Sade Omeje

Sade Omeje - Editor

London, UK

I am an experienced editor across literary fiction and narrative non-fiction with a passion for storytelling and close collaboration.

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Overview

I currently work at one of the largest publishing houses in the world, Harper Collins, with senior editors across two imprints, working on a range of fiction and non-fiction, with many award-winning, best-selling authors such as Hilary Mantel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Hinton and Emmanuel Iduma across many different titles. I am currently working on some of my own projects and building my own list.

I have a comprehensive knowledge of the publishing process and industry as a whole and can provide insight into these areas. Within my current role, I mentor and coach budding writers in our successful Harper Collins Author Academy which is an aspect of my role I throughly enjoy. Much of writing a book is about the confidence to go ahead and do it; providing encouragement, support and structure to an author's manuscript, as well as being a sound board for their ideas and creativity, is something I am very passionate about.

I am particularly drawn to contemporary and literary fiction, though I do believe in the power of great storytelling and have passionately worked across many narrative non-fiction titles ranging from literary memoirs, to historical accounts as well as contemporary thrillers! I enjoy working on themes about relationships, nature, travel or storytelling from different parts of the world and I am particularly passionate about underrepresented voices and points of view being brought to attention.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Non-Fiction
Nature
Sex & Relationships

Certifications

  • Bespoke Book Editing
  • Bachelors Degree in English Literature and American Studies

Work experience

Reader

Discoveries 2022 Women's Prize
February, 2022 – April, 2022 (about 2 months)

I was a reader for the 2022 Women's Fiction Discoveries Prize, a pioneering development initiative which offers practical support and encouragement to aspiring female novelists of all ages and backgrounds, from across the UK and Ireland. I reviewed submissions before a selected long-list was to be sent to the judges, providing editorial comments for each submission.

Editorial Assistant and Publishers Assistant to Executive Publisher

Harper Collins
February, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

I assist multiple editors across two imprints, whilst managing my own projects, discussing developmental and conceptual edits to more granule line edits. Plot, character, tone, pacing, style and readability are all incredibly important aspects to storytelling, whether fiction or non-fiction and it is these elements that I look for when reading a submission or working on a manuscript.

I have been a mentor at the Harper Collins Author Academy for two terms, proving feedback, structure, advice and comprehensive editorial suggestions to writers working on their first piece of fiction or non-fiction. One of my metees has since gone on to secure a publishing deal, stating:

"I said that I am not sure if I would have got the deal had it not been for you, and I meant that. The academy was amazing, but at the end after all that incredible information being thrown at me, I was a little overwhelmed, still in two minds about whether I had what it took, or was ready to make my final proposal. You helped me find the confidence I needed, as well as shared some great suggestions that led to me submitting the successful proposal..."

Within my role, I also curated a five month virtual work experience series, breaking down the barriers and mysticism behind the publishing process. This knowledge is something I have to offer, along with my editorial skills and experience.

Co-Founder and Associate Editor

Polyphony
January, 2018 – July, 2019 (over 1 year)

I was a Co-Founder and Associate editor of Polyphony. A student-led journal that includes creative fiction and non-fiction, as well as critical essays focused on history, politics and literature. It is still ongoing and has become a flourishing platform for students at the University of Manchester to share and platform their work. In my role as Associate Editor, I edited multiple academic work ranging from critical essays on English and American literature texts, to essays with a political and historical focus.

Mrs. March: A Novel

Feito, Virginia

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

Chainani, Soman, Iredale, Julia

Notes on Grief

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

The Yield: A Novel

Winch, Tara June

Consent: A Memoir

Springora, Vanessa, Lehrer, Natasha

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