly crafted novel and an enthralling story… A triumph.’ DINAH JEFFERIESA Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . .Love. Guilt. Heartbreak.1914Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana ... read more

** The USA Today Bestseller****The number one Kindle bestseller**‘A cleverly crafted novel and an enthralling story… A triumph.’ DINAH JEFFERIESA Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . .Love. Guilt. Heartbreak.1914Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana ... read more

Wrong Knickers for a Wednesday: A funny novel about learning to love yourself

Paige Nick

Hilarious, sassy, fresh and at times completely outrageous, this is an utterly unputdownable feel-good debut from Paige Nick.Grace Hendriks has led a pretty sheltered life. So when her sister Natalie begs Grace to take her place as a Rihanna impersonator at a seedy club in Amsterdam, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for . . . until she ends up onstage with only a pole for support ... read more

Hilarious, sassy, fresh and at times completely outrageous, this is an utterly unputdownable feel-good debut from Paige Nick.Grace Hendriks has led a pretty sheltered life. So when her sister Natalie begs Grace to take her place as a Rihanna impersonator at a seedy club in Amsterdam, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for . . . until she ends up onstage with only a pole for support ... read more

Mean Sisters: A sassy, hilariously funny murder mystery

Lindsay Emory

*‘Well written and Legally Blonde funny!’ Reader review*Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Mean Girls.Margot Blythe: 20-something, sharp, friendly and totally incapable of letting her college glory days go.When she returns to her old college as an advisor, she can’t wait to be reunited with her sorority sisters. But her homecoming reception isn’t exactly what she expected. T... read more

*‘Well written and Legally Blonde funny!’ Reader review*Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Mean Girls.Margot Blythe: 20-something, sharp, friendly and totally incapable of letting her college glory days go.When she returns to her old college as an advisor, she can’t wait to be reunited with her sorority sisters. But her homecoming reception isn’t exactly what she expected. T... read more

The Cornish Hotel by the Sea: Escape to Cornwall with this perfect summer read!

Karen King

"A feel-good summer escape." Mandy BaggotEllie Truman’s widowed mum is struggling to keep Gwel Teg, the family hotel in Cornwall, afloat. Ellie is determined to do everything in her power to help her, even if that means moving back to the sleepy Cornish village she fled from broken-hearted a few years ago.Things go wrong from the start and she’s grateful for the help from hunky guest, Reece Mi... read more

"A feel-good summer escape." Mandy BaggotEllie Truman’s widowed mum is struggling to keep Gwel Teg, the family hotel in Cornwall, afloat. Ellie is determined to do everything in her power to help her, even if that means moving back to the sleepy Cornish village she fled from broken-hearted a few years ago.Things go wrong from the start and she’s grateful for the help from hunky guest, Reece Mi... read more

Waking: A dark and addictive read that will stay with you long after the final page

Helen Richardson

'Waking will stay with you long after you turn off the lights at night…’ Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll HouseThere are dark corners in your mind that even you can’t get to. Anna Caldwell is terrified of falling asleep. A nightmare, her very own, will be there waiting for her. After sharing her bed with the same vision for fifteen years, she’s desperate to shake it. But it only holds on tigh... read more

'Waking will stay with you long after you turn off the lights at night…’ Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll HouseThere are dark corners in your mind that even you can’t get to. Anna Caldwell is terrified of falling asleep. A nightmare, her very own, will be there waiting for her. After sharing her bed with the same vision for fifteen years, she’s desperate to shake it. But it only holds on tigh... read more

Skin Deep

Laura Wilkinson

PRAISE FOR SKIN DEEP:‘A truly compelling, page-turning and evocative novel’ Kate Harrison‘This book will get under your skin’ Jules Grant‘An engrossing, poignant and wise story that reminds us how we all crave to be seen for who we truly are’ Jo Bloom'A really great novel' Emma Yates-Badley, Northern SoulIt's what's inside that counts...Art student and former model Diana has always been admire... read more

PRAISE FOR SKIN DEEP:‘A truly compelling, page-turning and evocative novel’ Kate Harrison‘This book will get under your skin’ Jules Grant‘An engrossing, poignant and wise story that reminds us how we all crave to be seen for who we truly are’ Jo Bloom'A really great novel' Emma Yates-Badley, Northern SoulIt's what's inside that counts...Art student and former model Diana has always been admire... read more

If Ever I Fall: A gripping, emotional story with a heart-breaking twist

S.D. Robertson

Is holding on harder than letting go? Dan's life has fallen apart at the seams. He's lost his house, his job is on the line, and now he's going to lose his family too. All he's ever wanted is to keep them together, but is everything beyond repair? Maria is drowning in grief. She spends her days writing letters that will never be answered. Nights are spent trying to hold terrible memories at ba... read more

Is holding on harder than letting go? Dan's life has fallen apart at the seams. He's lost his house, his job is on the line, and now he's going to lose his family too. All he's ever wanted is to keep them together, but is everything beyond repair? Maria is drowning in grief. She spends her days writing letters that will never be answered. Nights are spent trying to hold terrible memories at ba... read more

Alone with the Dead: A PC Donal Lynch Thriller (PC Donal Lynch 1)

James Nally

Meet PC Donal Lynch. Irish runaway. Insomniac. Functioning alcoholic. Donal is new to working the beat in London, trying his best to forget that night. After all, there aren?t many police officers who can say they have a convicted murderer for an ex-girlfriend. So when a woman is murdered on his patch, Donal throws himself into the case. As the first person on the scene, Donal can?t forget the... read more

Meet PC Donal Lynch. Irish runaway. Insomniac. Functioning alcoholic. Donal is new to working the beat in London, trying his best to forget that night. After all, there aren?t many police officers who can say they have a convicted murderer for an ex-girlfriend. So when a woman is murdered on his patch, Donal throws himself into the case. As the first person on the scene, Donal can?t forget the... read more

THE HIDING PLACE

John Burley

She can?t reach him...but he can get to her... Dr Lise Shields works with the most deadly criminals in America. At Menaker psychiatric hospital all are guilty and no one ever leaves. Then she meets Jason Edwards. Jason is an anomaly. No transfer order, no patient history, no paperwork at all. Is he really guilty of the horrific crimes he?s been sentenced for? Caught up in a web of unanswered q... read more

She can?t reach him...but he can get to her... Dr Lise Shields works with the most deadly criminals in America. At Menaker psychiatric hospital all are guilty and no one ever leaves. Then she meets Jason Edwards. Jason is an anomaly. No transfer order, no patient history, no paperwork at all. Is he really guilty of the horrific crimes he?s been sentenced for? Caught up in a web of unanswered q... read more

The Girl Who Broke the Rules (George McKenzie, Book 2)

Marnie Riches

The pulse-pounding new thriller from Marnie Riches. For anyone who loves Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson, this book is for you!When the mutilated bodies of two sex-workers are found in Amsterdam, Chief Inspector van den Bergen must find a brutal murderer before the red-light-district erupts into panic.Georgina McKenzie is conducting research into pornography among the UK’s most violent sex-offender... read more

The pulse-pounding new thriller from Marnie Riches. For anyone who loves Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson, this book is for you!When the mutilated bodies of two sex-workers are found in Amsterdam, Chief Inspector van den Bergen must find a brutal murderer before the red-light-district erupts into panic.Georgina McKenzie is conducting research into pornography among the UK’s most violent sex-offender... read more

Puzzle Girl

Rachael Featherstone

PERFECT FOR FANS OF SOPHIE KINSELLA'Hugely entertaining and well written, I loved this book.' KATIE FFORDE'Puzzle Girl is a fantastic debut. Sparklingly funny, original and brilliantly clever, it's real treat. I loved it!' MIRANDA DICKINSON'Clever, funny and utterly engaging.' JULES WAKELove is a riddle waiting to be solved…Clued-up career girl Cassy Brookes has life under control until one di... read more

PERFECT FOR FANS OF SOPHIE KINSELLA'Hugely entertaining and well written, I loved this book.' KATIE FFORDE'Puzzle Girl is a fantastic debut. Sparklingly funny, original and brilliantly clever, it's real treat. I loved it!' MIRANDA DICKINSON'Clever, funny and utterly engaging.' JULES WAKELove is a riddle waiting to be solved…Clued-up career girl Cassy Brookes has life under control until one di... read more

Hazard at the Nineteenth: Can love conquer class in this laugh-out-loud rom com?

April Hardy

The Hazards are an upper-middle-class family, and when only son Jonathon proposes to the working-class librarian, Stella, his mother, Joyce, seems adamant he’d be happier with Cordelia, the more suitable girl next door. Stella’s always believed Joyce doesn’t like her, but when her future mother in law “accidentally” gives nut allergy-sufferer Stella a piece of nut-filled cake, she wonders with... read more

The Hazards are an upper-middle-class family, and when only son Jonathon proposes to the working-class librarian, Stella, his mother, Joyce, seems adamant he’d be happier with Cordelia, the more suitable girl next door. Stella’s always believed Joyce doesn’t like her, but when her future mother in law “accidentally” gives nut allergy-sufferer Stella a piece of nut-filled cake, she wonders with... read more

The Dangers of Family Secrets: From the bestselling author of The Ex-Wife’s Survival Guide

Debby Holt

‘I look back at our married life and I wonder if there was anything real about it at all…’Genealogist Freya Cameron has the perfect life. A devoted husband of nearly thirty years and career driven, successful twin daughters.But what if it’s all a lie?So skilled at excavating her clients’ family histories, Freya has no idea why her family are so cold towards her. They know something she doesn’t... read more

‘I look back at our married life and I wonder if there was anything real about it at all…’Genealogist Freya Cameron has the perfect life. A devoted husband of nearly thirty years and career driven, successful twin daughters.But what if it’s all a lie?So skilled at excavating her clients’ family histories, Freya has no idea why her family are so cold towards her. They know something she doesn’t... read more

Safe With Me: An evocative story about the deepest bonds of friendship

Grace Lowrie

How far would you go to feel safe again?Abandoned as children, Kat and Jamie were inseparable growing up in foster care. But their bond couldn’t protect them forever.From a troubled upbringing to working in a London greasy spoon, Kat’s life has never been easy. On the surface Jamie’s living the high-life, but appearances can be deceiving.When they unexpectedly reunite, their feelings become to... read more

How far would you go to feel safe again?Abandoned as children, Kat and Jamie were inseparable growing up in foster care. But their bond couldn’t protect them forever.From a troubled upbringing to working in a London greasy spoon, Kat’s life has never been easy. On the surface Jamie’s living the high-life, but appearances can be deceiving.When they unexpectedly reunite, their feelings become to... read more

The Visitor

Katherine Stansfield

He turns and waves, twenty feet or so away... she can't swim as strongly as usual. She can taste blood again. Nicholas bobs where he is, letting her catch up. Her nightdress blooms around her like a sail. She reaches him and he touches her arm, very gently. She wants to grab him, hold him tightly in the water. Would he let her?Cornwall. 1880. Pearl, Jack and Nicholas play among the fishing boa... read more

He turns and waves, twenty feet or so away... she can't swim as strongly as usual. She can taste blood again. Nicholas bobs where he is, letting her catch up. Her nightdress blooms around her like a sail. She reaches him and he touches her arm, very gently. She wants to grab him, hold him tightly in the water. Would he let her?Cornwall. 1880. Pearl, Jack and Nicholas play among the fishing boa... read more

Only One Woman

Christina Jones, Jane Risdon

Two women, one love story.June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.As the final colou... read more

Two women, one love story.June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.As the final colou... read more

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