Lydia Shamah

Lydia Shamah – Editor

Former agent and Audible commissioner. 10+ years editing debuts, NYT bestsellers and legends like Neil Gaiman. I love SFF and Historical.

Overview

I have ten years of experience in the US and UK, both as a literary agent and commissioner. I've read thousands of submissions so I know how to get that elusive Full request, and how to craft a story that can make it all the way to bookshelves, e-readers, or earphones!


MY EXPERIENCE:


As Director of Originals at Audible UK, I worked with world-class content partners like Disney, Warner DC, Ubisoft, and The Agatha Christie Estate. My projects include the New York Times Bestselling The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, and the Audible record breaking series Slayers: A Buffyverse Story.


As Director of Original Content at Realm I produced and edited serialised fiction co-written by teams of authors. I worked on fan-favourites such as Orphan Black: The Next Chapter as part of a varied list including YA, Mystery, Action, Thriller, Horror, Historical, SciFi, Fantasy, Western, and Romance.


As an agent I sold books to Penguin Random House, S&S, Hachette, HarperCollins and Macmillan.


I have worked with award winning, NYT and Sunday Times bestselling authors including: Paul Auster, Neil Gaiman, Max Gladstone, Jed Mercurio, Rivers Solomon, Maria Dahvana Headley, Mur Lafferty, Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, Cavan Scott, Christopher Golden, Amber Benson, Tim Lebbon, Sophie Hannah, Clare MacIntosh, BA Paris, and many more.


AM I THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOUR PROJECT?


I love fiction with big imagination, immersive world building, strong emotions, magic, mystery, thrills, romance... I particularly love stories that achieve the above while saying something interesting or important about the world and our place within it. I have worked on a lot of beloved IP and am interested in creating new work with the ability to inspire fandoms.


My genre experience is broad, but I am particularly suited to Fantasy, SciFi, Historical, and Horror. I think mystery is key in any genre, and I enjoy a good romance sub-plot. I love fiction that blends genres in unexpected ways.


MY PHILOSOPHY:


I prioritise safe and respectful collaboration that works for you as an individual. Please feel free to raise any access requirements, which I will happily accommodate. My aim is to guide you towards commercial success while valuing your unique vision.


MY SERVICES:


→ Editorial Reports (Big picture review of plot, character, pacing, voice, and all the essential building blocks of a successful project, delivered in an actionable editorial letter.)

→ Development Edits (For those looking for more detailed feedback in the form of margin comments as well as an editorial report.)

→Line Edits (For those looking for feedback and clean up on a sentence level.)

→ Submission Packet review (Detailed feedback on any combination of your query letter, synopsis, and opening.)

→ Coaching (Writers block, stuck on the difficult middle, struggling with your outline, or totally confused by the industry? A one-off call or regular meetings to keep you moving forward.)


Please reach out to find out more about working together, or just to discuss Buffy fan theories! I can't wait to hear about your project!

Services
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Dystopian Epic Fantasy Historical Fiction Historical Mysteries Horror LGBTQ Fiction Romantic Fantasy
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • Webby Award, The Sandman Act III
  • Irish Podcast Awards 2023, Best Fiction
  • Audio Production Awards 2023, Best Drama and Fiction
Certifications
  • BA in English and American Literature, New York University

Work experience

Audible UK

May, 2019 — Nov, 2023 (over 4 years)

I commissioned, script edited, and produced commercial audio fiction in a wide range of genres including Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Historical, Mystery, Thriller. In this role I worked with debut writers as well as legends like Neil Gaiman, and popular IP such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Assassins Creed.

Realm

May, 2017 — May, 2019 (about 2 years)

As Director of Original Content at Realm I produced and edited serialized fiction co-written by teams of authors. I worked on fan favourites such as Orphan Black: The Next Chapter as part of a varied list including YA, Mystery, Action, Thriller, Horror, Historical, SciFi, Fantasy, Western, and Romance.

Carol Mann Agency

Jun, 2013 — Apr, 2017 (almost 4 years)

In my time at the agency I reviewed thousands of submissions so I know how to keep an agent reading! I represented many successful non-fiction titles such as Big Gal Yoga by Valerie Sagun, and There Is No Good Card For This by Emily McDowell and Kelsey Crowe. Fiction titles included Romantic Suspense Wattpad sensation A.V. Geiger, and Historical Romance by Golden Angel.

Portfolio

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
The Sandman

Neil Gaiman

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review Book Coaching
Algorithms

Sadie Clark

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
Sour Hall

Laura Kirwan-Ashman

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
Vergil: A Mythological Musical

Maria Dahvana Headley

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
Koreaboo

Shenee Howard

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
Hell Cats

Carina Rodney

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching
Marriage Training

Golden Angel

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching

Lydia has 7 reviews

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Gillian W.

Gillian W.

Apr, 2024

Working with Lydia on my line edits for my debut novel was a dream. I reached out to her after having to let my original line editor go & I am so, so glad I did. Her feedback was incredibly thorough, thoughtful, & I am blown away at how she was able to edit my prose so that it was much more clearer & yet my voice was not lost. I feel that I've grown as a writer just in the day that I've had her...
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Beth D.

Beth D.

Mar, 2024

Lydia was very helpful in helping me revise my query letter. It was a bit tricky at times as queries for multi-pov fantasy novels are quite the challenge, but I'm pleased with the end result. I do think it would have been better in hindsight to do a full submission packet review vs just the query letter, as there was some confused back and forth to explain the story. Again, that's a complicatio...
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Colleen M.

Colleen M.

Mar, 2024

I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Lydia. She is very professional and her feedback helped me see the areas that needed improvement in my writing in a kind and insightful way. I highly recommend her expertise and will collaborate with her again on my next manuscript.
James A.

James A.

Mar, 2024

Provided helpful feedback and really got what I was trying to do with the plot as well as understanding how to take it forward. It was clear they cared about making my book the best it could be. Communicating with them was a breeze - they were very friendly, quick to respond and understanding. Their suggestions were amazing. Could sing their praises about every aspect of what they did, just a r...
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Allen L.

Allen L.

Feb, 2024

Lydia was phenomenal to work with. I chose her to review my query letter because of her industry experience and background in the world of literary agents, and it was a great choice! She provided thorough and thoughtful edits, comments, and even gave me an idea of the 'potential' of what a revised query could look like once polished. All collaboration was executed timely and I couldn't be happi...
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