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.
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.
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.
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