Richard Roper

Richard Roper – Editor

Novelist published by Penguin (US), Orion (UK), translated into 20 languages. Formerly senior non-fiction commissioning editor at Hachette.


Hello there,

I'm an author and editor, and I'd love to work with you on your book.

As a novelist, I'm published by Penguin in the US, Orion in the UK, and around the world in 20 languages. My novels have been Barnes & Noble Fiction Book of the Month and optioned for TV.

As a former non-fiction editor at Hachette UK (Britain's second largest book publisher), I have commissioned and edited numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, Waterstones Book of the Month and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week selections, and other award-winning titles.

I love the feeling of helping authors figure out the puzzle of putting a book together. My approach is to provide feedback that is honest, empathetic, encouraging, and solutions based. I know how hard it is to put your work out there, and that is always at the forefront of my my mind.

If you are a looking for an editorial assessment, developmental edit, agent query letter review (including proposal and synopsis + early pages), a careful proofread – or anything else, including questions about the publishing industry – please get in touch!



'Richard's editorial assessment of my manuscript was exactly what I hoped it would be and more. It's solutions-oriented, which I love. Rather than just telling me what wasn't working, he offered specific ideas for improvements where needed, and sometimes even multiple ideas/options to get my own creative wheels turning. The assessment was encouraging and kind, the type of feedback that has you itching to go back to work instead of feeling like maybe you're just not cut out for this whole writing thing. Totally professional, willing to answer additional questions, I could go on and on — hire Richard, you won't regret it!'

—Evan Porter, author of Dad Camp

'Richard helped me see my novel in a different light. It is not easy for a writer to show their work to someone but Richard's feedback was always kind and constructive. I highly recommend working with him.'

—Malika Nekhla, contemporary fiction author

Biographies & Memoirs Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sports & Outdoors True Crime
Contemporary Fiction Humor & Comedy Romantic Comedy Thriller & Suspense
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
  • Progress in Editorial Skills: Copy-Editing and Proofreading - Publishing Training Centre

Work experience

Orion (UK), Penguin (US)

May, 2018 — Present

My debut reading group novel SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR was pre-empted by Orion in the UK and Putnam Penguin in the US (where it was published as HOW NOT TO DIE ALONE in hardback). It was sold in nineteen other territories and has been optioned for TV. It was fiction book of the month at Barnes and Noble. Positive reviews followed in the likes of The New York Times ('I loved this novel with my whole heart'), the BBC ('A charming, humorous and life-affirming tale about human kindness').

My second novel WHEN WE WERE YOUNG received praise from Good Morning America ('He writes with wit, soul, and beautiful prose') Metro ('Acutely funny, like a buddy movie dreamt up by David Nicholls and Nick Hornby'), and the Daily Mail ('A beautifully written comedy').

Book three, THIS DISASTER LOVES YOU, published in 2024, was reviewed as 'heartwarming and hilarious' by People Magazine.

Headline (Hachette UK)

Oct, 2011 — Present

At Headline (part of Hachette UK) I have commissioned and edited numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, and worked with authors such as comedians James Acaster, Katy Wix, Andrew O'Neill, Joel Dommett and Miles Jupp. I work in all areas of narrative non-fiction, specialising in memoirs, music books, mental health, true crime, and sport.


This Disaster Loves You

Roper, Richard

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Made with Reedsy
Dad Camp: A Novel

Porter, Evan S.

Editorial Assessment
**THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**'I don't think I've ever read a book that has made me cry with laughter as much as this one. It was very difficult reading it in public as I looked like a madman' - Richard Herring James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinbur... read more
When We Were Young

Roper, Richard


Katy Wix

'Mesmerising . . . an extraordinary piece of writing.' - The i paper'A layer cake of truth, pain and wisdom iced with charm. I loved it.' - Sue Perkins'Painfully raw and incredibly funny' - Simon Amstell 'A book that offers many pleasures . . . hectically funn... read more
Made with Reedsy
The Borrowed Life of Frederick Fife: A Novel

Johnston, Anna

William Morrow

Query Letter Review
Down with the System: A Memoir (of Sorts)

Tankian, Serj

Hachette Books

Made with Reedsy
I'LL BE THERE: Vignettes of an Intrepid Traveller

Kennedy, Caroline

Developmental Editing
'What makes Steeple Chasing so compelling - and it is a wonderful book; thoughtful and challenging - is Ross's essential kindness, his unfailing empathy with the people he meets on his pilgrimage.' - Daily Telegraph *****'Steeple Chasing is a beautiful and bri... read more
Made with Reedsy
La Vampira: In Search of Lost Time

Madonna de la Noche

I was bit. I was a little Mexican girl and now I'm a cosmopolitan, Manhattanite vampire. A naïve little girl became a brutal vampire but now that little girl haunts me. I’ve written other vamp... read more
Editorial Assessment
Exit Stage Left

Nick Duerden

**INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE MONTH** **GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE DAY** **FINANCIAL TIMES 'BEST SUMMER BOOKS 2022' PICK** 'Incredibly moving.' - Guardian'Entertaining.' - Telegraph'Most books about pop stars focus on the way we turn average human beings into demi-gods.... read more

Stott, Dean

Developmental Editing

Richard has 52 reviews





Anna J.

Anna J.

Jul, 2023

This is the second time I have sought Richard’s expertise which is testament to both the exceptional quality of his work and his encouraging and friendly demeanour which make collaborations a breeze. Thanks again!
Michael S.

Michael S.

Nov, 2023

Working with Richard on my script was probably the best part of my writing process. He was both professional and genuinely involved, grasping my style early on and suggesting very relevant additions and changes to make my script more coherent, but also spotting minor logical and grammatical errors. I also very much appreciated the calls we had in between the edits. It really felt like we were...
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Lee S.

Lee S.

Feb, 2024

After tinkering with a novel for years, I desperately needed a new pair of eyes. But I wanted someone who would understand what I was striving for and not just blindly "fix" things. I'm so glad I found Richard. He gets it! Getting such careful, insightful feedback from someone so knowledgeable -- and so successful in his own right -- has given me the confidence to call this long gestating proje...
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Annie D.

Annie D.

May, 2024

As efficient and wise as always, Richard’s one of my favourite go-tos for feedback and editing.
Jonathan E.

Jonathan E.

Apr, 2024

Richardʻs advice was clear and concise. The changes he made to my work helped make it more focused and as such, more readable. He responded immediately to my questions and was thoughtful in his responses.

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