Robbie Guillory

Robbie Guillory - Editor

Glasgow, UK

Literary agent and editor with seven years professional experience, keen on short story collections, humour, and nature-filled non-fiction

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Overview

I am an agent at the Kate Nash Literary Agency. I'm also an experienced editor of fiction and non-fiction with a background in the UK publishing industry.

The bulk of my experience is in working on short story collections across a multitude of genres, humour titles, and nature-based non-fiction, but I have also worked with authors writing crime, historical and literary fiction.

I like to work closely with authors to make the best of their book without sacrificing their style and voice. Those are the attributes that will help you to stand out from the crowd, and the ones I want to champion!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Nature

Awards

  • Freight Books was Scottish Publisher of the Year 2015

Work experience

Literary Agent

Kate Nash Literary Agency
June, 2019 – Present (about 1 year)

I am looking for outstanding writing across a number of genres: stand-out commercial fiction, science fiction that focuses on communities and relationships whilst the galaxy looks after itself, crime and psychological thrillers with a difference, gripping historical dramas, and beautiful nonfiction with roots in the natural world.

Freelance editor and typesetter

Robbie Guillory Literary Consultant
March, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

Managing Editor

Saraband Books
October, 2017 – March, 2019 (over 1 year)

At Saraband I have been working mostly on production (typesetting, proofreading), ebook management, and some non-fiction editing.

Readers' Editor

Gutter Magazine
October, 2017 – Present (over 2 years)

Gutter Magazine is Scotland's leading magazine of new writing. My main role is looking after our subscriber base, but I also muck in for proofreading each issue.

Managing Editor

Freight Books
March, 2013 – August, 2017 (over 4 years)

Freight Books published some of the most exciting Scottish authors, both new and established. I managed the production, editing, and proofreading of titles.

Freelance editorial and writing

Self-employed
September, 2011 – Present (over 8 years)

I've worked as an editor and proofreader for a number of companies, including HarperCollins and the brightest newcomers in British publishing, 404 Ink.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

In Rude Health: The Funniest and Most Explicit Stories from the NHS

Robbie Guillory

From the man with a device lodged far inside his body whose batteries refuse to run out to a woman with a plunger super-glued to her vagina, In Rude Health recounts real life tales from the coal face of the NHS. From doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychiatrists and dentists come a range of eye-popping, side-splitting acts of misadventure that have had the medical profession weeping into th... read more

From the man with a device lodged far inside his body whose batteries refuse to run out to a woman with a plunger super-glued to her vagina, In Rude Health recounts real life tales from the coal face of the NHS. From doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychiatrists and dentists come a range of eye-popping, side-splitting acts of misadventure that have had the medical profession weeping into th... read more

Here We F**king Go

Chris McQueer

LifeBlood

Gill Fyffe

Poisoned. Ruined. Silenced. A family story. In 1988 Gill Fyffe undergoes a traumatic birth, requiring a blood transfusion. Over the following years, Gill struggles to raise her family as she experiences constant and extreme fatigue, at one point falling asleep at the wheel, crashing her car. When her daughter is seven she receives word from the authorities her transfusion was contaminated. She... read more

Poisoned. Ruined. Silenced. A family story. In 1988 Gill Fyffe undergoes a traumatic birth, requiring a blood transfusion. Over the following years, Gill struggles to raise her family as she experiences constant and extreme fatigue, at one point falling asleep at the wheel, crashing her car. When her daughter is seven she receives word from the authorities her transfusion was contaminated. She... read more

Mayhem & Death

Helen McClory

Hings

Chris McQueer

From the streets of working class Scotland, and on occasion, a little beyond our solar system, comes one of the country's most hilarious debut writers. Putting surreal and witty twists on the everyday, Chris McQueer creates recognisable characters you will love and want to avoid like the plague. Peter's earned his night off, and there s not a bloody chance he s covering Shelley's shift. He jus... read more

From the streets of working class Scotland, and on occasion, a little beyond our solar system, comes one of the country's most hilarious debut writers. Putting surreal and witty twists on the everyday, Chris McQueer creates recognisable characters you will love and want to avoid like the plague. Peter's earned his night off, and there s not a bloody chance he s covering Shelley's shift. He jus... read more

Dark Side of the Moon

Les Wood

Published 2016 by Freight Books. Ex-review copy, good as new.

Published 2016 by Freight Books. Ex-review copy, good as new.

The Few

Cathy McSporran

Few

Few

The Mauricewood: Devils

Dorothy Alexander

A meticulously researched, semi-fictionalised account the Mauricewood pit disaster near Edinburgh of 1889 related by seven year-old Martha and her step-mother Jess. Their accounts are given in the aftermath of the death of Martha's father and 62 others in the accident.With many of the miners families left destitute, the women of Mauricewood undertake a campaign for compensation and justice aga... read more

A meticulously researched, semi-fictionalised account the Mauricewood pit disaster near Edinburgh of 1889 related by seven year-old Martha and her step-mother Jess. Their accounts are given in the aftermath of the death of Martha's father and 62 others in the accident.With many of the miners families left destitute, the women of Mauricewood undertake a campaign for compensation and justice aga... read more

Killochries

Jim Carruth

Killochries

Killochries

Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory

Linda Cracknell

Doubling Back is a fascinating and moving account of walking in the footsteps of others. In 1952 Linda Cracknell's father embarked on a hike through the Swiss Alps. Fifty years later Linda retraces that fateful journey, following the trail of the man she barely knew. This collection of walking tales takes its theme from that pilgrimage. The walks trace the contours of history, following writer... read more

Doubling Back is a fascinating and moving account of walking in the footsteps of others. In 1952 Linda Cracknell's father embarked on a hike through the Swiss Alps. Fifty years later Linda retraces that fateful journey, following the trail of the man she barely knew. This collection of walking tales takes its theme from that pilgrimage. The walks trace the contours of history, following writer... read more

Mercy Seat

Wayne Price

Attempting to escape his childhood and youth in the South Wales valleys of the 1980s, Luke drifts to a seaside town and into a marriage and fatherhood for which he is unprepared. The arrival of a stranger - his wife's troubled sister, Christine - will change each of their lives forever. Drawn into the unspoken, destructive mystery at the heart of the two women's childhoods, Luke finds his own ... read more

Attempting to escape his childhood and youth in the South Wales valleys of the 1980s, Luke drifts to a seaside town and into a marriage and fatherhood for which he is unprepared. The arrival of a stranger - his wife's troubled sister, Christine - will change each of their lives forever. Drawn into the unspoken, destructive mystery at the heart of the two women's childhoods, Luke finds his own ... read more

Robbie has 11 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Geoffrey Fox
Robbie Guillory understood exactly what I was trying to do and has helped me make it better. He has been very supportive of the things that worked, characterizations, scenes, dialogue, and spotted what was not working quite so well. Specifically, he has pointed out passages that impede the flow of the story, suggesting either eliminating or rewriting them, and indicating just where he saw a p...
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Geoffrey Fox, April 2020


Tessa George
Robbie is great to work with and fair priced for all that he does. I would love to work with him again on future projects.

Tessa George, January 2020


Mellany Cedeno
Robbie was very professional and did a great job on my short story! He was very clear about what he was going to do and his qualifications and experience. I will be bringing more material for him to edit for me!

Mellany Cedeno, September 2019


Kevin Schenk
Robbie was very helpful throughout and very quick with his assessment of my work. He was very open for answering questions that I had and all communication was swift and professional. His assessment itself was very well structured and was easy to comprehend, giving me a good overview of what would could be done to improve my work. I would recommend Robbie!

Kevin Schenk, July 2019


Chris Orlando
Robbie was wonderful to work with. He provided detailed edits, ideas, and suggestions, while also being flexible with his time. It was much appreciated!

Chris Orlando, July 2019

Robbie Guillory
Thanks so much Chris! I loved working with you on this book, and am wishing you the best of luck! Please keep in touch about it.

Reply from Robbie Guillory

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