Freelance Editorial

I have been an editor since 2001 and freelance since 2011.

I offer a range of editorial services, including structural editing, copy-editing, proofreading, commissioning, project editing and concept development.

I enjoy working for both large and independent publishers and agents, and also directly with writers.

My clients include:

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Little, Brown Hot Key Books Orchard Books Orion Children's Books Quercus Scholastic David Higham Associates Templar Publishing HarperCollins Egmont Books Hothouse Fiction Miles Stott Literary Agency OUP Wild Eyed Editions Octopus Publishing Group Chicken House
 

Examples of my freelance work

Structural and line editing

The Moon Child by Cate Cain
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by Templar, 2014

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Metawars: 4: The Freedom Frontier by Jeff Norton
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Editing books 3 and 4 in the series

Published by Orchard Books, 2013/2014

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Tales From Schwartzgarten: Marius and the Band of Blood by Christopher William Hill
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Editing books 3 and 4 in the series

Published by Orchard Books, 2014/2015

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Boxtrolls: Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by OUP, 2014

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Claude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith

Editing various books in the series

Published by Hodder Children's Books, 2014

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Outcaste by Ellen Renner

Published by Hot Key Books, 2015

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Copy-editing

Clariel by Garth Nix
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by Hot Key Books, 2014

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Railhead by Philip Reeve
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by OUP, 2015

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The IT Girl by Katy Birchall
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by Egmont Books, 2015

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Say Her Name by James Dawson
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by Hot Key Books, 2014

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Wilf the Might Worrier: Saves the World by Georgia Pritchett
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by Quercus, 2015

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Frankie's Magic Football by Frank Lampard
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by Little, Brown Young Readers, 2013

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Proofreading

Atlas of Adventures
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by Wide Eye Editions, 2014

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Maps
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by Big Picture Press, 2013

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Ratburger by David Walliams
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by HarperCollins Children's Books, 2013

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Demon Dentist by David Walliams
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by HarperCollins Children's Books, 2014

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Vampire Diaries: Destiny Rising by L. J. Smith
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by Hodder Children's Books, 2012

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Puppies Online by Jennifer Gray
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Published by Quercus, 2014

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Commissioning and project editing

Joe's Dog by David Almond
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Commissioning fiction for Collins Big Cat

Commissioned authors include: David Almond, Mary Hoffman, Petr Horacek, Vivian French, James Mayhew

Space Jump by Matt Ralphs
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Commissioning non-fiction for Collins Big Cat

Commissioned subjects include: Wild Weather, Skateboarding, Underground Systems, Free Running

The Wonderful World of Simon Abbott: Meet the Incredible Romans
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Project editing eight titles in the series

Published by Ticktock Books, 2014/2015

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How to Slay a Werewolf by Professor Van Helsing
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Structurally editing and project editing the illustrated book

Published by Ticktock Books, 2014

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Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators - British Isles
Catherine Coe: Edit ■ Write ■ Create

Co-editor of the Undiscovered Voices anthology, a biennial competition to find new writing and illustrating talent

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In-house Children's Publishing

Senior Commissioning Editor, Orchard Books (May 2010 – October 2011)
Senior Editor, Orchard Books (May 2007 – May 2010)
Editor, Orchard Books (April 2005 – May 2007)

Commissioning and editing novels, series fiction and illustrated fiction for 5+ to YA

Examples of my work

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Rainbow Magic: Ruby the Red Fairy

Editor of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Magic series

Beast Quest: Ferno the Fire Dragon

Commissioning editor of the bestselling Beast Quest series

Gallagher Girls: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You

Commissioning editor of the bestselling Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

The Last Dragon Chronicles: Icefire

Editor of the New York Times bestselling series The Last Dragon Chronicles, by Chris dLacey

Jessie Hearts NYC

Commissioning editor of Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton

Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done

Commissioning editor of Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski

Heist Society

Commissioning editor of Heist Society by Ally Carter

A Good Clean Edge

Commissioning editor of A Good Clean Edge by Vincent Caldey

The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts

Commissioning editor of The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres

The Get Rich Quick Club

Commissioning editor of The Get Rich Quick Club by Rose Impey

The Tiara Club: Princess Charlotte and the Birthday Ball

Editor of the internationally bestselling series, The Tiara Club, by Vivian French

Rumblewick: My Unwilling Witch Gets Cooking

Editor of the Rumblewick series by Hiawyn Oram, soon to be released as a Dreamworks film

Poppy and Max and the Fashion Show

Editor of Poppy and Max and the Fashion Show by Sally Grindley, winner of the Richard & Judy Children's Book Awards 2007

Aesop’s Awesome Rhymes: The Hare and the Tortoise

Commissioning editor of the Aesop’s Awesome Rhymes series by Lou Kuenzler

Happy Ever After: The Ugly Duckling Returns

Commissioning editor of the Happy Ever After series by Tony Bradman

Nipper McFee: In Trouble with Great Aunt Twitter

Commissioning editor of the Nipper McFee series by Rose Impey

The Magical Detectives

Commissioning editor of The Magical Detectives by Brian Keaney

Dragon Blood Pirates: Death Diamond

Commissioning editor of the Dragon Blood Pirates series by Dan Jerris

No Way To Go

Commissioning editor of No Way To Go by Bernard Ashley

Mash Ups: Robin Hood VS The Plague Undead

Commissioning editor of Robin Hood VS The Plague Undead by James Black


In-house Adult Publishing

Commissioning Editor, Hodder Education (July 2002 – April 2005)
Desk Editor, Hodder Education (July 2001 – July 2002)

Commissioning and editing self-help books and series, in particular the Teach Yourself series

Examples of my work

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Teach Yourself: Patrick Moore's Astronomy

Successful relaunch of the Teach Yourself list (2002)

Teach Yourself: Craig Revel Horwood's Ballroom Dancing

Teach Yourself: Understand Psychology

Teach Yourself: Be Your Best At Marathon Running

FA Guide: Basic Team Coaching

Pitching for/commissioning/editing series with The FA and the British Red Cross

British Red Cross: Five-minute First Aid: Life-saving Skills

British Red Cross: Five-minute First Aid for Children

Master the Game: Striker

Your Guide To: Asthma

Commissioning and editing the Your Guide To series with The Royal Society of Medicine

Your Guide To: Back Pain

Teach Yourself: Basic Mathematics

Teach Yourself: Write a Blockbuster