Muna Reyal

Muna Reyal – Editor

I'm an experienced non-fiction editor, specialising in food, health and wellbeing, who loves to help develop unique voices and books.

Overview

I work with authors, publishers and agents on book manuscripts at all stages from researching and developing ideas, development or structural editing and manuscript reviewing, copyediting and proofreading.

As a publisher, I have commissioned and edited bestselling authors including One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay, John Torode, Rick Stein, Mary Berry, Simon Hopkinson and The Great British Bake Off as well as debut books by Anne Shooter and Tess Lister of Shipton Mill, both nominated for the Best First Book Award by The Guild of Food Writers.

Author testimonials:
Rick Stein: Muna, my editorial director, who is delightfully polite but as determined a person as you are ever likely to meet. Not for nothing was this book finished on time and with so many sensible suggestions en route.
John Torode: Every team needs a captain and my captain is Muna. I bow to you.
Anne Shooter:The whole experience has been magnificent, thanks to your vision and execution.

I am also a Guest Lecturer at University of London's MA Publishing programme.
Feedback from the Programme Director: ‘it really was a very engaging and inspiring discussion for the students and many have already commented on how much they enjoyed the session.’
Student feedback: ‘Absolutely without doubt my favourite lecture this year. Thank you for a brilliant session.’
Services
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • MA Anthropology of Food - SOAS, University of London

Work experience

Headline Publishing Group, Hachette

Oct, 2013 — Aug, 2018 (almost 5 years)

Establishing a new food and lifestyle list of both illustrated and narrative books; developing publishing relationships with literary agents and publishing partners; bringing together authors, photographers and designers to create high-quality books to be proud of. Authors included One Pound Meal's Miguel Barclay, Mary Berry, John Torode, Tess Lister of Shipton Mill, Hotel Chocolate, Naomi Devlin, Vanessa King with Action for Happiness.

BBC Books, Ebury, Penguin Random House

Jul, 2008 — Sep, 2013 (about 5 years)

Commissioning and managing a list of high-profile TV tie-in cookery and natural history books, including The Great British Bake Off, Rick Stein, Mary Berry, Simon Hopkinson, Good Food magazine publishing, Frozen Planet, Countryfile and Coast TV tie-in books.

Kyle Cathie (now Kyle Books)

Sep, 2002 — Jun, 2008 (over 5 years)

Identifying new trends and commissioning illustrated, non-fiction books.
Editing and project managing books on cookery, health, diet, gardening and campervans.
Authors included Ching-He Huang, Maria Elia, Darina Allen, Monisha Bharadwaj and Alys Fowler.
Working with co-edition publishers and producing branded books with Green & Black’s, Duchy Originals and Smirnoff/Diageo.

Portfolio

Are you TATT (Tired All The Time)? If this sounds familiar, it's time to take action with Jackie Lynch's 10-day energy-boosting diet. Whether you're 29 or 69, it's more than likely that your diet and lifestyle are the main reasons for feeling so tired and that... read more
Stress and anxiety are closely linked and in THE LESS-STRESS LIFESTYLE, Carl Vernon, author of the best-selling ANXIETY REBALANCE, has learned how to manage his own stress as he learned to manage his crippling anxiety. Much as Steve Peters created a mind manag... read more
'Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions' The Dalai Lama, patron of Action for Happiness. Vanessa King, positive psychology expert for Action for Happiness has created 10 key evidence-based actions that have been shown to increase... read more
The Lean Machines are genuine experts in health and happiness and have helped thousands of people get lean and strong through their work as personal trainers and on their hugely popular YouTube channel. Champions of balance, moderation and individuality, their... read more
"David Higgins is a legend. He put me in my best physical shape and he educated me on stretching, strengthening and nutrition!" --Margot Robbie "When I met David, I was broken, physically. He patiently and caringly put me together again. His combinations of st... read more
'I love working with Naomi. She is a force of nature and her brilliant books have the power to change lives.' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Bestselling author of River Cottage Gluten Free, Naomi Devlin's second book, Food for a Happy Gut, is full of recipes that... read more
John Torode is the masterchef of Australia and the Far East - his knowledge and passion will excite and inspire anyone who loves a Thai curry, Malaysian noodle dish or Aussie brunch. If you are a fan of John's food and travel programmes for the Good Food Chann... read more
Filled with 250 foolproof recipes of every variety, this comprehensive cookbook is packed with delicious baking ideas. Tempting muffins, scones, and breads are included along with Marry Berry’s famous cake recipes, including Victoria Sponge, Very Best Chocolat... read more
Sesame & Spice is an absolute treat; full of warmth and generosity, and so many recipes I want to cook, that I've been headily immoderate with my post-it notes! - Nigella Lawsonthis is one of the most EXCITING cookbooks I've seen in a long time - Sabrina Ghayo... read more
In search of the perfect curry—the very best recipes that India has to offerWhenever I hear the word curry, I'm filled with a longing for spicy hot food with the fragrance of cumin, cloves and cinnamon. I see deep red colours from lots of Kashmiri chillis, tin... read more
'Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions' The Dalai Lama, patron of Action for Happiness. Vanessa King, positive psychology expert for Action for Happiness has created 10 key evidence-based actions that have been shown to increase... read more
This book is for the baker who wants to whip up a cake for an office party, a traybake for a kid’s birthday, or a pudding to follow a simple supper. Using straightforward, easy-to-follow techniques, there are foolproof recipes for cakes, traybakes, bread, bisc... read more

Muna has 2 reviews

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Michael C.

Michael C.

Jul, 2020

Muna's developmental edit on my cookbook exceeded expectations. Throughout the process, she was communicative and punctual -- eager to answer questions and help guide me through the editorial process as a first-time author. Her feedback was honest and substantive and I very much look forward to integrating her suggestions; I am sure I will have a much better book because of them. Muna has left ...
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Muna R.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Michael. He was engaged, collaborative and very professional, and I wish him all the best with the next stages. I thoroughly enjoyed working on his manuscri...
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Jill W.

Jill W.

Apr, 2020

Muna was great from start to finish- she was punctual, communicated clearly, and her edits were very insightful and helpful. She also helped me to get the most value from her editing by helping to guide me based on where I was in the writing process. I hope to work with her again for the next round of edits!

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