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Haydn Middleton

Haydn Middleton - Editor

Haydn Middleton has been an author and tutor for almost forty years.

Haydn is probably unique in having published quite so many books on such a wide range of subjects – both fiction and non-fiction, for both adults and for children – although some of them are really very short indeed! Many have been translated into foreign languages. Details can be found on his website www.haydnmiddleton.com. The Observer said of his most recent novel for adults, The Ballad Of Syd & Morgan (Propolis, 2018), ‘Haydn Middleton brilliantly imagines a meeting between Syd Barrett and E M Forster’. His next adult novel, The Actual Whole of Music, is to be published in May 2021.

His latest work of fiction for children The Girl Who Said No to the Nazis (Pushkin, 2020) tells the true story of the 1942-43 White Rose plot against Hitler & Co. A historian by training, and a lifelong devotee of fantasy/SF, he has worked as an editor at Oxford University Press, taught creative writing around the world from England to America to Greece and Australia, and he currently tutors students from Stanford University USA on the Bing Overseas Studies Program.

From us

WHY WE LOVE HAYDN

Haydn’s editing skills cover a broad spectrum of genres, and his intricate reports are always packed-full of advice, particularly on voice.

From them

WHAT HAYDN SAYS ABOUT EDITING

I’ve sometimes been told that my reports tend towards the ‘sterner’ end of the JW editorial spectrum.  It has also been suggested that I take a ‘tough love’ approach. I’m not sure I go with that – and not just because ‘love’ in this context would be entirely inappropriate! I’d rather say my advice is based on ‘tough respect’. Clients have paid good money for a report, and the last thing they need is from me is soft soap or flannel.

I aim to help each client to communicate their vision more clearly and more entertainingly (two qualities that are often very closely linked). This may require a fairly thorough rethink of the client’s own original aims. In my online courses for JW I frankly admit that I’m not sure whether creative writing can be taught, but I sincerely believe that it can be learned, particularly from open-minded editorial exchanges, and exposure to the great literature of the past.

Genres Haydn specialises in

Fiction
Contemporary
Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
Science Fiction
Fantasy
Comic/satire
Paranormal
Short Stories & novellas
Children's
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Memoir/autobiography
Other Narrative Non-fiction
Subject-led Non-fiction

Haydn's published books

The Ballad of Syd & Morgan

The Ballad of Syd & Morgan

True Lives: Shakespeare: The Master Playwright

True Lives: Shakespeare: The Master Playwright

Testimonials

“Your feedback has been indispensable, and the way in which you respond actually always left me in awe! You manage to critique in the most polite and encouraging way imaginable, and always search for positive things for us to hold on to :) Your comments were always so clearly well thought out and your efforts are very much appreciated. As a teacher who expends time and effort for his students, I think it is only fair that you should know the effect you had, on this student at least…”

– Rafif A. R.

“Without your guidance and support I’m certain I wouldn’t have achieved such an outcome. My agent was so excited by my manuscript that she read it in a day and gave me immediate feedback. (…) I took on board all your advice. (…) I’m sure you’ve helped plenty of other first-time authors on their road to the publishing world, but I really wanted to thank you for your insightful views and skilled analysis. Needless to say, if and when my book is published, you’ll be getting a credit.”

– Murray F.

“Thank you for the very detailed report. The feedback is quite excellent. I can see exactly where you are coming from and agree with pretty much everything that you have said – I really like the idea of a form of prologue. (…) It truly was a well-considered and thought-provoking report.”

– Martin W.

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