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susila baybars - Editor

London, UK

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

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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.
English (UK)
Action & Adventure
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy

Work experience

Editor, Children's Books

June, 2010 – Present (over 11 years)

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.

Publishing Director (maternity cover)

Faber and Faber
March, 2011 – March, 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).

Senior Commissioning Editor

A&C Black
August, 2004 – June, 2010 (almost 6 years)

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

Commissioning Editor

January, 2002 – July, 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.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk

Farrant, Natasha

The Swallows' Flight

McKay, Hilary

Secrets of a Sun King

Carroll, Emma

The Snow Sister

Carroll, Emma

When we were Warriors

Carroll, Emma

The Somerset Tsunami

Carroll, Emma

The Gift of Dark Hollow (Longburrow Book 2)

Larwood, Kieran, Wyatt, David

The Beasts of Grimheart (Longburrow Book 3)

Larwood, Kieran, Wyatt, David

Uki and the Outcasts (The Five Realms Book 4)

Larwood, Kieran, Wyatt, David


Rundell, Katherine, Fan, Terry

An Unlikely Spy

Deary, Terry

Peril in Paris (Taylor and Rose Secret Agents)

Woodfine, Katherine, Mountford, Karl James

Villains in Venice (Taylor and Rose Secret Agents 3)

Woodfine, Katherine, Mountford, Karl James

The Beast and the Bethany

Meggitt-Phillips, Jack, Follath, Isabelle

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