Miranda Vaughan Jones

Miranda Vaughan Jones - Editor

Former Bloomsbury editor with 15 years' experience working on award-winning and bestselling titles.

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Overview

With over 15 years' experience working with top publishers including Bloomsbury, Penguin and Mensch, I have amassed a wealth of industry knowledge as well as an eye for detail, a passion for language and a key network of professional contacts. I have worked on award-winning books, and with award-winning and bestselling authors both in the UK and US, so I know how to adapt to regional and house styles, and how best to communicate with diverse audiences using a global approach.

I cover all genres of fiction and non-fiction, with a particular fondness for high literary, crime, quirky and dystopian fiction, as well as memoirs, narrative non-fiction and investigative journalism.

My entire education and career have been dedicated to literature, starting with a BA in English through to the prestigious MA in Creative writing from Goldsmiths. While I have years of experience working with professional authors, I love the process of uncovering new talent and helping writers find their voice.



Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
True Crime
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Dystopian
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • MA in creative writing, Goldsmiths University, London
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)
  • Copyediting levels 1-3 (CIEP)
  • Proofreading levels 1-3 (CIEP)

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
April, 2019 – Present (about 2 years)

I offer a range of services to help authors develop, fine-tune and publish their work

Editor

Bloomsbury Publishing
March, 2009 – March, 2019 (about 10 years)

Lead editor for two imprints responsible for commissioning, developmental editing, copy editing and marketing campaigns

Portfolio (19 selected works)

The Dragon Lady

Louisa Treger

'A daring blend of romance, crime and history, and an intelligent exposé of the inherent injustice and consequences of all forms of oppression' Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous ConditionsOpening with the shooting of Lady Virginia 'Ginie' Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie's extraordinary story, so called for the exotic tattoo snaking up her leg. From the... read more

'A daring blend of romance, crime and history, and an intelligent exposé of the inherent injustice and consequences of all forms of oppression' Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous ConditionsOpening with the shooting of Lady Virginia 'Ginie' Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie's extraordinary story, so called for the exotic tattoo snaking up her leg. From the... read more

Foot Notes: Black and White Thinking

Kennaway, Guy, Sharif, Hussein

For Queen and Currency: Audacious fraud, greed and gambling at Buckingham Palace

Michael Gillard

In For Queen & Currency, investigative journalist Michael Gillard exposes a massive fraud and security scandal at Buckingham Palace which Scotland Yard and the Royal Household tried to suppress. Drawing on thousands of leaked documents and police sources, Gillard tells the inside story of a group of Royalty Protection officers who entertained a life of high-risk gambling, brown envelopes of ca... read more

In For Queen & Currency, investigative journalist Michael Gillard exposes a massive fraud and security scandal at Buckingham Palace which Scotland Yard and the Royal Household tried to suppress. Drawing on thousands of leaked documents and police sources, Gillard tells the inside story of a group of Royalty Protection officers who entertained a life of high-risk gambling, brown envelopes of ca... read more

The Art of Unpacking Your Life

Shireen Jilla

Twenty years ago, they were the best of friends. When Connie invites her university gang on the holiday of a lifetime - a safari in the Kalahari - they have little in common anymore. Is getting them back together a terrible mistake? Despite the undercurrent of tension, they are drawn into the adventure and begin to enjoy each other again, a million miles away from their daily concerns. They fi... read more

Twenty years ago, they were the best of friends. When Connie invites her university gang on the holiday of a lifetime - a safari in the Kalahari - they have little in common anymore. Is getting them back together a terrible mistake? Despite the undercurrent of tension, they are drawn into the adventure and begin to enjoy each other again, a million miles away from their daily concerns. They fi... read more

Churchill's Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World

Alan Watson

Churchill's Legacy describes how Churchill wielded his influence in post-war politics to enable the restoration of Europe through two key speeches in 1946. Having first helped bring victory to the Allies in 1945, Churchill went on to preserve the freedom of the world by gaining the support of the United States in the restoration of Europe. In Fulton Missouri, Churchill alerted America to the r... read more

Churchill's Legacy describes how Churchill wielded his influence in post-war politics to enable the restoration of Europe through two key speeches in 1946. Having first helped bring victory to the Allies in 1945, Churchill went on to preserve the freedom of the world by gaining the support of the United States in the restoration of Europe. In Fulton Missouri, Churchill alerted America to the r... read more

Unfinished Business

Conrad Williams

Unfinished Business is to the Publishing Industry what The Player is to the Movie Business: an entertaining novel about life, love and revenge in Publishing by an industry insider.Mike is a literary agent with high standards and a passion for great writing. He is equally discriminating in matters of the heart and ready to fall in love. But when his best client sacks him and his hopes of marria... read more

Unfinished Business is to the Publishing Industry what The Player is to the Movie Business: an entertaining novel about life, love and revenge in Publishing by an industry insider.Mike is a literary agent with high standards and a passion for great writing. He is equally discriminating in matters of the heart and ready to fall in love. But when his best client sacks him and his hopes of marria... read more

Legacy: Gangsters, Corruption and the London Olympics

Michael Gillard

A modern gangster cashes in on the London Olympics; business, politics and police corruption undermine the operation to stop him. When billions poured into the neglected east London borough hosting the 2012 Olympics, a turf war broke out between crime families for control of a now valuable strip of land. Using violence, guile and corruption, one gangster, the Long Fella, emerged as a true unto... read more

A modern gangster cashes in on the London Olympics; business, politics and police corruption undermine the operation to stop him. When billions poured into the neglected east London borough hosting the 2012 Olympics, a turf war broke out between crime families for control of a now valuable strip of land. Using violence, guile and corruption, one gangster, the Long Fella, emerged as a true unto... read more

Bloomsbury's Outsider: A Life of David Garnett

Sarah Knights

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for best biography 2016Book of the Year 2015 Sunday TimesBook of the Year 2015 Times Literary SupplementBook of the Year 2015 Evening StandardBook of the Year 2015 New Zealand ListenerShortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2015Literary Sensation, Lover, Libertine, Family ManAward-winning novelist and towering figure of the 20th ... read more

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for best biography 2016Book of the Year 2015 Sunday TimesBook of the Year 2015 Times Literary SupplementBook of the Year 2015 Evening StandardBook of the Year 2015 New Zealand ListenerShortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2015Literary Sensation, Lover, Libertine, Family ManAward-winning novelist and towering figure of the 20th ... read more

Tikkipala

Sara Banerji

Above them the great rock bulged out like a too clever forehead, too clever for anything to grow upon, too smooth for anyone to climb… It might be the only place on earth which is so high and difficult to get to, that people can't reach it.When Sangita the Ranee of Bidwar is caught up in a scandal, her husband banishes her from the palace and forbids access to their young son, Anwar. She lives... read more

Above them the great rock bulged out like a too clever forehead, too clever for anything to grow upon, too smooth for anyone to climb… It might be the only place on earth which is so high and difficult to get to, that people can't reach it.When Sangita the Ranee of Bidwar is caught up in a scandal, her husband banishes her from the palace and forbids access to their young son, Anwar. She lives... read more

Dresden: A Survivor's Story (Kindle Single): A Survivor's Story, February 1945

Victor Gregg

'Victor Gregg is the most remarkable spokesman for the war generation' Dan SnowIn Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut fictionalised his time as a prisoner of war in Dresden in 1945. Vonnegut was imprisoned in a cellar while the firestorm raged through the city, wiping out generations of innocent lives. Victor Gregg remained above ground throughout the firebombing. This is his true eyewitness ac... read more

'Victor Gregg is the most remarkable spokesman for the war generation' Dan SnowIn Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut fictionalised his time as a prisoner of war in Dresden in 1945. Vonnegut was imprisoned in a cellar while the firestorm raged through the city, wiping out generations of innocent lives. Victor Gregg remained above ground throughout the firebombing. This is his true eyewitness ac... read more

Untouchables: Dirty cops, bent justice and racism in Scotland Yard

Michael Gillard, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

With Scotland Yard in the dock, now more than ever the public needs to know why the police cannot be trusted to investigate their own corruption.Untouchables, a five year investigation which the Yard tried to stop, provides the essential context to the phone hacking and other scandals currently engulfing Britain's most powerful police force.Republished after seven years, it was the first book ... read more

With Scotland Yard in the dock, now more than ever the public needs to know why the police cannot be trusted to investigate their own corruption.Untouchables, a five year investigation which the Yard tried to stop, provides the essential context to the phone hacking and other scandals currently engulfing Britain's most powerful police force.Republished after seven years, it was the first book ... read more

The Guv'nor and Me: My Life with Lenny McLean

Houchin, John ‘The Neck’, Wortley, Lee

Dear Mum and Dad

Gwynne, Dennis H, Gwynne, Mark

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Jeremy Sherman
From now on Miranda is my go-to editor. She's brilliant! I've recommended her to others already. And she's stress-tested in that I freaked out not once but twice. She stood her grounded ground with calm kindly professionalism that un-treed me efficiently. I've worked with many editors and she's my favorite, by far.

Jeremy Sherman, May 2021


Luke McEwen
I asked Miranda to assist with my latest novel and I am very happy to say that she was professional, enthusiastic and perceptive throughout. She delivered before the deadlines we set and was flexible when I wanted more time. I can recommend Miranda for your developmental edit and copy/line edit needs.

Luke McEwen, December 2020

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