Dr Sarah Stewart

Dr Sarah Stewart - Editor

Edinburgh, UK

Ex-Scholastic Commissioning Editor, proud to have worked on award-winning, best-selling children's and YA fiction. Usually hungry.

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Overview

I'm a former Commissioning Editor with over 12 years' experience, always hungry for exciting new projects (and snacks). I also sift manuscripts and provide feedback for major UK literary agents. As an editor and editorial consultant, I've worked with Canongate, Curtis Brown, Faber & Faber, Scholastic Inc and Thames & Hudson, among others.

I love my work and feel lucky to be able to help bring authors' stories to life and into the marketplace. As a published children's author myself (I write the Elspeth Hart series as Sarah Forbes), I completely understand how nerve-wracking the editorial process can feel.

I'm always thoughtful and encouraging in my editorial work, and I strive to find creative solutions that respect each author's vision for their story.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • M.A. Hons
  • M.Litt
  • PhD

Work experience

Senior Editor

Floris Books
August, 2013 – August, 2014 (about 1 year)

At Floris I acquired and edited The Nowhere Emporium (Winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award 2016, the Scottish Children's Book Award 2016, the North East Book Award 2015), Thorfinn The Nicest Viking (shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud awards) and The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee (shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize).

Director

Lighthouse Literary
August, 2010 – Present (almost 10 years)

Offering sensitive editorial guidance and manuscript appraisal for both published and unpublished writers. We've helped many writers land agents and book deals through our supportive editorial feedback.

Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
August, 2010 – Present (almost 10 years)

As an editor and editorial consultant, I've worked with Curtis Brown, Thames & Hudson, Canongate, Black & White and Faber & Faber.

Commissioning Editor

Scholastic Children's Books
February, 2008 – August, 2010 (over 2 years)

At Scholastic I acquired the best-selling Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon (winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Book Award, and the Waterstone's Prize, and now translated into 36 languages).

I was the UK editor on The Hunger Games and the Captain Underpants series, and edited Dan Freedman's Jamie Johnson series (now a CBBC TV show).

Portfolio (19 selected works)

The Nowhere Emporium

Ross MacKenzie

When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. Recruited as Mr Silver's apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium's vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms -- rooms that contain wonders... read more

When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. Recruited as Mr Silver's apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium's vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms -- rooms that contain wonders... read more

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Liz Pichon

Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks - spilt water - lightning... Tom's exercise book is full of his doodles and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerman.

Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks - spilt water - lightning... Tom's exercise book is full of his doodles and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerman.

Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion

David MacPhail

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn isn't an ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and th... read more

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn isn't an ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and th... read more

Jamie Johnson 1: The Kick Off

Dan Freedman

Jamie's heart was beating all through his body. Everything depended on him. He HAD to score... Soccer prodigy Jamie Johnson is desperate to become Highwood School's star football player (and, in his dreams, Hawkstone United's, too). But after he wrecks his chances at the trials, the pressure's on to prove himself. Can he shoot from his school team all the way to the top? This riveting football... read more

Jamie's heart was beating all through his body. Everything depended on him. He HAD to score... Soccer prodigy Jamie Johnson is desperate to become Highwood School's star football player (and, in his dreams, Hawkstone United's, too). But after he wrecks his chances at the trials, the pressure's on to prove himself. Can he shoot from his school team all the way to the top? This riveting football... read more

Tarzan: The Savage Lands

Andy Briggs

A TREACHEROUS LORDLord Greystoke has arrived at the logger's camp in the Congo, and will stop at nothing to find and eliminate his long-lost cousin, Tarzan.A CRAZED QUEENRobbie and Jane set out through the jungle to warn Tarzan, and find themselves trapped in the sprawling ancient city of Opar, where the insane Queen La is running an illegal Coltan mine.AN EPIC BATTLEWith a volcano threatening... read more

A TREACHEROUS LORDLord Greystoke has arrived at the logger's camp in the Congo, and will stop at nothing to find and eliminate his long-lost cousin, Tarzan.A CRAZED QUEENRobbie and Jane set out through the jungle to warn Tarzan, and find themselves trapped in the sprawling ancient city of Opar, where the insane Queen La is running an illegal Coltan mine.AN EPIC BATTLEWith a volcano threatening... read more

The Raspberry Rules

Karen McCombie

Rare Book

Rare Book

Beneath

Gill Arbuthnott

Jess thought the old tales of dangerous creatures living beneath the water were just crazy stories, until her friend Freya was stolen. To rescue her Jess must capture one of them - a shapeshifter, a kelpie - but he's nothing like she imagined. Finn sees her in ways that no one ever has. Not even Magnus, who's known her all her life. Caught between two worlds, Jess must choose between what she'... read more

Jess thought the old tales of dangerous creatures living beneath the water were just crazy stories, until her friend Freya was stolen. To rescue her Jess must capture one of them - a shapeshifter, a kelpie - but he's nothing like she imagined. Finn sees her in ways that no one ever has. Not even Magnus, who's known her all her life. Caught between two worlds, Jess must choose between what she'... read more

Consumed

Kate Cann

The thrilling sequel to POSSESSED!Rayne's countryside escape has proven to be anything but -- the remote mansion house where she lives and works holds terrible secrets, and she feels trapped there. And when a new manager shows up, things take an even more sinister turn.Rayne doesn't know who to trust -- even the ghosts of Morton's Keep seem to be warning her. It's up to Rayne to overcome the a... read more

The thrilling sequel to POSSESSED!Rayne's countryside escape has proven to be anything but -- the remote mansion house where she lives and works holds terrible secrets, and she feels trapped there. And when a new manager shows up, things take an even more sinister turn.Rayne doesn't know who to trust -- even the ghosts of Morton's Keep seem to be warning her. It's up to Rayne to overcome the a... read more

Dragon's Green: Worldquake, Book 1

Scarlett Thomas

After the worldquake, magic is seeping into our world. Effie Truelove has made a promise to keep her grandfather's magical books safe from danger. Whatever it takes. But it's not always easy when you're a pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange. Together with her new school friends, Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven, Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld and b... read more

After the worldquake, magic is seeping into our world. Effie Truelove has made a promise to keep her grandfather's magical books safe from danger. Whatever it takes. But it's not always easy when you're a pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange. Together with her new school friends, Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven, Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld and b... read more

Tom Gates 2: Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff)

Liz Pichon

No school for two whole weeks! (Yeah!) I can concentrate on good stuff like: band practice for DOGZOMBIES (with my mate Derek). Watching TV and eating caramel wafers. Excellent. Unfortunately a couple of small problems called the dentist and my big weirdo sister, Delia, seem to be getting in the way of my BRILLIANT plans . . .

No school for two whole weeks! (Yeah!) I can concentrate on good stuff like: band practice for DOGZOMBIES (with my mate Derek). Watching TV and eating caramel wafers. Excellent. Unfortunately a couple of small problems called the dentist and my big weirdo sister, Delia, seem to be getting in the way of my BRILLIANT plans . . .

Blitz Next Door

Cathy Forde

Pete has never even heard of Clydebank in Scotland, but when his dad finds a new job at last, Pete finds himself leaving his home in London overnight. There are advantages to his new life, including a massive new bedroom and his first ever garden, complete with a real-life bomb shelter. He'd even be ok with the sound of the girl next door crying all the time -- except that there is no house ne... read more

Pete has never even heard of Clydebank in Scotland, but when his dad finds a new job at last, Pete finds himself leaving his home in London overnight. There are advantages to his new life, including a massive new bedroom and his first ever garden, complete with a real-life bomb shelter. He'd even be ok with the sound of the girl next door crying all the time -- except that there is no house ne... read more

Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs

Sarah Forbes

Ever since her parents were tragically washed away in a flood, Elspeth Hart has been forced to live in the attic of the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs with her disgusting aunt, Miss Crabb. She spends her days helping out in the kitchen and dodging Tatiana Firensky, the most horrible show-off of them all. But when a knock on the head from a falling book brings back some of Elspeth's memorie... read more

Ever since her parents were tragically washed away in a flood, Elspeth Hart has been forced to live in the attic of the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs with her disgusting aunt, Miss Crabb. She spends her days helping out in the kitchen and dodging Tatiana Firensky, the most horrible show-off of them all. But when a knock on the head from a falling book brings back some of Elspeth's memorie... read more

Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage

Sarah Forbes

Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage is the second adventure featuring the fabulous Elspeth Hart, a modern heroine with doodles on her Converse trainers and unstoppable determination. Now she’s finally free of the School for Show-offs, Elspeth is on a desperate mission to find her parents. She knows that Miss Crabb will have answers - but where can she find the vile woman? When Elspeth spots h... read more

Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage is the second adventure featuring the fabulous Elspeth Hart, a modern heroine with doodles on her Converse trainers and unstoppable determination. Now she’s finally free of the School for Show-offs, Elspeth is on a desperate mission to find her parents. She knows that Miss Crabb will have answers - but where can she find the vile woman? When Elspeth spots h... read more

Elspeth Hart and the Magnificent Rescue

Sarah Forbes

Elspeth has escaped the clutches of the dastardly Miss Crabb and her sidekick Gladys Goulash, and now she's determined to find her parents. After the dim-witted Gladys let slip that they'd been sent to Australia, Elspeth sets off on their trail, with the help of her best friend Rory and his snooty butler, Mr Tunnock. But Elspeth needs her wits about her as she ventures through the rain forest.... read more

Elspeth has escaped the clutches of the dastardly Miss Crabb and her sidekick Gladys Goulash, and now she's determined to find her parents. After the dim-witted Gladys let slip that they'd been sent to Australia, Elspeth sets off on their trail, with the help of her best friend Rory and his snooty butler, Mr Tunnock. But Elspeth needs her wits about her as she ventures through the rain forest.... read more

Sign of the Black Dagger

Joan Lingard

One day, Will and Lucy's dad just ... vanishes.They have no idea why he's disappeared until a creepy stranger reveals their dad was keeping a BIG secret. Then there's the second clue: an old diary they find hidden in the walls of their Royal Mile house, with a sinister black dagger on it. Will and Lucy must solve a mystery that's over two hundred years old if they want to find their dad and br... read more

One day, Will and Lucy's dad just ... vanishes.They have no idea why he's disappeared until a creepy stranger reveals their dad was keeping a BIG secret. Then there's the second clue: an old diary they find hidden in the walls of their Royal Mile house, with a sinister black dagger on it. Will and Lucy must solve a mystery that's over two hundred years old if they want to find their dad and br... read more

Dancing to the End of Love

Adrian White

*** INTRODUCTORY OFFER PRICE ***It's the start of a stormy, passionate affair when internationally successful singer Siobhan McGovern turns up at the launch of Robert Lanaghan's latest book in Dublin. Though they both love the written word - and each other - they find they come from very different worlds: Robert lives a solitary, quiet life and Siobhan is in the media spotlight every day. And ... read more

*** INTRODUCTORY OFFER PRICE ***It's the start of a stormy, passionate affair when internationally successful singer Siobhan McGovern turns up at the launch of Robert Lanaghan's latest book in Dublin. Though they both love the written word - and each other - they find they come from very different worlds: Robert lives a solitary, quiet life and Siobhan is in the media spotlight every day. And ... read more

Calum's New Team

Danny Scott

'Ferguson picks up the ball inside the Scottish half and he's off. He skips round England's Dawes. . . nutmegs Bryan. . . shoots. . . and SCORES! Goal for Scotland in the 89th minute of this World Cup quarter-final! England are on their knees. Ferguson sends the Scottish fans crazy. What a player!' Don't miss a minute of the non-stop action as 10-year-old Calum Ferguson struggles to settle int... read more

'Ferguson picks up the ball inside the Scottish half and he's off. He skips round England's Dawes. . . nutmegs Bryan. . . shoots. . . and SCORES! Goal for Scotland in the 89th minute of this World Cup quarter-final! England are on their knees. Ferguson sends the Scottish fans crazy. What a player!' Don't miss a minute of the non-stop action as 10-year-old Calum Ferguson struggles to settle int... read more

Jamie Johnson 2: Shoot to Win

Dan Freedman

Jamie Johnson can't believe his luck. He's playing for Kingfield School in the Cup semi-final, and scouts from his favourite club, Hawkstone United, are coming to watch! This is Jamie's big chance. He's determined to shoot to win! But there are some people who don't want Jamie to achieve glory. As the biggest game of his life approaches, Jamie is horrified to find himself taken off the team. J... read more

Jamie Johnson can't believe his luck. He's playing for Kingfield School in the Cup semi-final, and scouts from his favourite club, Hawkstone United, are coming to watch! This is Jamie's big chance. He's determined to shoot to win! But there are some people who don't want Jamie to achieve glory. As the biggest game of his life approaches, Jamie is horrified to find himself taken off the team. J... read more

Dr Sarah has 8 reviews

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Ifor Evans
Sarah was awesome. She provided me with a good breakdown on where my novel was working and some great advice on one thing in particular that needed to be reworked. My book is much improved as a result of following her advice. Communication was very professional and she was very supportive and open. Will be going back for more help with a query letter! Would definitely recommend Sarah to anyone...
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Ifor Evans, June 2020

Dr Sarah Stewart
Thanks so much, Ifor! It was a real pleasure working with you.

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Diane Farrugia
This was my second time working with Sarah and, as always, she was a real pleasure. Her feedback and suggestions really helped me improve my novel and she delivered her work to me well ahead of schedule. Thank you, Sarah

Diane Farrugia, May 2020

Dr Sarah Stewart
Great working with you again, Diane! Thanks for the lovely review.

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Amanda Medlock
Sarah is wonderful. She values your time and gives thorough and encouraging feedback. I can't wait to work again with her in the future. Would definitely recommend!

Amanda Medlock, February 2020

Dr Sarah Stewart
It was great working with you, Amanda! I really enjoyed reading your work.

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Alexis Johnson
Sarah is everything I was hoping for in an editor and more! She is prompt, so very nice, and quick to encourage and praise when she believes you've earned it. She did an incredible job helping hone my manuscript submission packet and make it the best it could be with her knowledge of what those in the publishing industry are looking for. My confidence in this manuscript is through the roof sin...
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Alexis Johnson, February 2020

Dr Sarah Stewart
Thank you so much, Alexis! I loved working on your book with you.

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Antony Hillman
Thanks Sarah, Really appreciate your help. I will be in contact once i am in a position for your excellent skills again. your notes are very informative and important to me, i understood exactly what your notes meant and how they can help me. Actually looking back, in some ceases i am surprised i could not see it myself, anyway that's what i hired you for i suppose. Thanks again, Ant.

Antony Hillman, January 2020

Dr Sarah Stewart
It was a pleasure working on your stories, Ant! Hope I can help again in future!

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