Emma Cooper - Editor
Emma is the author of highly acclaimed book club fiction novels and is known for mixing humour with darker emotional themes. Her debut, The Songs of Us, was snapped up in multiple pre-empts and auctions and was short-listed for the RNA contemporary novel of the year award. Her work has since been translated into seven different languages.
She has had four books published so far: The Songs of Us, The First Time I Saw You, If I Could Say Goodbye, and it It Was Always You which was published by Headline Review in the summer of 2022.
Find Emma on Twitter here: @ItsEmmacooper
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WHY WE LOVE EMMA
Emma has worked so hard to get to where she is today. Her determination, writerly instinct, and enthusiasm are injected into her editorial reports. She’ll bring out all the best parts of your work, whilst showing you how to make their manuscript even better. We love Emma so much that she’s an editor, a mentor, a webinar guest speaker (members can view the replay here), and a tutor on our Ultimate Novel Writing Course.
WHAT EMMA SAYS ABOUT EDITING
I love discovering where a writer’s talent lies. Everyone has their own unique strength as a writer, my aim is to help you identify yours and make sure you are using your talent effectively.
Firstly, I will look at your book as a whole while asking key questions: do I care about your characters? Will your readers relate to them and their predicament? Am I engaged right up until the very last page?
I will then analyse your work more closely, looking at genre, pace, voice, checking that you are raising the stakes enough to keep your plot moving forward and if you are making the very best out of a potentially emotive/dramatic scene. Essentially, I will be looking for what, if anything, is pulling me away from the reading experience as well as congratulating you on the parts where I can’t turn the pages fast enough.
What Emma works on
Genres Emma specialises in
Emma's published books
The Songs of Us
A laugh-out-loud funny and heart-breaking novel of love, loss and what it means to be a family.
A sweet, moving debut (Good Housekeeping)
Poignant and beautifully written (Woman)
The First Time I Saw You
A love story about a couple who are meant to be.
But fate has other ideas.
It’s a tale to restore your belief in love conquering all… Witty and warm, Peterborough Evening Telegraph
If I Could Say Goodbye
When Jennifer loses her sister, she realises it’s time to stop sleepwalking through life and start living.
An evocative, warm and character-driven read that is truly memorable ― Woman & Home
Heart-warming and uplifting ― Bella