susila baybars

susila baybars – Editor

A thoughtful and insightful editor of children's books with 25+ years experience.


A passionate editor of children's books, I work primarily on fiction from age seven to teen, and have a particular interest in historical fiction, middle grade fantasy and contemporary novels. Among the talented and award-winning authors I have been lucky enough to work with are Emma Carroll, Terry Deary, Alex Bell, Katherine Woodfine and Kieran Larwood.

I have a keen eye for detail and am meticulous and rigorous in my approach to editing a manuscript, making sure timelines are accurate, characters are believable and the plotting has no holes, but I also make sure I treat the text sensitively and always endeavour to let the author's voice shine through whether I am doing a structural edit, a close line edit or a final proofread.
Action & Adventure Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy
English (UK)

Work experience


Jun, 2010 — Present

I have spent the past eleven years working as a freelance editor, specialising in children's fiction. The work I do primarily comprises structural editing, copy editing and proofreading, though I also write reports on manuscripts suitability for publication. Regular clients include Faber and Faber, Bloomsbury, Usborne, Macmillan, Farshore (formerly Egmont) and Little Tiger Press.

Faber and Faber

Mar, 2011 — Mar, 2012 (about 1 year)

As well as managing the editorial team, new titles I commissioned include Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll, the Atticus Claw series by Jennifer Grey, and Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery (Branford Boase shortlisted).

A&C Black

Aug, 2004 — Jun, 2010 (almost 6 years)

Authors I worked with include Terry Deary (on his young historical fiction titles).


Jan, 2002 — Jul, 2004 (over 2 years)

I worked on non-fiction titles, including the award-winning Horrible Science series, Horrible Geography series, Horribly Famous series and My Story series.

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