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Scott Pack

Scott Pack - Editor

London, United Kingdom

I am a publisher and editor with several award-winning and bestselling books to my name.

Overview

Reviews (36)

I am a publisher and editor. I have worked in book retail as well as for publishers big and small, so I have seen most sides of the industry.

I have edited and published books that have been longlisted, shortlisted and won prizes including the Folio Prize, Wellcome Trust Book Prize, DSA South East Asian Literary Prize, Gordon Burn Prize, Green Carnation Prize, Bisto Children's Book of the Year, Thurber Prize and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Listed further down the page are just a small number of the books I have published over the years.

I have also written books myself as well as a range of journalism in newspapers and magazines. I am happy to work with you to help you get your manuscript ready for submission or publication. I can offer an editorial review, a full structural edit, a critique of your cover letter and synopsis, or simply offer advice as a publishing professional. Feel free to get in touch if you want to discuss your needs.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Self-help & Self-improvement Sports & outdoor recreation Travel
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Editor-at-Large

Eye Books & Lightning Books
October, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

I acquire and publish fiction and non-fiction for Eye Books and Lightning books, two sister imprints. Books signed and coming out in the year ahead include The Exphoria Code by Antony Johnston and The Antipodeans by Greg McGee.

Associate Lecturer

Oxford Brookes University
September, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

I have joined Oxford Brooks University as Associate Lecturer. I teach one day a week as part of the Editorial Management module of their MA in Publishing.

Associate Editor

Unbound
September, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

Unbound is the world's first crowdfunding publisher. Our authors pitch their books to readers who can then pledge to support them and help get them published. My role is to acquire new projects for the business and edit them for publication.

Publisher-at-Large

Aardvark Bureau, Gallic Books
January, 2015 – September, 2015 (9 months)

I was asked to help Gallic Books set up a new imprint called Aardvark Bureau. I built the initial list of titles, developed the publishing strategy and launched the list in September 2015. Authors I signed to Aardvark Bureau include Dan Rhodes, Fiona Kidman, Charles Lambert, Andrew Kaufman and Tracy Farr.

Publisher

The Friday Project, HarperCollins
October, 2006 – December, 2014 (about 8 years)

I joined The Friday Project as Commercial Director but was promoted to Publisher when the business was bought by HarperCollins in 2008. During my time there, books that I published were longlisted or shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, The Folio Prize, the DSA South East Asian Literary Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize and the Green Carnation Prize. I also published books that won the Bisto Children's Book of the Year, the Thurber Prize in the US, and twice won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. 'Blood, Sweat and Tea' by Tom Reynolds was turned into the Channel 4 television series, 'Sirens', which was then adapted into a US series by Denis Leary.

Authors I published include Brian Aldiss, Andrew Kaufman, Kristin Hersh, Stewart Copeland, Julie Schumacher, Niven Govinden, Nikesh Shukla, Dr Benjamin Daniels, Dr Nick Edwards, Tom Reynolds and John Lenahan.

Head of Buying

Waterstones
May, 2000 – September, 2006 (over 6 years)

As Head of Buying for the Waterstones book chain I was in charge of the team that purchased new books for the 100+ bookshops across the UK and Europe and was responsible for delivering over £100m of sales every year.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Exphoria Code

Antony Johnston

NEW SPIES. NEW RULES.Brigitte Sharp is a brilliant but haunted young MI6 hacker. When she decodes encrypted online messages, which she believes are connected to her best friend's murder, Bridge uncovers evidence of a mole inside a top secret Anglo-French military drone project. Forced back into the field by MI6, after three years deskbound and in therapy, she discovers that the truth behind th... read more

NEW SPIES. NEW RULES.Brigitte Sharp is a brilliant but haunted young MI6 hacker. When she decodes encrypted online messages, which she believes are connected to her best friend's murder, Bridge uncovers evidence of a mole inside a top secret Anglo-French military drone project. Forced back into the field by MI6, after three years deskbound and in therapy, she discovers that the truth behind th... read more

A Man With One of Those Faces (The Dublin Trilogy Book 1)

Caimh McDonnell

A Brilliant Comedic thriller - The Irish PostThe first time somebody tried to kill him was an accident. The second time was deliberate. Now Paul Mulchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one-too-many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history . . . . . . ... read more

A Brilliant Comedic thriller - The Irish PostThe first time somebody tried to kill him was an accident. The second time was deliberate. Now Paul Mulchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one-too-many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history . . . . . . ... read more

The Complete Short Stories: The 1950s

Brian Aldiss

In a major publishing project, all of Brian Aldiss’ 300+ short stories are being collected together for the first time.Volume one takes us from his very first story – A Book in Time, published in The Bookseller in 1954 and never seen again until now – right up to his establishment as a major new voice in science fiction by the end of that decade.As he enters his 89th year this is a long-overdu... read more

In a major publishing project, all of Brian Aldiss’ 300+ short stories are being collected together for the first time.Volume one takes us from his very first story – A Book in Time, published in The Bookseller in 1954 and never seen again until now – right up to his establishment as a major new voice in science fiction by the end of that decade.As he enters his 89th year this is a long-overdu... read more

Shadowmagic

John Lenahan

A Lord of the Rings for the 21st century. Only a lot shorter. And funnier. And completely different.Conor thought he was an average teenager. OK, so his father only had one hand, spoke to him in ancient languages and was a bit on the eccentric side but, other than that, life was fairly normal. Until, that is, two Celtic warriors on horseback and wearing full armour appear at his front door and... read more

A Lord of the Rings for the 21st century. Only a lot shorter. And funnier. And completely different.Conor thought he was an average teenager. OK, so his father only had one hand, spoke to him in ancient languages and was a bit on the eccentric side but, other than that, life was fairly normal. Until, that is, two Celtic warriors on horseback and wearing full armour appear at his front door and... read more

The Tiny Wife

Andrew Kaufman

A remarkable short novella, a modern fable that is weird, uplifting and romantic all at the same time.A robber charges into a bank with a loaded gun, but instead of taking any money he steals an item of sentimental value from each person. Once he has made his escape, strange things start to happen to the victims.A tattoo comes to life, a husband turns into a snowman, a baby starts to shit mone... read more

A remarkable short novella, a modern fable that is weird, uplifting and romantic all at the same time.A robber charges into a bank with a loaded gun, but instead of taking any money he steals an item of sentimental value from each person. Once he has made his escape, strange things start to happen to the victims.A tattoo comes to life, a husband turns into a snowman, a baby starts to shit mone... read more

The Pinocchio Brief: A gripping, thought-provoking courtroom thriller about Man vs Artificial Intelligence

Silver Abi

A schoolboy accused of a brutal murder. A retired lawyer with secrets to hide…“A taut thriller" - The Times; "First-rate" - Daily Mail; "The unexpected twist is a jaw-dropper" - Saga MagazineA 15-year-old schoolboy is accused of the murder of one of his teachers. His lawyers, the guarded veteran, Judith, and the energetic young solicitor, Constance, begin a desperate pursuit of the truth, reve... read more

A schoolboy accused of a brutal murder. A retired lawyer with secrets to hide…“A taut thriller" - The Times; "First-rate" - Daily Mail; "The unexpected twist is a jaw-dropper" - Saga MagazineA 15-year-old schoolboy is accused of the murder of one of his teachers. His lawyers, the guarded veteran, Judith, and the energetic young solicitor, Constance, begin a desperate pursuit of the truth, reve... read more

You Took the Last Bus Home: The Poems of Brian Bilston

Brian Bilston

You Took the Last Bus Home is the first and long-awaited collection of ingeniously hilarious and surprisingly touching poems from Brian Bilston, the mysterious ‘Poet Laureate of Twitter’.With endless wit, imaginative wordplay and underlying heartache, he offers profound insights into modern life, exploring themes as diverse as love, death, the inestimable value of a mobile phone charger, the u... read more

You Took the Last Bus Home is the first and long-awaited collection of ingeniously hilarious and surprisingly touching poems from Brian Bilston, the mysterious ‘Poet Laureate of Twitter’.With endless wit, imaginative wordplay and underlying heartache, he offers profound insights into modern life, exploring themes as diverse as love, death, the inestimable value of a mobile phone charger, the u... read more

When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow

Dan Rhodes

Everybody at the Women’s Institute in the village of Upper Bottom is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a very special guest speaker: the world famous evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins. But with a blizzard setting in, their visitor finds himself trapped in the nearby town of Market Horten, with no choice but to take lodgings with the local Anglican vicar. Will the professor be able... read more

Everybody at the Women’s Institute in the village of Upper Bottom is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a very special guest speaker: the world famous evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins. But with a blizzard setting in, their visitor finds himself trapped in the nearby town of Market Horten, with no choice but to take lodgings with the local Anglican vicar. Will the professor be able... read more

Where the Devil Can’t Go (Kiszka & Kershaw, Book 1)

Anya Lipska

THE FIRST KISZKA AND KERSHAW MYSTERYA naked girl has washed up on the banks of the River Thames. The only clue to her identity is a heart-shaped tattoo encircling two foreign names. Who is she – and why did she die?Life’s already complicated enough for Janusz Kiszka, unofficial 'fixer' for East London’s Polish community: his priest has asked him to track down a young waitress who has gone miss... read more

THE FIRST KISZKA AND KERSHAW MYSTERYA naked girl has washed up on the banks of the River Thames. The only clue to her identity is a heart-shaped tattoo encircling two foreign names. Who is she – and why did she die?Life’s already complicated enough for Janusz Kiszka, unofficial 'fixer' for East London’s Polish community: his priest has asked him to track down a young waitress who has gone miss... read more

Scott has 36 reviews

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Elena Molchanova

Always a pleasure to work together!

, February 2018


Joe Bram

Scott provided an insider's insight on how to improve my manuscript. He deconstructed the draft of my thriller novella and pointed out areas where I needed to drastically improve character, plot, twists, and more, and he laid out options for how best to accomplish this. He took time to carefully parse my work and constructively criticize every paragraph. I recommend him to anyone looking to...

, February 2018


Tim Dubber

Scott provided excellent feedback, both in writing and via skype. Would highly recommend and will work with in the future.

, February 2018


Susan King

I couldn't have been happier with the service provided by Scott. He is both professional and approachable and he exceeded my expectations in terms of the feedback he provided on my WiP. As this was the first time I had used the services of a professional it all felt very daunting but Scott's approach and communication immediately put me at ease. I feel very lucky to have collaborated with him.

, January 2018


Hyatt Antogn

Scott was very professional and provided me with excellent feedback . Thanks!

, January 2018

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