Lucy Vallance

Lucy Vallance – Editor

Versatile editor developing books for special interests & children's. Experienced at Penguin, Bloomsbury, Chicken House, DFB, Crowood, T&F.


I am a friendly, professional editor, who enjoys working with authors to produce the highest quality content possible. I have over ten years of publishing experience, primarily centred on trade non-fiction, but also crossing over into children's and academic. I have excellent communication and project management skills, as well as considerable experience in editing, content development, copywriting, ideation and developing commercially successful titles. I specialise in non-fiction books for the professional hobbies and interests market, with particular experience in Performing Arts, Sport, Architecture and Craft Food. I am also experienced in children's books (fiction and non-fiction) and have spent time at the top trade publishing houses, including Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury, Chicken House (Scholastic) and David Fickling Books.

For the past seven years I have been a Commissioning Editor for non-fiction special interest books at one of the few remaining independent publishers in the UK. I have commissioned and edited over 100 books during this time, working with Olivier and Tony award-winning industry professionals, as well as England international coaches. I have also secured forewords and endorsements from high profile figures such as Sir Kenneth Brannagh. In particular, I developed a new Theatre series called the Crowood Theatre Companions, authored by leading practitioners and teachers in the performing arts industry. I acquired authors from leading institutions such as the Royal Opera House, RADA, The London Film School, Pinewood Studios and The Royal Ballet.

I have managed books from acquisition to publication, involving significant editorial input from the draft proposal to the final manuscript, including concept, structure, content, audience, flow, readability, substantive editing and detailed feedback. Previously, I have worked at one of the top academic publishers in the UK, Routledge.

I thoroughly enjoy editing and development, ensuring that all content is at the very highest standard. I have a First Class BA Honours in English Literature and a Masters’ Degree in Victorian Literature, in addition to strong literacy and proofreading abilities, meticulous attention to detail and excellent communication and project management skills. I would love to work with you on your next project!

Architecture Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Entertainment Sports & Outdoors
Middle Grade
English (UK)
  • Print Futures Award Grant - The Printing Charity
  • The Literature Award for Academic Achievement - Kingston University
  • Basic Proofreading - The Publishing Training Centre
  • Copyediting Skills - Taylor & Francis
  • Understanding Book Publishing - The Publishing Trainig Centre

Work experience

The Crowood Press

Apr, 2016 — Jun, 2023 (about 7 years)

Commissioning frontlist titles for the trade non-fiction market on the Performing Arts, Sport, Architecture, Knitting and Craft Food lists. Structural editing, content development, proofreading, contract negotiation and strategic list development, in addition to copywriting and creating series designs.

David Fickling Books

Sep, 2015 — Sep, 2015 (21 days)

Editorial placement in children's fiction. Reading and reviewing mansucript submissions, producing reader reports and cover briefs, and proofreading for The Phoenix Comic.

Routledge, Taylor & Francis

Feb, 2015 — Apr, 2016 (about 1 year)

Management of Philosophy and Routledge Classics titles from contract to to publication, author communication and contract queries, clearing permissions, copywriting and proofreading.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Nov, 2014 — Nov, 2014 (14 days)

Editorial placement in adult's fiction. Reviewing mansucript submissions, copywriting, cover briefs, updating Biblio records, organising book launches and author publicity events.

Chicken House Books

Nov, 2012 — Nov, 2012 (21 days)

Publishing placement in children's and YA fiction. Reading and reviewing mansucript submissions, copywriting and creating Advanced Information Sheets, organisation of The Times/CH Children’s Fiction Competition.

Penguin Random House

Oct, 2012 — Oct, 2012 (18 days)

Editorial placement in general fiction (Viking). Reading and reviewing mansucript submissions, proofreading manuscripts and marketing material, preparing Advanced Information Sheets.

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