Vicky Garrard

Vicky Garrard – Editor

A former Horrible Histories Editor, I specialize in children's non-fiction and picture books and have 20 years' in-house experience.


I’m a creative yet efficient book editor with over 18 years’ experience working in-house for major children’s book publishers. I specialise in picture books and children’s non-fiction and have worked on hugely successful children’s brands such as Horrible Histories and SpongeBob Squarepants. I love a good pun and believe humour is important in engaging children and helping them learn.

I have experience of working with high profile authors but have also guided novice authors through the entire publishing process. I really enjoying working with authors to turn an idea or first draft into a commercially viable manuscript.

I’ve you’re stuck as to what you need to do next, or just need an editor’s opinion, I can help.

I offer the following services:

• Manuscript assessment

• Structural editing

• Copy-editing

• Proof-reading

• Writing back cover copy and sales/marketing material.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Picture Books
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Quarto Publishing

Dec, 2011 — Jun, 2020 (over 8 years)

 Instrumental in changing the focus of QED from a traditional school and library list to
a more trade-focused approach, I worked closely with the Art Director to develop and commission innovative non-fiction and picture book series.
 Managed an editorial team of four to ensure up to 90 books a year were published on
time and to the highest standards.
 Liaised with co-edition customers such as Scholastic to tailor backlist and new book
content to meet their requirements and achieve print runs of up to 200,000.

Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products

Nov, 2010 — Dec, 2011 (about 1 year)

Managed the creative development and approvals process for all book and magazine and publishing for the brands Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants.

TickTock Books

Jul, 2008 — Aug, 2010 (about 2 years)

Managed the editorial team and the scheduling for all books and sales material.

Scholastic Children’s Books

Nov, 2003 — Jul, 2008 (over 4 years)

 Project managed the series’ Horrible Histories, Murderous Maths and Foul Football, taking around 20 titles a year through every stage from initial concept to finished book.
 Responsible for ensuring the Horrible Histories brand standards were met for all tie-in products. This included writing and checking copy for the Horrible Histories theatre show, IWM exhibition and nationwide promotions for Kellogg’s and The Daily Telegraph.

Flame Tree Publishing

Jul, 2000 — Nov, 2003 (over 3 years)

I joined this packager and publisher of stationery and reference books as Receptionist and was promoted three times in two years.

Vicky has 57 reviews





John W.

John W.

Aug, 2023

Fantastic. Delivered as promised and clearly demonstrates my poor grammatical prowess - which is exactly what I wanted. Edits were easy to follow and understand.
Esther H.

Esther H.

Jul, 2023

Hoping to work together soon again
sara L.

sara L.

May, 2023

I am 100% satisfied with my collaboration with Vicky. With her professionalism and experience, she guided me to look for the heart of the story and valorise ideas in an organic and meaningful way. I had an uncertain start, but after her intervention I m going on with purpose, enthusiasm, and a direction. She is very encouraging, nice, and available, but also provides concrete feedback, with her...
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Steven K.

Steven K.

May, 2023

Really enjoyed working with Vicky. Very good feedback on my work and suggestions made have been worked on. I would highly recommend Vicky and I will be working with her again.
sara L.

sara L.

Apr, 2023

Vicky is amazing. It’s the second time I am lucky to receive her help. She understands how to valorize your work and her suggestions are precise, insightful, and brilliant. A precious help, a very kind person, open, encouraging, and available. It’s a pleasure to understand more about writing and the book market with her detailed and sincere feedback.
Vicky G.
Thanks for a lovely review Sara - always a pleasure working with you.

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