Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards – Editor

Editor and publisher with 27 years' experience in children's publishing. Published The Hunger Games, His Dark Materials, Horrible Histories.


I am a freelance editor, writer, publisher and yoga teacher, having spent 27 years in the publishing industry, primarily in the children's books trade as a publishing director. As a freelance consultant I have advised major publishing houses and brands on publishing strategy, brand management, digital publishing and licensing.

During my career I have been lucky enough to publish: His Dark Materials; The Hunger Games; Horrible Histories; Stick Man (and other Julia Donaldson picture books); Jonny Duddle; Roddy Doyle; the Tom Gates' series; The Beano, Disney; Captain Underpants and Klutz. More recently I led the revitalisation of Templar Publishing for their its 40th anniversary, worked with Beano on their fiction strategy and with Little People, BIG DREAMS on their brand licensing strategy.

Across my 27-year career, myself and my teams have won or been shortlisted for over 25 prestigious awards including: the British Book Award for Publisher of the Year, the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals, the Waterstones Prize, the Costa Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Awards, the Stanford Travel Writing Awards, the Klaus Flugge Prize, the Royal Society Science Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny/Lollies Prize.

I pride myself on having an honest and detailed approach to authors' work as I find it has served me well over the 27 years I've been in the industry. You can expect my work to deliver an honest opinion on the commercial and creative strengths of your work, clear and concise ideas on how to improve it, and sound editorial notes on how to carry your text through to a publishable/queryable state. I can also help you with self-publishing your work, as I published my own books in 2021.

I believe in a collaborative approach to all my work – the relationship between editor and author should be symbiotic as we work together towards the end goal of achieving a great book.

Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Health & Wellbeing Writing & Publishing
Comics & Graphic Novels Historical Fiction Middle Grade Fantasy Young Adult Fantasy
English (UK)
  • English Association Award 2019 - I Say Ooh You Say Ahh by John Kane; Rhythm of the Rain by Grahame Baker Smith
  • Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award 2018 - Great Adventurers by Alastair Humphreys
  • Klaus Flugge Illustration Prize 2019 (highly commended) – The Real Boat by Victoria Semykina
  • British Book Awards Children's Publisher of the Year 2013 (Scholastic UK)
  • Blue Peter Book Award 2013 - Horrible Science House of Horrors by Nick Arnold; Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly) by Liz Pichon
  • Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2012: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon
  • Costa Children's Book Award 2012: Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • Bookseller Rising Star 2012
  • Royal Society Prize 2019: Planetarium by Raman Prinja and Chris Wormell

Work experience


Apr, 2015 — Present

After spending 27 years in the trade publishing industry I am now a freelance writer, editor, agent and publisher, offering consultancy, copywriting, agency and editorial services to publishers, brands and authors.

I have worked at director level across both children’s and adult imprints, with expertise in fiction, illustrated/narrative non-fiction and picture books. I have a strong track record in publishing strategy, brand management, digital publishing and licensing.

My publishing portfolio in the children's industry includes The Hunger Games, Horrible Histories, Horrible Science, Tom Gates series, His Dark Materials, Klutz, Captain Underpants, Disney, Beano and Julia Donaldson picture books. Most recently, I worked on the brand strategies for Beano and Little People, BIG DREAMS™.

Templar Publishing

Nov, 2015 — Mar, 2019 (over 3 years)

I led a team of editors, designers and a paper engineer for the Templar Books and Big Picture Press imprints, producing around 80 titles per year in picture books, non fiction, classics, fiction, pre-school and gift.

Best known for its groundbreaking Ology series, Amazing Baby books and award-winning picture books, Templar is a design- and illustration-led imprint that prides itself on innovation. Paper-engineering is at the heart of Templar's DNA as well as finding new ways to deliver stories and information to young readers.

Formed in 2013, Big Picture Press is best known for the Mizielinskis' MAPS and Katie Scott's Animalium. It is a carefully curated 'boutique' imprint, which is focused on visually inspiring non fiction for readers of all ages. See less

Carlton Books

Apr, 2013 — Mar, 2015 (almost 2 years)

I headed up editorial for all the Carlton adult imprints: Carlton Books, Goodman, Goodman Fiell, Andre Deutsch and Prion. As official London Olympics 2012 publishers, and shortlisted for Independent Publisher of the Year at the 2013 Bookseller Industry Awards, Carlton leads the market in branded and licensed non-fiction publishing.

My portfolio included official FIFA World Cup and Tour De France publishing in 2014, along with a four-year Imperial War Museum military-history programme to coincide with the centenary of World War One. Recent and brand partnerships included MENSA, Liberty of London, the ABBA museum, the Design Museum and Rugby World Cup.

Scholastic UK

Mar, 2010 — Apr, 2013 (about 3 years)

I was head of editorial, digital and licensing at Scholastic Children's Books UK, named Children's Publisher of the Year 2013 by The Bookseller. I was responsible for the entire list, comprising fiction, non fiction, picture books and novelty, including the imprints Alison Green Books and Marion Lloyd Books. I also initiated the digital and audio programme for SCB, and managed the licensing of key brands and properties.

Highlights of the publishing included The Hunger Games, Horrible Histories, His Dark Materials, Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler picture books such as Stick Man, Klutz, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates and Captain Underpants. Headline acquisitions included books from Henry Winkler, Dr Christian Jessen and CBeebies' Cerrie Burnell, and new publishing partnerships with the RSPCA and Transport for London.

Company successes during my tenure include Children’s Publisher of the Year in 2013; the Waterstones Prize, Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and Red House Children's Book Awards for The Brilliant World of Tom Gates; two Blue Peter Book Award winners: for Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (mostly) and Horrible Science: House of Horrors; winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2012 for Blood Red Road by Moira Young; shortlistings for A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle for the Carnegie Medal 2013, Goblins by Philip Reeve for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 and The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler for the British Book Awards 2011.

Scholastic UK

Jun, 2005 — Mar, 2010 (over 4 years)

I managed a team that commissioned a list of approximately 150 non fiction and media titles per year, including the bestselling Horrible Histories series. I directed the licensing of Horrible Histories following its 2003 tenth anniversary, including (ongoing) live stage shows, five BAFTA-winning BBC TV series', two major Imperial War Museum exhibitions and an extensive merchandise programme including toys, gift products and a monthly magazine. During this time I also worked closely with New Line Cinema and Scholastic companies worldwide to create and implement The Golden Compass movie tie-in programme, based on Philip Pullman's bestselling novel, Northern Lights.

Scholastic UK

Jan, 2001 — Jun, 2005 (over 4 years)

Managed a team of editors working on the bestselling list, which was dominated by the 'Horribles' publishing: Horrible Histories, Horrible Science, Horrible Geography, Horribly Famous, Murderous Maths and Foul Football.


Saba's twin is golden. She is his living shadow. He is strong and beautiful. She is scrawny and dark. But nothing will separate them... Raised in isolated Silverlake, Saba is ignorant of the violent and dangerous world beyond, where life is cheap and survival ... read more
OCTOBER 1940. I was out, free of my aircraft, tumbling wildly in the air. I pulled the ripcord. I was jerked back by the parachute as air punched into it and I swung there like a puppet, winded and gasping for breath. I looked down at my leg. It felt like a be... read more
It's 1909. Dollie is swept up in the thrill of the campaign for Votes for Women. Against her guardian's wishes, she marches against Parliament with Emmeline Pankhurst and fellow suffragettes. Things turn violent, women are imprisoned and endanger their lives w... read more
'There's something very important that I need you to remember. When I say Ooh, you say Aah. Let's try it.'Ooh the donkey has lost his pants. Readers must help him find them! In this picture book, young readers help to sell the story by responding to simple ver... read more
There's a smell I can't ignore.It's wafting through the kitchen door.It's time for me to find out more.I think it might be cake.How do you resist the most amazing cake ever? Especially when your mum has left a note saying that you MUST NOT eat the cake? This w... read more
From atoms to beehives to the movement of the planets, everything around us is buzzing with maths. So how does this language of numbers, symbols and equations make every single thing in our universe tick like an unseen clock? Visualise cosmic distances, discov... read more

Ximo A.

Living in a small town, Toto wishes to escape the inevitable life in front of him. He will never become a porter, he will become an astronaut instead! He bravely packs his bags, kisses his parents goodbye and sets off for the bright lights of the big city. Eve... read more
Take a journey through the seasons in this beautiful book, made entirely from hand-pressed plants.Artist Helen Ahpornsiri transforms petals, leaves and seeds into bounding hares, swooping swallows and fluttering butterflies. Turn the page to watch flowers unfo... read more

Raman P.

Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore... Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of galactic matter, expertly curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the comfort of your own home. Planetari... read more
HORRIBLE SCIENCE: BLOOD, BONES AND BODY BITS is a bone-chilling book of bodies to make kids squeal! Find out what happens when a boil bursts. See what lives in your eyelashes. Gulp at the workings of your disgusting digestion. Redesigned in a bold, funky new l... read more
Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks - spilt water - lightning... Tom's exercise book is full of his doodles and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerman.
A beautiful, lyrical non-fiction picture book about the water cycle. Issac empties his little jar of water into a stream and follows its journey through the country and the city until it joins the ocean. On the other side of the world, Cassi welcomes the rain ... read more
Hand-selected by Alastair Humpreys, read about the incredible journeys undertaken by twenty of the most heroic and impressive explorers who ever lived, including Ibn Battuta (14th-century explorer); Apsley Cherry-Garrard (a member of Scott's Antarctic expediti... read more
Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore... Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of dinosaurs, expertly curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the comfort of your own home.Dinosaurium feat... read more
Set against the dreaming spires of Jordan College and the dangerous wilderness of the frozen north, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy offers an intoxicating blend of imagination, science, theology and adventure.This special collection features all th... read more
They're not called the Awesome Egyptians for nothing! The foul pharaohs and their suffering slaves got up to all sorts of terrible tricks. Read this book to... * Meet some fabulous pharaohs... and their mummies * Make revolting recipes for 3000 year old sweets... read more
Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen ... read more

Lisa has 72 reviews





Deborah Rose G.

Deborah Rose G.

Jun, 2023

I had a really positive experience working with Lisa. Her feedback was honest and helpful and I sent it out confident that it was the best it could be. I definitely recommend her services!
Joshua T.

Joshua T.

May, 2023

Lisa has been a joy to work with and provided an excellent source of knowledge and support.
Lisa E.
Thanks Josh! I've hugely enjoyed our collaboration and wish you every success.
Rachelle P.

Rachelle P.

May, 2023

Working with Lisa is an incredible experience. Her experience, attention to detail, critical and pointed feedback around plot, structure, character development, and concept are unparalleled. My book was unimaginably worse when we first started working together, and I'm excited to continue collaborating to make my book the best it can possibly be.
Lisa E.
Thank you so much, Rachelle. Looking forward to working with you again.
Joshua T.

Joshua T.

Mar, 2023

Amazing and professional help all round, working with Lisa was a delight and provided an eye opening experience into the industry.
Lisa E.
Thank you so much, Josh. A real pleasure to collaborate with you.
Olivia P.

Olivia P.

Feb, 2023

Lisa has been absolutely incredible! Her feedback has truly been invaluable, and I've loved working with her throughout this entire process. She's helped me transform my book in a way that I never would have been able to do without her. Her feedback is detailed, well explained, and her level of professionalism makes her worth every penny. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lisa! You've taught me s...
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Lisa E.
Thank you, Olivia! Best of luck with the book.