Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan - Editor

Cheltenham, UK

I'm a British Asian Cambridge-educated editor and author with over 20 years experience in publishing.

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Overview

I am an editor and published author specializing in children's books, both fiction and non-fiction, cookery books and personal essays. I've worked with a wide variety of clients, from an aspiring cookery writer to a waste collection company looking to create a children's book to promote their brand! I feel that my expertise lies in taking what can seem like a complex, tangled web of ideas and aspirations, and organizing them into a coherent, polished product that has strong selling points and mass appeal. I'm happy to work with clients at any stage of their project, from suggesting ways forward from an initial concept to providing an editorial eye over the project when it is near completion.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Children's
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction

Work experience

Freelance author and editor

Self-employed
April, 2012 – Present (over 10 years)

I have provided editorial assistance to aspiring writers, and companies looking to create children's content to promote their brand. I have also provided children's puzzles, such as Spot the Difference puzzles, crosswords, wordsearches and logic puzzles to newspapers and children's publishing companies.

Copyeditor and proofreader

Harper Collins
May, 2021 – Present (over 1 year)

I copyedit and proofread manuscripts on Harper Collins' light fiction list, ensuring they make structural sense and picking up any errors in continuity, grammar, spelling or punctuation that may have slipped in at the final stages before publication.

Writer

Hawk and Cleaver
April, 2019 – May, 2019 (about 1 month)

I wrote an audio drama which was dramatized for Hawk and Cleaver's "Miscreation" podcast.

Writer

Buster Books
February, 2018 – July, 2018 (5 months)

I devised and typeset a series of Christmas themed puzzle books (The Kids’ Book of Christmas Wordsearches and The Kids’ Book of Christmas Crosswords), providing the editor with not only the text but also the finished formatted grids for each of the 300 puzzles.

Writer/Consultant

Wondrous Ink
March, 2014 – April, 2016 (about 2 years)

I worked with the publishing director to create the concept for, and then provided all text for, a personalized verse book based on the letters of a child’s name. I also wrote detailed briefs for the illustrator for each illustration. The book sold 100,000 copies in its first year. I then provided editorial advice for their second title whilst on maternity leave.

Writer

QED Publishing
August, 2013 – July, 2015 (almost 2 years)

I created the Beyond The Cube series of puzzle books based on logic, number, pattern and shape puzzles, providing the text and rough layouts for the editor and illustrator. I also devised the text and detailed concepts for each spread of a series of search and find books (including Spot the Seal Around the World, and Spot the Mummy in the Museum), providing the illustrator with mock layouts using clipart.

Writer and editor

Usborne Publishing
January, 2001 – April, 2013 (about 12 years)

I was an in-house writer and editor, which not only entailed writing to detailed briefs and editing colleagues’ work, but also project managing each title - handling budgets and deadlines, working closely with illustrators and sourcing and incorporating advice from experts. I wrote for a wide age group (from 3 to 16 year olds) on a vast array of topics (from chocolate to genetic engineering), including a pack of quiz cards which contained 450 questions on the topic of dinosaurs. I also devised a series of puzzle cards for 8-12 year olds, first creating a box of general brain puzzles, the success of which led onto maths, number, picture, word and memory puzzle boxes.

Portfolio (37 selected works)

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries)

Khan, Sarah, Gillespie, Lisa Jane, Rogers, Kirsteen

Creepy Crawlies (Usborne Lift-The-Flap)

Khan, Sarah, Scott, Peter

Math Puzzles

Khan, Sarah, Barber, Lizzie, Figg, Non, Baggott, Stella

Pets (Usborne Lift-The-Flap)

Khan, Sarah, Whatmore, Candice, Burton, Jane

Birds (Luxury Lift The Flap Learners)

Khan, Sarah, Scott, Peter, Barrance, Reuben, Russell, Ruth

Night Sky Sticker Book (Usborne Sticker Books)

Khan, Sarah, Kirkby, Joanne, Clarke, Phillip

Animals Sticker Book (Spotter's Guides Sticker Books)

Clarke, Phillip, Khan, Sarah, Rogers, Kirsteen, McGregor, Malcolm, Jackson, Ian

Usborne Mysteries & Marvels of Science: Internet-Linked

Phillip Clarke, Laura Howell, Sarah Khan, Kirsteen Rogers, Keith Furnival

Sarah has 30 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

shoaib khan
Brilliant all round. Smart and efficient. Have used Sarah several times now for my collection of books. Thanks

shoaib khan, October 2022

Sarah Khan
Thanks so much for this glowing review. I love this series of books and it a pleasure to work on them.

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A.G.R. Goff
Very professional. I will definitely work with Sara again.

A.G.R. Goff, July 2022

Sarah Khan
Thank you - it's always a pleasure working with you on your engrossing books.

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Shwetha S
Loved my experience of working with Sarah. She was prompt and lovely to interact with! I would highly recommend Sarah and would love to work with her again! -Shwetha

Shwetha S, May 2022

Sarah Khan
Thank you for your lovely review Shweta! It was a pleasure working on your sweet and touching story.

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Boubacar Balde
Miss Khan is very very understanding I appreciate her time and consideration.

Boubacar Balde, March 2022


Odessa Sam-Kpakra
Sarah, is an absolute gem. She is a talented editor, who gives herself completely to every project she undertakes. I cannot believe my luck to have gotten her. I will reach out to her directly should I ever need an editor in the future.

Odessa Sam-Kpakra, February 2022

Sarah Khan
Thanks for such a lovely review. It was a pleasure to work on your beautiful story.

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