Richard Arcus

Richard Arcus – Editor

A 10-year track record at Hachette UK, editing Booker-nominated authors and Sunday Times bestsellers. Memoir, Lit Fiction, Crime/Thriller.

Overview

Hello. I'm Rich, and I’d love to work with you and your writing. My background is as a Commissioning Editor of non-fiction/memoir, crime/thriller and literary fiction at Quercus Books: an award-winning division of Hachette UK, Britain’s second-largest corporate trade publisher.


I have edited Booker-longlisted and Booker-shortlisted authors, Richard & Judy Book Club crime writers, and have commissioned Waterstones Thriller of the Month selections, BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks and

Sunday Times bestsellers. I have edited first-timers, old-hands and translations.


Although I value professional integrity above all else, I favour a personable approach over a formal or fusty one, and pride myself on bringing a sense of purpose and a sense of humour to everything I do. Moreover, all of my work is scrupulously monitored by my round-the-clock supervisor: a British Blue cat named Colin.


So . . . whether you wish to capture a literary agent’s imagination, scale an editor's towering to-read pile, polish up or trim down your manuscript ahead of submission or self-publication – or if you’re simply hankering for an honest opinion from an objective viewpoint – I'd love to hear from you.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment History Sports & Outdoors Travel
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • BA (1st Class Hons) Medieval and Modern History

Work experience

Quercus Books

Jun, 2010 — Feb, 2020 (over 9 years)

Commissioning narrative non-fiction, literary fiction and crime/thriller for riverrun imprint.

Janklow & Nesbit UK

Mar, 2010 — May, 2010 (2 months)

Working in the boutique UK outpost of America’s most prestigious literary agency.

Profile Books

Jan, 2010 — Feb, 2010 (about 1 month)

Trainee at the UK’s most successful independent publisher of non-fiction.

Penguin Random House UK

Sep, 2009 — Dec, 2009 (3 months)

Two internships at the heritage Viking imprint, within the UK’s largest corporate publishing house.

Portfolio

Unfollow

Megan Phelps-Roper

LOUIS THEROUX: 'For anyone who enjoyed Hillbilly Elegy or Educated, Unfollow is an essential text'PANDORA SYKES: 'Such a moving, redemptive, clear-eyed account of religious indoctrination' NICK HORNBY: 'A beautiful, gripping book about a singular soul, and an ... read more
Goodbye to the Dead

Brian Freeman

PAGE-TURNING PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR BRIAN FREEMAN'This man can tell a story' MICHAEL CONNELLY'Gripping, shocking, and moving...A master of psychological suspense' LISA GARDNERTo shed light on a recent murder in Duluth, Jonathan Stride i... read more
Sorrow Bound

David Mark

NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED - THE THIRD DS AECTOR MCAVOY THRILLER FROM THE RICHARD & JUDY FEATURING, SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AND KINDLE CHART-TOPPING AUTHOR OF DARK WINTER.Philippa Longman did what we all aim to do. She did the right thing. She's about to pa... read more
Too Close to Breathe

Olivia Kiernan

'Truly first class. Just knock-out' C. J Tudor, author of The Chalk ManPolished. Professional. Perfect. Dead.When Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanging in her immaculate home, something about the scene doesn't add up.DCS Frankie Sheehan, a trained profiler, is ... read more
Six Four

Hideo Yokoyama

'This novel is a real, out-of-the-blue original. I've never read anything like it' New York Times Book ReviewTHE MILLION-SELLING JAPANESE CRIME PHENOMENON, NOW A UK BESTSELLER.SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER.NAMED IN NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABL... read more
Hello and Goodbye

Patrick McCabe

Welcome to Hello and Goodbye: two dark tales from two deceased narrators - bottled-lightning treats that will make you gasp, gurn, shiver and squirm. HELLO MR BONES: two damaged souls have, thanks to each other's love, turned their lives around. But as London'... read more
Minds of Winter

Ed O'Loughlin

Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017.'Ed O'Loughlin is a skilled cartographer of both the Arctic and the human heart. What a magnificent novel' Ron Rash'A brilliant paean to the obsessions of the polar explorers . . . stupendously ... read more
Spoonbenders

Daryl Gregory

'As gripping as it is hilarious' Steven Rowley'Funny and charming . . . magical' New York Times Book Review'Hilarious' GuardianTeddy, Maureen, Frankie, Irene and Buddy were the Amazing Telemachus Family, who achieved widespread fame for their magic and mind re... read more
A Different Drummer

William Melvin Kelley

'More than lives up to the hype' Observer'Set to become a publishing sensation' Kirsty Lang, BBC Front Row'An astounding achievement' Sunday Times'The lost giant of American literature' New YorkerJune, 1957. One afternoon, in the backwater town of Sutton, a yo... read more
Out of Thin Air

Anthony Adeane

THE SENSATIONAL TRUE CRIME STORY THAT SHOOK ICELAND - COMING TO NETFLIX THIS YEAR.It is the most shocking miscarriage of justice in European history. And now - in the most stunning true crime narrative you will read this year - OUT OF THIN AIR spotlights Icela... read more
Europe United

Matt Walker

AS SEEN ON BBC FOOTBALL FOCUS AND BT SPORT'Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable' Sunday Sport'One man and his quest to see a game in every UEFA nation in one season' Paul Doyle, GuardianEUROPE UNITED follows Matt Walker's unprecedented challenge to experience to... read more
'JOYOUS . . . READERS WILL LOVE THIS FASCINATING BOOK' CATHY RENTZENBRINK'A GODSEND WITH THE PRESENT SEASON APPROACHING' IRISH INDEPENDENT'THE PERFECT GIFT FOR A BOOK-OBSESSED FRIEND' STYLIST, 50 UNMISSABLE BOOKS FOR AUTUMN 2017'EXCELLENT . . . SHOULD BE READ ... read more

Richard has 40 reviews

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Damian K.

Damian K.

Jul, 2024

I found Richard professional and very easy to work with. He clearly outlined the project ahead and delivered on every timeline. His feedback throughout was well thought out and helpful. I would certainly recommend Richard to anyone. Best regards Damian.
Tony P.

Tony P.

Jul, 2024

I feel so lucky that I chose to work with Rich on my memoir, and I will absolutely be working with him again. From the very first communication, it was clear that he cared about my project in a serious, personal way. He asked clarifying questions about the goals of my Reedsy proposal and took a collaborative approach toward working out an arrangement that would maximize the value of his time an...
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Victoria J.

Victoria J.

May, 2024

Richard is great to work with--he provided a smart and thoughtful and detailed editorial assessment and helped focus a query letter.
Joel B.

Joel B.

Apr, 2024

Richard, Thank you for your excellent observation skills. Your passion and understanding of narrative, language, linguistics, syntax, and grammar are superb. You respected my voice. Your constructive comments were so helpful. Your consistency in going through everything with a fine-toothed comb is unmatched. Thank you for your patience and flexibility. Your honest communication is much appreci...
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Ben M.

Ben M.

Mar, 2024

If there were 6 stars I'd give Richard 6. He edited mum mum's memoirs and was efficient, creative, accurate, professional and patient with both of us (I've been a kind of intermediary in the process even though it wasn't my work - my mum is less digitally proficient so I've helped with the Reedsy platform, Zoom meetings, etc). Richard not only stuck to the agreed brief, but he also helped us ...
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