Rachel Mann

Rachel Mann – Editor

Children's/YA specialist and agent with 15 years' experience commissioning and editing. Ex-Penguin Random House, S&S and Roald Dahl HQ


A professional commissioning, structural, line and copyeditor, specialising in children's & YA/crossover but now a literary agent representing well-known clients across adult and children's, in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. I've worked on editorial teams at large houses such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and Egmont, across a range of ages and genres, with authors such as Rick Riordan, Darren Shan, Michael Morpurgo, Becca Fitzpatrick, Laura Ellen Anderson and Gayle Forman. Most recently, I was global publishing director at the Roald Dahl Story Company.

I'm now a freelance editor and literary agent, helping writers develop their voices and tell their most powerful stories. I'm particularly interested in marginalised voices and innovative forms, but happy to assist across a broad spectrum of genres and age-ranges. At the moment I'm only proofreading and copyediting around agenting, though I can take on shorter developmental edits and query letter reviews.
Action & Adventure Contemporary Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Middle Grade Romantic Comedy Social & Family Issues Young Adult Fantasy
English (UK) English (US)
  • Branford Boase shortlist 2016
  • FutureBook 40 2018

Work experience

Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Jan, 2019 — Present

Having spent ten years commissioning and editing books for young people, I’m now actively growing a list of writers in fiction and non-fiction, with a particular focus on children’s and YA but also extending into adult work across many styles and genres. My clients include Eliza Clark, Caleb Femi, Jade LB, Jack Meggitt-Phillips and Bethany Rutter.

Roald Dahl Story Company UK Ltd

Jan, 2017 — Aug, 2018 (over 1 year)

I had full financial and strategic responsibility for global publishing activity across 47 territories and in 62 languages, with a focus on English Language publishing. In close collaboration with the estate's literary agents, I was responsible for the evolution, protection and development of global publishing identity and income across print and digital, for both adult and children’s titles.

Egmont UK Ltd

Aug, 2016 — Jan, 2017 (5 months)

Co-running department strategy; commissioning, editing and project-managing authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Laura Ellen Anderson, Kevin & Katie Tsang and Katy Birchall, as well as a number of debut authors and project publications. I also ran editorial and brand strategy on Egmont's Enid Blyton list.

Simon & Schuster UK

Mar, 2014 — Aug, 2016 (over 2 years)

Commissioning, editing and project-managing authors such as Adam Silvera, Darren Shan, Becca Fitzpatrick, Gayle Forman, Michelle Harrison, Amy Alward, Laura Bates, Michelle Harrison and C. J. Flood, as well as a number of debut authors and project publications.

Random House Children's Books

Mar, 2013 — Mar, 2014 (12 months)

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


Jan, 2011 — Present

Editorial, publishing strategy and project management across a broad spectrum of publications, with a focus on fiction for children and young adults. All stages of development and delivery, from creative conception to structural development, through to copy editing and proofreading. Working with self-publishing authors, as well as Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, Faber, Egmont, Scholastic, Stripes, Walker Books and Knights Of.

Puffin Books, Penguin Children's

Jun, 2010 — May, 2012 (almost 2 years)

Co-editing work by authors such as Rick Riordan, Melvin Burgess and Steven Butler.

Scholastic Clubs & Fairs

Feb, 2010 — Jun, 2010 (4 months)


A GORGEOUSLY GOTHIC, WICKEDLY FUNNY NEW SERIES FROM WITCH WARS ILLUSTRATOR LAURA ELLEN ANDERSON Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang would much rather han... read more
The Beast and the Bethany (1)

Meggitt-Phillips, Jack

Blood Moon

Cuthew, Lucy

The Way We Survive

Catriona Morton

'This book will often hurt. It will make you angry, it will make you feel. My hope is that this hurt, this anger and these feelings will move you to change the way we talk about surviving sexual violence.' Sexual violence is an epidemic happening across all in... read more
This book is one woman's funny, moving, and sometimes awkward quest to fix her sex life, but it's the story of millions of women everywhere - half of all women have felt pain during sex. During award-winning writer and performer Fran Bushe's journey towards bu... read more
Love is for Losers

Wibke Brueggemann

A laugh out loud look at first love, loss and trying to avoid the girl of your dreams.What a stupid expression that is in the first place: To fall in love.Like you fall into a ditch or something.Maybe people need to look where they’re going.As far as Phoebe Da... read more
A Pinch of Magic

Michelle Harrison

'A SPELLBINDING STORY, STEEPED IN MAGIC. I ADORED IT' - Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse. Three magical objects with the power to change their fate. Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will they lead the sist... read more
The NYT Besteller and 2017 Zoella & Friends Book Club Selection by Juno DawsonYou’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you’re having an open casket funeral. I know you’re out there, listening. And you sho... read more
The Day I Was Erased

Lisa Thompson (UK)

The brand new read-in-one-sitting mystery from the author of unforgettable bestseller The Goldfish Boy. Eleven-year-old Maxwell is always, always in trouble. Roaming the town with his beloved pet dog Monster (who he rescued as a puppy from being run over) as a... read more
A brand new title in the bestselling gorgeously gothic and wickedly funny Amelia Fang series – perfect for readers of 7+Meet Amelia Fang! Everyone’s favourite little vampire.Amelia and her friends are taking part in a competition to visit Pumpkin Paradise Park... read more
I Was Here

Gayle Forman

A brand-new, heart-wrenching novel from the bestselling author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman Cody and Meg were inseparable - best friends for life. They knew everything about each other. Or Cody thought they did. But how well do you ever really know your best fri... read more
Kill All Enemies

Melvin Burgess

Everyone says fourteen-year-old BILLIE is nothing but trouble. A fighter. A danger to her family and friends.But her care worker sees someone different. Her classmate ROB is big, strong; he can take care of himself and his brother.But his violent stepdad sees ... read more
The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent's Shadow is the final thrilling instalment in award-winning author Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles trilogy. Is their inherited magic enough to battle against the most powerful mythical forces that Egypt's gods have to throw at t... read more
Black Ice

Becca Fitzpatrick

Britt Pfeiffer has never been that adventurous, but that's about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trekking trip with her. But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabi... read more
To Sam Lyttle, the truth is like an elephant. It’s heavy, worrying and wrinkly. And when it’s sitting in your way, you can’t go under it or over it. But you CAN skirt round it… So Sam does, every now and then, tell the odd porky-pie, much to the annoyance of h... read more
Sometimes I believe the baby will never stop crying. Sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner fears she is losing her mind. When her family move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, Amanda hopes she can leave her haunting memories behind: of her sickly M... read more
John Greenmeets 500 Days of SummermeetsNick Hornby.Darren hasn't had an easy year. His parents divorced, his brother left for college, and his best friend moved state. Also, he still doesn't have a girlfriend. Then his dad shows up at 6am with a glazed chocola... read more
'A moving, humane, funny portrait of two very different boys discovering what connects us all' Kiran Milwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars ‘It’s amazing! Such a bold idea to have a character like Dan… you pulled it off brilliantly.’ Ross Welfor... read more
Flight of a Starling

Lisa Heathfield

The stunning new novel from award-shortlisted Lisa Heathfield, author of Seed and Paper Butterflies. Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places, Lisa Williamson, Sarah Crossan and Sara Barnard. Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent ... 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 sis... 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, ... read more
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 fa... read more

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 ... 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 s... 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 hor... 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 h... 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 MONST... 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.... 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... read more

Rachel has 48 reviews





Hernán V.

Hernán V.

Oct, 2021

Thanks Rachel. Very helpful, useful and clear.
Topher A.

Topher A.

Aug, 2021

Very pleased with this editor's work. Copy edit was completed very professionally and right on time.
Rory S.

Rory S.

Aug, 2021

Just a quick read-through this time, but work was completed on time and I got plenty of useful feedback. Very pleased.
Vincent B.

Vincent B.

Jul, 2021

Rachel was exceptionally easy to work with, she kept me updated throughout and was willing to work with a small schedule shift, I will most enthusiastically hire her again.
Rory S.

Rory S.

Jul, 2021

This was my first time working with an editor, and it has been as inspiring as I hoped it would be. Rachel has been insightful, clear and informative throughout. As it is my first time it is hard to comment on ‘value’ but I have been thoroughly pleased with the detailed reports she has provided me with, as well as answering my questions about the details mentioned there in. I am hoping to work ...
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