Providing freelance editorial and consultancy services to authors, publishers and other organisations involved in children's books and literacy.
I managed the selection and purchasing of all titles for BookTrust's book gifting programmes, which range from ages 0-14. This includes two titles that are given to every baby born in England, one title that is given to every toddler, one title for every child starting reception, and a set of books provided for free to secondary schools in England. I also procured books for children with additional needs, and specially selected books for children in the care system. I purchased around 3.5 million books annually and worked closely with all UK children's publishers.
I helped set up and run an initiative to scout for books not yet published in English and assisted in getting them translated into English.
I also wrote reviews for the BookTrust website every month.
Started off as Editorial Assistant, supporting the Publishing Director, Picture Book Publisher and the Fiction Editorial Director across the Hodder Children's Book list from picture books to YA.
Promoted to Editor at Hodder Children's Books, working specifically on the development and growth of the Enid Blyton brand.
Coordinated all foreign-language printings across the S&S Children’s UK and US lists, working closely with the editorial team and international publishers.
Very Bothersome Bear
Gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is a brilliantly funny story of a rabbit and a bear who discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend. Ideal for readers moving on from picture books.'A perfect animal double-act.' (The Times, Book of the Week)'PEACE AND QUIET,' shouts Rabbit. 'THAT'S ALL I WANT.'Owch. He's hurt his own ears again.What with Bear's ... read more
The first in a fun new series - 'Brilliantly original and hilarious ...it's nearly as good as one of my books' David Walliams. 'One for fans of Horrid Henry and Tom Gates' The Guardian Edwin isn't an ordinary boy. He is a king, with a throne, and his own suit of armour and a castle with secret passages and everything., Every Friday, King Edwin spends all his money on chocolate for the peasants... read more
Enid Blyton's timeless collection of farm stories, perfect for holidays or rainy days, and an ideal gift for anyone who loved the stories during their own childhood to pass on to the next generation of readers.Benjy, Penny, Rory and Sheila are spending the holidays with their aunt and uncle at Cherry Tree Farm. They play with the animals and learn to feed them, roam the countryside and hunt fo... read more
Six mermaids battle to save their hidden world. Leaders of a resistance to the barbaric new regime, Serafina and Neela, are working hard to destabilise Vallerio, the new ruler of Cerulea. Becca, Ava and Ling are still hunting for their ancestors' talismans; the keys to keeping an ancient evil locked in its icy prison. Astrid finally returns home to Ondalina to find that all is not as she left ... read more
My Funny Family Gets Funnier
What if a teenage boy washed up on the banks of the River Thames, soaked to the skin and unable to explain who he is?What if the only clue to the boy's identity is a sketch he made of a strange symbol?Who would help him? Who would hunt him? Who is River Boy?When a mystery teenage boy emerges from the River Thames drenched, distressed and unable to remember anything about himself, he becomes th... read more
A cautionary new fable for ages 6-8.An illustrated tale in which lazy Rabbit and sensible Vole join up to travel through a barren land where foxy bandits lurk.Follow their journey to find out the grim consequences of laziness and who survives.If you like the original tales from the Brothers Grimm and Aesop, you’ll enjoy this dyslexia friendly edition.
A cautionary new fable for ages 6-8.An illustrated tale of the aftermath of a shipwreck in which greedy Rat threatens the lives of his smaller companions as they drift in a lifeboat amid shark-infested waters.Follow their dramatic voyage to find out what happens to them and who survives.If you like the original tales of the Brothers Grimm and Aesop, you’ll enjoy this dyslexia friendly edition.... read more
It's Jones' birthday and as a special treat, Uncle Pepe is going to bake one of his famous apple pies! Eager to help, Wombat and Jones offer to go to the tree and pick the apples Uncle Pepe needs for his recipe, but they get a little carried away and bring home far too many. Worried that the leftover apples will rot and no one will want to eat them, Wombat and Jones hatch a plan to share the a... read more
Fiction aimed at children in grades 3 to 5; aged 8 to 10/11. It is a mystery involving animals (a cat and a dog team) as the main characters. They talk. It involves mystery; suspense; danger; humour and some plot twists. There are some illustrations. And it does have a happy ending. The story takes place in the suburbs of Houston, Texas.SASSI is short for Socks' and Astrid's Secret Service Inv... read more
Will vampires suck all the fun out of Halloween?Sol & Vox find strange bite marks on their hand and set out to stop the terror of Vero Beach. Will the young boys be able to determine friend from foe and stop the vampires before they strike again or will they end up bitten with regret?This is the 3rd book in the Sailing Adventures of Sol & Vox Series.
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Experienced kid’s book editor specializing in middle grade fiction and non-fiction. Former Editorial Director at National Geographic Kids.
I've edited many children's and YA trade and school books, run The Purple Crayon website, and offer editing and consulting.