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Rachel Mann

Rachel Mann - Editor

London, UK

Kids/YA fiction specialist experienced in all forms of commissioning/editing across genres. Ex-Penguin Random and S&S, currently Egmont.

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A professional commissioning, structural, line and copyeditor, specialising in children's & YA/ crossover. I've worked on editorial teams at large houses such as Penguin, Random House, Scholastic and Simon & Schuster, across a range of ages and genres.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Anthologies Children's - Middle Grade Classics Horror Humor & Comedy Literature Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Entertainment

Work experience

Editorial Director, Fiction (maternity)

Egmont UK Ltd

August, 2016 – Present (4 months)

Commissioning Editor, Children's & YA

Simon & Schuster UK

March, 2014 – August, 2016 (over 2 years)

Commissioning, editing and project-managing authors such as Darren Shan, Becca Fitzpatrick, Gayle Forman, Amy Alward, Paige Toon, Steve Cole, Michelle Harrison and C. J. Flood, as well as a number of debut authors and project publications.

Assistant Editor

Random House Children's Books

March, 2013 – March, 2014 (12 months)

Editing and project-managing authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Steve Cole, Chris Ryan, Richard Hammond, Bear Grylls and Ellie Simmonds.

Editorial Assistant

Puffin Books, Penguin Children's

June, 2010 – May, 2012 (almost 2 years)

Fiction Buying Assistant

Scholastic Clubs & Fairs

February, 2010 – June, 2010 (4 months)

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Conspiracy Girl

Sarah Alderson

'High on emotion, action, romance and danger, Conspiracy Girlgrips like a vice... and steals your heart!' Lancashire Evening Post'I was honestly hooked the moment I started reading' Slanted Bookshelf'Absolutely read it and fall in love with Finn.' The Overflowing Library 'Sarah Alderson is undoubtedly the queen of sexy YA thrillers' So Little Time for Books Everybody knows about the Cooper Kil... read more

'High on emotion, action, romance and danger, Conspiracy Girlgrips like a vice... and steals your heart!' Lancashire Evening Post'I was honestly hooked the moment I started reading' Slanted Bookshelf'Absolutely read it and fall in love with Finn.' The Overflowing Library 'Sarah Alderson is undoubtedly the queen of sexy YA thrillers' So Little Time for Books Everybody knows about the Cooper Kil... read more

I Knew You Were Trouble

Paige Toon

Sunshine, rock gods and Hollywood hearthrobs! Jessie Jefferson is back in the next instalment from bestselling author Paige Toon. Perfect for fans of Geek Girl, Jessica Cole and Girl Online. Life as the undercover daughter of a rock god isn't going to be easy. How will Jessie adjust to her old boring life again after spending her summer living it up with her dad in LA? With tough decisions ahe... read more

Sunshine, rock gods and Hollywood hearthrobs! Jessie Jefferson is back in the next instalment from bestselling author Paige Toon. Perfect for fans of Geek Girl, Jessica Cole and Girl Online. Life as the undercover daughter of a rock god isn't going to be easy. How will Jessie adjust to her old boring life again after spending her summer living it up with her dad in LA? With tough decisions ahe... read more

Stop Those Monsters!

Steve Cole

'He's very good...my daughter monster-munched her way through it - and so did I.'The TimesThe Wizard of Ozmeets Monsters Incin this MONSTROUSLY funny stand-alone story from bestselling author phenomenon, Steve Cole.I'm Bob, a human boy stuck in a land of MONSTERS. I'm trying to get out with the help of three - count them, three - incredible creatures. There's Verity, who looks like a giant ham... read more

'He's very good...my daughter monster-munched her way through it - and so did I.'The TimesThe Wizard of Ozmeets Monsters Incin this MONSTROUSLY funny stand-alone story from bestselling author phenomenon, Steve Cole.I'm Bob, a human boy stuck in a land of MONSTERS. I'm trying to get out with the help of three - count them, three - incredible creatures. There's Verity, who looks like a giant ham... read more

Only Remembered

Michael Morpurgo

Published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this beautiful anthology collects favourite extracts, poems and images from some of the UK’s leading cultural, political and literary figures.Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts, photographs and paintings are just some of the elements of this astonishing collection, with cover and artwork by... read more

Published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this beautiful anthology collects favourite extracts, poems and images from some of the UK’s leading cultural, political and literary figures.Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts, photographs and paintings are just some of the elements of this astonishing collection, with cover and artwork by... read more

Sparky at Magic School

Ruby Nash

Sparky the puppy lives in an animal rescue centre, where he dreams of having an owner. One night, he is accidentally whisked away on a broomstick and taken to Mrs Mothwick’s Magic Academy! Sparky’s classmates include black kittens, bats and owlets, all training to become the familiar of a young witch. They all seem to match their witches perfectly, but Sparky is too playful. And he isn’t magic... read more

Sparky the puppy lives in an animal rescue centre, where he dreams of having an owner. One night, he is accidentally whisked away on a broomstick and taken to Mrs Mothwick’s Magic Academy! Sparky’s classmates include black kittens, bats and owlets, all training to become the familiar of a young witch. They all seem to match their witches perfectly, but Sparky is too playful. And he isn’t magic... read more

ZOM-B Fugitive

Darren Shan

"Possibly the most mind-blowing [instalment] yet...it has what is hands down the biggest plot twist in the entire series, and that's really saying something. Darren Shan pulled out the big guns with this one."So Many Books, So Little Time "OH MAN!!!!!!! This has totally annihilated me! Cannot wait for Zom-B Goddess to come out!!! April 2016 is so far away!"Empire of Books via Goodreads WHERE D... read more

"Possibly the most mind-blowing [instalment] yet...it has what is hands down the biggest plot twist in the entire series, and that's really saying something. Darren Shan pulled out the big guns with this one."So Many Books, So Little Time "OH MAN!!!!!!! This has totally annihilated me! Cannot wait for Zom-B Goddess to come out!!! April 2016 is so far away!"Empire of Books via Goodreads WHERE D... read more

In Your Light

A. J. Grainger

Are you still a sister if one of you is gone? Sixteen-year-old Lil's heart was broken when her big sister, Mella, went missing. One especially dark and rainy afternoon, Lil finds a strange girl, 'Seven', collapsed on the road outside her house. Tiny, gentle, terrified Seven was born into the Sisterhood of the Light, a seemingly peaceful community that believes in the healing power of the sun. ... read more

Are you still a sister if one of you is gone? Sixteen-year-old Lil's heart was broken when her big sister, Mella, went missing. One especially dark and rainy afternoon, Lil finds a strange girl, 'Seven', collapsed on the road outside her house. Tiny, gentle, terrified Seven was born into the Sisterhood of the Light, a seemingly peaceful community that believes in the healing power of the sun. ... read more

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home: Rocky's Story

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Ellie is FED UP. Her Dad is never at home, and now he’s going on tour to Germany without her! He’s in a band called The Day Trippers and is always travelling; playing silly gigs for people who really should be more sensible at their age. Ellie loves music too, especially playing guitar with her dad, but The Day Trippers are just not cool anymore!Ellie and her big sister, Rachel, know the perfe... read more

Ellie is FED UP. Her Dad is never at home, and now he’s going on tour to Germany without her! He’s in a band called The Day Trippers and is always travelling; playing silly gigs for people who really should be more sensible at their age. Ellie loves music too, especially playing guitar with her dad, but The Day Trippers are just not cool anymore!Ellie and her big sister, Rachel, know the perfe... read more

The Bubble Boy

Stewart Foster

Amir is mad. He’s crazy. But the hospital wouldn’t let a crazy person in. They must have interviewed him and checked his qualifications. But maybe he didn’t even meet them? Maybe he hasn’t even come from India. He might have arrived on an alien spaceship and snuck in here in the middle of the night. Eleven-year-old Joe can't remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machin... read more

Amir is mad. He’s crazy. But the hospital wouldn’t let a crazy person in. They must have interviewed him and checked his qualifications. But maybe he didn’t even meet them? Maybe he hasn’t even come from India. He might have arrived on an alien spaceship and snuck in here in the middle of the night. Eleven-year-old Joe can't remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machin... read more

Nightwanderers

C. J. Flood

A stunning, sad and darkly funny story about intense female friendship, from award-winning author, C. J. Flood.It all started with a poo in a flowerbed. Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters - closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn't be friends, but they are. Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through thei... read more

A stunning, sad and darkly funny story about intense female friendship, from award-winning author, C. J. Flood.It all started with a poo in a flowerbed. Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters - closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn't be friends, but they are. Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through thei... read more

All About the Hype

Paige Toon

The third super hot, super fun Jessie Jefferson novel from internationally bestselling author, Paige Toon. Is the life of a famous rockstar's daughter all it's cracked up to be? And what about dating your fellow band-member just as you hit the bigtime? Jessie is still getting used to being a celebrity, and the daughter of one of the world’s biggest rock stars. With her own music career on the ... read more

The third super hot, super fun Jessie Jefferson novel from internationally bestselling author, Paige Toon. Is the life of a famous rockstar's daughter all it's cracked up to be? And what about dating your fellow band-member just as you hit the bigtime? Jessie is still getting used to being a celebrity, and the daughter of one of the world’s biggest rock stars. With her own music career on the ... read more

Circus of Thieves and the Comeback Caper

William Sutcliffe

Shank's Impossible Circus rolls back into town for this hilarious brand new adventure from Will Sutcliffe brought to life by wonderful illustrations from David Tazzyman! And there's about to be double the trouble as dastardly ringmaster Armitage Shank comes face to face with his long lost twin! Urgh, how will the world cope with two Shanks?

Shank's Impossible Circus rolls back into town for this hilarious brand new adventure from Will Sutcliffe brought to life by wonderful illustrations from David Tazzyman! And there's about to be double the trouble as dastardly ringmaster Armitage Shank comes face to face with his long lost twin! Urgh, how will the world cope with two Shanks?

The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour

Amy Alward

Since winning the Hunt and saving her new BFF, Princess Evelyn, Sam Kemi has been royally busy.. What with TV interviews, working in her family’s potion store and preparing to join Evelyn on her world tour, Sam STILL hasn’t had time for a real date with Zain, her new-boyfriend-slash-former-rival. And that’s not happening anytime soon. Someone has tampered with Sam’s grandad’s mind and she is t... read more

Since winning the Hunt and saving her new BFF, Princess Evelyn, Sam Kemi has been royally busy.. What with TV interviews, working in her family’s potion store and preparing to join Evelyn on her world tour, Sam STILL hasn’t had time for a real date with Zain, her new-boyfriend-slash-former-rival. And that’s not happening anytime soon. Someone has tampered with Sam’s grandad’s mind and she is t... read more

The Other Alice

Michelle Harrison

What happens when a tale with real magic, that was supposed to be finished, never was? This is a story about one of those stories . . . Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and – most of all – stories. Especially because he's grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer. When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice’s stories for a c... read more

What happens when a tale with real magic, that was supposed to be finished, never was? This is a story about one of those stories . . . Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and – most of all – stories. Especially because he's grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer. When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice’s stories for a c... read more

The Case of the Exploding Brains: 2

Rachel Hamilton

Science, silliness and super-villains make this a perfect read for fans ofDavid Walliams, Simon Mayoand Liz Pichon Noelle "Know-All" Hawkins has another case on her hands.Her famous scientist dad - Professor Brian "Big Brain" Hawkins - is in prison as a result of his portaloo mishaps. A trip to the Science Museum results in an international mystery involving the moon, some mindreading, and an ... read more

Science, silliness and super-villains make this a perfect read for fans ofDavid Walliams, Simon Mayoand Liz Pichon Noelle "Know-All" Hawkins has another case on her hands.Her famous scientist dad - Professor Brian "Big Brain" Hawkins - is in prison as a result of his portaloo mishaps. A trip to the Science Museum results in an international mystery involving the moon, some mindreading, and an ... read more

ZOM-B Goddess

Darren Shan

Double-crossed again, B is confused, enraged and broken. But the battle isn’t over. The end is nigh, but there are plenty of horrors to come. And who will survive? The zombies? The humans? Or worse . . .? The final, heartstopping installment from master of horror, Darren Shan. 'Zom-B Goddess doesn’t disappoint. We get another huge twist, another big moment for B to shine and a suitably mind-bl... read more

Double-crossed again, B is confused, enraged and broken. But the battle isn’t over. The end is nigh, but there are plenty of horrors to come. And who will survive? The zombies? The humans? Or worse . . .? The final, heartstopping installment from master of horror, Darren Shan. 'Zom-B Goddess doesn’t disappoint. We get another huge twist, another big moment for B to shine and a suitably mind-bl... read more

A Home for Shimmer

Cathy Hopkins

A new best friend - but can she stay? Amy is fed-up with her new home already - she absolutely DID NOT want to move to a freezing-cold farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. But her vet dad has suddenly 'found himself' and is now running his own vet's practice at Silverbrook Farm. Things begin to look up when Amy meets fellow new girl and cat-loving drama queen, Caitlin O'Neill. When the villager... read more

A new best friend - but can she stay? Amy is fed-up with her new home already - she absolutely DID NOT want to move to a freezing-cold farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. But her vet dad has suddenly 'found himself' and is now running his own vet's practice at Silverbrook Farm. Things begin to look up when Amy meets fellow new girl and cat-loving drama queen, Caitlin O'Neill. When the villager... read more

Winter Magic

Abi Elphinstone

A beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children’s writers such as Michelle Magorian, Berlie Doherty, Lauren St John and Katherine Woodfine, and edited by author Abi Elphinstone.Dreamsnatcher’s Abi Elphinstone heads up this gorgeous collection of wintery stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers . . . from classic childr... read more

A beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children’s writers such as Michelle Magorian, Berlie Doherty, Lauren St John and Katherine Woodfine, and edited by author Abi Elphinstone.Dreamsnatcher’s Abi Elphinstone heads up this gorgeous collection of wintery stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers . . . from classic childr... read more

The Girl in Between

Sarah Carroll

I know the mill has a story cos there’s something strange going on. I heard something. I’ve decided that I’m going to find out what it is later today when Ma leaves. Cos even if it is scary, we live here and we’re never leaving. So if there’s something going on, I need to know. In an old, abandoned mill in the heart of Dublin, Sam and her ma take shelter from their memories of life on the stre... read more

I know the mill has a story cos there’s something strange going on. I heard something. I’ve decided that I’m going to find out what it is later today when Ma leaves. Cos even if it is scary, we live here and we’re never leaving. So if there’s something going on, I need to know. In an old, abandoned mill in the heart of Dublin, Sam and her ma take shelter from their memories of life on the stre... read more

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Heather B. Moon

This is the second edit Rachel has worked on. It is a middle grade chapter book. I am absolutely delighted with the quality of Rachel's editing and advice. She is honest and direct and a dream to work with. I really look forward to the manuscript landing back in my inbox and the challenge of the re-write.

Heather B. Moon, November 2016

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