Victoria Hughes-Williams

Victoria Hughes-Williams - Editor

London, UK

Twelve years’ experience publishing Sunday Times bestsellers - women's fiction and crime thrillers - at Pan Macmillan and HarperCollins

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Overview

My areas of expertise encompass crime thriller, suspense, historical and women's fiction. Having worked at Pan Macmillan and HarperCollins, editing Sunday Times bestselling authors, I now offer a range of expert publishing services.

During my time at Pan Macmillan, I worked on bestsellers, including Danielle Steel, Lucy Diamond, Karen Swan, Annie Murray and Andrew Gross. At HarperCollins, was privileged to work with Cecelia Ahern, Lauren Weisberger and Philippa Gregory. Having established excellent publisher relationships throughout my career, I continue to work with HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Bonnier, alongside digital pioneers Bookouture and Aria.

No author is the same. No book is the same. That’s why I offer a bespoke service to every project. Be it a complete structural edit, or how to prepare for agent submission or publication. Perhaps you have an agent, and you need assistance line editing to make sure that your book stands out when it reaches the commissioning editor’s desk.

As a commissioning editor, I understand the need for eye-catching titles and how they will position your book in the market. If you need a title or copy advice, these are services I can offer.


Finally, I work for digital book club The Pigeonhole, which runs serialisations for bestselling and debut fiction – I've worked on campaigns for Jodi Picoult, Kate Morton, Sophie Kinsella, Ruth Ware and Shari Lapena. Each day I am immersed in the publishing world, tapping into publishing trends, and can apply all of this knowledge to your novel.

Look forward to working with you soon!

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
February, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

Having worked at Pan Macmillan, HarperCollins and Constable and Robinson, I provide editorial advice based on a sound understanding of the publishing landscape. Whether you are preparing for agent submission, or under contract, I can help polish your manuscript for publication.

Senior Commissioning Editor

Pan Macmillan
October, 2014 – January, 2018 (over 3 years)

Senior Commissioning Editor, working on brand authors including Danielle Steel, Lucy Diamond and Karen Swan.

Commissioning Editor

Constable & Robinson
March, 2011 – September, 2014 (over 3 years)

Editor

HarperCollins
February, 2007 – February, 2011 (about 4 years)

Portfolio (18 selected works)

The Vow

Debbie Howells

Everything was perfect. And then her fiance disappeared... Two weeks before her wedding, a stranger stops Amy in the street and warns her she’s in danger. Then that night, Matt, her fiancé, doesn’t come home. Desperate, Amy calls the police – but when Matt fails to emerge, she’s forced to call off her wedding day. Then another man is reported missing, by a woman called Fiona – a man meeting Ma... read more

Everything was perfect. And then her fiance disappeared... Two weeks before her wedding, a stranger stops Amy in the street and warns her she’s in danger. Then that night, Matt, her fiancé, doesn’t come home. Desperate, Amy calls the police – but when Matt fails to emerge, she’s forced to call off her wedding day. Then another man is reported missing, by a woman called Fiona – a man meeting Ma... read more

The Cast

Danielle Steel

The One Man

Andrew Gross

The Gift

Cecelia Ahern

If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?Lou Suffern wishes he could be in two places at once. His constant battle with the clock is a sensitive issue with his wife and family.Gabe wishes he was somewhere warm. When Lou invites Gabe, a homeless man who sits outside his office, into the building and into his life, Lou’s world is changed beyond all measure…An enchanting an... read more

If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?Lou Suffern wishes he could be in two places at once. His constant battle with the clock is a sensitive issue with his wife and family.Gabe wishes he was somewhere warm. When Lou invites Gabe, a homeless man who sits outside his office, into the building and into his life, Lou’s world is changed beyond all measure…An enchanting an... read more

The Devil Wears Prada: Loved the movie? Read the book!

Lauren Weisberger

Welcome to Runway magazine - and the office of Miranda Priestly…When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She's never heard of the world's most fashionable magazine, or its feared editor, Miranda Priestly.A year later, Andy knows altogether too much:That it's a sacking offence to wear anything lower than a three-inch heel to work.That you can charg... read more

Welcome to Runway magazine - and the office of Miranda Priestly…When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She's never heard of the world's most fashionable magazine, or its feared editor, Miranda Priestly.A year later, Andy knows altogether too much:That it's a sacking offence to wear anything lower than a three-inch heel to work.That you can charg... read more

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court series Book 2)

Philippa Gregory

The acclaimed international bestseller of the Tudor court, during the years of Henry VIII’s pursuit of Anne Boleyn - and the revolutionary sequence of events that followed.This chance for us Howards comes once in a century…1521. Henry VIII rules over a fashionable court alive with pageant and celebration, the lack of a son his only threat. When young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, she becomes h... read more

The acclaimed international bestseller of the Tudor court, during the years of Henry VIII’s pursuit of Anne Boleyn - and the revolutionary sequence of events that followed.This chance for us Howards comes once in a century…1521. Henry VIII rules over a fashionable court alive with pageant and celebration, the lack of a son his only threat. When young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, she becomes h... read more

Man and Boy

Tony Parsons

A fabulously engaging and exciting novel about a man who has to learn about life and love the hard way.Harry Silver has it all. A successful job in TV, a gorgeous wife, a lovely child. And in one moment of madness, he chucks it all away.Man and Boy is the story of how he comes to terms with his life and achieves a degree of self-respect, bringing up his son alone and, gradually, learning what ... read more

A fabulously engaging and exciting novel about a man who has to learn about life and love the hard way.Harry Silver has it all. A successful job in TV, a gorgeous wife, a lovely child. And in one moment of madness, he chucks it all away.Man and Boy is the story of how he comes to terms with his life and achieves a degree of self-respect, bringing up his son alone and, gradually, learning what ... read more

Summer at Shell Cottage

Lucy Diamond

Summer at Shell Cottage is another delightful summer read from Lucy Diamond, author of the bestselling The Beach Cafe.A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two - who could ask for more?But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Oliv... read more

Summer at Shell Cottage is another delightful summer read from Lucy Diamond, author of the bestselling The Beach Cafe.A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two - who could ask for more?But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Oliv... read more

Double Kiss (Soho Nights Book 2)

Ronnie O'Sullivan

The race is on. The stakes are high.Frankie James thought his troubles were behind him. He’s busy running his Soho Club, and his brother’s finally out of prison. But when a postcard arrives from Mallorca, he’s stopped in his tracks . . . Is it from his mother – the woman who’s been missing for eight years?When the goddaughter of London’s fiercest gangster, Tommy Riley, goes missing in Ibiza, T... read more

The race is on. The stakes are high.Frankie James thought his troubles were behind him. He’s busy running his Soho Club, and his brother’s finally out of prison. But when a postcard arrives from Mallorca, he’s stopped in his tracks . . . Is it from his mother – the woman who’s been missing for eight years?When the goddaughter of London’s fiercest gangster, Tommy Riley, goes missing in Ibiza, T... read more

The Paris Secret

Karen Swan

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The Woolworths Girls

Elaine Everest

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All orders shipped promptly within 24 hours, books are picked, packed and dispatched from the UK. We are committed to providing the highest standard of customer service. We always provide an image of the actual book you will receive.

Sisters of Gold

Annie Murray

Before You Go

Clare Swatman

Wildflower Bay

Rachael Lucas

Home Front Girls

Rosie Goodwin

Three girls all turn up for work, the day war is declared...Dotty has never known a life outside of the orphanage where she grew up, let alone love. Lucy is the sole carer of her little sister, now that her brother has gone to war. Annabelle has led a life of privilege but everyone has to pinch the pennies at the moment.Adjusting to life on the shop-floor at Coventry's only department store is... read more

Three girls all turn up for work, the day war is declared...Dotty has never known a life outside of the orphanage where she grew up, let alone love. Lucy is the sole carer of her little sister, now that her brother has gone to war. Annabelle has led a life of privilege but everyone has to pinch the pennies at the moment.Adjusting to life on the shop-floor at Coventry's only department store is... read more

A Christmas Promise

Annie Groves

An emotional and heart-warming portrayal of the lives of four women living in wartime London.For the girls living at No.13 Article Row, the war years have never been tougher…Tilly is heartbroken when Drew, the love of her life, returns to America and doesn’t come back. Tilly can’t believe that he would break their solemn promise to love each other for ever. Olive. Tilly’s mother, knows the rea... read more

An emotional and heart-warming portrayal of the lives of four women living in wartime London.For the girls living at No.13 Article Row, the war years have never been tougher…Tilly is heartbroken when Drew, the love of her life, returns to America and doesn’t come back. Tilly can’t believe that he would break their solemn promise to love each other for ever. Olive. Tilly’s mother, knows the rea... read more

Molly and the Cat Cafe

Melissa Daley

"The shock made me acutely aware of my homelessness. Christmas had always been my favourite time of year. The first sign of it at home was the appearance of Margery's modest artificial tree by the front room window. As she carried the box of decorations into the room, I would run over, purring, and as soon as she placed it on the carpet I would dip my paws into the pile of baubles, delighting ... read more

"The shock made me acutely aware of my homelessness. Christmas had always been my favourite time of year. The first sign of it at home was the appearance of Margery's modest artificial tree by the front room window. As she carried the box of decorations into the room, I would run over, purring, and as soon as she placed it on the carpet I would dip my paws into the pile of baubles, delighting ... read more

With or Without You: A wonderfully emotional story of one love over two lifetimes...

Shari Low

Have you ever made a life-changing decision and then wondered if you made the right one...? When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend. Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love? In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate d... read more

Have you ever made a life-changing decision and then wondered if you made the right one...? When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend. Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love? In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate d... read more

Victoria has 27 reviews

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Lauren Brown
It was such a pleasure working with Victoria. Her many years of experience in the industry are invaluable and I feel lucky to have had the chance to collaborate with her. She read my manuscript and offered her editorial feedback, which brought to my attention both large and small improvements that I could address. While I am still working through her thorough notes, they have already made the n...
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Lauren Brown, March 2021

Victoria Hughes-Williams
Was such a joy to work on your script, Lauren. Excited to see what happens next with your book and look forward to guiding you along that path. Would love to collaborate again in the future. Victoria

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Allane Milliane
Victoria was the copy editor for my YA romance and I couldn't be happier with her. She was always punctual and communication with her was perfect. Everything with her was clear and helpful, she's a wonderful professional and I highly recommend her services. Working with her has certainly improved my writing and I'll definitely be working with her again in the future.

Allane Milliane, March 2021


Manal Shakir
Working with Victoria has been a wonderful experience! She always responds in a timely manner and her edits are clear, concise and well thought out. She provided suggestions and alternatives to my narrative with a clear vision that really helped me see the possibilities of taking my storylines in new directions. I really appreciated the time she took to do so. It is always daunting to embark ...
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Manal Shakir, January 2021


Katarina Mayer
Victoria has been very helpful. She is very professional and easy to work with, communicates clearly and timely.

Katarina Mayer, December 2020


Raven Taylor
Victoria has provided very extensive and thorough editorial notes on my novel. Her observations and feedback have left me with lots of ideas and inspiration which I know is going to help me get this book into shape. Project was delivered on time and I can’t wait to start working through this and implementing some changes.

Raven Taylor, December 2020

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A very experienced proofreader/copy-editor, having worked for a publisher (Endeavour, now Lume) and authors via Reedsy. Specialism: fiction

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