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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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Clare Harvey

Clare Harvey is the acclaimed author of four historical fiction novels published by Simon & Schuster (UK). Clare has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Nottingham, and experience in creative writing tuition for all ages and abilities, from early years to retirees. Mentoring and workshop clients include Writing East Midlands, Inspire Libraries, Derby Quad, the University of Nottingham, and many others. Clare has also given talks and/or facilitated panel events for Derby Book Festival, Wirksworth Book Festival, Lowdham Book Festival, States of Independence Book Festival, Inspire Libraries, Waterstones Events, and Jarrold’s Books. She is a member of the Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Clare has a background in journalism (print and radio), charity PR, copywriting, and English tuition. Clare was born in Devon, but an expat childhood, a military marriage, and a love of travel, means she has lived and worked all over the world. She now lives in Nottingham with her family.

You can find out more about Clare on her website: https://clareharvey.net

 

 

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Neema Shah

Neema Shah is an award-winning author and marketer.

Her debut novel Kololo Hill was published in 2021 by Picador and has featured in The Independent, The Irish Times, Marie Claire and Daily Mail among others.

Neema’s work won the Literary Consultancy Pen Factor Live and was shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award, First Novel Prize and York Festival of Writing Best Opening Chapter competitions. Kololo Hill was also longlisted for the Retreat West Novel Prize, Exeter Novel Prize, SI Leeds Literary Prize and York Festival of Writing Pitch Perfect awards.

Her flash fiction won the Curtis Brown #WriteCBC competition and came second prize in the Casket of Fictional Delights, judged by Kit de Waal. Neema developed her writing through the University of East Anglia Writing Fiction course and Jericho Writers Self Edit Your Novel course among others.

She mentors writers including those from under-represented backgrounds and is passionate about building a more diverse publishing industry.

Neema has a Law LLB degree and is a Chartered Institute of Marketing qualified marketer.

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Eleni Kyriacou

Her debut novel, She Came To Stay, was selected by Hachette for their Future Bookshelf initiative. It’s an Amazon number 1 bestseller and was longlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize.

Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, Marie Claire, Grazia, You, Stellaand Red, among others. She has spent her career predominately in women’s publishing.

Born in London to Greek Cypriot parents, Eleni is particularly interested in stories about people who feel they don’t belong. She’s obsessed with the 1950s, but equally loves contemporary fiction.

She’s now freelance and also mentors UK-based writers from marginalised backgrounds who are working on their first novels. You can find her on Twitter, Insta and FB: @elenikwriter and her website is www.elenikwriter.com

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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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Dexter Petley

Dexter is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003) and One True Void (Two Ravens Press 2008).

Dexter is an experienced editor, literary novelist, memoirist and translator.   Self-educated, he spent many years wandering Africa, Europe and America until settling in France in 1994.  He worked as a teacher in a Ugandan missionary school and as a roving reporter for the BBC World Service before publishing his first novel in 1995.  Since then, Dexter has become the acclaimed author of a number of novels, a translation, literary non-fiction and a memoir of childhood.  He is one of the founding writers on the cult website Caught By The River, contributing chapters to both their nature anthologies. He publishes regularly and is now considered to be one of our most original British nature writers. Dexter lives in a yurt in Normandy.

As a long serving editor with Jericho Writers, (since 2005) many of Dexter’s clients have achieved considerable success in finding agents and publishers.  Among them is Costa shortlisted novelist, Elisa Lodato.

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Sharon Zink

Dr Sharon Zink is a former English Literature academic, having studied at London and Cambridge, who has over eleven years’ experience of editing and creative writing teaching.

Her first novel, Welcome to Sharonville (Unthank Books, 2014), was longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award and is currently being developed as a TV series. She has won numerous awards, such as being named as Young Poet of the Year and Writers Inc. Writer of the Year, as well as being shortlisted three times for The New Writer Short Story Award and for The Raymond Carver Prize.

She is very proud that many of her clients have gone on to get agents and deals, including bestselling authors, Amanda Prowse and Kathryn Hughes, as well as the twice Macmillan-published, Mark Gartside, and Kate Glanville, whose books are with Accent and Penguin US.

She has recently helped Helen Fisher’s novel become the lead title for Simon and Schuster in 2020.

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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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Holly Seddon

Holly is an international bestselling author with three published novels to date.

Holly Seddon is the international bestselling author of Try Not to Breathe, which has been translated into nearly 20 languages and has sold around 300,000 copies in all formats across the world. Her follow up thriller Don’t Close Your Eyes was released in 2017 and became a number one audiobook. Love Will Tear Us Apart, Holly’s first women’s fiction novel, was published in 2018 and shortlisted for the Hearst Big Books Award, 2019.

Her fourth novel, thriller After Dark, will be published in early 2021 by Trapeze (Orion). Holly has particular interest in crime, thriller and literary women’s fiction. Alongside fellow author Gillian McAllister, Holly co-hosts the popular Honest Authors Podcast and has recently started her first solo podcast, The Second Act with Holly Seddon. She was previously a journalist and editor, specialising in feature writing with particular interest in parenting, fitness and lifestyle. Holly lives in Amsterdam with her husband, four children and two dogs.

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Constance Renfrow

Constance Renfrow is the former lead editor of the fiercely independent Three Rooms Press in New York.

Here, she edited such titles as Meagan Brothers’s groundbreaking LGBT YA novel Weird Girl and What’s His Name, hailed by Foreword Reviews as “[having] all the makings to become a classic of this generation”; Johanna Drucker’s tremendous debut eco-fiction Downdrift; and Eamon Loingsigh’s eloquent examination of the nineteenth-century Brooklyn Irish, Exile on Bridge Street (Langum Prize Shortlist). She is also a former columnist at DIY MFA, where she offered insight into the book publishing industry.

Her first book, Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories was a 2016 IndieFAB Finalist, and her short fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and the Best of the Net, and most recently won the Porter House Review Prize in 2019. She received her MFA in fiction from Pacific University.

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Anastasia Parkes

Anastasia has an MA in English Literature from Oxford and has lived in London, Venice and Cairo. She has worked as a temp, a nursery teacher and most recently a defence lawyers’ secretary.

Anastasia Parkes is an Oxford educated 50-something wife and mother of three living in Hampshire . She has two creative personae: as Anastasia she writes ‘human interest’ articles for The Times, The Daily Mail, The Lady and The Tablet where her schtick is to tackle, with humour and honesty, intensely personal topics such as single motherhood, older parenthood, living with multiple sclerosis, and life as a young English teacher in 1980s Cairo.  Many of these are explored in her short story collection Stabbing the Rain and two novels (written under the pseudonym Maria Lucas) Daddy’s Girl and Loved Ones which are all available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.

Primula Bond is her alter ego and the successful author of the classy and explosive erotic romance trilogy The Silver Chain, The Golden Locket and The Diamond Ring, published by Harper Collins. Primula has delivered workshops at the York Festival of Writing and Eroticon in Bristol on how to write sex scenes and Anastasia has taught general short story techniques.

 

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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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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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Jenny Knight

Jenny Knight is a prize-winning writer of short story and memoir and a contributor to the celebrated Common People anthology, edited by Kit de Waal (May 2019).

An experienced editor, copy-writer, copy-editor and proofreader, she’s enjoyed 25 years’ successful freelancing for publishers including Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Routledge, and her writing on writing and the publishing world has appeared in Book Machine, National Writers’ Centre and Restless.

Jenny was selected for PenguinRH WriteNow 2018, a 2019 Arts Council/TLC Award, is a NCW Case Study and has won or been shortlisted in competitions including Bridport, Fish, Arvon, ACE/Escalator, Yeovil, Riptide and SWWJ. She has a degree in English Literature and Drama, studied Creative Writing at UEA and is never happier than when writing, critiquing other writers or reading a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction.

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Pauline Kiernan

Dr Pauline Frederica Kiernan is an award-winning playwright, commissioned screenwriter and prize-winning short story writer.

She has been a literary consultant for 12 years and has taught Creative Writing on Oxford University’s Creative Writing Undergraduate and MA programmes.

Pauline is a former lecturer at the University of Oxford and a Shakespeare scholar, and was appointed Leverhulme Fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe to work with Mark Rylance and the directors and actors in its first six years as dramaturg and research resource.

She is the author of the snappily-entitled Screenwriting They Can’t Resist: How to Create Screenplays of Originality and Cinematic Power. Break The Rules and is a theatre and film consultant. Her monographs, Shakespeare’s Theory of Drama, and Staging Shakespeare at the New Globe were published to worldwide acclaim, and her best-selling Filthy Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Most Outrageous Sexual Puns was an Observer Book of the Year. She is currently writing the first of a series of crime novels set in Italy, and a book about Keats.

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Sam Jordison

Sam Jordison is a co-director at Galley Beggar Press, the award winning indy press.

He has extensive editorial experience and knowledge of the book world – and has also been on the other side of the fence, having written several best selling works of non-fiction, including the notorious Crap Towns series, the best-selling I Spy for adults series, a book about Literary London (co-authored with Eloise Millar), political books like Enemies Of The People and The 10 Worst Of Everything.

As a journalist, he mainly writes for The Guardian, and mainly about books. He runs the Not The Booker Prize, and the Guardian’s online book club, The Reading Group. He has also taught about publishing on several Creative Writing university courses, as well as teaching a course on publishing at Greenwich University and journalism at UEA.

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Julie Hoyle

During a very successful teaching career spanning thirty-four years, Julie enhanced her editing skills while assisting students in reaching their goals before entering the publishing world.

Her copy-editing and proofreading experience in publishing is wide and varied. She edits fiction in a broad range of genres from crime to romance, from fantasy to comedy, short stories, poetry collections and children’s books She has worked on non-fiction texts and case studies in the areas of psychology, self-help and autobiographies. She has also worked on educational publications such as a new reading scheme, KS1, 2 and 3 maths workbooks, student planners and teaching posters.

Julie has written numerous book blurbs which have been complimented by the authors. She is a very conscientious worker, has a great eye for detail and always hits her deadlines.

Julie is married with a grown-up son. She is a keen Masters’ swimmer, competing in events all around the country and abroad.

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Charlotte Hayes-Clements

Charlotte is an editorial professional with over five years’ experience in the publishing industry, three of which were spent in the Fiction Editorial team at HarperCollins.

Having specialised in creative writing as part of Charlotte’s English Literature degree, she went on to edit for the fiction and non-fiction creative writing journal Route 57, where she developed her love of collaborating with writers.

At HarperCollins, she worked with the J. R. R. Tolkien and Agatha Christie estates, on women’s fiction and romance titles such as Debbie Johnson’s Summer at the Comfort Food Café, and on unique non-fiction publications, including the Fantastic Beasts movie tie-ins.

As a freelance editor, she has worked one-on-one with every type of writer, from first-time to published authors, and her ability to coach clients through the writing and editing process with clear, constructive feedback has led to several successful publications and a five-star Reedsy review rating.

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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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Helen Francis

Helen has worked in publishing for nearly twenty years. She was a fiction editor at Faber and Faber for 8 years, and a commissioning fiction editor at Head of Zeus for two years.

She also ran the classics list at Vintage, Penguin Random House, and was a commissioning editor for Arcadia Books. She has worked as an international book scout for both Louise Allen-Jones Associates and Virginia Marx, keeping abreast of contemporary fiction and non-fiction and making recommendations to foreign clients. She’s worked at literary agencies Abner Stein Associates and MMB Creative. She also taught creative writing and editing at Bath Spa University, the Faber Academy and on a residential Arvon course. Authors she’s edited and published include Victor Lodato (twice shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short story Award), Sophie Hardach (shortlisted for the 2019 Costa Novel Award), Laurie Canciani and Michelle Paver (Sunday Times bestselling author of WAKENHRST). At Faber, she worked with authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro, Edna O’Brien, Andy O’Hagan and Sarah Hall.

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Rosie Fiore

Rosie has worked as a novelist and as writer, mentor and editor in theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market for more than 30 years.

Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a teacher of creative writing, effective business writing and English. She has also studied playwriting with the National Theatre. Her most recent dramatic project was a stage adaptation of Dracula.

Rosie’s has had eight novels published. She is published by Struik, Quercus and Allen & Unwin under her own name. This Year’s Black and Babies in Waiting were both longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award. Rosie is also published by Orion as Cass Hunter. The After Wife was translated into nine languages and optioned for a film in China.

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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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Wes Brown

Wes Brown is a writer, editor and researcher with a background in the publishing industry and many years’ experience of teaching creative writing.

Wes was the founding editor of Dead Ink Books, young writer’s co-ordinator at the National Association of Writers in Education and has worked freelance for many literature organisations. He’s published novels, short stories, reviews and poems, and is currently writing an auto-fiction about his time as a pro-wrestler.

Wes has taught Creative Writing at the University of Kent, the University of East London and the City Lit and he’s also been awarded a CHASE PhD scholarship to research Narrative Non-Fiction. He is currently undertaking research at the University of East Anglia as part of a collaborative project investigating the future of literature and the written word.

Wes strongly believes in working with authors to achieve their own artistic ideals rather than project his own. Wes loves non-fiction narratives, memoirs, contemporary fiction and YA.

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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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