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Philip Connor

Philip Connor - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Unbound commissioning editor, enthusiastic about literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. Competitive rates and crowdfunding advice.

Overview

I'm a commissioning editor at Unbound, an award-winning publisher behind books like Letters of Note, The Wake and The Good Immigrant. My job is to find and work with new authors and work with them on their book to get it ready for publication. While at Unbound, I've had the pleasure of working with the likes of Jonathan Coe, Andy Hamilton, David Quantick, Shaun Usher and Matthew Herbert.

Most of the books I've commissioned are due out in late 2016 and 2017, so I'll be adding them here as they appear. I'm very happy to offer competitive rates for interesting projects while I build up my portfolio.

I'm interested in narrative non-fiction - I love books with a human story at their core - and literary fiction. I want to work with the next Martin Amis, Eimear McBride, Julian Barnes or John Banville.

I can also offer advice on how to get published, as well as more specific hands on advice on crowdfunding your book. As well as being an ex-bookseller, I have an MA in Publishing from UCL and deal with many literary agents in London. I can work on cover letters and writing synopsis for you, as well as drawing up a list of potential agents, editors and publishers.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Nature

Certifications

  • MA Publishing from UCL
  • BA in Creative Writing, English and History
  • Qualified Copyediter from the London School of Publishing

Awards

  • Faber & Faber Tebbutt Scholarship
  • Cuirt International Festival of Literature New Writing Prize
  • The Bookseller Futurebook Hack, Winner of Discoverability Category

Work experience

Commissioning Editor

Unbound

August, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

I'm a commissioning editor at Unbound, an award-winning publisher behind books like Letters of Note, The Wake and The Good Immigrant. We've funded over 160 books and won the Bookseller Book of the Year, the PEN Ackerley Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize and been shortlisted for the Booker, Goldsmiths and Folio Prize.

My job involves assessing manuscripts and proposals from authors and agents to find the ones I'm passionate about. I work with the author to pitch their book to potential readers on our website. Once the book is funded, I typically provide two rounds of edits - the first a bigger picture editorial review and the second a line by line edit, if required. I then manage the book through to publication while it is being copyedit, typeset and proofread to answer any queries and take in any corrections.

Editorial Assisstant

Faber & Faber

May, 2014 – August, 2014 (3 months)

I worked primarily on the Faber and Faber classics list, learning the basic nuts and bolts of editing and publishing.

Bookseller

Waterstones

September, 2013 – May, 2014 (8 months)

Worked at various branches of Waterstones selling books while I completed my MA in Publishing.

Bookseller

Charlie Byrne's Books

June, 2012 – August, 2013 (about 1 year)

Selling books at Ireland's best bookshop. With no computer database of stock, working here is the bookselling equivalent to cab driver's 'The Knowledge'.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Ladders to Heaven

Mike Shanahan

The Sussex Devils: A true story of the 1980s Satanic panic

Marc Heal

"Heartbreaking and breathtaking." (Clive Barker, author of Hellraiser). In 1986 Marc Heal stumbled across a yellowed newspaper cutting about Derry Knight: a man who claimed that he belonged to a secret Satanic group operating at the highest levels of British society. Helped by John Baker, vicar of the Sussex village of Newick, Knight had falsely raised large sums from wealthy gentry on the pre... read more

"Heartbreaking and breathtaking." (Clive Barker, author of Hellraiser). In 1986 Marc Heal stumbled across a yellowed newspaper cutting about Derry Knight: a man who claimed that he belonged to a secret Satanic group operating at the highest levels of British society. Helped by John Baker, vicar of the Sussex village of Newick, Knight had falsely raised large sums from wealthy gentry on the pre... read more

Trust Me, PR Is Dead

Robert Phillips

In Trust Me, PR is Dead, Robert Phillips - the former EMEA CEO of Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm - calls the end of the PR industry and advocates new models of public leadership and public value. He tells tales from the front line and twenty-five years at the summit of PR, from the 'Hello Boys' Wonderbra campaign to sharing the stage with CEOs and prime ministers, as well a... read more

In Trust Me, PR is Dead, Robert Phillips - the former EMEA CEO of Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm - calls the end of the PR industry and advocates new models of public leadership and public value. He tells tales from the front line and twenty-five years at the summit of PR, from the 'Hello Boys' Wonderbra campaign to sharing the stage with CEOs and prime ministers, as well a... read more

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