Steve Burdett

Steve Burdett - Editor

London, UK

Edits and writes non-fiction books for publishers such as Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Orion.

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Overview

I have been editing and ghostwriting non-fiction books for almost fifteen years, with everyone from first-time authors to experienced writers and journalists, and from behind-the-scenes experts to some of the leading lights in music, entertainment and sport. I work with trade publishers such as Ebury, Penguin, HarperCollins and Orion, among many more.

As a former HarperCollins in-house editor – where I worked on books by Chris Evans, Alan Partridge, Usain Bolt and John Bishop, to name-drop but a few – I have first-hand experience of what goes into making a successful book. And as a bestselling ghostwriter I can empathise with the struggles involved in writing a book – not to mention the experience of being on the other end of an editor’s comments (the truth doesn’t always have to hurt!).

I have had the pleasure of working on the memoirs of some incredible high-profile people, including Chrissie Hynde, Bruce Dickinson, Sarah Millican, Carlo Ancelotti and Guy Martin. And I’ve derived just as much satisfaction from the books of people who aren’t household names, but have an equally great story to tell. I’d never heard of Andrew Matheson or the Hollywood Brats before I edited his memoir, Sick on You, but it remains one of the books I’m most proud of working on.

I help authors turn complicated ideas and methodology into accessible reads, so that they entertain as well as inform. My work with Dr Dave Alred – performance coach to the likes of Jonny Wilkinson – on his book
The Pressure Principle and with Nick Littlehales – elite sports sleep coach to Team Sky and Real Madrid – on
Sleep is testament to that. They are industry-leading figures whose approach to their respective subjects warrants a broader audience.

Because whatever type of book it is, the story you’re telling needs to be shown in its best light to make it a success. And if I can help make your story shine too – whether that’s through a developmental edit, some editorial guidance or polishing your manuscript with a copy edit – then I’d love to hear from you.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Entertainment
History
Music
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sports & outdoor recreation
True Crime

Work experience

Freelance Writer and Editor

Self-employed
April, 2014 – Present (over 5 years)

I edit non-fiction books for leading trade publishers – from heavy developmental editing to light copy editing and everything in between.

I also write cover copy and ghostwrite non-fiction books for publishers such as Ebury, Penguin, HarperCollins and Orion, covering biography and memoir, sport, self-help, science, psychology, business, politics and humour – sometimes all within the same book.

Senior Project Editor

HarperCollins Publishers
October, 2008 – March, 2014 (over 5 years)

Editing and project-managing a broad spectrum of non-fiction books from delivery of manuscript to press, with authors such as Chris Evans, John Bishop, Alan Partridge, Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt.

Editor

John Blake Publishing
March, 2006 – May, 2008 (about 2 years)

Editing and commissioning books, specialising in true crime, memoir and sport.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Reckless

Chrissie Hynde

By the time she was 14, Chrissie Hynde knew she had to get out of Akron, Ohio. Her perfect ’50s American childhood upturned by a newly acquired taste for rock ’n’ roll, motorbikes and the ‘get down boys’ seen at gigs in and around Cleveland – Mitch Ryder, the Jeff Beck Group, the Velvet Underground and David Bowie among the many.Wrapped up in the Kent State University riots and getting dangero... read more

By the time she was 14, Chrissie Hynde knew she had to get out of Akron, Ohio. Her perfect ’50s American childhood upturned by a newly acquired taste for rock ’n’ roll, motorbikes and the ‘get down boys’ seen at gigs in and around Cleveland – Mitch Ryder, the Jeff Beck Group, the Velvet Underground and David Bowie among the many.Wrapped up in the Kent State University riots and getting dangero... read more

How to be Champion

Sarah Millican

Hilarious, heartwarming and inspirational, this is the number 1 Sunday Times bestselling autobiography by comedian Sarah Millican. The funniest book of the year! *****'The naughtiest, helpiest, laughieoutloudiest and goodest book I've ever done reading on. Give that girl a banana!' DAWN FRENCH SARAH MILLICAN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH, FEEL NORMAL AND PROBABLY SNIFF YOUR LEGGINGS. Par... read more

Hilarious, heartwarming and inspirational, this is the number 1 Sunday Times bestselling autobiography by comedian Sarah Millican. The funniest book of the year! *****'The naughtiest, helpiest, laughieoutloudiest and goodest book I've ever done reading on. Give that girl a banana!' DAWN FRENCH SARAH MILLICAN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH, FEEL NORMAL AND PROBABLY SNIFF YOUR LEGGINGS. Par... read more

Alan Partridge: Nomad

Alan Partridge

As seen on This Time with Alan Partridge on BBC One. THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERPraise for Nomad: 'Funniest book of the year' Sunday Telegraph'Alan Partridge's Nomad is almost certainly the funniest book ever written' Caitlin Moran'Sensationally funny. What brilliant writing' Richard Osman'Sensational' Jenny Colgan'Hilarious' Jon Ronson'Brilliantly funny' Marcus BrigstockIn ALAN PARTRIDGE: NOM... read more

As seen on This Time with Alan Partridge on BBC One. THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERPraise for Nomad: 'Funniest book of the year' Sunday Telegraph'Alan Partridge's Nomad is almost certainly the funniest book ever written' Caitlin Moran'Sensationally funny. What brilliant writing' Richard Osman'Sensational' Jenny Colgan'Hilarious' Jon Ronson'Brilliantly funny' Marcus BrigstockIn ALAN PARTRIDGE: NOM... read more

Sick On You

Andrew Matheson

**MOJO MAGAZINE'S BOOK OF THE YEAR**The Hollywood Brats are the greatest band you’ve never heard of.Recording one near-perfect punk album in 1974, they were tragically ahead of their time.With only a guitar, a tatty copy of the Melody Maker and his template for the perfect band, Andrew Matheson set out, in 1971, to make musical history. His band, The Hollywood Brats, were pre-punk prophets – u... read more

**MOJO MAGAZINE'S BOOK OF THE YEAR**The Hollywood Brats are the greatest band you’ve never heard of.Recording one near-perfect punk album in 1974, they were tragically ahead of their time.With only a guitar, a tatty copy of the Melody Maker and his template for the perfect band, Andrew Matheson set out, in 1971, to make musical history. His band, The Hollywood Brats, were pre-punk prophets – u... read more

Micromastery

Robert Twigger

'Micromastery is a triumph. I read it with delight, and instantly vowed to put more conviction into the latest thing I'm trying, which is using a plectrum when I play the guitar'Philip PullmanWant to learn how to cook? Start by making an omelette.Want to able to dance? First learn the Tango Walk.Want to be more creative, smarter and happier? Read this book.Micromastery is the inspiring new way... read more

'Micromastery is a triumph. I read it with delight, and instantly vowed to put more conviction into the latest thing I'm trying, which is using a plectrum when I play the guitar'Philip PullmanWant to learn how to cook? Start by making an omelette.Want to able to dance? First learn the Tango Walk.Want to be more creative, smarter and happier? Read this book.Micromastery is the inspiring new way... read more

Good As You

Paul Flynn

‘One of the most important books about gay culture in recent times’ The QuietusLong-listed for the Polari First Book PrizeIn 1984 the pulsing electronics and soft vocals of Smalltown Boy would become an anthem uniting gay men. A month later, an aggressive virus, HIV, would be identified and a climate of panic and fear would spread across the nation, marginalising an already ostracised communit... read more

‘One of the most important books about gay culture in recent times’ The QuietusLong-listed for the Polari First Book PrizeIn 1984 the pulsing electronics and soft vocals of Smalltown Boy would become an anthem uniting gay men. A month later, an aggressive virus, HIV, would be identified and a climate of panic and fear would spread across the nation, marginalising an already ostracised communit... read more

What Does This Button Do?

Bruce Dickinson

‘I was spotty, wore an anorak, had biro-engraved flared blue jeans with “purple” and “Sabbath” written on the thighs, and rode an ear-splittingly uncool moped. Oh yes, and I wanted to be a drummer...’ Bruce Dickinson – Iron Maiden’s legendary front man – is one of the world’s most iconic singers and songwriters. But there are many strings to Bruce’s bow, of which larger-than-life lead vocalist... read more

‘I was spotty, wore an anorak, had biro-engraved flared blue jeans with “purple” and “Sabbath” written on the thighs, and rode an ear-splittingly uncool moped. Oh yes, and I wanted to be a drummer...’ Bruce Dickinson – Iron Maiden’s legendary front man – is one of the world’s most iconic singers and songwriters. But there are many strings to Bruce’s bow, of which larger-than-life lead vocalist... read more

The Pressure Principle

Dave Alred

''If you are struggling with exams, vivers, job interviews, work presentations, with performing in a team or individual sport - or find it difficult to interact in social situations - then this is for you' - Amazon reviewThe book on how to handle pressure from the performance coach to Francesco Molinari and Jonny WilkinsonWhether it's the stress of hitting a deadline at work, passing an exam o... read more

''If you are struggling with exams, vivers, job interviews, work presentations, with performing in a team or individual sport - or find it difficult to interact in social situations - then this is for you' - Amazon reviewThe book on how to handle pressure from the performance coach to Francesco Molinari and Jonny WilkinsonWhether it's the stress of hitting a deadline at work, passing an exam o... read more

Sleep

Nick Littlehales

Proven solutions for better nights, from the 'sleep guru' to sports stars including Cristiano RonaldoOne third of our lives are spent trying to sleep. Most us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. Yet the hours we spend in bed shape our mood, motivation and decision-making skills - defining our performance in work, at home and ... read more

Proven solutions for better nights, from the 'sleep guru' to sports stars including Cristiano RonaldoOne third of our lives are spent trying to sleep. Most us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. Yet the hours we spend in bed shape our mood, motivation and decision-making skills - defining our performance in work, at home and ... read more

The Energy Plan

James Collins

‘James's pioneering use of food as fuel has transformed players' performances – and now he can do the same for you.' – Arsène Wenger OBEThe secret of the sports elite - and how you can eat to win in your lifeWorld-leading sports nutritionist James Collins shapes the eating habits of Olympic athletes and Premier League footballers, so they are on peak form when it counts. After a decade of work... read more

‘James's pioneering use of food as fuel has transformed players' performances – and now he can do the same for you.' – Arsène Wenger OBEThe secret of the sports elite - and how you can eat to win in your lifeWorld-leading sports nutritionist James Collins shapes the eating habits of Olympic athletes and Premier League footballers, so they are on peak form when it counts. After a decade of work... read more

Quiet Leadership

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, with five Champions League titles to his name. Yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favoured by many of his rivals. His understated style has earned him the fierce loyalty of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo.In Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti reveals the full, riveting ... read more

Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, with five Champions League titles to his name. Yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favoured by many of his rivals. His understated style has earned him the fierce loyalty of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo.In Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti reveals the full, riveting ... read more

Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography

Chris Salewicz

Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery. Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, Le... read more

Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery. Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, Le... read more

Don't Look Back In Anger

Daniel Rachel

The nineties was the decade when British culture reclaimed its position at the artistic centre of the world. Not since the 'Swinging Sixties' had art, comedy, fashion, film, football, literature and music interwoven into a blooming of national self-confidence. It was the decade of Lad Culture and Girl Power; of Blur vs Oasis. When fashion runways shone with British talent, Young British Artist... read more

The nineties was the decade when British culture reclaimed its position at the artistic centre of the world. Not since the 'Swinging Sixties' had art, comedy, fashion, film, football, literature and music interwoven into a blooming of national self-confidence. It was the decade of Lad Culture and Girl Power; of Blur vs Oasis. When fashion runways shone with British talent, Young British Artist... read more

Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story

Jamie Vardy

The Sunday Times Bestseller and Number 1 Sport Book of 2016'A tale that's truly inspirational' The SunAn ordinary lad from Sheffield, Jamie Vardy has become known as an against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Yet a few years ago, things couldn’t have been any more different. Rejected as a teenager by his boyhood club, Jamie thought his chance was gone. But from playing pub football a... read more

The Sunday Times Bestseller and Number 1 Sport Book of 2016'A tale that's truly inspirational' The SunAn ordinary lad from Sheffield, Jamie Vardy has become known as an against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Yet a few years ago, things couldn’t have been any more different. Rejected as a teenager by his boyhood club, Jamie thought his chance was gone. But from playing pub football a... read more

A Clear Blue Sky: A remarkable memoir about family, loss and the will to overcome

Jonny Bairstow, Duncan Hamilton

THE SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR Daily Mail As a young boy of eight, Jonny Bairstow was dealt a cruel blow. His father David ‘Bluey’ Bairstow, the combative and very popular wicketkeeper and captain of Yorkshire, took his own life at the age of forty-six. David left behind Jonny, Jonny’s sister Becky and half-brother Andy, and his wife Janet, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer at the time ... read more

THE SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR Daily Mail As a young boy of eight, Jonny Bairstow was dealt a cruel blow. His father David ‘Bluey’ Bairstow, the combative and very popular wicketkeeper and captain of Yorkshire, took his own life at the age of forty-six. David left behind Jonny, Jonny’s sister Becky and half-brother Andy, and his wife Janet, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer at the time ... read more

Guy Martin: Worms to Catch

Guy Martin

‘I was never going to sleep in and take it easy, there were worms to catch.’Breaking records on the world’s biggest Wall of Death, cycling 2,745 miles across the length of the United States (while sleeping rough), attempting to be the fastest person ever on two wheels and travelling to Latvia to investigate his family’s roots, it's been a busy year for Guy Martin. There’s been some thrilling r... read more

‘I was never going to sleep in and take it easy, there were worms to catch.’Breaking records on the world’s biggest Wall of Death, cycling 2,745 miles across the length of the United States (while sleeping rough), attempting to be the fastest person ever on two wheels and travelling to Latvia to investigate his family’s roots, it's been a busy year for Guy Martin. There’s been some thrilling r... read more

The Private Lives of the Saints

Janina Ramirez

Skulduggery, power struggles and politics, The Private Lives of the Saints offers an original and fascinating re-examination of life in Anglo-Saxon England. Taking them from their heavenly status to the human level, Oxford art historian and BBC presenter Dr Janina Ramirez explores the real lives of over a dozen seminal saints. This landmark book provides a unique and captivating lens through w... read more

Skulduggery, power struggles and politics, The Private Lives of the Saints offers an original and fascinating re-examination of life in Anglo-Saxon England. Taking them from their heavenly status to the human level, Oxford art historian and BBC presenter Dr Janina Ramirez explores the real lives of over a dozen seminal saints. This landmark book provides a unique and captivating lens through w... read more

The Forgotten Soldier: He wasn’t a soldier, he was just a boy

Charlie Connelly

Bestselling author Charlie Connelly returns with a First World War memoir of his great uncle, Edward Connelly, who was an ordinary boy sent to fight in a war the likes of which the world had never seen. But this is not just his story; it is the story of all the young forgotten soldiers who fought and bravely died for their country The Forgotten Soldier tells the story of Private Edward Connell... read more

Bestselling author Charlie Connelly returns with a First World War memoir of his great uncle, Edward Connelly, who was an ordinary boy sent to fight in a war the likes of which the world had never seen. But this is not just his story; it is the story of all the young forgotten soldiers who fought and bravely died for their country The Forgotten Soldier tells the story of Private Edward Connell... read more

Gamechanger

Spencer FC

How one man went from gaming and making videos at home to becoming a football club owner'The bizarre new world of football' Guardian I lifted the trophy triumphantly over my head, just as I’d seen so many FA Cup, World Cup and Champions League winners do on TV. It was quite simply the best moment of my life. Hashtag United had won. So, how on earth did this happen? How did a kid who at one poi... read more

How one man went from gaming and making videos at home to becoming a football club owner'The bizarre new world of football' Guardian I lifted the trophy triumphantly over my head, just as I’d seen so many FA Cup, World Cup and Champions League winners do on TV. It was quite simply the best moment of my life. Hashtag United had won. So, how on earth did this happen? How did a kid who at one poi... read more

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