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Becky Stradwick

Becky Stradwick - Editor

Becky has worked in the industry for 23 years, as a publisher, literary agent and bookseller.

As Editorial Director at Penguin Random House, she published authors such as Susan Cooper, James Dashner, Jason Segel, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Damian Dibben, Ellie Irving, Fox Benwell, Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie, Lauren Kate, John Stephens, Heather Demetrios, Rosemary Clement Moore and Michael Scott.

Before this she worked as a bookseller, managing Books etc branches, before becoming Head of Children’s books for Borders UK, where she won Children’s Bookseller of the Year two years running. She has written for THE ARTISTS AND WRITERS YEARBOOK, THE BOOKSELLER and PUBLISHING NEWS.

Some of her favourite authors include Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman, Jonathan Stroud, Akwaeke Emezi and Elizabeth Wein.

Her all-time favourite books are THE BORRIBLE TRILOGY by Michael Larrabeiti, WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams and HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman.

From us

WHY WE LOVE BECKY

As a literary agent at Darley Anderson’s, Becky has represented authors including Phil Earle, Michelle Harrison, Carmen Reid, Jenna Burtenshaw, Rob Stevens, Adrienne Kress and Lisa Clark.

From them

WHAT BECKY SAYS ABOUT EDITING

One of my happiest early memories was being taken to raid the senior school library, because I’d eaten every book in my primary school. It’s that hunger for stories that has guided my career ever since, and  it’s always a thrill to be the first set of eyes on a book.

I love working with writers who are at the beginning of their careers and enjoy coaching and supporting you through the editorial process. My advice comes from a commercial as well as a creative perspective. I think my authors would consider me a firm but fair editor who knows when to push and when to coax, and I am collaborative, confident and kind in my approach to maintaining your voice and vision.

As publisher and agent, I’ve worked with hundreds of writers, from absolute beginners to Sunday Times and NYT bestselling authors. I specialise in YA and MG and am also happy to review your picture book texts. I also offer developmental and line-editing, if you feel your work is ready.

Genres Becky specialises in

Fiction
Contemporary
Crime / Thriller / Action
Women’s
Picture books
Children's
Young Adult

Testimonials

“Becky is steeped in literature, and in my opinion is a true original: an editor who is not only insightful, empathetic and thorough, but also truly in touch with the book market. As a writer, you’re lucky if your editor has ONE of these assets, so I feel incredibly lucky to have been edited and guided by her. Any writer trying to find their voice will be brilliantly served by working with her.”

– Phil Earle, published by Puffin, Orion, Barrington Stoke

“I have been a professional freelance writer for nearly 40 years (!) and of all the editors I have ever had, Bek is, and continues to be, my favorite. She is respectful of my voice, my vision, and my work. She has never tried to change me or mold me into anything or anyone else. Instead, with a clear eye, a brilliant grasp of story and craft, and a warm heart, she has led me to places in my writing I didn’t know were there all along, inside me. Thoughtful, kind, yet direct and specific, her editorial guidance has been one of the highlights of my career. She is truly my dream editor, and I cannot express the deep gratitude I feel toward her. I appreciate her more than I can say, and anyone who works with Becky Stradwick is fortunate beyond the telling.”

– Nancy Holder, award-winning NYT Times bestselling author

"I loved working with Becky! Her razor-sharp insights and skillful and thoughtful feedback helped to strengthen and lift my stories to the next level – and all delivered with such humour and passion too. You – and your manuscript – are in very safe hands."

– Ellie Irving, published by Penguin Random House

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