Becky Hunter - Editor
Becky has over five years’ experience in publishing, at both Penguin Random House (Transworld) and Hachette (Headline). Part of the PR team, she has worked across a variety of genres.
Becky has successfully launched many debut authors, as well as regularly attending pitch and acquisitions meetings and taking part in women’s fiction, crime & literary focus groups. Campaign highlights include debuts The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena and The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton, brand authors such as Jo Thomas, Cathy Bramley and Harriet Evans, and launching Rachel Abbott’s first traditionally published book, And So It Begins. She previously read for the Bent Literary Agency, grading and passing the more promising submissions through to agents. She currently works freelance in publishing, in both an editorial and PR capacity.
WHY WE LOVE BECKY
Becky is also an author and writes under two different pseudonyms. Bad Seed, a psychological thriller, was published by Orion in 2019 under the name Jessica Eames, and a women’s fiction title under a different pen name will be published by Headline in 2021.
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.
What Becky works on
Agent Submission Pack assessment
Genres Becky specialises in
Becky's published books
Nicola thought she’d gotten away with it.
Since her husband died, life has been getting back on track. She has a new boyfriend, Phil. A new home, living next door to her brother-in-law, his wife and their children. She is closer than ever with her daughter, Sarah. She even likes her job at the local shop, though she’s had some time off recently with illness. The doctor says its menopause, that it’s nothing to worry about. As if he could know how she’s feeling.
Nicola is finally moving on with her life.
But then she receives the note. Someone knows what she did. They know the secret she doesn’t even think about when she is alone…