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Nicholas Bown

Nicholas Bown - Editor

London

Trained to edit by masters at legendary UK publishers Faber and Faber and Bloomsbury, I have worked on thousands of pages of manuscript.

Overview

I am a freelance editor and journalist, who has worked in editorial at Faber and Faber and Bloomsbury.As an editor and reader my clients have included Faber and Faber, Bonnier, Notting Hill Editions, Orpen Press, Spitalfields Life Books, Pollinger Limited and The Susan Yearwood Literary Agency.

This year I am a first round judge for the 2015 Notting Hill Editions essay prize, and write on classical music for Early Music Today. I've been an editor and mentor with the Cornerstones Literary Consultancy since 2015. I am passionate about helping writers achieve their potential.

Being an editor is a strange job - your editor needs to understand that you are going on a creative journey, and to be someone you can trust to be your partner on that journey. My strengths include helping you craft your sentences and paragraphs word by word and line by line, but also looking at the big picture and deciding how to tighten up your work structurally and narratively. I love working on a mixture of fiction and non-fiction because they present different challenges: fiction requires your editor to have a certain emotional intelligence, and sensitivity to style, character, setting, and various other issues. Good trade non-fiction always needs to tread carefully between conveying expertise and communicating well and accessibly. I have worked on manuscripts across a range of genres from my adventures in publishing, and am comfortable advising you in the genres I have listed. At the heart of your book, regardless of its genre, you need to tell a good story, and to guide the reader through using well-formed language.

It would be my privilege to help you reach the next stage of your journey as a writer.

Services
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Humor & Comedy Inspirational Literature Science Fiction Thriller
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Computers & Internet Economics Politics & Current Affairs Technology Travel

Portfolio (3 selected works)

A Eulogy for Nigger and Other Essays

David Bradley

A Eulogy for Nigger is a bold and original piece of rhetoric. In 2007, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a solemn funeral for the N-word. David Bradley responds to the burial with an impassioned defence of Nigger as a word, as a history and as a concept.

A Eulogy for Nigger is a bold and original piece of rhetoric. In 2007, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a solemn funeral for the N-word. David Bradley responds to the burial with an impassioned defence of Nigger as a word, as a history and as a concept.

Terrence Malick

Daniele Villa

Terrence Malick's debut film, Badlands, announced the arrival of a unique talent. In the 40 years since that debut, Malick has only made 5 films, but they are distinctive in their beauty. This book is not meant to be a biography of Terrence Malick. The purpose behind the book is to introduce readers to the extraordinary universe of his film-making and to aid them in understanding his work. And... read more

Terrence Malick's debut film, Badlands, announced the arrival of a unique talent. In the 40 years since that debut, Malick has only made 5 films, but they are distinctive in their beauty. This book is not meant to be a biography of Terrence Malick. The purpose behind the book is to introduce readers to the extraordinary universe of his film-making and to aid them in understanding his work. And... read more

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