Welcome to the second annual whitefox Unsung Heroes of Publishing list, celebrating talented specialists working in-house or freelancing in and around our book publishing industry.

Over the course of the last few months, we’ve received nominations from across the industry, giving anyone who wanted the chance to sing the praises of colleagues and partners, from experienced freelance stalwarts to energetic and enthusiastic newbies, an opportunity to do so. Now we’ve sifted through the candidates and have come up with this year’s winners.

As we said last year, no one is claiming we have created a template for perfection. You may already be aware of some of the professionals listed below. In fact, we sincerely hope you are. These things are always open to interpretation and there will always be degrees of ‘unsung’. All we hope is that by drawing attention to the people out there who we are sometimes in danger of taking for granted, we can continue to develop the conversation about what really matters in publishing.

We all know that digital has disrupted everything forever. Software will continue to develop and change the way we work. I’m sure robots will soon be reading all our audio books and doing a damn fine job of it.

But what digital has also done to change publishing is to open up access. And once you’ve opened the door to the talented editors, designers, marketers, translators and others, the emphasis then really is on good old-fashioned quality. I’ve yet to meet a publisher or writer, Nobel Laureate or first-time indie, who wants to work with only moderately good people.

So please join us in congratulating this year’s selection. No medals or garlands are awarded. Just a bit of credit where credit is due.


Congratulations, Unsung Heroes!

Here are this year’s winners, in alphabetical order:

Pete Adlington

Senior Designer, Canongate


Helen Coyle

Freelance Editor

Jo Forshaw

Audio Director, HarperCollins


Louise Harnby

Freelance Proofreader


Laura Marchant

Freelance Editor

Emma Paterson

Literary Agent, Rogers, Coleridge & White


Sam Perkins

Content & Community Manager, BookMachine


Rebecca Ritchie

Junior Literary Agent, Curtis Brown


Jill Sawyer

Freelance Typesetter, Editor & Project Manager


Rebecca Servadio

Literary Scout, London Literary Scouting

Martin Toseland

Freelance Ghostwriter


Mathieu Triay

Creative Technologist, Penguin


Gemma Wain

Freelance Editor


Annabel Wilson

Marketing Assistant, Michael Joseph


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