Parul Bavishi

Parul Bavishi - Editor Tick

London, United Kingdom

Professional editor with 10 years of experience at Random House, Quercus (Hachette) & Cornerstones. Focus on Thrillers and YA.

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Written a novel but something isn't working? Or you're not getting the right responses from agents? Let me help you identify the core issues and put you on a plan for your next draft.

I have worked with first-time, self-published and award-winning authors. I'm passionate about helping writers and I will take the time needed to make sure you have the answers and guidance that you need.

Having worked alongside editors, agents for a number of years, I can help answer questions you have about the industry and help you with your submissions and query letters.

For followers of the Story Grid method, I've trained with Shawn Coyne.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Dystopian
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (about 2 years)

Client Testimonial: Working with Parul has defined me as a writer. It propped a pair of external glasses on my nose that made me see my writing from a whole new perspective and gently bypassed my ego and pride as an artist. I cannot believe the difference in my talent between then and now. I can't thank you enough for your partnership and dedication on this journey Parul. So, a humble thank you.
Gwen, first time novelist
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Client Testimonial: I just wanted to say thank you for providing such an insightful and incredibly useful report and feedback call. It's really helped me to see the whole wood and not just the trees, especially as this is a three book story - something I've never tried before. Getting this level of editorial feedback is helping me to raise my writing from happy amateur to potential professional.
Miriam Robinson, author of Recipe for Disaster, now writing a YA series

Editor

Random House
January, 2011 – January, 2013 (about 2 years)

I had the great good fortune of working with Parul on my first novel with Random House. She proved to be both professional and enthusiastic, exactly what a first-time author needs!
Michael Williams, winner of the UKLA 2014 award for 'Now is the Time for Running'

Editor

Cornerstones
January, 2009 – Present (about 10 years)

Client Testimonial: Parul highlighted exactly what was needed for my manuscript at this stage. Through her advice, I could already see the way my revised work would cater more aptly to the tastes of the reader. All I have to do now as a student writer is not get in the way of that advice!
Edmund H, first-time writer

Editor

Quercus/ now Hachette
January, 2007 – January, 2010 (about 3 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The New Recruit: Liam Scott Book 1

Andy McNab

What if your prank killed your best friend. Could you live with yourself?You try to forget and move on; you enrol in Army training, you want to make something of your life. The training is tough and it almost breaks you. But you survive; you know you’ll make a good soldier.Finally, when you’re out in Afghanistan, under enemy fire, you come face-to-face with your best friend’s brother. He still... read more

What if your prank killed your best friend. Could you live with yourself?You try to forget and move on; you enrol in Army training, you want to make something of your life. The training is tough and it almost breaks you. But you survive; you know you’ll make a good soldier.Finally, when you’re out in Afghanistan, under enemy fire, you come face-to-face with your best friend’s brother. He still... read more

The Secrets of Ordinary Farm: Book 2 (Ordinary Farm Adventures)

Tad Williams, Deborah Beale

Tyler and Lucinda have returned to a far-from-ordinary place for the summer. Instead of pigs and sheep, this farm is home to dragons, unicorns, flying monkeys... This summer, everything has changed - security fences are everywhere and Ordinary Farm is in no small danger. Shortly after Uncle Gideon declares he wants to leave the farm to Tyler and Lucinda, he goes missing, and the children suspe... read more

Tyler and Lucinda have returned to a far-from-ordinary place for the summer. Instead of pigs and sheep, this farm is home to dragons, unicorns, flying monkeys... This summer, everything has changed - security fences are everywhere and Ordinary Farm is in no small danger. Shortly after Uncle Gideon declares he wants to leave the farm to Tyler and Lucinda, he goes missing, and the children suspe... read more

Genesis

Bernard Beckett

The island Republic has emerged from a ruined world. Its citizens are safe but not free. Until a man named Adam Forde rescues a girl from the sea. Fourteen-year-old Anax thinks she knows her history. She'd better. She's sat facing three Examiners and her five-hour examination has just begun. The subject is close to her heart: Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. In a series of startling twists, Ana... read more

The island Republic has emerged from a ruined world. Its citizens are safe but not free. Until a man named Adam Forde rescues a girl from the sea. Fourteen-year-old Anax thinks she knows her history. She'd better. She's sat facing three Examiners and her five-hour examination has just begun. The subject is close to her heart: Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. In a series of startling twists, Ana... read more

The Hidden Roads: A Memoir of Childhood

Kevin Crossley-Holland

In these pages, Kevin Crossley-Holland visits the foreign land of childhood. First memories as a war-baby; starting a museum; being coached at Lord's; living above the spring line below the great chalk cross at Whiteleaf in the Chiltern Hills, and roaming in the beechwoods; holidays on the north Norfolk coast; falling under the spell of Arthurian legend...Above all, The Hidden Roads revolves a... read more

In these pages, Kevin Crossley-Holland visits the foreign land of childhood. First memories as a war-baby; starting a museum; being coached at Lord's; living above the spring line below the great chalk cross at Whiteleaf in the Chiltern Hills, and roaming in the beechwoods; holidays on the north Norfolk coast; falling under the spell of Arthurian legend...Above all, The Hidden Roads revolves a... read more

Never Fall Down

Patricia McCormick

Eleven-year-old Arn is walking through the countryside in Cambodia. His whole town is walking with him. They’re walking into one of the most tragic moments of history: the Killing Fields.Music will save him. Hope, luck and kindness will save him. This is his story.Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace.

Eleven-year-old Arn is walking through the countryside in Cambodia. His whole town is walking with him. They’re walking into one of the most tragic moments of history: the Killing Fields.Music will save him. Hope, luck and kindness will save him. This is his story.Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace.

TURF

John Lucas

Jay is fifteen years old and a member of the Blake Street Boyz gang. With a knife in his pocket and his best friend Milk by his side, he spends his time fiercely defending their turf. He takes his lessons from the streets and thinks he knows everything about choices. Choose the right gang, and they will protect you. Choose the right clothes, the right chat, the right snacks and you will be res... read more

Jay is fifteen years old and a member of the Blake Street Boyz gang. With a knife in his pocket and his best friend Milk by his side, he spends his time fiercely defending their turf. He takes his lessons from the streets and thinks he knows everything about choices. Choose the right gang, and they will protect you. Choose the right clothes, the right chat, the right snacks and you will be res... read more

Becoming a Fearless Leader: A simple guide to taking control and building happy, productive, highly performing teams

Elizabeth Shassere

Being a leader is one of the most challenging yet rewarding roles we can take. Good leaders can create powerful teams that have huge impacts on companies, organisations, even the world!But it's not easy to be a leader, especially an effective one. It can be stressful and demanding, and many of us spend our time as a leader feeling like a fraud who will be soon found out.If you're struggling to... read more

Being a leader is one of the most challenging yet rewarding roles we can take. Good leaders can create powerful teams that have huge impacts on companies, organisations, even the world!But it's not easy to be a leader, especially an effective one. It can be stressful and demanding, and many of us spend our time as a leader feeling like a fraud who will be soon found out.If you're struggling to... read more

Unhooking the Moon

Gregory Hughes

Meet the Rat: A dancing, football-playing gangster-baiting ten-year-old. When she foresaw her father's death, she picked up her football and decided to head for New York. Meet her older brother Bob: Protector of the Rat, but more often her follower, he is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both. On their adventures across the flatlands of Winnipeg and th... read more

Meet the Rat: A dancing, football-playing gangster-baiting ten-year-old. When she foresaw her father's death, she picked up her football and decided to head for New York. Meet her older brother Bob: Protector of the Rat, but more often her follower, he is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both. On their adventures across the flatlands of Winnipeg and th... read more

The Royal Ranger (Ranger's Apprentice Book 12)

John Flanagan

John Flanagan makes a spectacular return to the world of Ranger's Apprentice - but what has happened since you last saw Will and his friends might shock you!Will took an oath when he joined the Ranger Corps. Does it mean nothing to him now?After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible – even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried frie... read more

John Flanagan makes a spectacular return to the world of Ranger's Apprentice - but what has happened since you last saw Will and his friends might shock you!Will took an oath when he joined the Ranger Corps. Does it mean nothing to him now?After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible – even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried frie... read more

Now is the Time for Running

Michael Williams

Winner of the 2014 UKLA Award Deo is a great footballer, a fierce protector of his older brother, Innocent. His brother is easily nervous, easily happy but good at keeping score on the dusty fields of Zimbabwe where the boys play.Then Mugabe's soldiers come, destroying the only home the boys have known. Now, Deo has nothing but his brother, and a football stuffed with billions of worthless dol... read more

Winner of the 2014 UKLA Award Deo is a great footballer, a fierce protector of his older brother, Innocent. His brother is easily nervous, easily happy but good at keeping score on the dusty fields of Zimbabwe where the boys play.Then Mugabe's soldiers come, destroying the only home the boys have known. Now, Deo has nothing but his brother, and a football stuffed with billions of worthless dol... read more

Fire City

Bali Rai

Twenty-five years ago the world changed forever. A great war, which had raged for three years ended, and the reign of the Demons began...Within the crumbling walls of Fire City, fifteen-year-old Martha is a member of the resistance, a small band of humans fighting for freedom in a lawless and horrifying new world. Amidst the chaos of battle arrives Jonah, a handsome stranger with a thirst for ... read more

Twenty-five years ago the world changed forever. A great war, which had raged for three years ended, and the reign of the Demons began...Within the crumbling walls of Fire City, fifteen-year-old Martha is a member of the resistance, a small band of humans fighting for freedom in a lawless and horrifying new world. Amidst the chaos of battle arrives Jonah, a handsome stranger with a thirst for ... read more

Shelter Rock

MP Miles

South Africa is under attack from all sides when Elanza, a politically connected heiress blinded by disease and looking for love before it is too late, meets a naïve English boy. Ralph, eighteen and innocent, has accidentally stumbled upon Elanza – and South Africa’s biggest secret.When Ralph disappears into the darkest part of the Continent to walk home overland, a Swazi spy, the only black A... read more

South Africa is under attack from all sides when Elanza, a politically connected heiress blinded by disease and looking for love before it is too late, meets a naïve English boy. Ralph, eighteen and innocent, has accidentally stumbled upon Elanza – and South Africa’s biggest secret.When Ralph disappears into the darkest part of the Continent to walk home overland, a Swazi spy, the only black A... read more

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Michael Coolwood

Parul offered clear insight into the areas of my manuscript that needed further work and provided follow up support to help me work through those issues. Very helpful, professional and speedy.

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Michael Coolwood, March 2019

Parul Bavishi

Thank you so much for the kind review, and for allowing me to be a part of your work. You're creating such a wonderful concept and project, one that children would appreciate, and I can't wait to see how it progresses.

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Jared Maruskin

Parul is a passionate and energetic structural editor with a keen eye for story structure, character development, and plot. Her feedback has helped me shape my story into an amazing form, and also has helped enhance me as an author. Highly recommended.

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Jared Maruskin, February 2019

Parul Bavishi

Jared, it was a pleasure to work with you, and I can't wait to see your stories develop and grow further! You're a talented writer and I feel lucky to have worked with you.

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