Sorrel Pitts

Sorrel Pitts – Editor

I am a reliable and consiencious development and content editor, with twenty-five years' experience of working in the publishing industry.


Professional editor in ELT and trade publishing

I have 25 years of experience working in the publishing industry working in-house as Commissioning Editor for Macmillan Publishers and Editorial Manager for Oxford University Press. Now freelance, my clients have included Penguin Random House (PRH), Harper Collins, Oxford University Press, York Press, Magic Cat and Cengage.

I have an MA in Publishing.

I am a published novelist and have been represented by three of the top literary agents (Sheil Land, Curtis Brown and David Higham). My second novel will be published in February 2024.

I offer editing, writing, project managment, curation and publishing consultancy services.

I am highly organised and clear sighted about how to achieve my goals with a long track record of delivering high-quality manuscripts on time. I have edited numerous adaptations of (and have also adapted myself) a wide variety of genres including stories, biography and factual works for adults and children. I am also (I like to think!) easy going, adaptable and fun to work with.


"I have known Sorrel for over three years, in her capacity as series editor, editor and author. She has proved herself invaluable in her contributions to two flagship series – Ladybird Readers and Penguin Readers – both of which she was instrumental in setting up. Sorrel is consistent in delivering manuscripts of the highest quality, to schedule. Particularly impressive has been her work with high profile brands such as Peppa Pig and Roald Dahl, and bestselling authors from Lee Child to Bernardine Evaristo, and she can be trusted to treat content with sensitivity and creativity. As a team member, Sorrel is never less than professional, reliable, and a pleasure to work with. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Sorrel for future work."

Ann Sandham, Commissioning Editor, Penguin Random House UK

"Sorrel edited four titles for me during 2022. She worked with the author to develop and polish his core text into high-quality manuscripts that were delivered on time and will be published this year. Sorrel is a pleasure to work with and has vast publishing experience which will be invaluable to any novice author. I highly recommend her as both as an editor and a writer."

Helen Holwill, Holwill Publications

I am an RA-exhibited artist and published author. All my life I have kept diaries into which I have sketched, painted and recorded my thoughts. In 2023, I hired Sorrel to curate these entries. The collection, called LIFE, will be published in May 2024 by Mount Orleans Press. Sorrel is reliable, extremely professional and very pleasant to work with. Her contribution has been invaluable and I thoroughly recommend her.

Tony Wilson, author of The Universe on a Bicycle (Elliot and Thompson 2007) and The Wheels of Society (Quartet 2021).

Action & Adventure Children's Classics Comics & Graphic Novels Contemporary Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction ELT
English (UK)
  • MA in Publishing

Work experience


Oct, 2013 — Present

I am presently Series Editor for PRH's Ladybird and Penguin Readers, published for the international ELT market. Both series include original contemporary fiction by well-known authors, classic fiction and factual works (including biography, human interest and business titles). As well as editing many of the titles myself (I have included some of the titles I have worked on below), I oversee and have final responsibility for all editorial for the series.

In addition to my work for Penguin, I have also carried out a variety of consultancy and editing tasks for ELT and trade publishers on adult, secondary and primary materials. Clients have included York Press, Cengage, Harper Collins, Young Digital Planet (YDP), Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Balberry Press and ELT_jam.

Oxford University Press

Jul, 2011 — Jul, 2013 (about 2 years)

Overall responsibility for all Oxford Graded Readers series (Bookworms, Dominoes, Read and Discover, Classic Tales and Dolphins) as well as conceptualising and publishing 'Read and Imagine,' a major 7-level primary Readers scheme with print and digital components. Commissioned War Horse, William and Kate, Eat, Pray, Love, Les Miserbles and The Great Gatsby.

Macmillan Publishers

Feb, 2001 — Jul, 2011 (over 10 years)

Ongoing commissioning of the Macmillan Readers series. Successes included Slumdog Millionaire, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Touching the Void, One Day, The Ghost and Michael Jackson as well as a wide range of classic titles.
Carried out content editing and manuscript development on numerous titles
Scheduling and managing the Macmillan Readers list
Copy editing and proofing
Ongoing liaison with authors, freelance editors and designers
Writing book reports


Sorrel has 1 review





Pat H.

Pat H.

Feb, 2024

I have given 5 stars throughout but in truth I have nothing to compare so it is perhaps best if I simply detail my experience with Sorrel. I have never written anything for potential public consumption and the content of my proposed classic is complex enough that the approach and style were far from clear. Sorrel's insights enabled me to arrive at a very firm approach now subject to legal cons...
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