Milly Reilly

Milly Reilly – Editor

Literary agent at Colwill & Peddle, editing and representing a dynamic list of authors of fiction and non-fiction.


I’m a literary agent at Colwill & Peddle, where I represent fiction and a broad range of non-fiction spanning memoir, narrative non-fiction, essays, creative non-fiction and cookery. Authors I represent include Dr Annabel Sowemimo, Jacqueline Roy, Alexina Anatole, Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad.

Before joining Colwill & Peddle, I worked for over six years at Jo Unwin Literary Agency, where I worked alongside Jo with authors such as Kit de Waal, Candice Carty-Williams, Brian Bilston and Georgia Pritchett.

I am a hands-on editor, and I love working closely with writers to consider the different, generative ways of telling a story or developing an idea or argument within their writing. I enjoy working on the big and small of a text, from energising and honing shape and structure to fine-tuning on a sentence level. In fiction, I’m particularly interested in character-driven stories, and in non-fiction I’m drawn to innovative, critical thinking and expert voices.

I offer developmental editing, editorial assessment, query letter review, copy editing and proofreading. Across my editorial work, I strive to deliver a combination of careful thought, imagination and approachability. Please do get in touch – I'd love to talk more.

Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Nature Political Science & Current Affairs Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction
English (UK)
  • Masters Degree in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory
  • Bachelors Degree in English and Related Literature

Work experience

Colwill & Peddle

Sep, 2023 — Present

At Colwill & Peddle, I represent a dynamic list of authors of literary fiction and non-fiction, including Dr Annabel Sowemimo, Ben Smoke, Jacqueline Roy, Alexina Anatole, Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad.

Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Mar, 2017 — Aug, 2023 (over 6 years)

I started at the agency as Jo's assistant, where I worked on editorial development and contract negotiation with authors such as Kit de Waal, Candice Carty-Williams, Brian Bilston, Robert Popper and Georgia Pritchett. Around three years into the job, I started to build my own list of authors of literary fiction and non-fiction, including the agency's first cookbook writers.

First Story

Jan, 2016 — Mar, 2017 (about 1 year)

I worked on a range of fundraising, communication and marketing activities, including trust and foundation applications, managing social media accounts, and organising events.

Milly has 1 review





Samantha L.

Samantha L.

Mar, 2024

I am so incredibly grateful to have found Milly. Not only is she wonderful to work with, timely, and responsive, I can tell she took the time to think about my work from multiple angles (readability, market, comparable texts, etc) and above all, allowed my vision for what I wanted my writing to achieve to come first. This is a rare quality and Milly definitely has it. This meant that her sugges...
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