Lizzie Kaye

Lizzie Kaye - Editor

Editor specialising in illustrated titles and graphic novels with ten years of experience working with creators like Ram V and Jackie Morris

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Overview

I have spent the last decade working in publishing with a strong focus on comics and graphic novels. For the last four years, I have worked remotely full time, first from the Lake District, and now from the Oxfordshire countryside – so I'm very practiced at maintaining focus and communication when working from home!

I have a commercial focus, and consider my role as Editor to be similar to midwifery – helping authors to bring the strongest books out into the world with the minimum of stress! I am also very interested in books that challenge a reader, either in terms of content or format, and push the boundaries of how we relate to narratives, which is a large part of why I choose to work mostly in illustrated titles.

I have been privileged to work with a number of talented creators, such as Ales Kot, Ram V and Jackie Morris, both as part of my roles within the companies I worked for, and in a freelance capacity. I believe that building successful working relationships requires trust, honesty, and open communication.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Comics (non fiction)
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Humor & Comedy

Certifications

  • English Literature BA Cons 2:1 UEA

Work experience

Publishing Consultant

Self-employed
March, 2020 – Present (11 months)

Developed and presented to potential investors a five year publishing strategy, including projected P&L statements, for a new publishing venture spearheaded by a noted public figure.

Commissioning Editor

Unbound
January, 2017 – March, 2020 (about 3 years)

I was brought in to commission a specialist list for the Unbound platform, focusing on illustrated titles and graphic novels. I’ve built and maintained excellent relationships with authors in the process of pitching the platform to them, and then presenting their titles in the best possible way on the Unbound website for crowdfunding. I have also established excellent and ongoing working relationships with various specialist press outlets, festivals, and funding bodies, and am interested and experienced in finding new and innovative ways for authors to reach their readership. I have a black book of freelance creatives to call on for projects and pride myself on creating long-lasting and positive working relationships.

Titles published under my banner there include: Grafity's Wall, by Ram V & Anand Radhakrishnan; Reel Love by Owen Michael Johnson; Life Drawing by Jessica Martin; The Carpet Merchant of Konstantinyaa by Reimena Yee; and Barking, by Lucy Sullivan.

I also commissioned and managed the campaign for The Unwinding, by Jackie Morris, working closely with her on the development of the book.

Examiner

Scuola del Fumetto – Milan and Palermo
September, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

On the examining board for the graduating class of the Milan and Palermo comics and illustration programmes at the Scuola del Fumetto. Provide final degree grade as a member of the board.

Editor

Titan Comics
October, 2014 – August, 2016 (almost 2 years)

As Editor of three separate lists, I was responsible for project managing the full editorial process, including creating narrative outlines and publishing strategies for the initial pitching of licensed properties. I commissioned covers, artists and writers, and was responsible for full layouts of both comics and books. I ensured that titles were delivered to a high standard, on or before deadline, and within budget. I built and managed teams of freelance creatives – often working across several time zones – and worked on multiple projects at various stages of completion, with up to three print deadlines per week.

Editorial & Production Manager

SelfMadeHero
August, 2012 – September, 2014 (about 2 years)

I managed the production schedule and delivery of final print files for the entire list. This included getting quotes from printers, negotiating delivery timelines, and arranging shipping. I also handled the in-house editorial and production process, designing, proof-reading and type-setting manuscripts and liaising with freelance copy editors, designers, and translators. I worked alongside the Managing Director to design the publishing programme and closely with Marketing to produce AI and TI sheets, as well as the publisher catalogue and all promotional materials.
Previous role at this Employer: Editorial and Production Assistant, Aug 2010 – Aug 2012.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Grafity's Wall

Ram V, Anand Radhakrishnan

When an aspiring street artist by the name of Grafity watches the tenements outside his home being razed, he finds an unlikely canvas at the one wall still left standing in the debris. Over the next weeks, he begins creating a mural on the wall, one that chronicles the lives of his friends: a local low-level fixer named Jay who harbours dreams of being a rapper. A brilliant and awkward boy nam... read more

When an aspiring street artist by the name of Grafity watches the tenements outside his home being razed, he finds an unlikely canvas at the one wall still left standing in the debris. Over the next weeks, he begins creating a mural on the wall, one that chronicles the lives of his friends: a local low-level fixer named Jay who harbours dreams of being a rapper. A brilliant and awkward boy nam... read more

Reel Love

Owen Michael Johnson

In a quiet corner of England, a young boy visits the cinema for the first time. Overwhelmed by the experience, he returns to see a movie which will ignite his imagination, fill his head with fantasy and change the course of his life.That enthusiasm carries him though to his adolescence, when he gets a part-time job as an usher at his local cinema. Falling in with the motley crew of cinephile s... read more

In a quiet corner of England, a young boy visits the cinema for the first time. Overwhelmed by the experience, he returns to see a movie which will ignite his imagination, fill his head with fantasy and change the course of his life.That enthusiasm carries him though to his adolescence, when he gets a part-time job as an usher at his local cinema. Falling in with the motley crew of cinephile s... read more

Life Drawing

Jessica Martin

The lure of the spotlight can be intoxicating, and Jessica Martin was captured by it early on. The daughter of a bandleader, she came of age in the jazz clubs of London’s Soho before going on to forge a career as a West End regular, Spitting Image impressionist and Doctor Who actor. Now entering a new phase of her performing life, Jessica Martin looks back on the parts and people that contribu... read more

The lure of the spotlight can be intoxicating, and Jessica Martin was captured by it early on. The daughter of a bandleader, she came of age in the jazz clubs of London’s Soho before going on to forge a career as a West End regular, Spitting Image impressionist and Doctor Who actor. Now entering a new phase of her performing life, Jessica Martin looks back on the parts and people that contribu... read more

Generation Gone Vol. 1

Ales Kot, Andr_ Lima AraÏjo

America, 2020. Three young hackers with nothing to lose. A secretive scientist with a plan. One final job. What happens when you're young, poor, angry, and get superpowers you never asked for? Multiple trips to the sun, weird black goo, a breakup fight inside a nuclear factory, love, hate, anger, loss„and a struggle for survival. The first chapter of the sci-fi action epic by ALE_ KOT and ANDR... read more

America, 2020. Three young hackers with nothing to lose. A secretive scientist with a plan. One final job. What happens when you're young, poor, angry, and get superpowers you never asked for? Multiple trips to the sun, weird black goo, a breakup fight inside a nuclear factory, love, hate, anger, loss„and a struggle for survival. The first chapter of the sci-fi action epic by ALE_ KOT and ANDR... read more

Paradiso Vol. 1: Essential Singularity

Ram V

A cataclysmic event, now remembered only as "The Midnight," led to the collapse of civilization. Now, centuries after, the remnant of a mega-city named Paradiso is the only place on Earth where humanity still thrives. When Jack Kryznan arrives at the outskirts with a mysterious device capable of bringing dead technology to life, he sets off a power struggle that threatens to embroil the human ... read more

A cataclysmic event, now remembered only as "The Midnight," led to the collapse of civilization. Now, centuries after, the remnant of a mega-city named Paradiso is the only place on Earth where humanity still thrives. When Jack Kryznan arrives at the outskirts with a mysterious device capable of bringing dead technology to life, he sets off a power struggle that threatens to embroil the human ... read more

The Nikopol Trilogy

Enki Bilal

The year is 2025, and Herakles Nikopol has returned to Earth following a 30 year exile in cryostasis. The Paris he lands in, however, is not the one he left. In his absence, the Gods of Egypt have returned to reassert their dominance over the human race.One God in particular, the renegade Horus, has great plans he can only carry out with the help, unwilling though it may be, of Nikopol himself... read more

The year is 2025, and Herakles Nikopol has returned to Earth following a 30 year exile in cryostasis. The Paris he lands in, however, is not the one he left. In his absence, the Gods of Egypt have returned to reassert their dominance over the human race.One God in particular, the renegade Horus, has great plans he can only carry out with the help, unwilling though it may be, of Nikopol himself... read more

The Quest for the Time Bird

Serge Le Tendre

The world of Akbar is in grave danger; Ramor, the cursed god, is about to be set free and spread unending chaos! The witch Mara can bind him to his prison, a conch shell, but she needs something special¡­ the legendary Time Bird. She charges her daughter, Pelisse, with enlisting the help of the ageing warrior Bragon, and together they set out on a quest to save the world! But all is not as it ... read more

The world of Akbar is in grave danger; Ramor, the cursed god, is about to be set free and spread unending chaos! The witch Mara can bind him to his prison, a conch shell, but she needs something special¡­ the legendary Time Bird. She charges her daughter, Pelisse, with enlisting the help of the ageing warrior Bragon, and together they set out on a quest to save the world! But all is not as it ... read more

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moe s
Lizzie had been a great help in copy editing my book. She also helped in addressing issues and concerns that I had about it. She understood the genre very well (she have a wealth of experience and knowledge there) which was extremely helpful. I do plan to continue with Lizzie to get my book 'Agent-ready'.

moe s, July 2020

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