Lucy Courtenay

Lucy Courtenay - Editor

London, UK

I'm a children's fiction author and editor with over 20 years' experience.

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Overview

I'm a children's fiction author and editor with over 20 years' experience, currently spending part of my week working in-house at one of the main children's publishing houses in the UK. I write and edit for all ages from 5-16+. I look for projects with heart and humour. And cats. Animals in general, to be honest.

I have a very respectful relationship with all of my authors, guiding them where necessary and supporting them through the whole process. My years of experience on both sides of the publishing fence stand me in very good stead with my clients, who benefit from my 360-degree overview of the process.

I can't wait to read your stories.
Languages
English (UK)
Children's
Middle Grade
Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Managing Editor, Children's Fiction

Egmont UK
March, 2019 – Present (9 months)

May 2003 – Present Freelance Editor and Author, Children’s Fiction

• Editing for Orchard Books, Hodder Headline, Hodder Children’s Books, HarperCollins Publishers, Buster Books, Boxer Books, Head of Zeus.
• Writing and developing projects for Working Partners, Hothouse Fiction, Hodder Children’s Books, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Stripes, Scholastic, Pearson, John Murray, Andersen Press.
• Abridging adult titles for children’s lists.
• Writing novelisations for film and TV tie-ins.
• Contributor to The Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook.
• Writing courses for Writers & Artists and private clients.
• Editorial consultancy for Cornerstones, Writers & Artists and private clients.
• Talks and creative writing workshops for schools, libraries and bookshops.

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

July 2001 – May 2003 Senior Commissioning Editor, Children’s Fiction

• Mass-market project management
• Commissioning, developing and editing, briefing covers and illustrations
• Managing and developing high-profile series
• Scheduling, budgeting and list management
• Regular liaison with authors and agents, contract work on rights, territories and royalties, proposals, presentations and costings
• Shortlisted for Brandford Boase Award 2003 (Feather Boy: Nicky Singer)

Jan 2000 – June 2001 Editor, Children’s Fiction

• Commissioning, developing and editing, briefing covers and illustrations
• Coordinating US mass-market buy-ins
• E-books coordinator
• Coordinator for local Education Business Link Reading Initiative
• Liaison with authors and agents, contract work on rights, territories and royalties, proofreading and copyediting, proposals, presentations and costings

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2019 (Writers' and Artists')

Bloomsbury Publishing

The annual, bestselling guide to all aspects of the media and how to write and illustrate for children and young adults. Acknowledged by the media industries and authors as the essential guide to how to get published. The 70+ articles are updated and added to each year. Together they provide invaluable guidance on subjects such as series fiction, writing historical or funny books, preparing an... read more

The annual, bestselling guide to all aspects of the media and how to write and illustrate for children and young adults. Acknowledged by the media industries and authors as the essential guide to how to get published. The 70+ articles are updated and added to each year. Together they provide invaluable guidance on subjects such as series fiction, writing historical or funny books, preparing an... read more

Get Started in Writing an Illustrated Children's Book

Lucy Courtenay

Do you have an irresistible idea for a children's book with pictures? Are you inspired by writers like Julia Donaldson and Lauren Child? Get Started in Writing and Illustrating A Children's Book is designed for anyone who wants to write in this genre of fiction, whatever the category or age range. Designed to build confidence and help fire up creativity, it is also an essential guide to master... read more

Do you have an irresistible idea for a children's book with pictures? Are you inspired by writers like Julia Donaldson and Lauren Child? Get Started in Writing and Illustrating A Children's Book is designed for anyone who wants to write in this genre of fiction, whatever the category or age range. Designed to build confidence and help fire up creativity, it is also an essential guide to master... read more

Hollow Earth

John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

In this fresh and innovative middle grade fantasy, imagination matters most in a world where art can keep monsters trapped—or set them free.Lots of twins have a special connection, but twelve-year-old Matt and Emily Calder can do way more than finish each other’s sentences. Together, they are able to bring art to life and enter paintings at will. Their extraordinary abilities are highly sought... read more

In this fresh and innovative middle grade fantasy, imagination matters most in a world where art can keep monsters trapped—or set them free.Lots of twins have a special connection, but twelve-year-old Matt and Emily Calder can do way more than finish each other’s sentences. Together, they are able to bring art to life and enter paintings at will. Their extraordinary abilities are highly sought... read more

Bone Quill (Hollow Earth)

John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

In this thrilling sequel to Hollow Earth, Matt and Emily must stop someone from unleashing an army of mankind’s worst nightmares.In the Middle Ages, an old monk used his powers and a bone quill to ink a magical manuscript, The Book of Beasts. Over the centuries the Book, and the quill, were lost. Twins Matt and Emily Calder are Animare—just like their ancestor, the monk. The things they draw c... read more

In this thrilling sequel to Hollow Earth, Matt and Emily must stop someone from unleashing an army of mankind’s worst nightmares.In the Middle Ages, an old monk used his powers and a bone quill to ink a magical manuscript, The Book of Beasts. Over the centuries the Book, and the quill, were lost. Twins Matt and Emily Calder are Animare—just like their ancestor, the monk. The things they draw c... read more

The Book of Beasts (Hollow Earth)

John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

Matt and Emily Calder’s travels through time come to a thrilling conclusion in the third book of the Hollow Earth trilogy as the siblings struggle to close Hollow Earth—and keep the monsters inside.Twins Matt and Emily Calder may be divided by time, but they are united in their mission to close Hollow Earth before the monsters inside can destroy the world. The key to success lies with their An... read more

Matt and Emily Calder’s travels through time come to a thrilling conclusion in the third book of the Hollow Earth trilogy as the siblings struggle to close Hollow Earth—and keep the monsters inside.Twins Matt and Emily Calder may be divided by time, but they are united in their mission to close Hollow Earth before the monsters inside can destroy the world. The key to success lies with their An... read more

Nephilim (Orion Chronicles)

John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman

Seventeen-year-old Rémy is a Conjuror—someone who can alter reality with his music. But such a talent comes with a price. He and his superpowered friends, Matt and Em Calder, are engaged in a dangerous battle to save humanity as we know it. If they are to succeed, they must first decipher a coded message in Rémy's dead mother's journal. A message which will lead them to an ancient scroll burie... read more

Seventeen-year-old Rémy is a Conjuror—someone who can alter reality with his music. But such a talent comes with a price. He and his superpowered friends, Matt and Em Calder, are engaged in a dangerous battle to save humanity as we know it. If they are to succeed, they must first decipher a coded message in Rémy's dead mother's journal. A message which will lead them to an ancient scroll burie... read more

The Conjuror (Orion Chronicles)

John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

There are three things in this world that 17-year-old Rémy would guard with his life: his gold pendant, his blues harmonica, and his mother's journal. This is all he has left of his murdered family. And he believes these objects will lead him to their killers. Rémy can't hunt them down alone. He needs Matt and Em Calder, twins who can bring art to life and travel through paintings. For, like t... read more

There are three things in this world that 17-year-old Rémy would guard with his life: his gold pendant, his blues harmonica, and his mother's journal. This is all he has left of his murdered family. And he believes these objects will lead him to their killers. Rémy can't hunt them down alone. He needs Matt and Em Calder, twins who can bring art to life and travel through paintings. For, like t... read more

Feather Boy

Nicky Singer

Robert is a boy who can do anything - or so old Edith Sorrel at the nursing home tells him. Robert doesn't think so, knowing as he does that he is the school geek.But something compels him to do what Edith asks - to visit old Chance House, where a boy once fell to his death from the top floor flat, to confront his fears and find some answers.Niker the bully thinks this is a great laugh. He cha... read more

Robert is a boy who can do anything - or so old Edith Sorrel at the nursing home tells him. Robert doesn't think so, knowing as he does that he is the school geek.But something compels him to do what Edith asks - to visit old Chance House, where a boy once fell to his death from the top floor flat, to confront his fears and find some answers.Niker the bully thinks this is a great laugh. He cha... read more

Arachnid the King of Spiders

Adam Blade

Battle fearsome beasts and fight evil with Tom and Elenna in the bestselling adventure series for boys and girls aged 7 and up. The Evil Wizard Malvel has stolen the magical suit of golden armour and scattered it throughout Avantia. Tom vows to find the pieces - but they are guarded by six terrifying new Beasts! In the caves of Avantia lurks Arachnid the King of Spiders. Massive and terrifying... read more

Battle fearsome beasts and fight evil with Tom and Elenna in the bestselling adventure series for boys and girls aged 7 and up. The Evil Wizard Malvel has stolen the magical suit of golden armour and scattered it throughout Avantia. Tom vows to find the pieces - but they are guarded by six terrifying new Beasts! In the caves of Avantia lurks Arachnid the King of Spiders. Massive and terrifying... read more

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