Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson - Editor

Belfast, UK

Over 6 years of in-house editorial experience (PRH, DK and Egmont UK), happy to take on both fiction and non-fiction across all age groups.

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I'm a creative but efficient editor, with over six years of experience at some of the UK's largest publishing houses, where I worked primarily on non-fiction travel titles and children's fiction. Following a relocation in 2018, I've been freelancing full time and am happy to take on projects across a wide variety of genres and age groups. I have experience of working closely with authors, and believe that I can provide clear, collaborative feedback to ensure that the potential of every project is realised – whether your manuscript is in need of structural development or a light polish, and everything in between.
English (UK)
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
Children’s Non-Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self Employed
September, 2018 – Present (almost 4 years)

■ I currently take on editing projects on a remote, freelance basis, primarily providing developmental edits for new fiction writers. I have also continued to work closely with DK, both writing and editing travel content. I was based in Toronto, Canada, prior to returning to the UK in December 2020, so I am comfortable working across a number of time zones.

Project Editor

May, 2016 – September, 2018 (over 2 years)

■ I was a member of the DK Travel editorial team, where I looked after over titles across their bestselling Eyewitness list, including acting as a lead editor on initial titles for their relaunched series. I was responsible for coordinating the editorial update from beginning to end – from commissioning new content to carrying out final proofreading checks before print, as well as ensuring that all aspects of the update remained within budget.

Assistant Editor

Penguin Random House UK
May, 2015 – March, 2016 (10 months)

■ I worked within the PRH Children’s licensing team, looking after both fiction and non-fiction for brands across a range of age groups. As the primary editorial contact, I would put together a programme of what I suggested that we publish annually and then guide the proposed projects through to development – from costing formats with our production team to commissioning manuscripts, as well as editing and proofing the final text.


Immediate Media
March, 2013 – April, 2015 (about 2 years)

■ At Immediate I worked across five monthly titles, including the award-winning CBeebies Special magazine, which focuses on a different CBeebies brand every month. I was involved with all aspects of the editorial development, from contributing ideas at a flat plan to proofing the magazines before going to press.

Editorial Assistant/Junior Writer

Egmont UK
January, 2012 – February, 2013 (about 1 year)

■ I worked on the busy Disney magazines and annuals team, with my main editorial duties including writing original copy and subbing externally supplied pages to the in-house standard.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Who Was Anne Frank?

Abramson, Ann, Who HQ, Harrison, Nancy

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