Louise Buckley

Louise Buckley - Editor Tick

London, United Kingdom

Literary agent and publishing consultant with extensive editorial experience working for Macmillan and Dorling Kindersley publishers.

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I'm a literary agent and editor with extensive editorial experience working for two large trade publishers. In my most recent editorial role at Pan Macmillan I edited and commissioned a wide variety of commercial fiction, including crime and thrillers, upmarket 'book-club' fiction, historical fiction, romance, sagas, fantasy, horror and science fiction. As an agent I represent a wide variety of literary and commercial fiction.

The main services I am currently offering are:

- Advice on your query letter - whereby I offer detailed advice on all aspects of your query letter

- Advice on your submission package to agents or publishers - whereby I offer detailed advice on your query letter, synopsis and first three chapters or 10,000 words.

- Editorial Assessment

- Proofreading

Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Horror
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Essex
  • BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Essex
  • Copy-editing Skills at the Publishing Training Centre
  • Proofreading for Editors at the Publishing Training Centre

Work experience

Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
June, 2017 – Present (about 1 year)

Freelance publishing consultant and editor.

Literary Agent

Zeno Agency Ltd
February, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

Literary Agent representing a variety of fiction and non-fiction authors.

Editor

Pan Macmillan
July, 2011 – February, 2016 (over 4 years)

I edited and published a list of fourteen commercial fiction authors, including New York Times bestselling psychological thriller author Jessica Knoll; Catharine Ingelman-Sundberg, the internationally bestselling author of The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules; saga superstars Mary Wood and Diane Allen; horror duo S. L. Grey and award-winning crime author Ryan David Jahn.

Editorial Assistant

Dorling Kindersley
May, 2010 – June, 2011 (about 1 year)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

House of Shadows

Pamela Hartshorne

When Kate Vavasour wakes in hospital, she can remember nothing about the family gathered around her bed, or of her life before the accident. The doctors diagnose post-traumatic amnesia and say the memories should start returning. Which they do . . . but these memories are not her own. They belong to Isabel Vavasour, who lived and died at Askerby Hall over four hundred years earlier . . .Return... read more

When Kate Vavasour wakes in hospital, she can remember nothing about the family gathered around her bed, or of her life before the accident. The doctors diagnose post-traumatic amnesia and say the memories should start returning. Which they do . . . but these memories are not her own. They belong to Isabel Vavasour, who lived and died at Askerby Hall over four hundred years earlier . . .Return... read more

An Unbreakable Bond (The Breckton Novels Book 2)

Mary Wood

An Unbreakable Bond is the gripping second novel in The Breckton Novels, from bestselling saga author Mary Wood.It is 1913 and for best friends Megan and Hattie, born at the turn of the century and brought up in a convent orphanage in Leeds, the time has come to make their way in the world. Megan is to become an apprentice seamstress and Hattie is to work as a scullery maid at Lord Marley's co... read more

An Unbreakable Bond is the gripping second novel in The Breckton Novels, from bestselling saga author Mary Wood.It is 1913 and for best friends Megan and Hattie, born at the turn of the century and brought up in a convent orphanage in Leeds, the time has come to make their way in the world. Megan is to become an apprentice seamstress and Hattie is to work as a scullery maid at Lord Marley's co... read more

All I Have to Give

Mary Wood

When all is lost, can she find the strength to start again? It is 1916 and Edith Mellor is one of the few female surgeons in Britain. Compelled to use her skills for the war effort, she travels to the Somme, where she is confronted with the horrors at the front. Yet amongst the bloodshed on the battlefield, there is a ray of light in the form of the working class Albert, a corporal from the Ea... read more

When all is lost, can she find the strength to start again? It is 1916 and Edith Mellor is one of the few female surgeons in Britain. Compelled to use her skills for the war effort, she travels to the Somme, where she is confronted with the horrors at the front. Yet amongst the bloodshed on the battlefield, there is a ray of light in the form of the working class Albert, a corporal from the Ea... read more

In Their Mother's Footsteps

Mary Wood

In Their Mother's Footsteps is a moving saga set at the eve of the Second World War, by the author of the Breckton series, Mary Wood.Two girls. One horrendous war. The chance to unite a family . . .Edith and Ada run Jimmy's Hope House where they care for unmarried mothers, and where Edith, a doctor, offers free medical help to the poor of London's East End.Both are struggling to overcome traum... read more

In Their Mother's Footsteps is a moving saga set at the eve of the Second World War, by the author of the Breckton series, Mary Wood.Two girls. One horrendous war. The chance to unite a family . . .Edith and Ada run Jimmy's Hope House where they care for unmarried mothers, and where Edith, a doctor, offers free medical help to the poor of London's East End.Both are struggling to overcome traum... read more

The Gentle Assassin

Ryan David Jahn

It wasn't every day you had the chance to track down the man who'd killed your mother. In 1964, Andrew Combs' mother is killed in front of him. His father Harry vanishes soon afterwards. Twenty-six years later Andrew wants revenge. There's only one way he can let go of his past and become the man he wants to be: track down and kill his mother's murderer. His father.But while Andrew thinks he k... read more

It wasn't every day you had the chance to track down the man who'd killed your mother. In 1964, Andrew Combs' mother is killed in front of him. His father Harry vanishes soon afterwards. Twenty-six years later Andrew wants revenge. There's only one way he can let go of his past and become the man he wants to be: track down and kill his mother's murderer. His father.But while Andrew thinks he k... read more

Dark Hours

Ryan David Jahn

Private Investigator Damien Lamb: a man hardened by life and seeking justice against those who have wronged society. When the vulnerable Abigail walks into his office asking Lamb to retrieve her daughter from the confines of infamous cult, the Children of God, Lamb can't help but fall for her story. And so begins a breath-taking and dangerous journey as Lamb attempts to rescue Abigail's daught... read more

Private Investigator Damien Lamb: a man hardened by life and seeking justice against those who have wronged society. When the vulnerable Abigail walks into his office asking Lamb to retrieve her daughter from the confines of infamous cult, the Children of God, Lamb can't help but fall for her story. And so begins a breath-taking and dangerous journey as Lamb attempts to rescue Abigail's daught... read more

Monument to Murder (DCI Kate Daniels Book 4)

Mari Hannah

HE SELECTS. THEY DIE . . . When skeletal remains are found beneath the fortified walls of an ancient castle on Northumberland's rugged coastline, DCI Kate Daniels calls on a forensic anthropologist to help identify the corpse. Meanwhile, newly widowed prison psychologist Emily McCann finds herself drawn into the fantasy of convicted sex offender, Walter Fearon. As his mind games become more an... read more

HE SELECTS. THEY DIE . . . When skeletal remains are found beneath the fortified walls of an ancient castle on Northumberland's rugged coastline, DCI Kate Daniels calls on a forensic anthropologist to help identify the corpse. Meanwhile, newly widowed prison psychologist Emily McCann finds herself drawn into the fantasy of convicted sex offender, Walter Fearon. As his mind games become more an... read more

Marked: A blistering and unpredictable crime thriller (The Detective Callum Doyle Series)

David Jackson

A rapid-paced crime thriller packed with twists and turns, perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Lee ChildIn New York's East Village a young girl is brutally raped, tortured and murdered. Detective Callum Doyle has seen the victim's remains. He has visited the distraught family. Now he wants justice.Doyle is convinced he knows who the killer is. The problem is he can't prove it. And the more he... read more

A rapid-paced crime thriller packed with twists and turns, perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Lee ChildIn New York's East Village a young girl is brutally raped, tortured and murdered. Detective Callum Doyle has seen the victim's remains. He has visited the distraught family. Now he wants justice.Doyle is convinced he knows who the killer is. The problem is he can't prove it. And the more he... read more

Under Ground

S. L. Grey

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE SAFE . . . The Sanctum is a luxurious, self-sustaining survival condominium situated underground. It's a plush bolt-hole for the rich and paranoid - a place where they can wait out the apocalypse in style. When a devastating super-flu virus hits, several families race to reach The Sanctum. All have their own motivations for entering. All are hiding secrets. But when the ... read more

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE SAFE . . . The Sanctum is a luxurious, self-sustaining survival condominium situated underground. It's a plush bolt-hole for the rich and paranoid - a place where they can wait out the apocalypse in style. When a devastating super-flu virus hits, several families race to reach The Sanctum. All have their own motivations for entering. All are hiding secrets. But when the ... read more

The Apartment

S. L. Grey

From S. L. Grey comes this suspenseful psychological thriller.Mark and Steph are struggling to move on with their lives after armed robbers broke into their home and brutalized them. Shaken, they decide to get away and leave their troubles behind. A house swap in Paris with a couple they meet online, the Petits, seems to provide the perfect escape. But upon arriving for a week's luxurious brea... read more

From S. L. Grey comes this suspenseful psychological thriller.Mark and Steph are struggling to move on with their lives after armed robbers broke into their home and brutalized them. Shaken, they decide to get away and leave their troubles behind. A house swap in Paris with a couple they meet online, the Petits, seems to provide the perfect escape. But upon arriving for a week's luxurious brea... read more

The Memory of Midnight

Pamela Hartshorne

FANS OF DIANA GABALDON AND KATE MOSSE WILL FIND MUCH TO LOVE IN THIS VIVID STORY OF LOST LOVE AND POWERFUL SECRETS.One hot day in Elizabethan York, young Nell Appleby is trapped in a wooden chest, and a horror of the stifling dark - and of the man who trapped her - dogs her for the rest of her life. Wed to the sadistic Ralph Maskewe, Nell must find joy where she can, until the return of her ch... read more

FANS OF DIANA GABALDON AND KATE MOSSE WILL FIND MUCH TO LOVE IN THIS VIVID STORY OF LOST LOVE AND POWERFUL SECRETS.One hot day in Elizabethan York, young Nell Appleby is trapped in a wooden chest, and a horror of the stifling dark - and of the man who trapped her - dogs her for the rest of her life. Wed to the sadistic Ralph Maskewe, Nell must find joy where she can, until the return of her ch... read more

The Edge of Dark

Pamela Hartshorne

Be careful what you wish for. Jane believes in keeping her promises, but a deathbed vow sets her on a twisting path of deceit and joy that takes her from the dark secrets of Holmwood House in York to the sign of the golden lily in London's Mincing Lane. Getting what you want, Jane discovers, comes at a price. For the child that she longed for, the child she promised to love and to keep safe, t... read more

Be careful what you wish for. Jane believes in keeping her promises, but a deathbed vow sets her on a twisting path of deceit and joy that takes her from the dark secrets of Holmwood House in York to the sign of the golden lily in London's Mincing Lane. Getting what you want, Jane discovers, comes at a price. For the child that she longed for, the child she promised to love and to keep safe, t... read more

Among the Lemon Trees

Nadia Marks

For fans of Victoria Hislop comes Among the Lemon Trees, the debut novel from Nadia Marks.Anna thought her marriage to Max would last forever. Having raised two happy children together, she looked forward to growing old with the man she loved. But when a revelation from her husband just before their wedding anniversary shakes her entire world, she's left uncertain of what the future holds.Need... read more

For fans of Victoria Hislop comes Among the Lemon Trees, the debut novel from Nadia Marks.Anna thought her marriage to Max would last forever. Having raised two happy children together, she looked forward to growing old with the man she loved. But when a revelation from her husband just before their wedding anniversary shakes her entire world, she's left uncertain of what the future holds.Need... read more

The Mistress of Windfell Manor

Diane Allen

Charlotte Booth loves her father and the home they share, which is set high up in the limestone escarpments of Crummockdale. But when a new businessman in the form of Joseph Dawson enters their lives, both Charlotte and her father decide he's the man for her and, within six months, Charlotte marries the dashing mill owner from Accrington.Then a young mill worker is found dead in the swollen Ri... read more

Charlotte Booth loves her father and the home they share, which is set high up in the limestone escarpments of Crummockdale. But when a new businessman in the form of Joseph Dawson enters their lives, both Charlotte and her father decide he's the man for her and, within six months, Charlotte marries the dashing mill owner from Accrington.Then a young mill worker is found dead in the swollen Ri... read more

Like Father, Like Son

Diane Allen

There would be trouble in Paradise . . . From birth, Polly Harper seems destined for tragedy. Raised by her loving grandparents on Paradise Farm she is unknowingly tangled in a web of secrecy regarding her parentage. When she falls in love with Tobias, the wealthy son of a local landowner of disrepute, her anxious grandparents send her to work in a dairy. There she becomes instantly drawn to t... read more

There would be trouble in Paradise . . . From birth, Polly Harper seems destined for tragedy. Raised by her loving grandparents on Paradise Farm she is unknowingly tangled in a web of secrecy regarding her parentage. When she falls in love with Tobias, the wealthy son of a local landowner of disrepute, her anxious grandparents send her to work in a dairy. There she becomes instantly drawn to t... read more

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dina abdoulaye

i loved her assessment,it was clear,simple and she helped me see what the next steps should be.I would love to work with her again.

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dina abdoulaye, August 2018


Chrisanne Naicker

Louise was a dream to work with. Her ability to dissect plot holes, as well as clear up confusion in my query letter, synopsis and first few chapters was extremely thorough. The explanations that she provided, was easy to understand and has really helped me polish up my work. I highly recommend working with Louise, I know I will definitely come back to her for assistance.

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Chrisanne Naicker, May 2018


Jonathan Green

My collaboration with Louise has been brilliant, it is my first book and I have learnt so much working with Louise that I feel my writing has improved a lot. Louise has been so thorough with my work, that I can see how much better my book is, even though it still needs line editing and proof reading. Thank you Louise :-)

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Jonathan Green, April 2018


Laura Goghova

Louise helped me to improve the description of my book and made it sound amazing in such a short time! I am very grateful for all her hard work throughout our collaboration.

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Laura Goghova, March 2018


Laura Goghova

Louise was very helpful and patient throughout our collboration. She assessed and copy edited my 100,000 word manuscript and helped me identify which areas of my writting needed work and also came up with some great suggestions that helped me to work through some of the problem areas for a reasonable price and time frame. Her quidance and comments very extremely helpful. I am looking forward...

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Laura Goghova, March 2018

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