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.
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.
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.