Lucy Carroll

Lucy Carroll – Editor

8+ years developing manuscripts and proposals for leading publishers in self-help, cookery, memoir and narrative non-fiction.


My goal is to help you navigate the confusing world of pre-publication and polish your proposal or manuscript so it is in the best possible position to be picked up by an agent or publisher.

As a proactive commissioning editor, my specialty lies in working with first-time authors to turn their ideas and expertise into a commercially viable book.

I am delighted to work with authors on:

- proposals to bring to agents or publishers

- the overall plan and structure of a book

- tone and writing style

- developing a manuscript to meet a publishable standard

To date, I have enjoyed working across a variety of non-fiction areas, including wellbeing, history, cookery, narrative non-fiction and children's non-fiction.

I look forward to working with you to bring your project to life!


Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing History Nature Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sex & Relationships
Historical Fiction
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
  • MA in Publishing from UCL
  • MA in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity from Birkbeck, University of Londond
  • BA in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh

Work experience

Watkins Publishing

Nov, 2021 — Present

I head a dynamic health and wellbeing list at Watkins Publishing, acquiring around 12 titles a year from up-and-coming and established authors. I also publish within other areas covered by the Watkins and Nourish imprints, including food and drink, gardening and children’s wellbeing.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Aug, 2015 — Sep, 2021 (about 6 years)

Acted as editorial and strategic lead for a specialist non-fiction list, commissioning and developing projects.

The Siren Press

Apr, 2014 — Mar, 2016 (almost 2 years)

Worked on fiction titles, including an anthology of short stories featuring award winning authors.

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