Sam Ruddock

Sam Ruddock - Editor

Norwich, UK

I offer a thorough, professional, artistic and commercial editing service for any work of fiction or narrative non-fiction.

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Overview

I am Editorial Director at Story Machine. I am also a coach, fundraiser, and project manager. I have worked in literature and the book trade for more than fifteen years, first with Waterstones and then National Centre for Writing.

I love words and stories, and am passionate about helping you succeed.


I am perhaps best as a macro editor: helping you shape and construct the narrative and characters and themes of your work. Although I can offer line-by-line editing and feedback, I am not a copy editor. I will help make your book more readable, concise, and effective in communicating to your readers.

Whatever your work, I can work with it. I’ve edited literary fiction, sci-fi, southern-gothic horror, young adult, non-fiction, short stories, novellas, and much more.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy
Literary Fiction
Science Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult

Work experience

Director

Story Machine
January, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

• Editorial support, mentoring, coaching, industry advice, workshops, and other support for writers.
• Writing, Directing, and Producing multi-artform live-literature shows featuring work by emerging and established writers including JM Coetzee, Sarah Hall, Kerry Hudson, Leslie Jamison, Ben Okri, Claudia Rankine, Sally Rooney, Preti Taneja, and many more.
• Collaborations with Granta, Man Booker Prize, Penguin Random House, National Centre for Writing, John Innes Centre for plant research.
• Performances at major festivals including Cheltenham Literature Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, science festivals, and chip shops across the UK.
• Start-up management – responsible for all tasks from conception to delivery and including branding, marketing and finance.

Director

Self-employed
January, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

Editorial support, mentoring, coaching, industry advice, workshops, and other support for writers.

Programme Manager

National Centre for Writing
February, 2009 – Present (over 13 years)

Managing the inception, development, delivery, and evaluation of key projects including:
• Escalator Literature. Talent development programme for 10 writers per year, offering mentoring, a residential retreat, introduction to agents, and tailored opportunities;
• INN CROWD – commissioning, producing, and managing live literature shows developed for rural pub touring.
• Norfolk & Norwich Festival: programming, booking, and managing delivery of the literature strand of the UK’s oldest single-city festival;
• International Literature Showcase: a £500k on- and off-line project to network literature professionals across the world and showcase the best in UK writing. Partnership with British Council and Arts Council England;
• The National Conversation: 12 months, 12 events, festivals across the UK - exploring the challenges and opportunities facing literature in the UK and internationally;
• Brave New Reads: access to the best writing from around the world, and supporting confident, adventurous, & networked reading for all;
• Well Versed: Transforming the poetry offer in Norfolk schools.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

The Day I Killed J. D. Salinger

Alex Carulli

Born in New York City on the night of John Lennon’s assassination Ros is now a celebrated photographer who claims to have killed reclusive writer J. D. Salinger with the help of her alter ego Marta. In the psychiatric hospital where she resides Ros talks with her therapist about art and pop culture and the psychological and moral motives behind her actions. But rebellious and outspoken Marta h... read more

Born in New York City on the night of John Lennon’s assassination Ros is now a celebrated photographer who claims to have killed reclusive writer J. D. Salinger with the help of her alter ego Marta. In the psychiatric hospital where she resides Ros talks with her therapist about art and pop culture and the psychological and moral motives behind her actions. But rebellious and outspoken Marta h... read more

Source

Rosemary Johnston

Kate and her teenage daughter return to Ireland to sort through what is left of the family farm. But in doing so, Kate is brought to all the reasons she left many years ago. She can find no attachment to the objects of her past until she comes across her father’s dictionary.Can words be the way for her to unlock the past? Can they help pave the way towards reconciliation? Can they help us unde... read more

Kate and her teenage daughter return to Ireland to sort through what is left of the family farm. But in doing so, Kate is brought to all the reasons she left many years ago. She can find no attachment to the objects of her past until she comes across her father’s dictionary.Can words be the way for her to unlock the past? Can they help pave the way towards reconciliation? Can they help us unde... read more

Madeleine

Stella Bech

Madeleine is everything Angela is not: charismatic, lovable, certain. It is 1996. At sixteen, Angela wants something to happen to her – anything – instead of being told her potential while living in her own private prison. She couch hops and chainsmokes, unable to find her place in a predatory city. When she meets Madeleine, she finds what she’s longed for – someone for her; who opens up not j... read more

Madeleine is everything Angela is not: charismatic, lovable, certain. It is 1996. At sixteen, Angela wants something to happen to her – anything – instead of being told her potential while living in her own private prison. She couch hops and chainsmokes, unable to find her place in a predatory city. When she meets Madeleine, she finds what she’s longed for – someone for her; who opens up not j... read more

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