All our editors are handpicked for their industry and writing expertise, and trained in-house. Matching the right editor to a manuscript is a key part of our job, and we know their quirks, likes, dislikes and preferred genres so we will assign one on your behalf. But here is a glimpse of who they are, for your interest.
Becca Allen is a freelance editor with over seven years’ experience in the publishing industry. She began at independent publisher Constable & Robinson where she worked on a range of adult fiction and YA, then joined Hachette Children’s Group to work on children’s fiction (age 5+ to YA). She currently works with a range of publishers, literary agents and charities, and is passionate about getting brilliant stories into the hands of readers.
Interests: Middle-grade and YA fiction, especially historical, fantasy, mystery, literary, diverse voices and anything quirky or unique. Adult fiction including cosy crime, historical, commercial women’s and literary fiction.
Mollie is a writer and mentor with over ten years’ experience. Her fiction has been published by, among others, Flax, Biscuit and, most recently, Beautiful Dragons. Her articles have appeared in the NAWE Journal and SLAKE Magazine, and on the Lancashire Writing Hub. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2010.
Interests: short stories, contemporary literary fiction, gothic/neo gothic fiction, magical realism, science fiction, fantasy
Daniel has written over 25 books, and in a 20-year career he has been published by Penguin, Hamish Hamilton, Allison and Busby, BBC Books, Chicken House, Scholastic USA and Badger Learning. He is represented by a leading London agent and is published in over 10 countries. He has written three of the BBC’s original Doctor Who novels as well as his own work for adults, children and teenagers. He has taught on the Creative Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University, is a regular judge at the Off The Shelf Festival’s “Novel Slam” and has led writing days and workshops in over 400 primary and secondary schools.
Interests: Adult fiction, YA and children's books, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, time-travel, timeshift, literary fiction, crime and thrillers, books for reluctant readers
Rachel Boden has been in the children’s publishing industry for 17 years. She has edited fiction (for ages 5 up to and including YA) and also picture books in-house for Macmillan Children’s Books, Egmont, Hodder and Bloomsbury, beginning as Desk Editor and rising to Editorial Director. She has experience in structural editing, mentoring and line editing, and prides herself on author care. She has two young children and lives in Surrey.
Interests: Children's, YA
Faye L Booth
Faye Booth is a proofreader, editor and historical novelist published by Macmillan. She is a freelance copyeditor for a number of independent publishers and has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2014.
Interests: history and historical fiction (except military and Western), contemporary adult fiction, psychological thrillers, suburban noir, conservation/the environment, unlikeable and unreliable protagonists, villain psychology
Dinah is a qualified copywriter and teacher, who has published several translations and one novel. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 1998.
Interests: all fiction, especially historical novels, psychological thrillers and crime.
Lezanne Clannachan is a fiction writer and freelance editor. She is represented by Rowan Lawton of Furniss Lawton and her first novel (Jellybird, Orion) was chosen as the Waitrose Book of the Week. Her second novel (The Colour of Lies, Orion) is due out in 2018. Her short stories have won or been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize, The Fish Prize (Flash and Short Story categories) and The New Writer Prose and Poetry Awards. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies, magazines and newspapers. She has run her own writing and critique circle for six years and is passionate about supporting and assisting fellow writers.
Interests: adult commercial and literary fiction, psychological suspense, magic realism and short stories.
Lucy has been editing and writing children’s books for almost 20 years, including working as a Senior Commissioning Editor at HarperCollins. She has been published by Hodder, HarperCollins, Stripes and Scholastic, and writes across the age range, with her most recent work in the teenage romance genre. She runs workshops and events, and is the author of the Teach Yourself title Get Started in Writing an Illustrated Children’s Book (November 2016, John Murray/Hachette). She has been with Cornerstones since 2015.
Interests: Children's and YA fiction, particularly humour, animals, magic, romance
Vanessa Curtis is the author of eight award-winning novels for children and young adults, the first of which (Zelah Green, Egmont) won the Manchester Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the most recent of which (The Earth is Singing, Usborne) made the 2016 Carnegie Medal longlist. She is also the author of two biographies of Virginia Woolf and has contributed articles and reviews to The Guardian, Times, Times Literary Supplement, Spectator and Telegraph. She has recently moved to Devon.
Interests: Children's novels
Kate Dunn is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her novel Rebecca’s Children was published by Headline and John Murray have published three non-fiction works of hers: Always and Always, The Wartime Letters of Hugh and Margaret Williams, Exit Through the Fireplace – The Great Days of Rep and Do Not Adjust Your Set – The Early Days of Live Television. She has taught creative writing at Cardiff, Warwick and Bristol Universities. Kate has been an editor at Cornerstones since 2012.
Interests: contemporary women's fiction, historical, literary and popular non-fiction.
Benjamin Evans worked in fiction editorial at HarperCollins, and at the literary agency United Agents. He is a freelance editor and journalist covering arts and culture. As a literary critic, he has been reviewing fiction and non-fiction for over five years, and his criticism has featured in The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday. He also works as a travel journalist, embarking on culture-themed trips for The Times, as well as contributing to Easyjet Traveller and The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, amongst other UK and US publications. He has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2009.
Interests: literary, psychological or crime thriller, historical fiction, short stories, non-fiction.
Jonathan has been an editor at Bloomsbury Publishing for over five years. He is the author of four non-fiction books (Don’t Shoot the Albatross, How to Snog a Hagfish, Final Voyage and Yacht Were You Thinking) and a children’s novel (The Thieves of Pudding Lane). He has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2015.
Interests: YA, children's (middle grade), literary and general fiction, historical, sci-fi/fantasy.
Jaine Fenn writes novels and short stories, primarily in the science fiction and fantasy genre, as well as teaching creative writing. Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and magazines in the UK and US, and her Hidden Empire series of far future space opera novels is published by Gollancz.
Interests: science fiction, fantasy, YA, historical and fortean non-fiction.
Clare Sita Fisher was born in Tooting, south London in 1987. Her first novel will be published by Viking, Penguin in 2017, followed shortly by her first collection of short fiction, How the Light Gets In, with Influx Press. She has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a BA in History from the University of Oxford. She has taught creative writing in a wide range of settings, and is particularly interested in working with writers of contemporary fiction, both long and short.
Interests: Contemporary fiction
Kylie Fitzpatrick is the author of four historical novels, published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson and Head of Zeus. She has been a manuscript and script editor for over ten years in the UK, the US, and Australia, and has worked with authors such as Jake Woodhouse on his Inspector Rydell series, Suellen Dainty, Jenny McVeigh, Jack Woolf and Claire Kendall. She has worked for the BBC and has a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she is a lecturer. Kylie has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2009.
Interests: commercial, historical, crime
Gary GibsonGary Gibson has been writing science fiction professionally for over a decade, including the bestselling Stealing Light that gave birth to several sequels. He’s been editing for nearly as long, and has run workshops and taught classes focused on science fiction as well as acting as a publisher under the title Brain in a Jar Books.
Interests: science fiction, thrillers, crime, fantasy, horror
Tara Gladden started her publishing career at Hodder & Stoughton, before turning freelance. Since then she’s worked as an editor, literary consultant, ghostwriter, copywriter, travel writer, reader and columnist for Daunt Books, Radley Yeldar, Two Roads, Faber & Faber, Coney, Sceptre, the Commonwealth Foundation, Momondo, Condé Nast Traveller and the Daily Telegraph. Tara has been an editor with Cornerstones since 2009.
Interests: chick-lit, psychological thrillers, crime, literary fiction, travel writing, historical fiction, YA.
Sandra Glover is an award-winning children’s and YA author of over two dozen books published worldwide; her latest book, Hairy Horror, is published by Andersen. As a qualified and experienced teacher and a commercially published author, Sandra has been combining her two professional skills for many years. She also gives talks and workshops and teaches creative writing to adults. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2004, working with authors from beginner through to submission level. Offering constructive and supportive advice, she has helped many clients on their way to both commercial publication and successful self-publishing.
Interests: Children's, YA - I very much enjoy mentoring new writers
Alex Goodwin has worked for six years at the Rogers, Coleridge and White literary agency with clients such as David Starkey, John Burnside and Victoria Hislop. He holds an MA in Creative Writing (Prose) from UEA, where he won the W&N/UEA short story prize for autumn 2014 and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. He is the author of A Guinea Pig Pride and Prejudice (Bloomsbury, 2015) and is currently working on his first novel.
Interests: literary fiction, crime, commercial, narrative non-fiction, history
Araminta Hall is a novelist published by HarperCollins. Her debut, a psychological thriller Everything and Nothing, was chosen as a Richard and Judy book club read. She teaches creative writing at New Writing South in Brighton, and has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2014.
Interests: commercial, literary, historical, women's.
Alex holds a BA (Hons) in American Literature with Creative Writing from UEA, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster, and is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton. After his MA, he worked for the literary agency Rogers, Coleridge & White, working with authors such as Zadie Smith, Philip Hensher, Nick Hornby, Sandi Toksvig and Joe Dunthorne. He joined Cornerstones in 2014, managing editors and social media. He is also an editor and mentor for Cornerstones, and works directly with authors at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Summer Conferences, and the A Chapter Away writers’ retreats. Alex currently teaches Creative Writing and Publishing at Middlesex University.
Interests: Historical fiction, military fiction, literary fiction, speculative fiction, crime, thrillers, commercial fiction, women's commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction.
Edward is an author, former business consultant, publisher and commercial editor. His editing credits include two Man Booker contenders – one of which also won the Man Asia Literary Prize and the Walter Scott Prize for Best Historical Novel in 2013 – and a shortlisting for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller in 2011. He has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2012.
2005 – 2015 Myrmidon Books Limited
Founder, Publishing Director and principal shareholder
Personally evaluated, acquired, edited over forty fiction and non-fiction titles including:2007: Tan Twan Eng’s The Gift of Rain, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.2010: Sally Zigmond’s Hope Against Hope, longlisted for RNA’s Best Romantic Fiction prize.2011: Craig Smith’s Cold Rain, shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller.2012: Tan Wan Eng’s The Garden of Evening Mists, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize and beating Hilary Mantel, Thomas Keneally, Pat Barker and Rose Tremain to win the Walter Scott Prize for Best Historical Novel.2016: Clio Gray’s The Anatomist’s Dream, longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Fiction Prize 2016.
Interests: literary fiction, commercial fiction, popular history, business, current affairs
Lindsay Hawdon is a former Sunday Times and Telegraph travel columnist. Her travel column “An Englishwoman Abroad”, began in the Sunday Telegraph in 2000 and ran for seven years. Her articles for The Sunday Times, “Have Kids Will travel” followed a year’s trip travelling solo with her two young boys around South East Asia. Their most recent trip, featured in a monthly column for the Independent called “The Rainbow Hunters”, took them around the world to find the origin of colour, raising money for the charity War Child as they travelled. She is also an accomplished fiction writer with numerous short stories published and in 2015 her first novel Jakob’s Colours, shortlisted for The Authors Club First Novel Award, was published by Hodder and Stoughton. She is currently writing her second novel.
Interests: Travel, adventure and nature writing. All fiction especially literary, women's fiction, crime, thrillers, commercial fiction and experimental.
Barbara Henderson is a print, TV and radio journalist, and writes crime, historical and children’s fiction as Bea Davenport. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and is Programme Leader in Creative Writing for the Open College of the Arts; she also tutors at the Penguin Random House Writers’ Academy. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2014.
Interests: crime, literary, suspense/thriller, women's, creative non-fiction.
Nicholas Herrmann is represented by the literary agency A.M. Heath. As well as writing fiction, he has over six years’ editorial, copywriting and digital publishing experience, working with companies such as Hodder & Stoughton, HarperCollins, Faber & Faber, Juilliard and Ericsson. Nicholas graduated with Distinction from the Creative Writing MA at Bath Spa University, where he was supervised by Philip Hensher. Nicholas’ fiction has been shortlisted for the Janklow & Nesbit Prize – the Bath Spa award for best manuscript to emerge from the programme – and the Bath Novel Award 2017. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in journals and online.
Interests: Speculative fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir, travel writing and books with ecological themes, short stories, noir.
Yannick Hill is a novelist and screenwriter with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He currently has a TV comedy series in development. His first novel, Versailles (2016), is published by Unbound.
Interests: Literary fiction, commercial including thrillers, crime, horror, historical, and YA.
Debz Hobbs-Wyatt is a published short-story writer. She has been shortlisted in a number of writing competitions, including the prestigious US Pushcart Prize 2013 and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013, and was the winner of the inaugural Bath Short Story Award 2013. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2014.
Interests: literary, psychological thrillers, YA, picture books.
Rowena House is a journalist and a prize-winning short story writer, published by Andersen Press, with her debut novel out with Walker Children’s Books in 2018. She has a MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University (passed with distinction). She’s appeared at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, runs creative writing sessions on adult and young people’s fiction, and judges a south Devon short story competition. Rowena blogs about writing techniques and developments in the publishing industry on the Scattered Authors’ Society’s Awfully Big Blog Adventure.
Interests: Teen & YA, historical including military & wars, literary & commercial fiction including teen romance
Michael Hughes is a fiction writer and screenwriter. His first novel The Countenance Divine was published in 2016, and his second will appear in 2018, both published by John Murray. He has an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing, and he has taught at London Metropolitan University, Roehampton University and CAPA Centre London. As a founder member of Cousins Pictures, he co-wrote and produced a number of award-winning films, and subsequently worked for several years as a script analyst for Miramax Films.
Interests: literary fiction, historical fiction, magical realism
Nick Humphrey has a wealth of editorial experience in trade publishing. He worked for over nine years at Bloomsbury Publishing on books by such authors as Kate Summerscale, David Kynaston, Magnus Mills, and Will Self, and more recently commissioned and published a range of non-fiction at Penguin Random House. An energetic and creative editor, he has a strong commercial instinct and a passion for a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction.
Interests: nonfiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, thriller/psychological
Rebecca Jones was Junior Agent at leading literary agency The Wylie Agency for three years, reviewing literary and general fiction and non-fiction. She then moved to Ed Victor Ltd, where she handled translation rights across their adult and children’s lists and completed a maternity cover running the rights department. She joined Rogers, Coleridge and White as Foreign Rights Manager in 2014, developing their commercial fiction and children’s and YA sales and working with authors including Ian Rankin, Jenny Colgan, Joanne Harris, Louise Lee, Nicolas Coleridge and the children’s writer Katherine Rundell. She has a first-class degree in English from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Leeds. Since relocating to York in 2016, she manages the children’s and YA rights list for Rogers, Coleridge and White alongside freelance editorial work.
Interests: Children's and YA fiction, women’s commercial fiction, crime and thrillers, general fiction.
Naomi Jones has over seven years experience working in children’s publishing. She began her career at Puffin (Penguin Random House) before moving to Orion and then Hachette Children’s Group. Her previous experience as a Rights Manager brings invaluable insight into maximizing a book’s sales potential and she has worked closely with both UK and international editors to develop a good knowledge of global publishing markets and trends. Naomi has a BA (Hons) in English Studies from the University of Nottingham and is a keen reader and writer. Her writing has been published by Mslexia, Stylist, and Selfish Mother amongst other publications.
Interests: picture books, children’s fiction, YA
Titania Krimpas is a writer/director/dramaturge with a background in theatre and work for young people. She has had numerous plays produced and published shorts by Scholastic. She holds an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, and has been a reader for Times Chicken House. She was a reader for Paines Plough theatre company for eight years, where she critiqued plays for adult audiences. She has practised yoga for years, and has attended workshops and read widely in the mindfulness/wellbeing area. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2012.
Interests: commercial, literary, children's/YA, literary, thrillers, women's fiction, mindfulness/wellbeing, under-represented voices.
Stephanie Lam writes both contemporary and historical fiction packed with spooky mysteries and suspense. She’s worked as a teacher for almost twenty years, and loves mentoring newbie writers through their first novels.
She’s a reader & assessor for international short story competition The Brighton Prize, and for the spoken word fiction night Rattle Tales.
Her own novel The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House is published by Penguin Books.
Interests: Commercial or upmarket mystery / suspense fiction, psychological thrillers, historical fiction, women’s fiction.
Kate Lee is the author of six picture books including the best-selling Santa’s Suit (Campbell Books). She is also an experienced copywriter, journalist and editor with a special interest in child development. In 2012 she trained as a coach with Arvon and The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE). Following her MA in Creative Writing, Kate is working on a PhD. She is writing a novel for 9 to 12-year-olds inspired by the Domesday Book and researching the role of maps in children’s literature. Kate has presented her PhD work at conferences in the UK and the USA. Kate has been an editor for Cornerstones since 2008.
Interests: Picture books, chapter books for young readers and middle grade fiction up to age 12
Eleanor LeeseSince entering the world of publishing more than a decade ago, Eleanor has worked with some of the largest, most innovative and exciting publishers in the industry. After several years in-house, she embarked on a freelance career to give her the flexibility to take on projects that she is fiercely passionate about. Her reading tastes and interests are varied and wide-ranging, but she specialises in women’s and historical fiction. In 2013, under the pen name Ellie Darkins, she sold her first romance novel to Crimson Romance (now an imprint of Simon and Schuster). She has since published six more novels with Harlequin Mills & Boon, the world’s largest romance publisher.
Interests: women's fiction, romance, historical fiction, history and narrative non-fiction
Molly Looby is a YA author, editor, and young writer mentor. She is also Editor in Chief of her own publishing company, Molten Publishing. She has previously worked for the writing community Movellas, and as a ghostwriter for LifeBooks.
Interests: YA of all genres
Parul started her publishing career as an Editor at Quercus and went on to work for Random House and Eccles Fisher working with authors such as Bernard Beckett, Andy McNab, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Daren King, John Flanagan, Cat Clarke and Tad Williams. She has worked with hundreds of authors as a freelance editor since 2013 ranging from Children’s, Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction & Memoirs. Her other passion is the world of self-publishing, startups & technology.
Interests: Contemporary Fiction, YA & Children's Fiction and Non-Fiction
Ayisha Malik began her publishing career at Penguin Random House, joining Cornerstones Literary Consultancy as editorial assistant in 2010 where she became managing editor within her first year. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and her debut novel, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, Bonnier, was published in January 2016, a WH Smith’s Fresh Talent pick. She now writes full-time and is currently working on the sequel to her book as well as ghost-writing.
Interests: General Fiction, Commercial Fiction
Sangu Mandanna is the author of YA novel The Lost Girl. (HarperCollins US and Random House UK, 2012) and a forthcoming YA space opera trilogy. She’s currently also working on a new middle grade novel, several picture book projects and a new YA fantasy. She is an experienced editor of children’s fiction and has written a play that was performed by schools in India. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2014.
Interests: all picture book genres, YA and MG science fiction, fantasy, contemporary and historical
Dionne is an American author living in England, who began as a CornerstonesUK editor before managing Cornerstones launch into the US. She writes YA, MG and adult fiction, and is represented by Writers House in NYC. She has been a long- and short-list judge for the Bath and Caledonia novel awards since their inception, and a PitchWars mentor since 2014. She previously wrote and edited scripts for TV, and copyedited speeches for President Bill Clinton during his first term.
Interests: YA and Middle Grade, all adult fiction less Sci-Fi and fantasy
Sophia McDougall is the author of the bestselling Romanitas trilogy published by Gollancz, and a children’s novel, Mars Evacuees, published by Egmont. She is a contributor to The New Statesman and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2011.
Interests: crime, fantasy, literary, sci-fi, thrillers, YA, popular non-fiction.
Terri Nixon is a Devon-based writer who writes for Little, Brown and HarperCollins, and is the author of historical sagas: The Oaklands Manor Trilogy and the Penhaligon Saga. Each title in the Oaklands Manor Trilogy has been short-listed in the Reader’s Choice Awards at the Festival of Romantic Fiction (2013-2015).
Terri also self-publishes a series of Mythic Fantasy books, and as a hybrid author she is keen to help writers at all stages of their careers find the perfect path for their work.
Interests: historical, women's fiction, fantasy, commercial fiction, thriller.
Susannah worked for seven years at Rogers, Coleridge and White literary agency with a UK agent and in Foreign Rights with clients such as Francesca Segal and Owen Sheers. She was Managing Editor of the Jewish Quarterly for five years publishing work by writers including Naomi Alderman, Cynthia Ozick and Adam Foulds.
Interests: Literary fiction, commercial fiction, women's fiction
Elodie Olson-Coons is an experienced ghostwriter with books published in the UK, France and Switzerland. As an editor, she works closely with three boutique publishing houses – Arcadian Lifestyle, Canelo and White Mountain Books – as well as with Whitefox Publishing Services. She also takes on fiction and memoir manuscripts from private clients in order to fix them up for self-publishing or submission to agents, in parallel to her ghostwriting work. She’s been a full-time freelancer since 2012.
Interests: both literary and commercial fiction, (auto)biography and memoir, experimental writing, travel writing & books with a strong sense of place, magical realism, myths and folktales, raunch and romance, historical fiction, sprawling sagas – and nonfiction projects relating to food, music, or language.
As a former broadcast journalist and producer for the BBC, Judith has worked with both published and unpublished writers, conducted writing workshops and competitions and produced a book of children’s short stories for BBC Children in Need. She works for publishers including Oxford University Press and the Jacaranda Literary Agency in Singapore. She was the editor of Tiny Feet, Tiny Shoes by Adeline Foo which won the Asian Children’s Book Award in May 2017. She is an Associate Tutor for the MA Publishing Course at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. She mainly works with children’s books, especially Middle Grade fiction and picture books but has also recently worked with self-published authors on adult fiction.
Interests: books for children, middle grade fiction, YA, picture books, chapter books for early readers
I am a freelance copy-editor and proofreader based in London. The first book I worked on was a band biography in 2009 and since then I have copy-edited and/or proofread both fiction and non-fiction including academic titles, biographies, magazines, military history, science fiction, travel guides and Young Adult. I work with published and self-published authors, including writers for whom English is a second language.
I think it is important to develop a close working relationship with the author, and to be sensitive to his or her style of writing. I am diplomatic when raising queries and I enjoy working with the author to discuss and achieve the best results. I am always just a phone call (or email!) away.
I have trained with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and The Publishing Training Centre, and I am currently an Intermediate Member of the SfEP. I hold a Joint Honours degree in French and German and I have an Italian background.
Interests: psychological thriller and horror
Bryony Pearce is an award-winning YA author published by Egmont and Stripes (and is a former Cornerstones author who was passed through to an agent!). She has an MACantab in English Literature from Cambridge University, and regularly speaks at festivals and runs creative writing workshops. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2014. Writers she has worked with at Cornerstones include Scott Bain (shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award, now repped by Lauren Gardner).
Interests: MG/YA, crime, fantasy, historical, supernatural/paranormal, sci-fi, thriller, horror
Annabel is an Oxford University English graduate and a multi-award winning children’s author whose work is published in over twenty countries. Her first novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, won the Branford Boase Award for most outstanding debut in 2011, and was shortlisted for several major literary awards including the Carnegie Medal. Her second book, Ketchup Clouds, was named the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year in 2013 and won an Edgar Award in the USA for best young adult fiction. Her third novel, Silence is Goldfish, was published in 2015 to great critical acclaim and her fourth novel, The Last Days of Archie Maxwell, is due to be published in November 2017. She has also recently signed a three-book picture book deal with Hachette. Annabel has tutored on Arvon courses and has been a guest lecturer at Bath Spa and Sheffield Hallam Universities on their creative writing courses, and is a regular reviewer of children and young adult fiction for The Guardian.
Interests: children's fiction, young adult fiction, picture books
Antonia Prescott was an editor at Frances Lincoln for 10 years, and has translated and published several French children’s books in English. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2009; since then she has supported, championed and encouraged hundreds of first-time authors, and helped many to publish their debut titles, including Jane Hardstaff’s The Executioner’s Daughter, and Rachel McIntyre’s Me & Mr J.
Interests: fiction, children's/YA, picture books, non-fiction
After achieving a first in Literature and Criticism at UCL, Kathryn worked for literary agencies and for a bookshop specialising in crime fiction where she developed a taste for unusual and macabre stories. Following her true passions – editing and teaching writing skills – she joined Cornerstones as managing editor in 2005 and later became co-director. In 2014 she decided to focus on the editorial side of the business and now works closely with authors developing their manuscripts. She is also co-author of the forthcoming Taming the Crows, the essential Cornerstones guide to writing and editing a successful novel.
Interests: children's fiction, fantasy, science fiction, literary, commercial.
Sarah Quigley is a novelist, short-story and non-fiction writer. She has a D.Phil. in Literature from the University of Oxford, and has published four novels, collections of short fiction and poetry, and a creative writing manual. Publishers include Penguin, Virago, Random House and Head of Zeus. Shortlistings for fiction include the Bridport Prize and the Fish Short Story Prize, and she is a previous winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Award. Her novel The Conductor was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prix Femina. Sarah has worked as an editor, copyeditor and proofreader at Cornerstones since 2008.
Interests: literary, commercial, memoirs, travel, chick lit, YA
Anna Reynolds writes fiction, and for stage, screen and opera. She has won Writers Guild, Time Out and Yeovil Fiction awards and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and others. She has over 20 years’ experience in dramaturgy and writing coaching/mentoring, and has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow since 2005, working with academic and creative writers including at Warwick University and the London College of Fashion. She is a Reader for the National Theatre of Scotland, and has been an editor and mentor at Cornerstones since 2010.
Interests: fiction, both commercial and literary, YA.
Victoria Roddam has over fifteen years’ experience of commissioning commercial non-fiction, and worked for ten years as Publisher for Hodder & Stoughton, establishing flagship new psychology lists in addition to publishing bestselling titles on creative writing and personal development. She is now a freelance Publishing Consultant, working on strategic list development, as well as continuing to commission in the areas of psychology and self-help.
Interests: Psychology, self-help, commercial non-fiction
Roberto is a freelance journalist for The Guardian, The Times and The Observer. He is a fiction and non-fiction editor, a script-writer, and a prize-winning poet. Roberto has been an editor and mentor at Cornerstones since 2011.
Interests: commercial, crime, horror, literary, modernist/post-modernist, non-fiction.
Lucy Roeber is an editor and an historical novelist. She has a Masters in English Literature from Edinburgh University and a Masters in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. She was assistant editor of Prospect Magazine. Recently she has been working on short film scripts and television programmes. She was the story producer on BBC3’s 12-part series South Side Story.
Interests: Historical and literary fiction.
Stephanie Roundsmith has worked as an editor since 2010, as a children’s literary agent since 2014, and works on a freelance basis with publishing house Myrmidon Books in Newcastle. She has more than seven years’ experience in the publishing industry both in-house and freelance, and has worked on various adult novels including historical fiction, crime/thrillers, commercial women’s fiction and literary fiction, including Clio Gray’s The Anatomist’s Dream, longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Fiction Prize.
She has worked with a range of writers (un-published, published and self-published), and has a talent for spotting a great story with the ability to polish it to submission standard. She is the manager of a children’s reading and writing scheme in the north east of England called kidsreadwritereview, and works with various children’s charities throughout the UK. She has been an editor with Cornerstones since 2014.
Interests: Children's, YA, fantasy, crime/thrillers, literary, sci-fi, historical, commercial women's fiction
Amanda Rutter began her career as an editor in 2012, first of all working in acquisitions for the Strange Chemistry imprint of Angry Robot and since then freelance. This latter role includes proofreading for Black Library and Titan Books, and structural editing for Wise Ink and Angry Robot. She is also a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary Agency, specialising in SF and fantasy and all genres of YA fiction.
Interests: adult science fiction and fantasy, young adult of all genres.
Eve Seymour is the author of eight novels, including the Tallis and Hex series of spy/crime thrillers. The Good Book Guide wrote, ‘Seymour is able to convey the excitement of the more straightforward brand of adventure thriller, while freighting in the subtle undertones of the more sophisticated novelists of the genre.’
Published in March 2016 by Midnight Ink, Beautiful Losers debuts a new series of psychological thrillers, featuring clinical psychologist, Kim Slade. The sequel, An Imperfect Past was released in March 2017. Eve’s first standalone novel, Don’t Tell Anyone was published in December 2016 (also with US publisher Midnight Ink.) Her brand new psychological thriller, ‘Vixenhead,’ was published by Harper Collins in March 2017 as an e-book and is to appear in paperback format in June 2017. She has had a number of short stories broadcast on BBC Radio Devon.
Interests: Crime, psychological and spy thrillers, and action adventure
Tessa has over thirty years’ experience in the book publishing industry. She started her career in children’s books, then became an editor at romantic fiction publisher, Mills & Boon, where she led the bestselling Mills & Boon Modern/Harlequin Presents series. Currently, she is a freelance editor, and has also had five short romance novels published.
Interests: popular fiction—women's, romance, erotica, historical, thrillers and suspense, horror, paranormal and YA.
Craig Simpson is the author of twelve titles, most published by Penguin-Random House and Franklin Watts (Hachette). A science graduate of Bristol University, Craig spent many years writing and reviewing medical related material, working alongside leading clinical experts across Europe and beyond to bring new medicines to market, before turning his hand to fiction. His debut novel, ‘Resistance’, was shortlisted for the Branford-Boase Award and followed extensive research into wartime Norway and members of the Norwegian Resistance. It is a cross-over novel aimed at both adults and older YA. His second, Dogfight, won the Hampshire Book Award and was shortlisted for the Lancashire Book Award. His latest title, ‘Daniel’, was shortlisted for the Young Quills Award 2016. As well as having held events in venues across the UK including the British Imperial War Museum, Craig has hosted workshops in creative writing, and in the past has worked with students studying creative writing at undergraduate and post-graduate level at the University of Winchester. A number of Craig’s titles also form part of the ever popular EDGE series published by Franklin Watts.
Interests: Thrillers, mystery, historical (special interest), action & adventure, general literary fiction, for adults and older YA
Anna Solemani is a children’s book editor with over eight years’ experience in the industry. She began her career at Scholastic Children’s Books, developing the illustrious lists for both Scholastic Fiction and the boutique literary imprint Marion Lloyd Books. In 2013 she moved to Orchard Books, where she manages a wide range of bestselling series, middle-grade and YA fiction.
Interests: Young fiction, middle-grade and YA, particularly commercial fiction, literary fiction, tearjerkers, magical realism, quirky reality-benders, inspirational coming-of-age and overcoming-of-odds stories.
Alison Taft (AJ Taft) had three novels published by independent press, Caffeine Nights before signing with Jamie Cowen at The Ampersand Agency. She now writes under the name Ali Harper and her next novel, The Disappeared, will be published in 2018 as part of Harper Collins’ Killer Reads. Alison has an MA and recently submitted her PhD which focusses on feminist crime fiction and chick noir. She has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2011.
Interests: chick lit, chick noir, crime, psychological/thrillers, women's commercial fiction
Martin is a writer, ghostwriter and editor. He worked at a senior editorial level for Penguin and HarperCollins before jumping across the desk to write and edit full-time. He has now written or ghosted 20 published books (fiction and non-fiction) with most of the major UK publishing houses.
Interests: narrative non-fiction, humour, literary fiction, crime
Freda Warrington is the author of twenty-one novels and a new short story collection, Nights of Blood Wine. She has written in a wide variety of fantasy styles including epic, supernatural, vampire, historical and contemporary. Her books have been published by Hodder & Stoughton, Pan Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Tor (US) and Titan Books. In 1997 her novel Dracula the Undead won the Dracula Society’s Best Gothic Novel Award, and her 2009 contemporary fantasy Elfland won the Romantic Times Award for Best Fantasy Novel. She’s taken part in all kinds of creative writing activities including groups, workshops, mentoring and editorial work.
Interests: Fantasy and science fiction, psychological thrillers, mystery, paranormal, gothic, magical realism, literary fiction, erotica, anything unique and character-centred.
Gordon Weetman studied MA Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, and has worked as a ghostwriter and literary consultant since 2010. He has published fiction and reviews in Penpusher magazine and The Literateur. As well as being a Cornerstones reader, he has worked at Toby Eady Associates, and currently manages Pen&Pad, a publishing company based in Spain.
Interests: literary fiction, historical fiction, short stories, crime, sci-fi/speculative, experimental fiction
Former Times journalist and Arts Editor of Prospect Magazine, Natalie Young is the bestselling author of Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband, published by Hodder Headline in the UK in 2014, Little Brown in the US and translated into several languages. Natalie is currently working with an all-women director, producer, writer team to bring Season to Taste to the big screen. Her first novel, We All Ran into the Sunlight was published by Short Books in 2011 and she is currently working on her third. Her agent is Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit UK. She is a laser-sharp editor and passionate mentor of new authors and has been on the Cornerstones editorial team since October 2016.
Interests: All fiction regardless of genre, especially literary fiction, women's fiction, crime, thrillers, commercial fiction, experimental, LGBTQ stories, and YA.