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Sophie Orme

Sophie Orme - Editor

London, United Kingdom

A hands-on, empathetic fiction editor with over ten years’ experience at two major publishing houses.

Overview

I am an editor with over ten years’ experience in the publishing industry, working at a senior level at two major houses. I have commissioned and edited fiction in a wide range of genres including crime and thriller, reading group, historical fiction, upmarket women's fiction and literary novels. Among the many authors I have worked with are award-winning crime writers Ray Celestin, Tom Franklin and Malcolm Mackay, bestsellers Kate Morton and C. J. Sansom and Orange/Baileys Women’s prize shortlisted authors Charlotte Mendelson and Ann Weisgarber.

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

Work experience

Freelance editor

Sophie Orme is self-employed

November, 2016 – Present (about 1 month)

Providing manuscript assessments, structural edits, line and copyedits to writers, agents and major publishing houses.

Editorial Director (maternity cover)

Scribner, Simon & Schuster

May, 2016 – November, 2016 (6 months)

Responsible for managing and developing the Scribner list.

• Project managing the publication of titles from both the Scribner and Simon & Schuster lists, including rejacketing and reissuing the Elizabeth Strout backlist, which led to a Waterstones Book of the Month selection for Olive Kitteridge.
• Liaising with agents and literary scouts to promote the current list and seek out the most exciting new projects.
• Generating creative ideas to maximise the success of each publication.
• Extensive communication with authors and teams in-house.
• Editing manuscripts and creating eye-catching jacket copy.
• Briefing covers and guiding jacket design on a broad range of titles.
• Attending and participating in workshops, festivals and events – including teaching a Publishing Masterclass to Creative Writing MA students at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Senior Editor

Mantle, Pan Macmillan

September, 2008 – January, 2016 (over 7 years)

Working with Maria Rejt across Macmillan, Pan and Picador, and – from May 2010 – her Mantle imprint, publishing crime and thrillers, literary and reading group fiction, fiction in translation, upmarket women’s fiction and narrative non-fiction.

• Acquiring new authors and projects for the Mantle list, concentrating on crime and thrillers, reading group fiction and novels in translation.
• Acquisitions included The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney, chosen for the Loose Women Book Club and The Reader on the 6.27, a Waterstones Book Club selection.
• Editing and working with Mantle authors including bestsellers Kate Morton and C. J. Sansom, acclaimed crime writers Ray Celestin, Tom Franklin and Malcolm Mackay and Orange prize shortlisted authors Charlotte Mendelson and Ann Weisgarber.
• Championing authors in and out of house and generating strategies to publish each book on the list to its best advantage.
• Attending and participating in author workshops, festivals and events including The Festival of Writing, Theakstons Crime Writing Festival and CrimeFest.
• Developing a strong list of contacts from key agents to bestselling authors to influencers in social media and beyond.
• Overseeing the work of the Mantle editorial assistant in the day to day running of the list and deputising in meetings for Publisher Maria Rejt.
• Promoting the list through a well-followed Twitter account including sending out bound proofs to bloggers and influencers.
• Promoted from Assistant Editor and then, Editor.

International Marketing & Publicity Executive

Pan Macmillan

April, 2008 – September, 2008 (5 months)

• Organising author events and interviews, sending out review copies and working with colleagues in sister companies to deliver campaigns.
• Communicating key publicity and marketing activity between UK and international teams.

PA to Sales & Marketing Director & UK Sales Director

Pan Macmillan

February, 2006 – April, 2008 (about 2 years)

Assisting the Sales and Marketing Director and UK Sales Director

• Submitting titles to The Bookseller and Publishing News, including writing sell-in letters.
• Marketing projects, including research into opportunities with reading groups.
• Organising and attending bookseller trade trips, dinners and events.
• Editorial work for Pan Macmillan Fiction and Picador teams in spare time.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Lake House

Kate Morton

The Lake House by Kate Morton is the mysterious and enchanting fifth novel from the number one bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper.A missing child . . .June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excit... read more

The Lake House by Kate Morton is the mysterious and enchanting fifth novel from the number one bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper.A missing child . . .June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excit... read more

The Axeman's Jazz

Ray Celestin

Inspired by a true story, set against the heady backdrop of jazz-filled, mob-ruled New Orleans, The Axeman's Jazz by Ray Celestin is a gripping thriller announcing a major talent in historical crime fiction.Winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the Year.Shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year AwardAs recommended on the Radio 2 Arts Show w... read more

Inspired by a true story, set against the heady backdrop of jazz-filled, mob-ruled New Orleans, The Axeman's Jazz by Ray Celestin is a gripping thriller announcing a major talent in historical crime fiction.Winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the Year.Shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year AwardAs recommended on the Radio 2 Arts Show w... read more

The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (The Glasgow Trilogy Book 1)

Malcolm Mackay

Winner of the ITV3 Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read Award; shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the Year and the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award, longlisted the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year, longlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award. A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. ... read more

Winner of the ITV3 Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read Award; shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the Year and the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award, longlisted the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year, longlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award. A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. ... read more

The Promise

Ann Weisgarber

Shortlisted for the prestigious Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him. But when Catherine ... read more

Shortlisted for the prestigious Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him. But when Catherine ... read more

The Constant Soldier

William Ryan

The pain woke him up. He was grateful for it. The train had stopped and somewhere, up above them, the drone of aircraft engines filled the night sky. He could almost remember her smile . . . It must be the morphine . . . He had managed not to think about her for months now. 1944. Paul Brandt, a soldier in the German army, returns wounded and ashamed from the bloody chaos of the Eastern front t... read more

The pain woke him up. He was grateful for it. The train had stopped and somewhere, up above them, the drone of aircraft engines filled the night sky. He could almost remember her smile . . . It must be the morphine . . . He had managed not to think about her for months now. 1944. Paul Brandt, a soldier in the German army, returns wounded and ashamed from the bloody chaos of the Eastern front t... read more

The Tilted World

Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly

From the author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the YearApril 1927. After months of rain, the Mississippi River has reached dangerous levels and the little town of Hobnob is at threat. Residents fear the levee will either explode under the pressure of the water or be blown by saboteurs from New Orleans, who wish to save their own ... read more

From the author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the YearApril 1927. After months of rain, the Mississippi River has reached dangerous levels and the little town of Hobnob is at threat. Residents fear the levee will either explode under the pressure of the water or be blown by saboteurs from New Orleans, who wish to save their own ... read more

The Liar's Chair

Rebecca Whitney

As featured on Loose Women's Loose Books as their November book club pick.The Liar's Chair is Rebecca Whitney's stunning psychological thriller debut set in Brighton.Who can she trustIf she can't trust herself?Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business . . . They have everything. However, control, not love, fuels their rel... read more

As featured on Loose Women's Loose Books as their November book club pick.The Liar's Chair is Rebecca Whitney's stunning psychological thriller debut set in Brighton.Who can she trustIf she can't trust herself?Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business . . . They have everything. However, control, not love, fuels their rel... read more

Before the Fall

Juliet West

A compelling, moving tale of a love affair, set in the East End during World War 1 and inspired by an unforgettable true story.A great war.A powerful love.An impossible choice.I think the war is everywhere: in the rain, in the river, in the grey air that we breathe. It is a current that runs through all of us. You can't escape the current; either you swim with it, or you go under. 1916. Across... read more

A compelling, moving tale of a love affair, set in the East End during World War 1 and inspired by an unforgettable true story.A great war.A powerful love.An impossible choice.I think the war is everywhere: in the rain, in the river, in the grey air that we breathe. It is a current that runs through all of us. You can't escape the current; either you swim with it, or you go under. 1916. Across... read more

The Child Who

Simon Lelic

The Bone Seeker (The Edie Kiglatuk Arctic Crime Series)

M. J. McGrath

A missing girl. A dark betrayal. Summer in the High Arctic. When young Inuit Martha Salliaq goes missing from her settlement, her teacher, ex Polar Bear Hunter Edie Kiglatuk enlists her police friend Derek Palliser to help search for the girl. But once a body is discovered floating in a polluted lake on the site of a decommissioned Radar Station, Edie's worst fears are realised. As the investi... read more

A missing girl. A dark betrayal. Summer in the High Arctic. When young Inuit Martha Salliaq goes missing from her settlement, her teacher, ex Polar Bear Hunter Edie Kiglatuk enlists her police friend Derek Palliser to help search for the girl. But once a body is discovered floating in a polluted lake on the site of a decommissioned Radar Station, Edie's worst fears are realised. As the investi... read more

All This Will Be Lost

Brian Payton

All This Will be Lost

All This Will be Lost

The Disappeared (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series Book 2)

Matthew Hall

Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates . . . Two missing students. One sinister cover-up.Two young British students, Nazim Jamal and Rafi Hassan vanish without a trace. The police tell their parents that the boys had been under surveillance, that it was likely they left the country to pursue their dangerous new ideals. Seven years later, Nazim's grief-stricken mother is still unconvinced. Jenny Coo... read more

Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates . . . Two missing students. One sinister cover-up.Two young British students, Nazim Jamal and Rafi Hassan vanish without a trace. The police tell their parents that the boys had been under surveillance, that it was likely they left the country to pursue their dangerous new ideals. Seven years later, Nazim's grief-stricken mother is still unconvinced. Jenny Coo... read more

When Nights Were Cold: A literary mystery

Susanna Jones

An unsettling, atmospherictale of ambition and rivalry, madness and revenge, in the vein of Sarah Wa....

An unsettling, atmospherictale of ambition and rivalry, madness and revenge, in the vein of Sarah Wa....

The Lying Down Room (Commandant Morel Series Book 1)

Anna Jaquiery

At night Armand lay in bed with a sadness in his heart that ballooned until there was room for nothing else. He thought with horror of the lying-down room . . . Paris; in the stifling August heat, Commandant Serge Morel is called to a disturbing crime scene. An elderly woman has been murdered to the soundtrack of Faure's Requiem, her body then grotesquely displayed. At first this strange case ... read more

At night Armand lay in bed with a sadness in his heart that ballooned until there was room for nothing else. He thought with horror of the lying-down room . . . Paris; in the stifling August heat, Commandant Serge Morel is called to a disturbing crime scene. An elderly woman has been murdered to the soundtrack of Faure's Requiem, her body then grotesquely displayed. At first this strange case ... read more

Heartstone (The Shardlake Series Book 5)

C. J. Sansom

Heartsone is C. J. Sansom's fifith spellbinding mystery inthe Shardlake series.Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, an... read more

Heartsone is C. J. Sansom's fifith spellbinding mystery inthe Shardlake series.Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, an... read more

Almost English

Charlotte Mendelson

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014Home is a foreign country: they do things differently there . . . In a tiny flat in West London, sixteen-year-old Marina lives with her emotionally delicate mother, Laura, and three ancient Hungarian relatives. Imprisoned by her family's crushing expectations and their fierce unEnglish pride, by their strang... read more

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014Home is a foreign country: they do things differently there . . . In a tiny flat in West London, sixteen-year-old Marina lives with her emotionally delicate mother, Laura, and three ancient Hungarian relatives. Imprisoned by her family's crushing expectations and their fierce unEnglish pride, by their strang... read more

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