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.
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation
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.
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.
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.
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