We spoke to Jemima Hunt, an editor & literary agent at The Writers’ Practice. She represents authors of fiction and non-fiction, including two Sunday Times bestsellers, and has three books in development for film and television. She is a visiting tutor in creative writing at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. Spring 2017 sees the launch of a new six-week novel writing course at Oxford’s Story Museum, which she has co-founded with writer & broadcaster, Charlie Lee-Potter. More details available here http://oxfordwritingtable.com
We asked whitefox freelancer Emma Graves to share some pieces of advice for aspiring cover designers. She has a decade’s worth of experience working in-house in traditional publishing and has hundreds of commercial covers under her belt.
We went to whitefox freelancer Monica Byles for some expert advice on maintaining a successful career as a freelance copyeditor. Read on to find out if any of Monica’s tips are new to you, or whether you’re already a copyediting superstar. Remember, you’re up against decades of editorial experience!
Last month, we profiled a series of publishing freelancers and literary scenes thriving outside the pre-established centres of London and New York. London’s publishing industry, as evidenced by Stephen Page’s call to action at Derby University last month, is becoming increasingly aware of the need for an industry less concentrated in certain locations and on a certain demographic of people.
We interviewed Helen Coyle, a ghostwriter and editor living in Buenos Aires. She has seven years’ experience of freelancing for publishers including Hodder & Stoughton, Penguin, Sceptre, Canongate and Hutchinson. She is the co-author of two New York Times number two bestsellers and has edited numerous UK bestsellers in practically every genre from literary fiction to self-help. She specialises in structural editing, and loves mentoring authors.
We spoke to freelance copy editor and proofreader Les Glazier about his unusual career change and the how he came to enjoy life as a freelance editor. Les jumped off a cliff by swapping the construction industry for the world of editing to deploy his linguistic skills. His tea breaks are spent studying the racing statistics while munching Tunnock’s tea cakes.
For our April focus on interesting and unusual routes into publishing, we spoke to copy editor and proofreader Graham Duncan, former RAF telegraphist and sergeant.
Martin Toseland has worked at a senior editorial level at Penguin Press and HarperCollins until October 2006, when he decided to concentrate on his own writing. Since then he’s written or ghosted over twenty books – fiction and non-fiction – on a comically broad range of subjects including misheard song lyrics, a CFO’s view of good business practice, the Grand Harbour in Malta, a novel set in the Amazon rainforest, and, recently, a book written entirely in emoji. He’s currently working on a television biography, a book about drinking, a travel book and a thriller. He also provides editorial consultancy for fiction and non-fiction titles and represents a select list of authors.