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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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Alan Durant

Alan has written 100 books for children of all ages – from picture books to young adult thrillers. He writes in many different genres – comedy, mystery, sport, horror, school story to name but a few.

His titles include the award-winning picture books Burger Boy. Football Fever, Dear Tooth Fairy and Dear Father Christmas, the middle-grade fiction stories Gameboy and Clownfish, and the young adult thriller Blood.

He worked for many years in children’s publishing as an editor and copywriter before becoming a full-time author in 2004. He is a frequent visitor to schools, libraries and festivals around the UK and abroad giving talks and running writing workshop and runs picture book masterclasses for The Guardian and Penguin Random House. His first book received many rejections before eventually being accepted for publication so he knows just how tough this business can be and at least some of what it takes to succeed.

 

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Victoria Lee

Victoria’s career spans both writing and publishing.

Her career began as a secretary in the children’s books department at Hodder and Stoughton. She moved to Methuen, which merged with Heinemann as part of Reed Elsevier. She became an editor, eventually specialising in picture books. She went freelance in 2000 and has since been involved in all sorts of writing projects.

Victoria’s wide experience of writing and editing includes children’s picture books through to teen fiction, education and teachers’ books, academic writing, and general fiction and non-fiction. She has worked for publishing houses, universities and individuals. She advises and mentors authors, sometimes over many years. She has been with Jericho Writers since it formed as the Writers’ Workshop. Children’s books, especially picture books, remain her passion.

Even though her editing background is in traditional publishing, Victoria is very interested in the self-publishing route as it provides opportunities to ‘do things differently’. She is also keen on writing for the pure joy of it.

 

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Becky Stradwick

Becky has worked in the industry for 23 years, as a publisher, literary agent and bookseller.

As Editorial Director at Penguin Random House, she published authors such as Susan Cooper, James Dashner, Jason Segel, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Damian Dibben, Ellie Irving, Fox Benwell, Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie, Lauren Kate, John Stephens, Heather Demetrios, Rosemary Clement Moore and Michael Scott.

Before this she worked as a bookseller, managing Books etc branches, before becoming Head of Children’s books for Borders UK, where she won Children’s Bookseller of the Year two years running. She has written for THE ARTISTS AND WRITERS YEARBOOK, THE BOOKSELLER and PUBLISHING NEWS.

Some of her favourite authors include Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman, Jonathan Stroud, Akwaeke Emezi and Elizabeth Wein.

Her all-time favourite books are THE BORRIBLE TRILOGY by Michael Larrabeiti, WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams and HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman.

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Amy Sklansky

Amy E. Sklansky has been an author and editor of children’s books for over 25 years. She has published 11 original books, including picture books (nonfiction and fiction), poetry collections, and board books.

In addition, Amy has written more than 50 books under her pen name, Amy Edgar, or as a ghost writer.

While simultaneously beginning her writing career, Amy spent five years as an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books in New York, followed by five years as an editor for the book illustration agency, Studio Goodwin Sturges, in Boston. Since 2013, Amy has served as a Mentor in the Children’s Literature Fellows program at Stony Brook University with a focus on developing picture book writers.

Amy has visited close to 100 elementary schools and libraries in person or virtually. Sometimes she dresses in a chef costume and uses a giant cooking pot to show children how to “Cook a Book.”

In her free time, Amy enjoys knitting. She wrote a pattern for a whimsical, No.2 Pencil Scarf.

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Rebecca Horsfall

Rebecca been a fiction editor and creative-writing tutor for well over a decade, working with upwards of 150 authors in a broad range of genres.

She is the author of the bestselling epic character-driven novel, Dancing on Thorns, which was published by Random House in the UK and USA to wide critical acclaim in 2005. Before that, she was a script supervisor and editor in the West End theatre for many years.

In addition to her own writing and editing, Rebecca has given lectures and masterclasses in fiction writing for a number of colleges and organisations and is a regular teacher at Jericho Writers’ Festival of Writing, running courses and workshops in topics that include character creation, plotting, problem solving, and literary style.

Many of Rebecca’s editing clients over the years have gone on to sign with agents and achieve publication. She is happy to work long term with authors on multiple manuscripts.

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Pippa Goodhart

Pippa began her children’s book career as a bookseller and advisor to publishers before beginning to write books herself. She’s had over a hundred titles published, some of them award-winning.

From Saturday girl to manager of Heffers Children’s Bookshop, Pippa went on to work with top children’s book editors before beginning her own writing career. For the last quarter century, Pippa has combined writing her own books with teaching and critiquing to develop writing for children skills in others.

To date, Pippa has had a hundred and twenty picture books, early readers, and MG novels published. Best known is picture book You Choose, illustrated by Nick Sharratt, with sales well over a million copies, and awards from York Libraries and Mumsnet. The well-known Winnie the Witch storybooks are all written by Pippa under the name of ‘Laura Owen’.  Pippa has had novels shortlisted for the Kathleen Fidler Award, the Smarties Prize, and The Young Telegraph Book of the Year. New novel, The Great Sea Dragon Discovery, has won the Young Quills Award for best children’s historical novel, 2019.

Pippa worked for OUP on novels by Jacqueline Wilson, Tim Bowler, Helena Pielichaty and Geraldine McCaughrean.  Through Jericho Writers she has worked with writers such as Pip Jones and Catherine Emmett.

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Alan Durant

Alan has written 100 books for children of all ages – from picture books to young adult thrillers. He writes in many different genres – comedy, mystery, sport, horror, school story to name but a few.

His titles include the award-winning picture books Burger Boy. Football Fever, Dear Tooth Fairy and Dear Father Christmas, the middle-grade fiction stories Gameboy and Clownfish, and the young adult thriller Blood.

He worked for many years in children’s publishing as an editor and copywriter before becoming a full-time author in 2004. He is a frequent visitor to schools, libraries and festivals around the UK and abroad giving talks and running writing workshop and runs picture book masterclasses for The Guardian and Penguin Random House. His first book received many rejections before eventually being accepted for publication so he knows just how tough this business can be and at least some of what it takes to succeed.

 

Read more

Victoria Lee

Victoria’s career spans both writing and publishing.

Her career began as a secretary in the children’s books department at Hodder and Stoughton. She moved to Methuen, which merged with Heinemann as part of Reed Elsevier. She became an editor, eventually specialising in picture books. She went freelance in 2000 and has since been involved in all sorts of writing projects.

Victoria’s wide experience of writing and editing includes children’s picture books through to teen fiction, education and teachers’ books, academic writing, and general fiction and non-fiction. She has worked for publishing houses, universities and individuals. She advises and mentors authors, sometimes over many years. She has been with Jericho Writers since it formed as the Writers’ Workshop. Children’s books, especially picture books, remain her passion.

Even though her editing background is in traditional publishing, Victoria is very interested in the self-publishing route as it provides opportunities to ‘do things differently’. She is also keen on writing for the pure joy of it.

 

Read more

Becky Stradwick

Becky has worked in the industry for 23 years, as a publisher, literary agent and bookseller.

As Editorial Director at Penguin Random House, she published authors such as Susan Cooper, James Dashner, Jason Segel, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Damian Dibben, Ellie Irving, Fox Benwell, Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie, Lauren Kate, John Stephens, Heather Demetrios, Rosemary Clement Moore and Michael Scott.

Before this she worked as a bookseller, managing Books etc branches, before becoming Head of Children’s books for Borders UK, where she won Children’s Bookseller of the Year two years running. She has written for THE ARTISTS AND WRITERS YEARBOOK, THE BOOKSELLER and PUBLISHING NEWS.

Some of her favourite authors include Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman, Jonathan Stroud, Akwaeke Emezi and Elizabeth Wein.

Her all-time favourite books are THE BORRIBLE TRILOGY by Michael Larrabeiti, WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams and HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman.

Read more

Amy Sklansky

Amy E. Sklansky has been an author and editor of children’s books for over 25 years. She has published 11 original books, including picture books (nonfiction and fiction), poetry collections, and board books.

In addition, Amy has written more than 50 books under her pen name, Amy Edgar, or as a ghost writer.

While simultaneously beginning her writing career, Amy spent five years as an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books in New York, followed by five years as an editor for the book illustration agency, Studio Goodwin Sturges, in Boston. Since 2013, Amy has served as a Mentor in the Children’s Literature Fellows program at Stony Brook University with a focus on developing picture book writers.

Amy has visited close to 100 elementary schools and libraries in person or virtually. Sometimes she dresses in a chef costume and uses a giant cooking pot to show children how to “Cook a Book.”

In her free time, Amy enjoys knitting. She wrote a pattern for a whimsical, No.2 Pencil Scarf.

Read more

Rebecca Horsfall

Rebecca been a fiction editor and creative-writing tutor for well over a decade, working with upwards of 150 authors in a broad range of genres.

She is the author of the bestselling epic character-driven novel, Dancing on Thorns, which was published by Random House in the UK and USA to wide critical acclaim in 2005. Before that, she was a script supervisor and editor in the West End theatre for many years.

In addition to her own writing and editing, Rebecca has given lectures and masterclasses in fiction writing for a number of colleges and organisations and is a regular teacher at Jericho Writers’ Festival of Writing, running courses and workshops in topics that include character creation, plotting, problem solving, and literary style.

Many of Rebecca’s editing clients over the years have gone on to sign with agents and achieve publication. She is happy to work long term with authors on multiple manuscripts.

Read more

Pippa Goodhart

Pippa began her children’s book career as a bookseller and advisor to publishers before beginning to write books herself. She’s had over a hundred titles published, some of them award-winning.

From Saturday girl to manager of Heffers Children’s Bookshop, Pippa went on to work with top children’s book editors before beginning her own writing career. For the last quarter century, Pippa has combined writing her own books with teaching and critiquing to develop writing for children skills in others.

To date, Pippa has had a hundred and twenty picture books, early readers, and MG novels published. Best known is picture book You Choose, illustrated by Nick Sharratt, with sales well over a million copies, and awards from York Libraries and Mumsnet. The well-known Winnie the Witch storybooks are all written by Pippa under the name of ‘Laura Owen’.  Pippa has had novels shortlisted for the Kathleen Fidler Award, the Smarties Prize, and The Young Telegraph Book of the Year. New novel, The Great Sea Dragon Discovery, has won the Young Quills Award for best children’s historical novel, 2019.

Pippa worked for OUP on novels by Jacqueline Wilson, Tim Bowler, Helena Pielichaty and Geraldine McCaughrean.  Through Jericho Writers she has worked with writers such as Pip Jones and Catherine Emmett.

Read more