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Teresa Heapy

Teresa Heapy - Editor

Teresa has worked in children’s publishing for 27 years. She’s an editor and an award-winning author, with 11 picture books and 80 educational books published.

Teresa worked in-house as a Commissioning Editor for Heinemann and Oxford University Press before going freelance, and now combines editorial work with writing picture books and books for young readers. As an editor, she has a reputation for a friendly approach with a rigorous attention to detail, working with authors such as Rod Hunt, Jo Nadin, Jamie Smart, Jeanne Willis, Nick Ward and Elen Caldecott.

She has also been the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Buckingham, giving writing tutorials to university students on a 1-to-1 basis.

Teresa loves visiting schools, libraries and festivals to inspire children to write their own stories. Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and her first picture book, Very Little Red Riding Hood, won the Oxfordshire Book Award and the Coventry Inspiration Book Award.

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WHY WE LOVE TERESA

Teresa Heapy is an established and renowned author, with 80 educational books published by OUP, HarperCollins, Ladybird, Heinemann, Rising Stars, Pearson, and more.

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WHAT TERESA SAYS ABOUT EDITING

As an editor, I love working with authors: helping them create books which make readers want to turn the page. As an author, I’m familiar with that yearning to get a book published – and how it feels to receive feedback. I understand what it’s like to sit on both sides of the table.

Children’s books matter, and they’re often hard to get right. Children deserve good stories which have depth, humour and emotion – and they’re often ruthless critics, so you have to grab their attention quickly and keep them wanting to carry on reading!

I particularly love working on picture books, which can be deceptively demanding: they have to withstand being read out loud over and over again. It’s exciting seeing the story spin around as the author finds exactly the right word for the right page.

I’ve also taught writing skills to students, which has enabled me to dig down into why language matters. It’s truly wonderful helping authors of all kinds refine and hone their voice.

Genres Teresa specialises in

Fiction
Picture books
Children's
Non-Fiction
Children's

Teresa's published books

Very Little Red Riding Hood, illustrated by Sue Heap

Very Little Red Riding Hood, illustrated by Sue Heap

Very Little Cinderella, illustrated by Sue Heap

Very Little Cinderella, illustrated by Sue Heap

Very Little Sleeping Beauty, illustrated by Sue Heap

Very Little Sleeping Beauty, illustrated by Sue Heap

Very Little Rapunzel, illustrated by Sue Heap

Very Little Rapunzel, illustrated by Sue Heap

The Wonder Tree, illustrated by Izzy Burton

The Wonder Tree, illustrated by Izzy Burton

The Marvellous Moon Map, illustrated by David Litchfield

The Marvellous Moon Map, illustrated by David Litchfield

The Spectacular City, illustrated by David Litchfield

The Spectacular City, illustrated by David Litchfield

Loved to Bits, illustrated by Katie Cleminson

Loved to Bits, illustrated by Katie Cleminson

Ten Cars and a Million Stars, illustrated by Sue Heap

Ten Cars and a Million Stars, illustrated by Sue Heap

Who Eats Who?, illustrated by Rebecca Elliot

Who Eats Who?, illustrated by Rebecca Elliot

The Chicken Who Liked Chocolate, illustrated by Sarah Horne

The Chicken Who Liked Chocolate, illustrated by Sarah Horne

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