About

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I work with writers and books in a variety of ways, bringing together my experience in publishing with my experience in teaching. I edit, I lead workshops, and as a book doctor I offer developmental editing, coaching and creative mentoring to individual writers, and read manuscripts at any stage of their evolution. My aim: helping writers to write – and sometimes to find – the books they want to write.

More on the services I offer here, and here are a couple of interviews I’ve done about my work with Words Away and Ten Penny Dreams. And a fuller bio below.

I’ve worked in publishing for over two decades. I was managing editor and then senior editor at Little, Brown UK, acquiring and publishing many critically acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Subsequently, as a freelance editor, I’ve worked for many of London’s most notable imprints, including Abacus, Element, Granta, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Macmillan, Orion, Portobello, Pushkin Press, Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Virago.

I was a student and later faculty at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where I taught creative writing and seminars in publishing for MFA and BA programmes on campus and online. I learned more than I can ever measure from the many friends I made at Naropa, and gained so much from the wisdom, humour, and creativity I encountered at this pioneering school.

I lead workshops in association with Words Away, and as book doctor have taken part in the Festival of Writing and Getting Published Day for the Writers’ Workshop, for whom I also mentor and read manuscripts. I’ve tutored for Faber Academy and Falmouth University’s MA in Professional Writing, taught at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College, and spoken on writing and publishing at Canterbury Christ Church University, City University, and Lancaster University.

I have an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, an MA in English Literature from University College London, and a BA in American Studies from Hull University. As an undergraduate I also studied at the University of New Mexico.

I also write.