Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis - Editor

Children's publishing specialist (Picture Books and Middle Grade) with 9+ years of experience in editorial, rights and book buying.

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Overview

Want to make your book the one that will inspire a child to love reading? Or perhaps tackle a difficult subject that will really get kids thinking? Whether it's developing a picture book, assessing a middle grade title or anything in between, I'd love to hear from you!

I'm a children's publishing professional with over 8 years in the industry across several publishers and departments including editorial, rights and production. Prior to going freelance, I ran the purchasing and selection for BookTrust (the UK's largest children's reading charity), buying over 3.5 million books a year to give directly to children across the UK. Now I want to share my expertise on what makes a great children's book that will help develop a lifelong love of reading.

As well as freelance editorial work, I still consult with publishers helping them develop new series or feeding back on how they can improve books they already have in the works. Over the past few years, I've been in regular contact with nearly every publisher in the UK (and a few beyond).

I used to purchase books that went to every child in the UK, so I look at books differently from a lot of editors. When I read a book, it's with children of all backgrounds in mind, and I can highlight subtle changes that will open up a book to more readers (and sometimes retailers). I'm experienced in all types of children's books (baby books, picture books, middle grade, YA), and specialise in books for ages 0-12.

I'm originally from the US but lived in the UK for nearly 10 years, so can comfortably work in both UK and US English. I am also happy to work with authors who aren't native English speakers, including helping you adapt a text into English.

I currently live in Munich, Germany.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Basic Proofreading Certificate - The Publishing Training Centre
  • MA, Publishing - University of the Arts London
  • Copywriting Workshop - Hachette Children's Books

Awards

  • Donna Zurava Memorial Award
  • Berkhamsted Writing Competition (2nd)

Work experience

Freelance Children's Book Consultant

Self-employed
October, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

Providing freelance editorial and consultancy services to authors, publishers and other organisations involved in children's books and literacy.

Book Selection & Purchasing Manager

BookTrust
February, 2016 – October, 2018 (over 2 years)

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.

Editor / Editorial Assistant

Hachette Children's Group
October, 2014 – February, 2016 (over 1 year)

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.

Rights Coordinator

Simon & Schuster UK
May, 2014 – October, 2014 (5 months)

Coordinated all foreign-language printings across the S&S Children’s UK and US lists, working closely with the editorial team and international publishers.

Production Coordinator

Make Believe Ideas
July, 2012 – May, 2014 (almost 2 years)

Global Sales Operations Assistant

Dorling Kindersley (DK Books)
October, 2010 – July, 2012 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (21 selected works)

A Very Bothersome Bear: Book 3 (Knight in Training)

Vivian French

Very Bothersome Bear

Very Bothersome Bear

The Pest in the Nest: Book 2 (Rabbit and Bear)

Julian Gough

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

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

King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor: Book 1

Andy Riley

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

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

The Loose Ends List

Carrie Firestone

The Cherry Tree Farm Story Collection (Bumper Short Story Collections)

Enid Blyton

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

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

Dark Tide: Book 3 (Waterfire Saga)

Jennifer Donnelly

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

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

Chris Higgins

My Funny Family Gets Funnier

My Funny Family Gets Funnier

River of Ink: Genesis

Helen Dennis

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

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

The Lazy Rabbit: Startling New Grim Modern Fable About Laziness With A Rabbit, A Vole And A Fox.

Wilkie J. Martin

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 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.

All In The Same Boat: Badass New Grim Modern Fable About Greed Featuring A Rat, A Mouse, A Gerbil And A Shark

Wilkie J. Martin

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

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

Wombat & Jones: The Great Apple Fiasco

Arran Francis

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

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

SASSI and The Squirrel's Feather

Lisette Niemand

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

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

Vampires of Vero Beach (Sailing Adventures of Sol & Vox Book 3)

Stanley Crew, Sol Stanley, Vox Stanley

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.

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.

Time to Eat!: A Fun-Filled Day of Plant-Based Eating

Schaffer M.D., Lindsey, Gutkovskiy, Kathrine

The Great Adventure of Tom to Bermuda

Cossette, Émilie, Yildiz, Merve

Dave Explores the Outdoors... Minibeasts (Tots Outdoors)

Gould, Nicky, Davis, Lisa, Walter, Bianka, Theakston, David, Holman, Glen, Esterley, Penny

Lisa has 77 reviews

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Okenna Nzelu
As a first time author, I approached Lisa to help edit a children's book I've been working on. Lisa was very responsive, extremely helpful and provided valuable input which went beyond any expectations I'd had. Im extremely grateful and would look forward to working with Lisa again.

Okenna Nzelu, May 2020


Tam Bui
It was such a precious experience having Lisa to work with me on my first picture book. It was a poem on Lunar New Year, originally written in 3-word phrases in Vietnamese, and therefore it was a big challenge to adapt into English, with an expectation that English texts will be as rhythmic and as crispy as the original text. Lisa, not only helped me turn my poem into a flawless English poem, b...
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Tam Bui, May 2020


James Goshow
Lisa is the best! She is great at communicating, and I feel like she went above and beyond helping me. I strongly recommend Lisa to anyone looking for a great editor. She offers quality work at an amazing value.

James Goshow, May 2020


Courtney Connor
Lisa has edited three of my picture books. She has always gotten back to me quickly and makes wonderful suggestions.

Courtney Connor, May 2020


Crystal Briscoe
Lisa was patient, professional, and consistently available to answer my editing questions and concerns throughout the entire process. She encouraged me, challenged me, and assisted me in presenting my best work. I am immensely appreciative of her skills, perspective, and expertise!

Crystal Briscoe, April 2020

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