Nira Begum

Nira Begum – Editor

Senior Editor, looking to help fiction writers with their novels. My books includes New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers.


I'm a senior editor at HarperCollins UK, helping writers at any stage of their writing journey.
No two writers are the same and I can offer unique guidance on your novel and help hone your distinct style and voice.

I can be as hands-on as needed, whether it’s developing a concept at its early stages or ensuring ideas and narrative arcs are clear, strong, coherent and consistent. I can edit your manuscript should you need a structural edit or copy edit or proofreading. I can help to identify any problem areas and suggest solutions accordingly. I can also guide you through the best ways to get your novel ready for either agent submission or publication.

My commissioning experience means I can offer my knowledge beyond the text, if and where needed. I can talk you through the publishing paths and processes, help you think about positioning the book in the marketplace so that you can make the best decision possible for your novel.

At Penguin Random House, I worked on the Sunday Times and international bestseller, The Choice by Edith Eger. and the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, Wintering by Katherine May.

Get in touch. Look forward to working with you!


Author testimonials:

"I loved working with Nira. She's a thoughtful and perceptive editor bringing a keen, critical eye, and she had a great vision for my work."
Katherine May, author of The New York Times bestseller Wintering

"Writing your first book is a nerve-wracking experience especially one that deals with the sensitive subject of dementia. Nira's astute editing and crucial suggestions enabled me to write the best book I could and get over the finishing line."
Steph Booth, author of Married to Alzheimer's

"I was fortunate to have Nira as my editor. She helped with my book and did an excellent job of helping to shape the project as well as editing it. She was instrumental in bringing the book to fruition and I could not imagine working on the book without her."
Julia Edelman, author of Love Voltaire Us Apart
African American Fiction Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
  • Copyediting - Publishing Training Centre
  • Proofreading - Publishing Training Centre
  • Working with Authors - Publishing Training Centre
  • Copy Writing - Publishing Training Centre

Work experience

HQ, HarperCollins UK

May, 2019 — Present

Ebury, Penguin Random House UK

Aug, 2016 — Apr, 2019 (over 2 years)

Icon Books, UK

Mar, 2013 — Aug, 2016 (over 3 years)


Destined to a life of poverty, this little girl has bigger plans for her future...After the death of her father in a mining accident, Megan and her family had no choice but to move to the local workhouse. Separated from her mother and five siblings, young Mega... read more
The Matchgirl

Lynette Rees

A heartwarming saga, from the ebook bestselling author of THE WORKHOUSE WAIFSixteen-year-old Lottie Perkins has an important decision to make...Conditions at the match factory she works at are dire. The girls get treated badly by the management and there is a ... read more
The Choice

Edith Eger

THE AWARD-WINNING INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERby Edith Eger, as seen on BBC BreakfastEven in hell, hope can flower'I'll be forever changed by her story' - Oprah Winfrey 'One of those rare and eternal stories you don't want to end' - Desmond Tutu'A masterpiece of h... read more
The Sun Does Shine

Anthony Ray Hinton

**THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**‘A riveting account of the multiple outrages of the criminal justice system of Alabama. A harrowing masterpiece’ Guardian‘Hinton somehow navigates through his rage and despair to a state of forgiveness and grace’ IndependentAt ... read more

Katherine May

How do you survive the ‘wintering’ phase of your life?Wintering, the dormant periods in our lives, the dark moments we endure – which can be brought about through myriad of ways; from the death of a loved one to a sudden change in circumstances or mental healt... read more
’Massively enjoyable’ Dawn French I Carried a Watermelon is a love story to Dirty Dancing. A warm, witty and accessible look at how Katy Brand’s life-long obsession with the film has influenced her own attitudes to sex, love, romance, rights and responsibiliti... read more
EXTRAORDINARY MEMOIR OF A LIFE AND LOVE TORN APART BY DEMENTIAWhen her husband Tony was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004, Steph Booth had to say goodbye to life as she knew it. The disease encroached into their lives, taking away Tony day by day. Open and ho... read more

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