Roisin Heycock

Roisin Heycock - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Publisher & Development Editor. I run Oneworld Children's, previously set up Quercus Children's. Worked at Faber, Macmillan, Hachette.

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Overview

‘What a pleasure it was to be able to work with Roisin! The joy wasn't just the expert notes I received, which swiftly improved the work; what I liked best was the comfort of having an industry expert, who was rooting for me. Thank you, Roisin! I would fight ten strong men in your honour! I would wrestle beasts!’
Andrew Clover, author and scriptwriter

I'm a publisher and structural editor with 15 years experience in the trade, where I have commissioned, edited, managed and published at Macmillan, Faber & Faber, Quercus and Hachette. Under my leadership, Quercus won the YA prize in 2015 and the Guardian Prize in 2014. I currently run the YA and children's list at Oneworld, winner of the Booker Prize 2015 and 2016.

Stuck plots, baggy middle sections, stories in need of a sprinkle of fairy dust: as a development editor I relish helping, shaping and taking my judicious scalpel to an author's work. I am a rigorous, insightful and creative, and take a long-term approach to enable a writer to learn the skills to get better book by book and build a career.

When it comes to your pitch, I have up-to-date and excellent book market experience and the vision to go with it. I have published and marketed a whole range of best-selling and prize-winning books successfully for a number of big-name and independent publishers. I have vast experience of acquisitions meetings for all types of books and still attend them, so I have a sharp sense of what publishers want and how to pitch to them. I have excellent publicity and marketing experience and key industry contacts.

'I was lucky enough to have my debut novel in Roisin's capable hands. She's has great vision and insight, is always supportive and a delight to work with.'
Cat Clarke, best-selling and award-winning author of ENTANGLED, TORN, UNDONE and THE LOST AND THE FOUND

‘I found Roisin’s structural comments to be incisive and perceptive, resulting in a much tighter manuscript. She is very supportive and contactable, encouraging me professionally and attending my author events. Roisin is organised and approachable – I feel lucky to have worked with her.’ Olivia Levez, author of THE ISLAND and THE CIRCUS
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Director of Children's and YA, Oneworld, Freelance Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
April, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

Publishing Director

Quercus Children's Books
June, 2007 – January, 2016 (over 8 years)

• Developed a commercial and multiple-prize-winning children’s list with an excellent reputation (5+ – YA)
• Built an editorial team to develop exciting and profitable print and digital books with international rights
• Quercus Children’s Books won the Guardian Children’s Prize 2014 and inaugural Bookseller YA prize 2015

Editor

Faber & Faber
August, 2004 – May, 2007 (almost 3 years)

Books edited included: Mouse Noses on Toast (Nestlé Gold winner 2006); Tim The Tiny Horse by Harry Hill, Flanimals by Ricky Gervais, High in the Clouds by Paul McCartney

Editorial Assistant

Macmillan Children's Books
July, 2002 – April, 2007 (almost 5 years)

Books edited included: Mouse Noses on Toast (Nestlé Gold winner 2006); Tim The Tiny Horse by Harry Hill, Flanimals by Ricky Gervais, High in the Clouds by Paul McCartney

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Island

Olivia Levez

Frances is alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to survive. And when she is there she also thinks about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster. Nothing is easy. Survival is hard and so is being honest about the past. Frances is a survivor however and with the help of the only other crash survivo... read more

Frances is alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to survive. And when she is there she also thinks about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster. Nothing is easy. Survival is hard and so is being honest about the past. Frances is a survivor however and with the help of the only other crash survivo... read more

Ashes

Ilsa J. Bick

1st trade edition paperback new In stock shipped from our UK warehouse

1st trade edition paperback new In stock shipped from our UK warehouse

Unhooking the Moon

Gregory Hughes

A funny, joyful, touching road-trip adventure, with the most magical, entertaining girl character to ever dance through the pages of a children's book.

A funny, joyful, touching road-trip adventure, with the most magical, entertaining girl character to ever dance through the pages of a children's book.

Undone

Cat Clarke

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files: Book 1 (Illuminae Files 1)

Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Warner Bros are set to bring YA sci-fi novel Illuminae to the big screen. The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their tro... read more

Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Warner Bros are set to bring YA sci-fi novel Illuminae to the big screen. The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their tro... read more

Entangled

Cat Clarke

Cat Clarke evokes just how it feels to be seventeen, in this gripping novel of dangerous secrets, intense friendships and electrifying attraction. The same questions whirl round and round in my head: What does he want from me? How could I have let this happen? AM I GOING TO DIE? Seventeen-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper ??? and no clue how she got there. As ... read more

Cat Clarke evokes just how it feels to be seventeen, in this gripping novel of dangerous secrets, intense friendships and electrifying attraction. The same questions whirl round and round in my head: What does he want from me? How could I have let this happen? AM I GOING TO DIE? Seventeen-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper ??? and no clue how she got there. As ... read more

Roisin has 95 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Riya A
The developmental edit was a waste of money for me. The editor provided a two-page, double-spaced editorial letter consisting of a summary of my book, target market and agent list. Only a small part of the letter actually offered critical feedback. The line edits were extremely minimal—only 4 very minor edits in a 3-page manuscript. The worst part (besides wasting my money on this editor) was...
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Riya A, September 2020


Barrie Stevenson
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Barrie Stevenson, September 2020


Andrew Rowland
Roisin Heycock is gifted! I was so happy with her feedback and comments which have aided and encouraged me greatly. I was able to strip my query letter back whilst still maintaining its substance and attraction. I know there is far to go with my journey for a publisher, but Roisin certainly has made that journey so much more attainable, increasing the possibilities for success. For that, I am i...
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Andrew Rowland, August 2020


Jolee McManus
Roisin is a kind, attentive, and insightful editor. Highly recommend working with her!

Jolee McManus, August 2020


Catherine Carr
Working with Roisin was a pleasure. She was incredibly professional and as a first-time author, I found her advice invaluable. The feedback she sent was clear, thorough and actionable. I would absolutely recommend Roisin.

Catherine Carr, August 2020

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