Thursday, 3 November 2016

Happy Publication Day

It's a big day for my clients and publications today...

First up is Adam Hamdy's debut PENDULUM

Adam at the PENDULUM launch at Goldsboro Books
An everyman is targeted for death by a serial killer in this high-concept, searing novel that looks at the way that we now live. A twisting, dangerous journey through a digital underworld, it heralds Adam Hamdy as an outstanding new talent. For fans of I AM PILGRIM and John Grisham.
'One of the best thrillers of the year' 
James Patterson

(buy your limited edition signed hardback from Goldsboro Books or regular hardbacks from all good bookshops)
And then there's WINTER MAGIC, a gorgeous collection edited by Abi Elphinstone and perfect for curling up with on a cold, dark evening...

A beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children’s writers such as Michelle Magorian, Berlie Doherty, Lauren St John and Katherine Woodfine, and edited by author Abi Elphinstone.

Dreamsnatcher’s Abi Elphinstone heads up this gorgeous collection of wintery stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers . . . 
from classic children’s writers such as Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin, Berlie Doherty, Katherine Woodfine, Piers Torday, Lauren St John, Amy Alward, Michelle Harrison and Emma Carroll.
An unmissable, enchanting treat of a collection that will be enjoyed for years to come, by readers of all ages.

Monday, 17 October 2016

What Makes a Good Editor?

Free range editing.
I came across this Toni Morrison quote on Twitter:

'Good editors are really the third eye. Cool. Dispassionate. They don't love you or your work; for me that is what is valuable - not compliments. 

Sometimes it's uncanny; the editor puts his or her finger on exactly the place the writer knows is weak but just couldn't do any better. Or perhaps the writer thought it might fly, but wasn't sure. Good editors identify that place, and sometimes make suggestions. Some suggestions are not useful because you can't explain everything to an editor about what you are trying to do. I couldn't possibly explain all of those things to an editor, because what I do has to work on so many levels. But within the relationship, if there is some trust, some willingness to listen, remarkable things can happen. I read books all the time that I know would have profited from, not a copy editor, but somebody just talking through it.'

It really struck a chord with me - I love nothing more than when my editorial notes ring true for an author. It means they are really keen to work and improve, and it means I've understood, as far as anyone can, what they're trying to achieve. 

Searching for the source for this quote lead me to this Paris Review article where several authors, and the editor Robert Gottlieb, are quoted about various aspects of the editing process - it's well worth a read.

Visit my testimonial page for feedback from authors who have used my editorial services and use this form to contact me about your own work. 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Adam Hamdy's PENDULUM for TV and US publication

Exciting news for one of my clients, Adam Hamdy. His thriller PENDULUM, which will be published this November by Headline in the UK, has been acquired by Quercus US for publication in 2017 and by Hardy, Son & Baker for TV adaptation.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Exciting PENDULUM review

Adam Hamdy's novel PENDULUM is published by Headline in November and we've just received this wonderful quote from James Patterson. Exciting times!