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Simon Burke

Simon Burke - Editor

Whitstable, United Kingdom

Fiction editor with 20+years experience in UK publishing and bookselling. Particular interest in commercial literary and crime/thrillers.

Overview

I'm a book trade professional with over 20 years experience and have worked within both the retail and publishing side of the industry to a senior level across a variety of roles. Companies I have worked for include Ottakar's, Waterstones, Faber & Faber and Black & White Publishing. I have always been a great advocate of fostering talent and take pride in preparing an author's work to give them the best possible chance of realising their potential and reaching their audience.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Literature Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • BA Combined Hons English Literature and Sociology

Work experience

Editor and Consultant specialising in Fiction

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (12 months)

I offer a range of services from editorial assessment and development of your work to insight into current market trends, including advice on sales and marketing.

Commissioning Editor

Black & White Publishing
November, 2015 – December, 2016 (about 1 year)

Responsibility for acquiring and preparing a range of fiction for the list.
Carried out structural edits for existing titles.
Advised on marketing, publicity and packaging for titles prior to publication.

Key Account Manager

Faber & Faber
August, 2012 – October, 2015 (about 3 years)

Presentation of Faber and Faber and Faber Factory Plus list to key UK retail accounts including Amazon, Waterstones and WH Smith.

Preparation of sales analysis including internal reports and UK market trends utilising Nielsen Bookscan data.

Regular involvement in the acquisition process. Reading manuscripts and liaising with the editorial team, particularly within crime and literary fiction genres.

Fiction Buying Manager

Waterstones Head Office
August, 2006 – April, 2012 (over 5 years)

Responsibility for day to day strategy, direction and performance of the head office fiction buying team across all fiction genres, both backlist and new titles.

Core Range Manager

Ottakar's Bookshops Head Office
June, 2002 – August, 2006 (about 4 years)

Tasked with the creation and maintenance of company-wide backlist range across all adult genres.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Not the Only Sky

Alyssa Warren

Titian's Boatman: A rich and captivating tale where past meets present across three enchanting cities

Victoria Blake

It is 1576 and Venice is in chaos, ravaged by plague and overrun by crime.In the midst of the anarchy we find those brave souls who have chosen not to flee the city. Titian, most celebrated of Venetian painters, his health failing badly. Sebastiano, a gondolier who is the eyes and ears of the corrupted and crumbling city. And Tullia, the most notorious courtesan of the age, who must fight to r... read more

It is 1576 and Venice is in chaos, ravaged by plague and overrun by crime.In the midst of the anarchy we find those brave souls who have chosen not to flee the city. Titian, most celebrated of Venetian painters, his health failing badly. Sebastiano, a gondolier who is the eyes and ears of the corrupted and crumbling city. And Tullia, the most notorious courtesan of the age, who must fight to r... read more

The Week I Ruined My Life: A powerful thought provoking story of being true to yourself

Caroline Grace-Cassidy

To have and to hold, for better, for worseAli Devlin isn’t the type of woman to have an affair…But as her marriage to her childhood sweetheart Colin turns bitter, she begins to rediscover the woman she once was. She seeks solace from her toxic relationship by throwing herself into a new job that she loves, by confiding in her best friend Corina and, most dangerously of all, by spending more an... read more

To have and to hold, for better, for worseAli Devlin isn’t the type of woman to have an affair…But as her marriage to her childhood sweetheart Colin turns bitter, she begins to rediscover the woman she once was. She seeks solace from her toxic relationship by throwing herself into a new job that she loves, by confiding in her best friend Corina and, most dangerously of all, by spending more an... read more

The Gingerbread House: Gripping, heartbreaking, funny, surprising

Kate Beaufoy

Nestled among cherry trees in a picturesque country garden, the Gingerbread House resembles an illustration from an old-world storybook. But beware! For in the fairy-tale, that’s where the witch lives...Away from the city, with no distractions, the Gingerbread House seems like the perfect place to start work on a novel. That’s what former advertising copywriter Tess thinks when she goes there ... read more

Nestled among cherry trees in a picturesque country garden, the Gingerbread House resembles an illustration from an old-world storybook. But beware! For in the fairy-tale, that’s where the witch lives...Away from the city, with no distractions, the Gingerbread House seems like the perfect place to start work on a novel. That’s what former advertising copywriter Tess thinks when she goes there ... read more

The Damselfly: A gripping and unnerving crime thriller

SJI Holliday

An unsolved murder. A community turned against each other. A killer close to home...Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She’s bright and funny, she has a boyfriend who adores her and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap Banktoun for the bright lights of London. Life gets even better when she has an unexpected win on a scratch card. But then Katie’s luck runs out.Her ... read more

An unsolved murder. A community turned against each other. A killer close to home...Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She’s bright and funny, she has a boyfriend who adores her and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap Banktoun for the bright lights of London. Life gets even better when she has an unexpected win on a scratch card. But then Katie’s luck runs out.Her ... read more

The Cardinal's Man

M. G. Sinclair

The Jungle: Imagine the world with no borders...

Pooja Puri

There was a story Jahir used to tell me. About how the first humans were born with wings. Can you imagine what that would be like? To fly anywhere in the world without worrying about having the right papers?Mico has left his family, his home, his future. Setting out in search of a better life, he instead finds himself navigating one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Jungle. F... read more

There was a story Jahir used to tell me. About how the first humans were born with wings. Can you imagine what that would be like? To fly anywhere in the world without worrying about having the right papers?Mico has left his family, his home, his future. Setting out in search of a better life, he instead finds himself navigating one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Jungle. F... read more

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days: A heart-warming tale of one man's extraordinary life and his long kept secrets

Juliet Conlin

Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies...His life has been rich and full. He has witnessed firsthand the rise of the Nazis, experienced heartrending family tragedy, fought in the German army, been interred in a POW camp ... read more

Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies...His life has been rich and full. He has witnessed firsthand the rise of the Nazis, experienced heartrending family tragedy, fought in the German army, been interred in a POW camp ... read more

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