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Our Editors

Our professional editors will help you with your book, manuscript, novel or children's fiction.

Rigorous editorial advice from third-party editors remains the gold-standard way to improve any manuscript - fiction, non-fiction, or children's book. Our team of professional editors has been hand-selected for quality, experience and rigour.

We have an extraordinary track record in helping writers like you get published... and we'd love to help you too. This page lists our current editorial team, but you probably want to start by taking a look at our editorial services themselves.

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Sarah Naughton

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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Louise Tondeur

Louise Tondeur writes fiction, poetry, plays and nonfiction and has supported countless numbers of writers with both written and verbal feedback. Before doing a Creative Writing MA at The University of East Anglia, she trained as a Drama teacher and brings her knowledge of the theatre into her conversations with emerging writers. In the noughties, she published two novels with Headline Review called The Water’s Edge and The Haven Home for Delinquent Girls, then she did a PhD at the Reading University, started a family, and became a Creative Writing lecturer, while publishing mainly poetry and nonfiction. In 2017, she left her full-time job to focus on writing. Her short story collection, Unusual Places, came out in 2018 and she is currently working on a series of crime novels set in Norfolk / Suffolk border country where her grandparents lived for 40 years. Louise now lives near Brighton with her wife and son and two black cats and teaches on the Open University’s Creative Writing MA. She blogs at: www.louisetondeur.co.uk

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Philip Womack

Philip is the author of The Other Book and The Liberators. The Liberators was a Children’s Book of the Year for 2010.

Philip Womack was born in Sussex, and educated at Lancing and Oriel College, Oxford, where he read Classics and English. After graduating, he worked at Literary Review for four years, before becoming freelance in 2008 on publication of his first novel, The Other Book. Six novels for children followed, including The Liberators, The Double Axe and The Arrow of Apollo, and his first non-fiction work for adults, How to Teach Classics to Your Dog, will be published in October 2020.

He teaches Creative Writing to BA and MA students at London University, and has been a literary critic for nearly twenty years, as well as a freelance journalist for a variety of national newspapers and magazines, writing on topics such as education and literature, and even an article on pyjamas for Tatler magazine. He is currently on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors and a Contributing Editor to Literary Review.

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Louise Walters

Louise is the author of Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase (2014), A Life Between Us (2017) and The Road to California (2018). She is also an editor, mentor, and publisher. Louise set up her indie imprint in 2017 and publishes novels and novellas. Dominic Brownlow (The Naseby Horses, 2019) was recommended to Louise by fellow Jericho Writers editor Susan Davis after Susan critiqued his novel; and Louise critiqued a novel by S J Norbury in 2019, and subsequently offered to publish it, an offer accepted by S J. Mrs Narwhal’s Diary was published by Louise Walters Books in 2021. Louise has a degree in Literature from the Open University, is an alumni of the Jericho Writers Self Edit Your Novel course (2013), and was a volunteer with the Womentoring Project. Louise lives near Banbury, with her family. (www.louisewaltersbooks.co.uk)

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Kathie Weaver

Kathie is a screenplay, fiction, and nonfiction editor with more than 20 years of experience working with first-time writers to Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winners.

At DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Pictures, and Spelling Films, she developed scripts for highly-acclaimed writers and directors, including Horton Foote, Sydney Lumet, Roman Polanski, Stephen Spielberg, William Friedkin, Philip Noyce, and others. She has vast experience mentoring both beginning and seasoned screenwriters and authors through all stages of the writing process, from concept to final draft. A former film editor, Kathie studied English literature at Northwestern University and screenwriting at Columbia University.

Kathie’s own script, Loco Weda, was optioned by The Mount Company, and she is currently working on a novel and an oral history of homeless women called Women Outside. She lives on Bainbridge Island, a ferry ride away from Seattle, Washington.

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Sibyl Ruth

An experienced teacher and mentor, over the years Sibyl has helped many writers realise their ambitions. Artists she has worked with have gone on to win literary prizes and awards.

After studying English at Cambridge, Sibyl Ruth went on to publish two small press collections of poetry and win the Mslexia Poetry Competition. Her poems have been widely anthologised and broadcast. She has also scripted and presented two features for Radio 4. Listen to Them Breathing was about Quaker poets while Terezin Dreams considered the poetry written by her German-Jewish great aunt Rose Scooler, while she was in a concentration camp. She lives in Birmingham and has been the city’s Poet Laureate.

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Nicola Mostyn

Nicola Mostyn has twenty years experience in working with creativity, as an arts journalist, columnist, editor, writing coach and the author of two novels and one non-fiction title.

Nicola’s debut The Gods of Love was shortlisted for The Writers’ Guild Best First Novel award, became an I-news top ten debut, a NetGalley top read and an Amazon bestseller. The sequel, The Love Delusion, followed in 2019.

Nicola’s non-fiction title, Seven Creative Gremlins, was written in conjunction with a Life Coach and is aimed at helping writers combat common psychological blocks. She runs the website TheUnstoppableAuthor.com, offering support, inspiration and tough love to aspiring and established writers. Nicola has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from The University of Manchester and a certificate in Teaching Creative Writing Workshops from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Haydn Middleton

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.

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Russel McLean

Russel D McLean’s debut novel, The Good Son, was published in 2008, and shortlisted for “Best First Novel” by the Private Eye Writers of America on 2010.

Since then he has written several more crime novels, including the darkly comic Ed’s Dead, which was praised by Martina Cole as “a really authentic and remarkable read! I loved it!”

A former bookseller, Russel is now a freelance author, editor, and teacher. He has worked for publishers of various sizes as a developmental editor, including work on one book that was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish Crime Fiction at the Bloody Scotland Festival. He has also run masterclasses in fiction writing for festivals, universities and creative writing groups, as well as advising MLitt students on the fiction element of their dissertations for the University of Dundee’s crime writing and forensics course. For two years, he wrote a crime fiction review column in the Scottish Sunday Herald, and has interviewed authors for several newspapers and magazines.

Although Russel’s primary concern has been noir and thriller fiction, he has also worked across a variety of genres as an editor including horror and SFF. You can find more about Russel and his work at his website, www.russeldmcleanbooks.com

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Lesley McDowell

Lesley is the author of fiction and non-fiction as well as short stories and is a literary critic for The Herald.

Lesley McDowell is the author of two novels (The Picnic, 2007 and Unfashioned Creatures, 2013) and a work of non-fiction (Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers, 2010). She has a PhD from the University of Glasgow on the work of James Joyce, and for two years was Teaching/Research Fellow at the School of English, University of St Andrews.

After leaving academia, she carved out a new career for herself as a literary critic, reviewing and writing for such publications as The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Herald, The Scotsman, and The Independent. During that time, she won two Creative Scotland writing awards, and in 2014 was Writer-in-Residence at Gladstone’s Library. Her own work has been reviewed in The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, The New York Times Review of Books, and she has been shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year.

She is currently signed to Ian Drury, literary agent at Sheil Land, London, and has completed her third novel, A Peck of Dust, about a Victorian woman accused of murder.

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Mark Leggatt

Mark is a manuscript assessor, editor and author who’s twice topped Blackwell’s bestseller list.

He began his writing career taking advice and receiving manuscript assessments by professionals on his own debut novel, so he knows what it takes to become published and secure an agent.

He’s the author of five books and an Associate Editor for Fledgling Press. Mark has produced detailed editorial reports, manuscript assessments and submission reviews for clients in the UK, EU and North America. He also provides expert advice on submission packs, and how to grab the reader from the first page of your novel.

As an author, he is represented by literary agent Jon Wood at RCW.

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Margaret Kirk

Margaret Kirk writes ‘Highland Noir’  – Scottish crime fiction with a gothic twist, set in and around her home city of Inverness.

Her debut novel, Shadow Man, won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition in 2016. ‘A harrowing and horrific game of consequences’ according to Val McDermid, it was published by Orion in 2017. What Lies Buried, book 2 in the DI Lukas Mahler series, was described as ‘an absolute cracker’ by Caroline Green and ‘Tartan Noir at its very best’ by the Daily Mail. Book 3, In The Blood, will be released in April 2021.

Margaret is also the writer of several award-winning short stories. Still Life was broadcast on Radio 4 as part of their’ Scottish Shorts’ series, and The Seal Singers (Das Lied der Seehunde) has been published in translation in Germany and Switzerland.

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Brian Keaney

In a career spanning more than thirty years Brian has written nineteen children’s novels for a variety of age ranges.

Published in the UK by OUP, Barrington Stoke, Heinemann, Orchard and Hachette Children’s Books, his books have been translated into twenty foreign languages and sold all over the world. His fantasy trilogy The Promises of Dr Sigmundus was acquired by Random House in the USA for a six figure sum and film rights have recently been optioned by Goodcountry Pictures.

His first book for adults, The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire, a historical novel set in the early nineteenth century, was published by Holland House in 2016. For a number of years Brian worked in theatre. His plays for young people, performed widely in the UK and Europe, were published by Stanley Thornes Ltd.  He has also written over thirty educational books. He taught Creative Writing on the summer programme of Pembroke & Kings Colleges Cambridge. He has been Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London College of Fashion and Goldsmith’s College London.

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Becky Hunter

Becky has over five years’ experience in publishing, at both Penguin Random House (Transworld) and Hachette (Headline). Part of the PR team, she has worked across a variety of genres.

Becky has successfully launched many debut authors, as well as regularly attending pitch and acquisitions meetings and taking part in women’s fiction, crime & literary focus groups. Campaign highlights include debuts The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena and The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton, brand authors such as Jo Thomas, Cathy Bramley and Harriet Evans, and launching Rachel Abbott’s first traditionally published book, And So It Begins. She previously read for the Bent Literary Agency, grading and passing the more promising submissions through to agents. She currently works freelance in publishing, in both an editorial and PR capacity.

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Gary Gibson

Gary Gibson is one of the UK’s leading authors of hard science fiction, space opera and post-apocalyptic fiction.

Since the mid-2000s Gary Gibson has had ten science fiction novels published by Pan MacMillan, along with shorter works and novellas appearing through small press publishers including Newcon Press. As an editor for Jericho Writers, he’s also worked with over a hundred unpublished authors since 2009 while also working as a structural editor on a number of traditionally published science fiction novels.

Prior to this, he took part in or ran writers workshops in his home town of Glasgow since 1990, when he made his first professional short fiction sale.

These days he lives in the Far East, working on new novels and stories and as a freelance editor.

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Hal Duncan

Hal Duncan is a queer Scottish writer and editor, known mainly for his literary fantasy and science fiction novels, but writing also short stories, poetry and criticism.

A blend of pulp and postmodernism, his first novel, Vellum, was described by Lucius Shepard as ‘the Guernica of genre fiction’, and shared awards shortlists with everyone from Neil Gaiman (BFS Award) to Brett Easton Ellis and Haruki Murakami (World Fantasy Award). It won the Spectrum Award (for LGBT science-fiction/fantasy), the Kurd-Lasswitz-Preis and Tuehtivaeltaja (for the German and Finnish translations respectively) and was nominated for the Crawford, the Locus and (for the French translation) the Prix Europeen Utopiales.

Hal was also a judge on the 2012 British Fantasy Awards and co-edited the Caledonia Dreamin’ anthology in 2013. As professional freelance editor, he worked on Sean Eads’ Lord Byron’s Prophecy, finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award 2016, while as mentor he worked on an early draft of Cameron Johnston’s The Traitor God, subsequently picked up by Angry Robot and shortlisted for the Dragon Awards 2018.

 

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Susan Davis

Susan Davis is an award-winning short story writer and novelist with over twenty years’ experience as a fiction editor, mentor and tutor.

Her published fiction includes the Y/A trilogy: The Henry Game, Delilah and the Dark Stuff, Mad, Bad and Totally Dangerous – Pengun Books (Corgi).

Writing under the pseudonym Sarah Vincent, she also published a psychological thriller in 2014: The Testament of Vida Tremayne – Three Hares Publishing.

The Gingerbread Wife is an anthology of her slipstream short fiction, a mixture of magic-realism and the traditional ghost story.

Susan’s short fiction has been short-listed for the Asham Award, and won many other prizes. Stories have appeared in magazines such as Mslexia, Raconteur, Momaya Review, Staple, Metropolitan, Chapman, Panurge and appeared in anthologies such as Best New Horror. They have also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Aside from her editing work at Jericho Writers, Susan has tutored Arvon Courses, taken part in several mentoring programmes, and acted as a Literary Adviser to West Midlands Arts.

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Diana Collis

Diana has 25 years of experience in the non-fiction arena, with a writing career that began in journalism and media in Docklands London and continued in magazines, books, brochures, newsletters, radio programmes, e-zines and websites.

Diana has years of editing and mentoring experience in Memoir and more general non-fiction work for Jericho Writers. Whilst Mind, Body and Spirit is her specialism, manuscript focuses have included areas as diverse as interior design, food/cookery, hypnotherapy, parenting/family issues, meditation, mountain trekking, feng shui, positive attitude, religious and transcendental experiences, travel and immigration, addiction recovery and physical and mental health challenges.

A strong technical ability in writing and an honours degree in English, Drama and Film, combine with practical experience in the holistic field to make Diana uniquely able to appreciate the challenges of conveying material in both niche and traditional areas. She enjoys author support as much as developing her own projects, which, in recent years, have included consultancy and writing for the bestselling, Tattoo Tarot: Ink & Intuition deck/booklet set (attracting over 1, 350 positive reviews on Amazon), plus a follow-up Tattoo Tarot Journal book, a further, similar project of Movie Tarot, and research for the text of the Tarot Colouring Book, all with the same publisher.

Most of her Jericho Writers authors have gone on to either win contracts with agents and publishers or successfully self-publish their work—frequently with excellent reviews on Amazon.

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Richard Blandford

Described by acclaimed short story writer and novelist Dan Rhodes as ‘one of my favourites’, Richard is the author of Hound Dog (Jonathan Cape), the story of a depraved Elvis impersonator on the run.

Mixing dark humour with scenarios both banal and fantastic, Richard Blandford has walked the line between the comic and the horrifying since 2004. He is the author of the Elvis impersonator novel Hound Dog (‘Squalid, raucous and wildly entertaining’ – Dan Rhodes), the coming-of-age tale Flying Saucer Rock & Roll (‘He has captured everything’ – John Higgs), and Whatever You Are Is Beautiful, a new eBook about an illness that turns people into superheroes. He is also the author of the short story collections The Shuffle and Erotic Nightmares.

His art survey London in the Company of Painters was published by Laurence King in 2017 and was listed by Martin Gayford as one of the art books of the year in The Spectator, and a London book of the year in the Evening Standard. A comic strip horror story, ‘The Fixer’, appeared in David Lloyd’s online comics anthology Aces Weekly in 2019. He has written articles for the Guardian website and the art periodicals Frieze and Elephant, and has been a literary consultant since 2007.

 

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Debi Alper

Debi’s first two novels, Nirvana Bites and Trading Tatiana, urban thrillers set among the sub-cultures of South East London, were published by Orion to critical acclaim.

Debi has now set up her own imprint and has re-published both novels as e-books, along with the other three in the Nirvana series.

Since 2006, Debi has spent most of her time helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, Book Doctor sessions and creative writing workshops. She edits in all genres and many authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published.

She also runs the phenomenally successful Jericho Writers’ Self-Edit Your Novel course, together with Emma Darwin. An astonishing one in five authors have gone on to be published following the course. Debi also acts as a competition judge and is a reader for the Costa Short Story Awards.

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