Parul Bavishi

Parul Bavishi - Editor

London, United Kingdom

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

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Hey there, if you're on my profile page, you're probably looking for an editor. And maybe you're wondering how you might choose an editor for your novel. It's a good question and I would like to give you my (relatively) unbiased view on this.

Choosing an editor - what you should look for:
1) As editors, we all have different niches, and preferences based on our experience or our personal preference. Check our portfolios - have we worked on books in your genre?

2) Next, I would look at the feedback on the site (and I might google them to see if there is anything else interesting to know about them)

3) Finally, and this is very important, I would ask to schedule a call with them to see what the editorial dynamic might be between you. Most editors would be happy to offer you an initial chat - it's a good chance for an editor to determine if the 'fit' is right for them, too.


About me
I have worked with first-time, self-published and award-winning authors. I love thrillers and action novels (Lee Child, Larsson and Stephen Leather) and I love being approached with a big idea and a fast-paced plot.
I also love helping writers navigate the publishing scene, help them with query letters, and decide whether to self-publish or take the traditional route.

If you're worried if your plot isn't tight enough or you're struggling with character development, I can help you. I have over a decade of experience in the industry, and recently I've joined Shawn Coyne's team at the Story Grid and have a network of editors and agents who I can call upon for help and advice.

For London based writers, I run the London Writers' Salon at the Library and Soho House, where we host literary evenings and masterclasses with novelists, screenwriters, poets and playwrights. Past guests have included novelist Luke Jennings (Killing Eve, Codename Villanelle), Selina Lim (Bafta nominated screenwriter and BBC writer) agent Rachel Mann, and editors from the Big Five publishing houses.

Free consultation call
If you've checked my portfolio and would like to chat about your book, go ahead and request an offer from me and we can book in a 30 min editorial session. I would love to hear from you.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Crime & Mystery
Dystopian
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Story Grid

Work experience

Editor

Publishing Uncovered
January, 2017 – Present (almost 3 years)

I offer editorial services and writing coaching through my own company Publishing Uncovered and the London Writers' Salon. Recent authors I've worked with who have been published include Kirby Peterman, MP Miles and Elizabeth Shaserre.
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Author Testimonial: First, I want to say thank you! The way you maintain your editorial position while being my biggest supporter is really humbling. I finished reading your report with goosebumps and a million ideas for how to improve, motivation to keep going, and confidence to go about marketing myself. I think it is a testament to your talent at what you do.
Kirby Peterman, author of Sunflowers

Literary Scout

Eccles Fisher
June, 2013 – March, 2014 (9 months)

Literary Scout for Random House Germany, Spain, Mondadori and other publishers around the world, helping them buy UK books for foreign rights.

Editor

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

Editor for a number of incredible books by talented authors including Andy Mcnab, Bali Rai, Bear Grylls, the Boy Scouts Organization, Olympian Christine Ohurugou, John Flanagan, Patricia McCormick, Michael Williams and many more.

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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 (almost 11 years)

Editorial mentor for determined and inspired first-time writers.

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Writer 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
- Gwen Dunne, writing her first novel

Editor

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

Editor on a range of wonderful and award-winning books by authors such as Caro King, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Cat Clarke, Gregory Huges, Tad Williams and Lil Chase.

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

Parul has 6 reviews

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Wayne Stewart
The simple truth is that working with Parul not only took my story to an entirely other level, it made me a much better writer. As a result, I am seeing trouble areas in structure more clearly and feeling confident about the range of fixes. It always felt like she gave herself fully to my project, while I am certain I was not the only author in her queue. Our sessions were a joy as well as a sh...
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Wayne Stewart, September 2019

Parul Bavishi
Wayne, I am moved by your words. It was wonderful to work with you.

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Dahlia Baeshen
Parul was amazing to work with because I felt she was very driven and understanding. My encouragement stemmed from her own motivation to expose me to other materials, further creative insights and giving good advice on the subject matter. She has great experience and showed professionalism and empathy. I know that I will work with Parul again.

Dahlia Baeshen, September 2019

Parul Bavishi
Dahlia, thank you for your words. It was a pleasure to work with you.

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Gareth Greenwood
Parul has given me such excellent ways to better my manuscript. I really enjoyed listening to the knowledge she has on books and how best to move forward my story. I thought that the assessment I got from her gave me so much to work with, that I'm feeling very confident and where I can take this book. I really enjoyed her editing my manuscript and I look forward to working more with her in the ...
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Gareth Greenwood, April 2019

Parul Bavishi
Gareth, thank you so much for the kind words. You've been a dream writer to work with, and I admire your work. I look forward to seeing your progress!

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Kirby Peterman
Only positive thoughts about Parul's work with me as a developmental editor. We worked on my first to-be-published piece and the amount I have learned, improved, and become inspired due to Parul's work is phenomenal. She is incredibly thorough, thoughtful, and most importantly, honest in the most encouraging way. I can tangibly feel she wants the very best for the writers she works with as she ...
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Kirby Peterman, April 2019


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.

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 s...
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