Wes Brown

Wes Brown – Editor

I am a writer, editor, and lecturer. I specialize in literary fiction, memoirs, sports, true crime, crime and narrative non-fiction.

Overview

As a published novelist, critic, short story and writer, I know the value of feedback and mentoring. I work with authors at all stages in life and development. Most importantly, I only take jobs based on whether I feel my skills can contribute to your development and if I can see the potential for the kind of writing I love. I specialize in literary, autobiographical, sports, speculative and creative nonfiction. I have written for the Times Literary Supplement, Literary Review, and New Humanist.


I am the Programme Director of MA Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and before this, I was a CHASE PhD scholar in narrative non-fiction and taught English & American Literature at the University of Kent. I have taught modules in creative writing at the City Lit and University of East London. I have worked as an English teacher for an academy trust and was a senior bookseller and events manager at Borders books.


Before this, my background was in publishing as the founding editor of Dead Ink Books and The Cadaverine, chair of the Society of Young Publishers in the North & Midlands, and young writers' co-coordinator at the National Association of Writers in Education.


My novel autobiographical novel, Breaking Kayfabe, explores narrative theories of identity and questions of authenticity through the fictionalisation of my time as a pro wrestler. It was published by Bluemoose in 2023. I am represented by Jack Fogg and my work of true crime is forthcoming.


I have developed raw talent to a professional standard and former students and clients have gone on to become published and prize-winning authors.


What I offer:


• Bespoke feedback and services based on your needs

• I do not 'force' my artistic ideals on writers, I help them find their own

• I am friendly and professional - my job is to help you

• As a school teacher, lecturer and editor, I am able tailor my approach to best suit your ambitions

• Fifteen years experience in the literature sector

• An understanding of the book trade from the perspective of a writer, a publisher, and a bookseller

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Philosophy Sports & Outdoors True Crime
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Dystopian Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime
Languages
English (UK)
Awards
  • Arts Award Gold, Silver & Bronze Advisor
Certifications
  • PhD: Narrative Non-Fiction - Practice as Research
  • MA Creative Nonfiction

Work experience

Birkbeck, University of London

Sep, 2023 — Present

Birkbeck, University of London

Aug, 2023 — Present

Birkbeck, University of London

Sep, 2022 — Present

University of Kent

Sep, 2019 — May, 2022 (over 2 years)

I teach on the American Modernities: 20th Century American Literature module

City Lit

Feb, 2019 — Apr, 2023 (about 4 years)

I teach popular courses on Creative Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction: An Introduction, Autobiography into Fiction and Autofiction: A Taster.

University of East London

Sep, 2014 — Aug, 2023 (almost 9 years)

Module leader for Life Writing, Long Fiction, Professionalism and Publication, Creative Non-Fiction, Dissertation support and publisher of an anthology of student work

The Cadaverine

Sep, 2010 — Jun, 2013 (over 2 years)

Self-employed

May, 2010 — Jun, 2014 (about 4 years)

I founded and ran Dead Ink Books for four years. I developed new ways for authors to connect with readers, embracing new trends like E-Books and subscription / kickstarter models whilst maintaining a traditional sense of editorial value and vigour.

Penguin Books

Jun, 2008 — Jun, 2009 (about 1 year)

Portfolio

The Ruins

Danny Broderick

Deep in the ruins of a collapsed Spanish city, Estrella is trying to survive with the best skills she has – torturing men. But in the basement of Paco's bar, her victim is making life difficult with his outrageous requests. Meanwhile, upstairs, her landlord is... read more
This DEAD INK anthology celebrates nine winning stories from the 2010 LadyFest Competition judged by Bidisha. Contributors include Angela Jackson, Kathy Keown, Rosalind Newman, Laura O'Brien, Sarvat Hasin, Kate Pocklington, Aimee Cliff, Farah Ghuznavi and Cher... read more
Kosmonaut Zero

Richard Evans

A science fiction odyssey set in the retro-futurist Moscow of 1969.Marina Mernova, a KGB officer and older sister to little Leon, is given a simple mission: to find a missing scientist of high value to the Soviet space programme.1960s Russia is a land of rocke... read more
Controller

Sally Ashton

"Controller is both fierce and fearless. It is a compelling, unblinking journey into the dark." Stephen MayHow far would you go to satisfy your desires? Sex and punishment, art and exploitation, Controller is the debut novella from one of the UK’s finest young... read more
In this issue, you will find interviews with Aki Schilz, a brilliant writer and Editorial Services Manager at The Literary Consultancy. Aki speaks eloquenty about writing and a new TLC free manuscript appraisal scheme being offered to young writers run in part... read more
We believe in young writers – specifically those aged between 16 and 25 – no offence to the other – and want to give them a space to display their work. This can be fiction, poetry, literary reviews, and discussions about writing itself. We’re quite greedy! In... read more
Wild Ink

Richard Smyth

Wild Ink is a blackly comic story of friendship and envy, love and memory, booze and uproar, secrets and scandal. Albert Chaliapin is dead – or at least, he feels like he ought to be. He lives in a world occupied only by the ghosts of his former life (and his ... read more
LS13 is a snapshot of a generation of emerging writers working or living in Leeds today. The selection is diverse – from sea shanties about Clarence Dock to science fiction, social realism, concrete poetry, magic realism, flash fiction, a crime novel, rocket b... read more
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Wes Brown

Wes has 13 reviews

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Carolyn C.

Carolyn C.

Sep, 2023

I feel as though I’ve had way more than my money’s worth from Wes. He’s really quick, thoughtful and appraised my draft in more detail than I expected. I came away with a lot to think about and useful suggestions on possible changes. Wes has really helped me think about my draft in a new way and I would definitely work with him again.
K.S. H.

K.S. H.

Mar, 2023

It's always a pleasure working with Wes. He's genuine and thoughtful, encouraging, but doesn't hold back when he thinks a critical note is important. I think one of his strengths is that he too is a writer and has reverence for good prose and a sensible story arc. He cares about the stuff he's editing, and it shows. He has my gratitude.
K.S. H.

K.S. H.

Sep, 2022

Wes took a deep dive into my book, Imagine My Surprise!, a structurally challenging novel, and came out the other side with helpful insights, useful editing strategies, candor, and encouraging assessments that will help me shape my work into a form more suitable for publication. He is articulate, knowledgeable about the writing process, and down to earth. Thanks, Wes! K.S. Haddock
Christopher R.

Christopher R.

Jul, 2022

Wes is a true professional, I'd work with him again on any of my projects. The quality of his insights are priceless, he will tell you exactly what needs to be heard about anything worth commenting on. He worked within the deadlines agreed upon and finished when he said he would. He responded quickly anytime we were communicating and he always kept things clear and concise.
susan C.

susan C.

Sep, 2020

Wow. If I could give Wes even more stars I would. His feedback was extremely thoughtful, detailed and, most importantly, actionable. Having worked with Wes, I feel like I have the roadmap I need to get my first draft into final shape. Highly recommend!

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