The professional side
I am an editor and writer with over fifteen years’ experience. I offer:
- Intelligent and sensitive editorial skills
- A friendly, flexible, can-do attitude
- A tailored service to each individual client and project
- Excellent knowledge of the market
- A passion for organisation and efficiency
- A meticulous eye for detail
I started my publishing career in 2001 as an editor at Hodder Education, working on their adult trade non-fiction list for four years. In 2005 I moved to Orchard Books, an imprint of Hachette Children's Books, where I was an editor for six years on their fiction list for 5+ to YA.
In 2011 I began my own freelance business, offering editorial and writing services, mostly within the children's book industry. I feel incredibly lucky to have a job that I adore, and I am proud to have edited over five hundred books and written over twenty. For my writing I am represented by the wonderful Penny Holroyde of Holroyde Cartey. You can read reviews of my work on the Testimonials page.
The personal side
I was born in Lowestoft*, Suffolk, which is the most easterly town in the UK. I loved my childhood; being brought up by the sea meant I was able to spend every summer day on the beach – and many spring, autumn and winter days, too. As a child, I never seemed to care as much about the cold as I do now! (*In case you were wondering, the photo was not taken in Lowestoft – this is me on holiday in Japan!)
I moved to London when I went to read English Literature at Roehampton University. As an undergraduate, I already knew I wanted to become an editor; the fantastic opportunity to study children’s literature for a year during my degree reaffirmed my passion for children’s books and made me absolutely determined to achieve my dream. I lived in London for seventeen years, until moving to Leuven (Belgium) with my husband in 2015, then on to Stockholm in 2016.
I enjoy a variety of interests in my free time – my constant challenge is trying to fit them all in! I love to travel, read (of course), write (ditto), jog (I ran the London Marathon in 2010), play netball (badly!), eat sushi, drink wine and, most of all, spend time with my husband, friends and family.