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Sarah Naughton

Sarah Naughton - Editor

Sarah is a Costa shortlisted and bestselling author of YA and psychological thrillers and is published in eleven territories.

She began her career as an advertising copywriter before a break to have children gave her the time to pursue her writing dream. Her debut novel, The Hanged Man Rises, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2013. Another historical YA novel followed before she was approached by Orion to write psychological thrillers. Tattletale was an Amazon bestseller, as were The Other Couple, The Mothers and The Festival. The Mothers was The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month. She also likes to dip her toe in horror, with short story ebooks The Last Gift, and Get Them Out of My Head for the No Sleep Podcast.

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WHY WE LOVE SARAH

Sarah is an established author who brings a wealth of knowledge across a mix of different genres. Sarah will provide a deeply insightful report that draws on her own specialist experience.

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WHAT SARAH SAYS ABOUT EDITING

I firmly believe that nearly all of us are capable of becoming published authors if we’re committed to learning the craft and don’t allow the inevitable setbacks to discourage us. My own writing career has been as much dogged determination and donkey work than any innate talent. Engaging a professional editor is not for the faint hearted and there will be things that are hard to hear – most likely the gut-punch that you have a long way to go before your manuscript is ready to submit to an agent. We’ve all experienced it. The easy way out is to self publish, and for some writers that works, but I would say stick at your dream of a book deal with a major publisher – if your manuscript makes it that far, you can be sure it’s the very best it could ever be. When you’ve received editorial feedback take a moment to lick your wounds, then set about making the changes that will certainly improve your manuscript. This is what a writer’s career is: editing, editing, editing. It takes me a couple of months to write a book and three times that to edit it. Learn to deal with constructive criticism now and you will make much faster progress towards your dream of publication.

I certainly wouldn’t have been published without the help of some really talented and incisive editors, and I really hope I can help you navigate the path that I was helped along. Please send me thrillers, horror and YA (particularly with a supernatural twist).

Genres Sarah specialises in

Fiction
Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
Crime / Thriller / Action
Paranormal
Young Adult
Children's

Sarah's published books

The Hanged Man Rises

The Hanged Man Rises

The Blood List

The Blood List

Tattletale

Tattletale

The Other Couple

The Other Couple

The Mothers

The Mothers

The Festival

The Festival

The Last Gift

The Last Gift

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