leah woodburn

leah woodburn - Editor

London, UK

I've worked in the book industry for 15 years, most recently as Associate Publisher, co-running a list at a major publishing house.

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Overview

I’m a highly experienced editor and publisher with fifteen years of experience within a major UK publishing house. In 2013 I co-founded Headline’s literary imprint, Tinder Press, the home of established authors like Patrick Gale, Maggie O’Farrell, Deborah Moggach and Sarah Winman, and a diverse range of exciting new talent.

In my time I’ve worked on a broad range of books, including literary fiction, crime and thriller, women’s fiction and narrative memoir. My authors have achieved commercial success, nominations for major literary prizes like the Costa, Women’s Prize, Arthur C. Clarke, Priz Goncourt, and have been selected for promotions such as the Richard & Judy and Waterstones bookclubs.

My experience as a publisher means I have a good commercial eye and an extensive awareness of the market, which I can bring to bear on any books I work on. I also know what makes publishers tick; I know the kind of conversations that take place within acquisitions meetings, what goes down well and what doesn’t, and can advise accordingly.

I’ve always loved editing – the act of sitting down with a manuscript and helping smooth it into shape gives me huge enjoyment and satisfaction. I have great respect for writers and am very passionate about the importance of the editing process. As a result, I like to think I’m a sensitive, nurturing and insightful editor who would be unswervingly focussed on helping you make your book the very best it can be.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Psychological Thriller
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Associate Publisher

Hachette Book Group
June, 2011 – October, 2019 (over 8 years)

Co-founded and co-ran the Tinder Press imprint at Headline Publishing Group

Senior Commissioning Editor

Hachette Book Group
September, 2009 – March, 2011 (over 1 year)

Acquired and published fiction for Headline and Headline Review.

Editor

Hachette Book Group
June, 2007 – September, 2009 (over 2 years)

Managed editorial projects and ran Headline's audiobook list

Editorial Assistant

Hachette Book Group
August, 2004 – September, 2009 (about 5 years)

Assisted an Associate Publisher and two senior Commissioning Editors, working on a range of literary, crime and thriller titles

Portfolio (15 selected works)

When God was a Rabbit

Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman's bestselling, critically-acclaimed debut novel WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT continues to captivate and enchant readers.The Sunday Times bestseller This is a book about a brother and sister. It's a book about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms.

Sarah Winman's bestselling, critically-acclaimed debut novel WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT continues to captivate and enchant readers.The Sunday Times bestseller This is a book about a brother and sister. It's a book about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms.

Tin Man: The Book of the Year, Tender, Moving and Beautiful

Sarah Winman

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 COSTA NOVEL AWARDFrom the internationally bestselling author of WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT comes a heartbreaking celebration of love in all its forms, and the moments that illuminate the life of one man.This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.'Her best novel to date' Observer'An exquisitely crafted tale of love and loss' Guardian'A marvel' Sunday Express... read more

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 COSTA NOVEL AWARDFrom the internationally bestselling author of WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT comes a heartbreaking celebration of love in all its forms, and the moments that illuminate the life of one man.This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.'Her best novel to date' Observer'An exquisitely crafted tale of love and loss' Guardian'A marvel' Sunday Express... read more

A Year of Marvellous Ways

Sarah Winman

*A Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick Spring 2016*A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS is the unforgettable and completely captivating new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT and a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.Marvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she's taken to spending her day... read more

*A Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick Spring 2016*A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS is the unforgettable and completely captivating new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT and a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.Marvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she's taken to spending her day... read more

The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin

'A boundlessly moving inquisition into mortality, grief and passion . . . it conjures characters with such dimension that you mourn them too, a magic rare enough to leave one astonished' ObserverThe NEW YORK TIMES Top Ten BestsellerIt's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will d... read more

'A boundlessly moving inquisition into mortality, grief and passion . . . it conjures characters with such dimension that you mourn them too, a magic rare enough to leave one astonished' ObserverThe NEW YORK TIMES Top Ten BestsellerIt's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will d... read more

See What I Have Done: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018

Sarah Schmidt

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018Haunting, gripping and gorgeously written, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt is a re-imagining of the unsolved American true crime case of the Lizzie Borden murders, for fans of BURIAL RITES and MAKING A MURDERER.'Eerie and compelling' Paula Hawkins'Stunning' Sunday Times'Gripping... outstanding' Observer'Glittering' Irish TimesJust after 11... read more

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018Haunting, gripping and gorgeously written, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt is a re-imagining of the unsolved American true crime case of the Lizzie Borden murders, for fans of BURIAL RITES and MAKING A MURDERER.'Eerie and compelling' Paula Hawkins'Stunning' Sunday Times'Gripping... outstanding' Observer'Glittering' Irish TimesJust after 11... read more

The Decision

Penny Vincenzi

1960s fashion, affairs and heartbreak feature in THE DECISION from No 1 bestselling novelist Penny Vincenzi 'Teeming with memorable characters' Woman & HomeSet against a vibrant sixties backdrop, this is the story of two bright young things: Eliza, an ex-deb making a splash in the world of fashion, and Matt, a working-class boy carving out a serious name for himself in property. Their story be... read more

1960s fashion, affairs and heartbreak feature in THE DECISION from No 1 bestselling novelist Penny Vincenzi 'Teeming with memorable characters' Woman & HomeSet against a vibrant sixties backdrop, this is the story of two bright young things: Eliza, an ex-deb making a splash in the world of fashion, and Matt, a working-class boy carving out a serious name for himself in property. Their story be... read more

Gather the Daughters

Jennie Melamed

'An exceptional debut' Sunday Telegraph'Obsessed with The Handmaid's Tale? This brilliant book is the one for you' Stylist'An intriguing, gorgeously realised and written novel which inexorably draws you into its dark heart' Kate HamerOn a small isolated island, there's a community that lives by its own rules. Boys grow up knowing they will one day take charge, while girls know they will be mar... read more

'An exceptional debut' Sunday Telegraph'Obsessed with The Handmaid's Tale? This brilliant book is the one for you' Stylist'An intriguing, gorgeously realised and written novel which inexorably draws you into its dark heart' Kate HamerOn a small isolated island, there's a community that lives by its own rules. Boys grow up knowing they will one day take charge, while girls know they will be mar... read more

The House of Birds

Morgan Mccarthy

Morgan McCarthy's THE HOUSE OF BIRDS is a beautiful and bewitching story of love, war and second chances that will be adored by readers of Kate Morton, Virginia Baily and Lucinda Riley. Oliver has spent years trying to convince himself that he's suited to a life of money making in the city, and that he doesn't miss a childhood spent in pursuit of mystery, when he cycled around the cobbled lane... read more

Morgan McCarthy's THE HOUSE OF BIRDS is a beautiful and bewitching story of love, war and second chances that will be adored by readers of Kate Morton, Virginia Baily and Lucinda Riley. Oliver has spent years trying to convince himself that he's suited to a life of money making in the city, and that he doesn't miss a childhood spent in pursuit of mystery, when he cycled around the cobbled lane... read more

The Son

Michel Rostain

Selected for the Waterstones Eleven list for 2013.We first meet Michel eleven days after the death of his son Lion. Lion was lost, suddenly, to a virulent strain of meningitis and it's left his father and entire family reeling. We join Michel on his personal journey through grief, but the twist that makes the journey truly remarkable, and tips this true story into fiction, is the fact that we ... read more

Selected for the Waterstones Eleven list for 2013.We first meet Michel eleven days after the death of his son Lion. Lion was lost, suddenly, to a virulent strain of meningitis and it's left his father and entire family reeling. We join Michel on his personal journey through grief, but the twist that makes the journey truly remarkable, and tips this true story into fiction, is the fact that we ... read more

Do Not Feed the Bear

Rachel Elliott

'Beguiling and astute' Sarah Winman 'Astoundingly good' Deborah Moggach'Wonderfully redemptive' Sarah HaywoodA life-affirming novel about broken but loving families, people making mistakes but doing their best, grief and getting stuck - for readers of ELEANOR OLIPHANT and THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP On her forty-seventh birthday, Sydney Smith stands on a rooftop and prepares to jump...Syd... read more

'Beguiling and astute' Sarah Winman 'Astoundingly good' Deborah Moggach'Wonderfully redemptive' Sarah HaywoodA life-affirming novel about broken but loving families, people making mistakes but doing their best, grief and getting stuck - for readers of ELEANOR OLIPHANT and THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP On her forty-seventh birthday, Sydney Smith stands on a rooftop and prepares to jump...Syd... read more

The Book of Summers

Emylia Hall

Beth Lowe has been sent a parcel. Inside is a letter informing her that her long-estranged mother has died, and a scrapbook Beth has never seen before. Entitled The Book of Summers, it's stuffed with photographs and mementos complied by her mother to record the seven glorious childhood summers Beth spent in rural Hungary. It was a time when she trod the tightrope between separated parents and ... read more

Beth Lowe has been sent a parcel. Inside is a letter informing her that her long-estranged mother has died, and a scrapbook Beth has never seen before. Entitled The Book of Summers, it's stuffed with photographs and mementos complied by her mother to record the seven glorious childhood summers Beth spent in rural Hungary. It was a time when she trod the tightrope between separated parents and ... read more

Her Husband's Lover

Julia Crouch

Sophie Hannah says Julia Crouch is 'brilliant' and Erin Kelly calls her 'one of the best writers in a strong field'. A woman has to stop her husband's lover from ruining her life in this stunning psychological thriller, HER HUSBAND'S LOVER, from the acclaimed Julia Crouch.She stole her husband. Now she wants to take her life.After the horrors of the past, Louisa Williams is desperate to make a... read more

Sophie Hannah says Julia Crouch is 'brilliant' and Erin Kelly calls her 'one of the best writers in a strong field'. A woman has to stop her husband's lover from ruining her life in this stunning psychological thriller, HER HUSBAND'S LOVER, from the acclaimed Julia Crouch.She stole her husband. Now she wants to take her life.After the horrors of the past, Louisa Williams is desperate to make a... read more

The Family

Martina Cole

Once you're in the family, you're in it for life... Devastatingly powerful, THE FAMILY by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole reaches the darkest corners of family life. Philip Murphy expects loyalty from their nearest and dearest - for better or for worse... Family is everything for the Murphy clan. Philip runs his business empire w... read more

Once you're in the family, you're in it for life... Devastatingly powerful, THE FAMILY by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole reaches the darkest corners of family life. Philip Murphy expects loyalty from their nearest and dearest - for better or for worse... Family is everything for the Murphy clan. Philip runs his business empire w... read more

Love In The Afternoon and Other Delights

Penny Vincenzi

From the No 1 Bestselling author PENNY VINCENZI - LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON AND OTHER DELIGHTS brings together searing journalism, ten short stories and other work in a single edition for the first time. 'A charming miscellany... brought to life with touching, Nora Ephron-like honesty' Daily MailAs well as ten stunning short stories, Penny also shares some of her thoughts on a huge range of subjec... read more

From the No 1 Bestselling author PENNY VINCENZI - LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON AND OTHER DELIGHTS brings together searing journalism, ten short stories and other work in a single edition for the first time. 'A charming miscellany... brought to life with touching, Nora Ephron-like honesty' Daily MailAs well as ten stunning short stories, Penny also shares some of her thoughts on a huge range of subjec... read more

Cuckoo

Julia Crouch

CUCKOO by Julia Crouch is the original psychological thriller: a dark, deliciously unsettling drama in the vein of I LET YOU GO, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.'Brilliant... truly chilling' Sophie HannahRose has it all - the gorgeous children, the husband, the beautiful home. But then her best friend Polly comes to stay. Very soon, Rose's cosy world starts to fall apart at the ... read more

CUCKOO by Julia Crouch is the original psychological thriller: a dark, deliciously unsettling drama in the vein of I LET YOU GO, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.'Brilliant... truly chilling' Sophie HannahRose has it all - the gorgeous children, the husband, the beautiful home. But then her best friend Polly comes to stay. Very soon, Rose's cosy world starts to fall apart at the ... read more

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