Thalia Suzuma

Thalia Suzuma – Editor

Editor with over a decade's experience working with best-selling authors at Pan Macmillan and HarperCollins . I'd love to hear from you.

Overview


I love working with authors. I've been an editor for well over ten years and have been lucky enough to work for Pan Macmillan, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury. My experience ranges from publishing Sunday Times bestsellers to heading up a list of literary fiction in translation.

Amplifying the voices of those with stories worth telling has always been my professional mission. I am constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to best do this and reach the biggest audience possible. I currently focus on the earliest stage of the trade publishing process – choosing what to publish, and I help a variety of clients scout for new writing talent. Clients include The Literary Consultancy (based at the Free Word Centre in London), Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting, Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, HBKU Press, Stylist Arabia, Motivate Publishing. I'm also the publishing director for The Dreamwork Collective, a start up publishing house in the Middle East committed to sharing under-represented voices from the region with the world.

Whatever stage your manuscript is at, if you have a story worth telling, I would love to hear from you.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing
Fiction
Coming of Age Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation

Mar, 2014 — Jan, 2016 (almost 2 years)

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) was a joint venture between Bloomsbury Publishing and Qatar Foundation. The role involved developing and hand-publishing a list of prize-winning fiction and non-fiction writers, identifying talent from across the Middle East, and editing translations to the highest possible standard.

HarperCollins

Jul, 2011 — Mar, 2014 (over 2 years)

I provided maternity cover for the Publishing Director of the Women's Fiction list which included some of the global company’s highest-profile authors: Cecelia Ahern, Lauren Weisberger and Barbara Taylor Bradford. Organising, analysing and acting on market consumer research was essential in the maintenance and growth of sales for these major brand names. I was responsible for managing every part of the publishing process – from contract renewal and first structural edit to revises checking and coordinating the marketing, sales and publicity teams.

Pan Macmillan

Jun, 2007 — Jul, 2011 (about 4 years)

I divided my time between the women’s fiction list and the crime/thriller list – this was a perfect crash course in commercial fiction publishing. Authors worked with included China Miéville, Jeffrey Archer, Ken Follett, Wilbur Smith, David Baldacci, James Barrington, Lucy Diamond, Karen Swan, and Margaret Dickinson.

Portfolio

Prima Donna

Karen Swan

Breaking the rules was what she liked best. That was her sport. Renegade, rebel, bad girl. Getting away with it. Pia Soto is the sexy and glamorous prima ballerina, the Brazilian bombshell who's shaking up the ballet world with her outrageous behaviour. She's ... read more
The House of Frozen Dreams

Seré Prince Halverson

Set in the stunning, eerie Alaskan mountains, this is a love story you will never forget.Step into the home that lay empty for decades…After a family tragedy, the old Alaskan homestead lay abandoned for two decades, until the one person who need it most came l... read more
Politics enters the lives of every family in Palestine. In this literary-historical tour de force, Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the emigre Palestinian community... read more
The Bamboo Stalk

Saud Alsanousi

Josephine escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love. But when she b... read more
A sweeping saga set around the aristocratic Ingham family of Cavendon Hall and the Swanns who serve them, set on the eve of World War 1.Two entwined families: the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve themOne stately home: Cavendon Hall, a grand imposi... read more
Sweeping and heartrending – the perfect summer read for fans of Victoria Hislop and Kate Morton.In many ways my life has been rather like a record of the lost and found. Perhaps all lives are like that . . .LONDON, 1986: Bequeathed an old portrait by her grand... read more
The Honey Queen

Cathy Kelly

To discover the sweetest things in life, you sometimes have to lose your way...It s easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone - the locals wave and chat to each other, the shops and cafes are full of cheerful hustle and bustle. And amidst all th... read more
One Hundred Names

Cecelia Ahern

Title: One Hundred Names <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Cecelia Ahern <>Publisher: Harper Collins Paperbacks
Paperback. Pub Date :2012-06-07 Pages: 336 Language: English Publisher:! HarperCollins UK The perfect London read for this summer Angela's back on home turf - and in her biggest romantic scrape yet ... Angela Clark has fallen in love with New York - and it's s... read more
Title: About a Girl <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Lindsey Kelk <>Publisher: Harper Collins Paperbacks
Ghostwritten

Isabel Wolff

An electrifying debut novel about what happens when the one who should love you the most becomes your worst enemy. Meet the Hurst Family. Meet Violet Hurst - 16 years old, beautiful and brilliant. So why is she being accused of being a danger to herself and ot... read more
Hidden (Quick Reads 2014)

Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Illusionists

Rosie Thomas

Blue Lorries

Radwa Ashour

Telepathy

Amir Tag Elsir

Telepathy
Hidden Light of Objects
Bitter Almonds

Lilas Taha

'A LOVE STORY AND AN ENTHRALLING MIX OF HISTORY AND PALESTINIAN CULTURE...RIVETING' - The Lady 'A BEAUTIFUL AND MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE ENDURING POWER OF LOVE' - Ann Weisgarber, The Personal History of Rachel Dupree He is orphaned at birth, born into displacemen... read more

Thalia has 35 reviews

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Claudia T.

Claudia T.

Feb, 2024

Working with Thalia was exactly what I'd hoped for. Her feedback is thorough and considered, and is what I need to take my novel to the next level. She has been generous with her time and thoughts, and I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again! Thank you so much.
mohamed S.

mohamed S.

Dec, 2023

Like many writers, I am a bit of an autodidact, and I have been hesitant about seeking help - especially since I managed to get the attention of literary agents and publishers in the past. After leaving my previous agent, however, I had several doubts about my manuscript and decided to contact Thalia after doing some research. It turned out to be one of the best things I've done for my manuscri...
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Sarah E.

Sarah E.

Oct, 2023

Thalia was lovely to work with. She was encouraging, enthusiastic and honest. Her feedback was structured, useful and achievable.
Erica A.

Erica A.

Apr, 2022

Thalia is an absolute joy to work with! She leaves excellent, constructive feedback and always makes the novel better.
Leonora M.

Leonora M.

Dec, 2021

Thalia was absolutely brilliant to work with. I was looking for a developmental edit of my work, and her feedback led me to improve my novel considerably. She was clear with her edits, and her comments on how to lift the story and the characters fit perfectly with the goals of the novel and the characters themselves. I'm extremely grateful to her, and highly recommend her for developmental edit...
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