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Kate Harrison

Kate Harrison - Editor

Brighton, United Kingdom

Ideas/concept development specialist helping authors build irresistible novels, series, non-fiction books & factual TV shows.

Overview

I am an editor/mentor, best-selling author and book/TV ideas development specialist who specialises in helping authors to turn initial ideas into highly marketable novels, series, non-fiction projects, and

Non-fiction:
I've developed non-fiction proposals in lifestyle, health, self-help and food/diet categories, working with new and experienced authors and entrepreneurs to:
- Identify the audience/readership through consumer insight;
- Identify the author's specialist knowledge and appeal to develop a clear brand;
- Develop the concept and the most appealing, stand-out title;
- Create powerful submission packages and sample chapters;
- Evaluate and recommend how to develop the idea for other media e.g. TV, vlog, podcast, social media.

Fiction:
As well as writing women's fiction, crime and YA novels, I have worked with debut and experienced authors to:
- Develop original ideas for standalone and series fiction;
- Identify trends and reader patterns/insights to create new ideas and formats (e.g. serial e-novellas);
- Write treatments, sample chapters and submission letters that appeal to agents and editors;
- Create titles, blurbs/sales copy and bios that attract readers.

My background working as a TV reporter, producer and then ideas development specialist has given me the tools and insights to look at readers and the book world in a unique way.

At the BBC, I wrote the comprehensive in-house bible on developing and pitching ideas, a book that led me to work in China, Italy and the UK with senior TV and media executives. I have also lectured in creative writing at Kingston University and the Open University in writing, and delivered keynotes and workshops for the Society of Authors, and the Romantic Novelists' Association, as well as establishing Write by the Beach, a Brighton-based conference for new writers.

My passion is for ideas, stories and concepts that hook readers AND editors. I work closely with authors and entrepreneurs to brainstorm, evaluate and fine-tune their story or pitch for submission to agents and production companies, or for e-publishing. I also work as a consultant to Creative Pumpkin Publishing.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Editorial consultant

Self-employed
July, 2007 – Present (over 10 years)

I develop fiction and non-fiction ideas, working with new and experienced authors, as well as entrepreneurs and
specialists who have knowledge they want to share through e-books and other media.

I've worked with authors to develop health and wellbeing concepts, women's fiction and crime novels, and series fiction ideas. This includes brainstorming approaches, looking at audience/reader need and mood, honing the idea and proposal, and developing sample chapters, pitch and title/blurb.

In addition, I've designed & delivering training courses in audience insight, TV development and pitching/proposal writing for Imaginement EU, Shanghai Media Group and Hunan TV.

As an author, I write fiction and non-fiction titles, which have been translated into more than 20 languages, and have sold over 750,000 copies. My books are partly inspired by trends, and I also broadcast on TV and radio on health and diet topics. The podcast I produce and host has been downloaded 175,000 times.

Factual & Lifestyle Development Producer

BBC TV
September, 2003 – July, 2007 (almost 4 years)

Developing, evaluating, pitching and writing treatments across the lifestyle, factual and documentaries genres for BBC TV in-house factual and learning department.
Leading brainstorms, consumer insight and research work to originate formats and series based on audience needs, viewing data, ethnographic information and programme-maker ideas.
Extensive facilitation, brainstorming and training experience, plus detailed understanding of audience research, focus groups and social trends/current affairs. Designing in-house creativity training.
Working with organisations including Children in Need, Big Lottery Fund and LEAs.
Wrote The Complete Guide to Programme Development for BBC Factual and Learning, used throughout the organisation.
Wrote doc-drama script for Beverley Allitt: Angel of Death, broadcast on BBC1 .

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Arcade: Episode 1, January, The Vintage Boutique

Kitty Charles

Want all twelve of this year's Arcade episodes at once? Why not try 'Where Dreams Come True: A Year in the Arcade' - only on Amazon!What do you dream of?Gorgeous clothes, gourmet foods, beautiful men?Whatever you wish for, Angell’s Arcade is all your dreams come true. Under its Victorian glass atrium, twelve little shops glow like gems– and the people who run them love and fight and sell for t... read more

Want all twelve of this year's Arcade episodes at once? Why not try 'Where Dreams Come True: A Year in the Arcade' - only on Amazon!What do you dream of?Gorgeous clothes, gourmet foods, beautiful men?Whatever you wish for, Angell’s Arcade is all your dreams come true. Under its Victorian glass atrium, twelve little shops glow like gems– and the people who run them love and fight and sell for t... read more

5:2 Your Life: Get Happy, Healthy and Slim

Kate Harrison

Get Happy, Get Healthy, Get Slim.5:2 Your Life demonstrates how the 5:2 diet can be more than just a weight loss programme, it is a way of life. The small weekly change can make a huge difference. And that's what 5:2 is all about - taking simple steps, on just two days per week, which will have a powerful ripple effect on your whole life.Now Kate Harrison, best-selling author of The 5:2 Diet B... read more

Get Happy, Get Healthy, Get Slim.5:2 Your Life demonstrates how the 5:2 diet can be more than just a weight loss programme, it is a way of life. The small weekly change can make a huge difference. And that's what 5:2 is all about - taking simple steps, on just two days per week, which will have a powerful ripple effect on your whole life.Now Kate Harrison, best-selling author of The 5:2 Diet B... read more

Making Friends with Depression: A warm and wise companion to recovery

Sarah Rayner, Kate Harrison, Dr Patrick Fitzgerald

'Simple, lucid advice' Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to be Alive, on Making Friends with AnxietyIf you're suffering from depression or low mood, you can end up feeling very alone, desperately struggling to find a way through - but recovery is possible and, in Making Friends with Depression, bestselling authors Sarah Rayner and Kate Harrison, together with GP Dr Patrick Fitzgerald he... read more

'Simple, lucid advice' Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to be Alive, on Making Friends with AnxietyIf you're suffering from depression or low mood, you can end up feeling very alone, desperately struggling to find a way through - but recovery is possible and, in Making Friends with Depression, bestselling authors Sarah Rayner and Kate Harrison, together with GP Dr Patrick Fitzgerald he... read more

Soul Beach: Book 1

Kate Harrison

When Alice Forster receives an email from her dead sister she assumes it must be a sick practical joke. Then an invitation arrives to the virtual world of Soul Beach, an idyllic online paradise of sun, sea and sand where Alice can finally talk to her sister again - and discover a new world of friendships, secrets and maybe even love . . . . But why is Soul Beach only inhabited by the young, th... read more

When Alice Forster receives an email from her dead sister she assumes it must be a sick practical joke. Then an invitation arrives to the virtual world of Soul Beach, an idyllic online paradise of sun, sea and sand where Alice can finally talk to her sister again - and discover a new world of friendships, secrets and maybe even love . . . . But why is Soul Beach only inhabited by the young, th... read more

The Secret Shopper's Revenge

Kate Harrison

Imagine shopping for a living, going undercover in the lingerie department, homing in on size-zero haute couture ... and shopping the shop girls who think service is a dirty word. Welcome to the world of the Secret Shopper.

Imagine shopping for a living, going undercover in the lingerie department, homing in on size-zero haute couture ... and shopping the shop girls who think service is a dirty word. Welcome to the world of the Secret Shopper.

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