Thalia Suzuma

Thalia Suzuma - Editor Tick

London, United Kingdom

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

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I love working with authors. I've been an editor for 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.

Whatever stage your manuscript is at, if you have a story worth telling, I would love to hear from you.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Literature
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Head of Publishing

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation
March, 2014 – January, 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.

Maternity cover for Publishing Director

HarperCollins
July, 2011 – March, 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.

Editor

Pan Macmillan
June, 2007 – July, 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 (20 selected works)

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 displacement and chaos. He has only one thing to hold on to: a love beyond his reach that propels him forward. She is young and idealistic, and tri... read more

'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 displacement and chaos. He has only one thing to hold on to: a love beyond his reach that propels him forward. She is young and idealistic, and tri... read more

The Hidden Light of Objects

Mai Al-Nakib

Hidden Light of Objects

Hidden Light of Objects

Telepathy

Amir Tag Elsir

Telepathy

Telepathy

Blue Lorries

Radwa Ashour

The Illusionists

Rosie Thomas

Hidden (Quick Reads 2014)

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Mother, Mother: Psychological suspense for fans of ROOM

Koren Zailckas

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 others? Meet her brother Will Hurst ? the smartest and sweetest twelve-year old boy around. But does he really need all that medication he... read more

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 others? Meet her brother Will Hurst ? the smartest and sweetest twelve-year old boy around. But does he really need all that medication he... read more

The Gravity of Birds

Tracy Guzeman

Ghostwritten

Isabel Wolff

About a Girl (Tess Brookes Series, Book 1)

Lindsey Kelk

Title: About a Girl <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Lindsey Kelk <>Publisher: Harper Collins Paperbacks

Title: About a Girl <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Lindsey Kelk <>Publisher: Harper Collins Paperbacks

I Heart London (I Heart Series, Book 5)

Lindsey Kelk

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 starting to love her back.But when she's summoned home to London. she's at risk of losing her shiny new life to never-ending English rain... read more

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 starting to love her back.But when she's summoned home to London. she's at risk of losing her shiny new life to never-ending English rain... read more

One Hundred Names

Cecelia Ahern

Title: One Hundred Names <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Cecelia Ahern <>Publisher: Harper Collins Paperbacks

Title: One Hundred Names <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Cecelia Ahern <>Publisher: Harper Collins Paperbacks

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 this activity, two women believe they are getting on just fine. Francesca s boundless energy help her to take everything in her stride, in... read more

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 this activity, two women believe they are getting on just fine. Francesca s boundless energy help her to take everything in her stride, in... read more

The Book of Lost and Found

Lucy Foley

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 grandmother, Kate Darling begins to unpick the tapestry of her family’s secret history in a journey that takes her to Corsica, Paris and back... 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 grandmother, Kate Darling begins to unpick the tapestry of her family’s secret history in a journey that takes her to Corsica, Paris and back... read more

Cavendon Hall (Cavendon Chronicles, Book 1)

Barbara Taylor Bradford

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 imposing house nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire DalesA society beauty: Lady Daphne Ingham is the most beautiful of the Earl’s daugthers. Bei... 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 imposing house nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire DalesA society beauty: Lady Daphne Ingham is the most beautiful of the Earl’s daugthers. Bei... 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 becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure, and sends her back home with... read more

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 becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure, and sends her back home with... read more

Golda Slept Here

Suad Amiry

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 in other countries of the Middle East. Amiry mixes nostalgia with anger while mocking Israeli doublespeak that seeks to wipe out any tr... 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 in other countries of the Middle East. Amiry mixes nostalgia with anger while mocking Israeli doublespeak that seeks to wipe out any tr... 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 looking. What Kache found was more than a house full of old memories and buried secrets: he found Nadia, who had been hiding from the wor... read more

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 looking. What Kache found was more than a house full of old memories and buried secrets: he found Nadia, who had been hiding from the wor... read more

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 wild and precocious, and she's a survivor. She's determined that no man will ever control her destiny. But ruthless financier Will Silk ... read more

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 wild and precocious, and she's a survivor. She's determined that no man will ever control her destiny. But ruthless financier Will Silk ... read more

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Padmini Sankar

Thalia's developmental edit of my woman's fiction novel was excellent. Her suggestions on how I could improve plot and deepen characterization were both sensible and do-able. She was sensitive to the cultural issues of my book and I also found her to be warm and approachable. I think she went the extra mile to help me, and I'm very appreciative of that. I'm hoping to take this book to the...

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Padmini Sankar, May 2018


Enrico Petrella E

Thalia is a very good editor, with excellent qualities both on professional and human side. I highly recommend her!

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Enrico Petrella E, May 2018


Tom Pierce

Thalia was terrific to work with from start to finish. She provided detailed constructive criticism that helped with both the overall structure and logic of my novel, as well as sentence level and stylistic suggestions that are helping me move this project forward.

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Tom Pierce, April 2018


Gerry Poulin

Thalia was great to work with - skilled and professional. I would highly endorse and look for when my next project is complete.

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Gerry Poulin, April 2018


Dean Lampros

From the outset, I could tell that Thalia got my work. Her feedback was incredibly helpful. She has a great eye and an even better ear for what makes good storytelling and knows exactly how to improve a story to make it more readable, enjoyable, and impactful. She is professional, prompt, and communicative. I would not hesitate to recommend her to other aspiring authors. I look forward t...

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Dean Lampros, March 2018

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