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Anna Barrett

Anna Barrett - Editor

Anna Barrett (née Hogarty) is a book editor and former literary agent with the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.

With more than ten years’ experience in the publishing industry, Anna mentors writers at The Writers Space, and edits on a freelance basis for a variety of publishing houses, literary agencies, writers and brands from around the world.

As in-house editor for the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency, Anna worked with writers such as Gail Honeyman, Fiona Barton, Elizabeth Kay and Elizabeth Macneil on their novels ahead of their publishing deals. Previous to this, Anna worked in the editorial departments of John Murray, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline and Atlantic Books, where she saw a variety of titles through from acquisition to print, from bestselling fiction to illustrated books.

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WHY WE LOVE ANNA

Anna has been professionally trained with the Publishing Training Centre in a wide range of editorial services. For her own writing, she is represented by Kate Burke at the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, and is currently working on her first novel.

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WHAT ANNA SAYS ABOUT EDITING

I work with writers at all stages of their publishing journey: from discussing ideas and assessing novels in progress, to looking at agent-approaches and providing help with developing that all-important pitch. There’s nothing I find more satisfying than getting to the heart of what a story is about, and helping the author to make sure it shines.

I specialise in commercial fiction: thrillers, crime and mystery, women’s fiction, ‘up-lit’ and book-club reads. I particularly enjoy working with debut writers on fresh concepts and ideas, and am very used to looking at manuscripts from the earliest stage.

Another big passion of mine is yoga, which I teach, and I have represented writers such as Katherine May, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Michelle Elman, James Reeves and Gabrielle Brown on their publishing journeys. If you are writing in the mindfulness/meditation/ideas-for-living space, I might be the editor for you.

Genres Anna specialises in

Fiction
Contemporary
Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
Crime / Thriller / Action
Women’s
Historical
Non-Fiction
Other Narrative Non-fiction
Subject-led Non-fiction

Testimonials

“Working with Anna was just joy! With such a positive, can-do approach and endless encouragement she made me feel I could reach great heights. She really nurtured my creativity. Couple that with impeccable editing skills, a really approachable nature and an amazing insight into my book I felt in really safe hands.”

Cesca Major, The Silent Hours

“Anna was one of the first readers of my murder mystery, The Hunting Party. She provided fantastic editorial insight and suggestions as to plotting and character development and her work on the book helped me hugely towards shaping that early draft into the finished novel it became. The Hunting Party was a big change of direction for me in terms of genre (I’d previously been writing historical novels) and Anna’s input gave me a wonderful boost of confidence in what I’d written, which really helped provide the drive required to edit the book and then the courage to submit it!”

Lucy Foley, The Hunting Party

“Anna is a joy to work with – she’s a sensitive reader and an insightful editor who brings masses of industry experience to the table. I have no hesitation in recommending her.”

Katherine May, Wintering

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