Becky Hunter - Editor
Becky has over eight years’ experience in the publishing industry. She started her career grading and passing the more promising submissions through to a literary agent. Since then, she’s worked in both and editorial and PR capacity. On the PR side, she worked at two major publishers – Transworld (part of Penguin Random House) and Headline (part of Hachette). She worked with a variety of fiction and non-fiction authors, across a variety of genres. She helped launch the career of debut authors such as Shari Lapena and Karen Hamilton, as well as working with brand women’s fiction and crime/thriller authors. She attended in-house focus and acquisitions meetings, so has a strong idea of what publishers are looking for on the industry side of things.
Over the last two years, she’s been working on a freelance basis, in both an editorial and PR capacity. On the PR side of things, she works independently with authors, as well as for agencies such as Midas PR, working mainly with fiction authors. Editorially, she works with aspiring and self-published authors, as well as on a project-by-project basis with traditional publishers, such as Bloomsbury.
She prides herself on giving thorough, in-depth reports, and loves to see the improvements an author makes with editorial feedback. She is also an author in her own right – her novel ONE MOMENT sold in multiple global territories and will be published in the UK in 2023 and the US in 2024, where it was pre-empted as part of a two-book deal for six figures. She is represented by Sarah Hornsley at PFD.
Find Becky on Twitter here: @Bookish_Becky
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WHY WE LOVE BECKY
With experience in editorial, PR, agenting and being on the author side of the process, Becky fires on all cylinders and really provides authors with a multi-disciplined approach to their work. Having worked with a variety of genres in a whole manner of roles, she has gained an insight into what each stage of the process can provide and how this ultimately may shape your writing. As a much loved editor, Becky is unbelievably committed to providing authors with supportive and shrewd advice, that leaves authors coming back to her time and time again. So much so, she has been requested to provide mentoring and a video course called ‘Write a Novel in Six Weeks’, available to all Jericho members. She prides herself on giving thorough, in-depth reports, and loves to see the improvements an author makes with editorial feedback.
WHAT BECKY SAYS ABOUT EDITING
Books and writing are my passion – I love reading books, writing them, and helping authors to develop their novels into something they can be truly proud of. Helping aspiring authors to develop their MS is one of my favourite things to do – I love helping an author to get to that ‘aha’ moment where they understand a key concept, such as show don’t tell, or where a plot or character issue that they’ve been struggling with finally slots into place. I am thorough, thoughtful and approachable when I come to my editorial work – I want to be someone who is on the author’s side and helps them through the sometimes isolating journey of writing, whether that’s as a one-off MS assessment, or else a longer term relationship of mentoring. I read widely, and have worked on a variety of genres during my time in publishing, and particularly love working with crime/thrillers, women’s fiction, literary/literary crossover (or ‘book club’ books) and YA – but this list is not exhaustive, and sometimes the best books that come to us are the ones we weren’t expecting.