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Laura Wilkinson

Laura Wilkinson - Editor

Brighton, United Kingdom

If you're a writer of women's fiction, domestic noir or thrillers, I'll ensure your work is the best it can be. To publication and beyond.

Overview

My love of stories began early. Ever since I can remember I have adored novels, films, TV drama and plays. But most especially novels.

As a child, I read anything I could lay my hands on, from Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers (so appealing to a state school kid!) to The Secret Garden, Tom’s Midnight Garden and the Narnia Chronicles, and onto Austen, Eliot, Banks and Plath, amongst others, as a teen. To study English Literature at degree level was a natural progression and from there I moved into journalism and copywriting.

I’ve been told I have a forensic mind and this stands me in good stead as an editor. Along with a clear understanding of narrative structure, character arc and points of craft like show don’t tell, I am detailed and specific in my analyses. There’s nothing better that helping a writer find their voice and develop a compelling story, whether or not they wish to be published. And I am a novelist, as well as an editor and mentor, so while everyone’s journey is unique, I have personal insight into and understanding of the pleasures and pains of authoring. It puts me in an ideal position as a mentor.

I have published six novels for adults (two under a pseudonym) and numerous short stories.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing Parenting & Families Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction

Work experience

Editor & Mentor

Self-employed
April, 2013 – Present (over 4 years)

Mentoring and manuscript assessment for a UK-based consultancy. I have worked with authors on submissions to agencies, as well as seeing manuscripts through from initial concept to completed novel.

Editor & Mentor

Self-employed
July, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

I have edited a number of non-fiction self help books, including the best selling 'Making Friends with Anxiety', as well as working with a variety of emerging authors on their novels, both as editor and mentor.

Editor & Mentor

Self-employed
October, 2010 – Present (about 7 years)

I work as a develomental and structural editor, and mentor, for a variety of clients for an international consultancy, specialising in the genres listed above. I have helped novels to competition shortlistings and publication, digital and print.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Making Friends with Anxiety: A warm, supportive little book to ease worry and panic - 2017 edition

Sarah Rayner

A warm and supportive little book to help ease worry and panic by bestselling author Sarah Rayner - new edition for 2016. Drawing on her own experience of anxiety disorder and recovery, Sarah Rayner shares her insights into this extremely common and often distressing condition with compassion and humour. She reveals the seven elements that commonly contribute to anxiety including adrenaline, n... read more

A warm and supportive little book to help ease worry and panic by bestselling author Sarah Rayner - new edition for 2016. Drawing on her own experience of anxiety disorder and recovery, Sarah Rayner shares her insights into this extremely common and often distressing condition with compassion and humour. She reveals the seven elements that commonly contribute to anxiety including adrenaline, n... read more

The Relative Harmony of Julie O'Hagan

Annette Sills

Julie O'Hagan is worried. It's time for daughter Bridget to start school. The ordinary suburb where Julie was raised is not that ordinary any more. Organic eateries and wine bars have opened everywhere and the Broccoli Brigade have moved in, education and media vegetarian types in beanie hats with hummus guzzling kids who are taking up all the places at Broadoak, the best primary. Husband Bill... read more

Julie O'Hagan is worried. It's time for daughter Bridget to start school. The ordinary suburb where Julie was raised is not that ordinary any more. Organic eateries and wine bars have opened everywhere and the Broccoli Brigade have moved in, education and media vegetarian types in beanie hats with hummus guzzling kids who are taking up all the places at Broadoak, the best primary. Husband Bill... read more

Gibbous House

Ewan Lawrie

Moffat is an indiscriminate killer and verbose criminal thriving in the underbelly of 19th-century London. When he unexpectedly inherits Gibbous House, an expansive estate in Northumbria, he heads north on a journey that raises questions about his own identity and quickly leads to issues of morality, addiction and murder.Gibbous House, Moffat discovers, already plays home to a motley cast of c... read more

Moffat is an indiscriminate killer and verbose criminal thriving in the underbelly of 19th-century London. When he unexpectedly inherits Gibbous House, an expansive estate in Northumbria, he heads north on a journey that raises questions about his own identity and quickly leads to issues of morality, addiction and murder.Gibbous House, Moffat discovers, already plays home to a motley cast of c... read more

The Things We Thought We Knew

Mahsuda Snaith

AN OBSERVER NEW FACE OF FICTION FOR 2017'An original and affecting coming-of-age novel' The Observer'Fuses life's big themes with daily minutiae ... A voice of the next generation' Stylist'A vibrant portrayal of estate life in the late nineties and an affecting story of friendship' The IndependentRavine and Marianne were best friends. They practised handstands together, raced slugs and went in... read more

AN OBSERVER NEW FACE OF FICTION FOR 2017'An original and affecting coming-of-age novel' The Observer'Fuses life's big themes with daily minutiae ... A voice of the next generation' Stylist'A vibrant portrayal of estate life in the late nineties and an affecting story of friendship' The IndependentRavine and Marianne were best friends. They practised handstands together, raced slugs and went in... read more

Lucy Shaw's Not Sure

Jo Bavington-Jones

Smart and sexy divorcee Lucy Shaw, Shaw by name but unsure by nature, wants to find something – or someone – to bring her lasting happiness. But she keeps looking in all the wrong places: including the chocolate aisle of her local supermarket, the occasional bottle of vodka and her complex and troubled past, and she finds she loses more than she gains – a husband, her patience, her enormous bo... read more

Smart and sexy divorcee Lucy Shaw, Shaw by name but unsure by nature, wants to find something – or someone – to bring her lasting happiness. But she keeps looking in all the wrong places: including the chocolate aisle of her local supermarket, the occasional bottle of vodka and her complex and troubled past, and she finds she loses more than she gains – a husband, her patience, her enormous bo... read more

66 Metres: A chilling thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series, Book 1)

J.F. Kirwan

‘Masterfully paced…a cinematic and action-packed read that will have readers following Nadia to the ends of the Earth!’ – BestThrillers.comThe only thing worth killing for is family.Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.Bound to work fo... read more

‘Masterfully paced…a cinematic and action-packed read that will have readers following Nadia to the ends of the Earth!’ – BestThrillers.comThe only thing worth killing for is family.Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.Bound to work fo... read more

The Tissue Veil

Brenda Bannister

What if you discovered a hundred-year-old diary under your floorboards - and then found references in it to yourself? Or if you lived in 1901, yet kept seeing glimpses of a girl from modern times? And what if both of you had problems that only the other could really understand? Emily and Aysha live in the same Stepney house and an inexplicable link develops between them, fuelled by Aysha's dis... read more

What if you discovered a hundred-year-old diary under your floorboards - and then found references in it to yourself? Or if you lived in 1901, yet kept seeing glimpses of a girl from modern times? And what if both of you had problems that only the other could really understand? Emily and Aysha live in the same Stepney house and an inexplicable link develops between them, fuelled by Aysha's dis... read more

Making Friends with your Fertility: A clear, comforting guide to reproductive health: supporting you through getting pregnant, IVF and assisted conception, ... fostering and remaining child free

Sarah Rayner, Tracey Sainsbury

‘A must read… A robust, resilient friend for everyone considering their fertility and an essential addition to any fertility professional’s bookshelf’ Susan Seenan, Chief Executive, Fertility Network UK‘A brilliant and well-written piece of work’ Francesca Steyn, Head of Nursing, The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health From fertility counsellor Tracey Sainsbury and Sarah Rayner (bestsel... read more

‘A must read… A robust, resilient friend for everyone considering their fertility and an essential addition to any fertility professional’s bookshelf’ Susan Seenan, Chief Executive, Fertility Network UK‘A brilliant and well-written piece of work’ Francesca Steyn, Head of Nursing, The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health From fertility counsellor Tracey Sainsbury and Sarah Rayner (bestsel... read more

Making Peace with Divorce: A warm, supportive guide to separating and starting anew (Making Friends)

Sarah Rayner, Pia Pasternack

After 20 years of marriage and three children, full-time mum Pia Pasternack came home one day to find a note on the doormat and her husband gone… Heartbroken, this was the first of a series of revelations that left her and her family reeling. But gradually Pia built herself back up, and in Making Peace with Divorce, written together with bestselling author Sarah Rayner (Making Friends with Anx... read more

After 20 years of marriage and three children, full-time mum Pia Pasternack came home one day to find a note on the doormat and her husband gone… Heartbroken, this was the first of a series of revelations that left her and her family reeling. But gradually Pia built herself back up, and in Making Peace with Divorce, written together with bestselling author Sarah Rayner (Making Friends with Anx... read more

Making Peace with the End of Life: A clear and comforting guide to help you live well to the last (Making Friends)

Sarah Rayner, Dr Patrick Fitzgerald

‘Beautifully written – very gentle, personal and not at all frightening – a great resource for both patients and professionals when reassurance is needed.’ Doreen O’Hara, COPD Specialist Nurse‘A very helpful gathering of advice, support and information for the huge majority who don’t know how to navigate the system.’ Dr Rachel Sheils, Consultant in Palliative Medicine From GP and hospice docto... read more

‘Beautifully written – very gentle, personal and not at all frightening – a great resource for both patients and professionals when reassurance is needed.’ Doreen O’Hara, COPD Specialist Nurse‘A very helpful gathering of advice, support and information for the huge majority who don’t know how to navigate the system.’ Dr Rachel Sheils, Consultant in Palliative Medicine From GP and hospice docto... read more

The Girl on the Pier

Paul Tomkins

Abandoned time and again by those he holds dear, Patrick Clement is forging a reputation as a forensic sculptor, helping to identify the unclaimed missing. But he can’t leave behind a remarkable summer night in 1993, spent alone on Brighton’s derelict West Pier with Black, a beautiful photography student. Patrick is haunted by the fact that no sooner did he get to know her than she disappeared... read more

Abandoned time and again by those he holds dear, Patrick Clement is forging a reputation as a forensic sculptor, helping to identify the unclaimed missing. But he can’t leave behind a remarkable summer night in 1993, spent alone on Brighton’s derelict West Pier with Black, a beautiful photography student. Patrick is haunted by the fact that no sooner did he get to know her than she disappeared... read more

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