Richard Roper - Editor
Richard is an experienced senior commissioning editor for non-fiction at Headline (part of Hachette UK), where he has published a number of Sunday Times bestsellers. Richard is also a novelist. His debut, Something to Live For, was published by Orion (UK) and Penguin (US), and has sold in twenty languages.
Something to Live For (commercial reading group fiction) was a Barnes & Noble book of the month and was optioned for TV. The New York Times said, ‘I love this book with my whole heart.’ His second novel, When We Were Young, came out in 2021.
As an editor at Headline, he works mainly in biography and narrative non-fiction. He has published memoirs by comedians James Acaster, Miles Jupp, Katy Wix, and Joel Dommett. He has also worked with the likes of Dave Davies of The Kinks, sports stars Steven Gerrard and Andy Murray, brands like Downton Abbey, and quirky narratives such as A Tomb With a View by Peter Ross – recently awarded Scottish Non-Fiction book of the year.
Find Richard on Twitter here: @richardroper
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WHY WE LOVE RICHARD
Richard gives the perspective of a publisher, an author, and an editor. His knowledge of the publishing business make his insight on marketability and commercial appeal invaluable. Richard is thorough, upbeat, and incisive in his reports. Whether you’re writing nonfiction or commercial fiction, you’ll be in safe hands with him.
WHAT RICHARD SAYS ABOUT EDITING
As someone with a foot in both camps as author and editor, I am experienced at all stages of the publishing process. As an editor, I’ve always enjoyed helping writers solve the puzzle of how to make a book work. Now that I’m also an author, I know how important it is to put empathy and kindness, as well as constructive criticism, at the heart of feedback.
My fiction journey was far from straightforward. Having had my work rejected by agents and publishers, I know how hard it is to keep going. Now that I’ve got there, I really do relish the opportunity to help others get over the line – whether that’s assessing manuscripts or polishing things up with a line edit.
In fiction, my taste is on the commercial side. I particularly enjoy ‘reading group’ books, romcoms, comedies (especially dark ones), and anything a bit quirky. For non-fiction, I work right across the spectrum: from memoir to travel writing, sport, music, journalistic narratives, true crime, and anything in between.
What Richard works on
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Richard's published books
Something to Live For
Everybody likes Andrew. But they don’t really know him. They know what he’s told them – that he’s happily married with two kids. Living the kind of life that’s either so boring it’s true, or so perfect it’s a lie…
Peggy arrives in Andrew’s life in a burst of kindness and possibility. For the first time in ages, Andrew feels alive again. So now that he has everything to lose, can he risk it all and tell Peggy the truth?
‘I loved this novel with my whole heart’ – New York Times
‘A magnificent read. Tender, funny, compelling’ Lucy Foley, bestselling author of The Guest List
‘I adored this! It warmed my heart, broke it a little, then put it back together’ Beth O’Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare
‘Funny, moving and thought-provoking – I loved this’ Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of After the End
When We Were Young
A tender and funny story about wanting to go back – when you know it’s time to move on.
Theo has been living in his parents’ shed, nursing a broken heart and a wounded ego, convinced life can’t get any worse. Then he gets evicted on his 30th birthday. Theo thinks he’s done with the real world – until it shows up on his doorstep…
Joel is a successful TV scriptwriter, still in love with his teenage sweetheart. A proper grown-up – and yet he’s falling apart at the seams. He’s headed home to reconnect with best friend Theo – except they haven’t spoken since the summer they turned 16.
One of them is keeping a secret, and the other is living a lie. But can the promise they once made to walk all 184 miles of the Thames Path help them find their way back to the truth – and to their friendship?
‘A beautifully written comedy with strong Withnail & I overtones’ – Daily Mail
‘Richard Roper writes with wit, soul, and beautiful prose.’ –Good Morning America
‘A funny, tender British bromance.’ –People