Our CORE editors are agented writers and experienced editors, many of whom also teach creative writing.
Our MARKET editors are longstanding Cornerstones editors; core Cornerstones team members with additional teaching/scouting experience; industry professionals with experience in an agenting or publishing capacity; or bestselling authors. Some of these editors may have a combination of skills and experience including teaching at MA level and scouting.
Our INDUSTRY editors have worked in the publishing industry for a minimum of five years at senior level. They may have worked in publishing houses and literary agencies.
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. Becca is a Cornerstones market editor.
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.
Parul started her publishing career as an editor at Quercus and went on to commission books for Random House. She has worked with published authors such as Bernard Beckett, Andy McNab, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Daren King, John Flanagan, Cat Clarke, and Tad Williams. She was also a literary scout for Eccles Fisher where she scouted for Doubleday USA, Random House Spain, Random House Germany, Mondadori Italy, and a number of smaller publishing houses around the world. She has worked with writers at Cornerstones since 2013. Her other passion is the world of self-publishing and she hosts the Publishing Uncovered podcast. Parul is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Contemporary Fiction, YA & Children's Fiction and Non-Fiction
Gina Blaxill is a YA author. She has published three crime-thrillers with Macmillan (Pretty Twisted, 2011, an e-book bestseller, Forget Me Never, 2012, winner of the Oldham Book Award, and Saving Silence, 2013, winner of the Warwickshire Book Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal). She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and has spoken at literary festivals, in schools and at library events. Outside of writing she has worked in the education sector, offering advice and guidance to young people considering university and various career pathways. Gina is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: YA, MG, crime, thrillers, historical, horror, romance.
Vicky Blunden was Senior Fiction Editor at Myriad Editions for seven years. She discovered Elizabeth Haynes, editing her bestselling psychological thriller, Into the Darkest Corner. She also worked with Isabel Ashdown, Jonathan Kemp, Umi Sinha, and Tom Connolly. She has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex and worked in rights and for a literary scout before becoming an editor. She won the Independent Publishers’ Guild Young Independent Publisher of the Year Award in 2013. She also teaches creative writing at workshops and for the British Council Summer School in Athens. Victoria is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Contemporary and historical literary fiction, women's commercial fiction, psychological thrillers, literary non-fiction and short stories.
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. Daniel is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: Adult fiction, YA and children's books, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, time-travel, timeshift, literary fiction, crime and thrillers, books for reluctant readers
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. Faye is a Cornerstones core editor.
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
Alex Campbell is the author of YA novels Land (Hot Key Books, 2014) and Cloud 9 (Hot Key Books, 2015). Her novel Land was nominated for the CLIP Carnegie Award 2016. Alex is currently working on a middle grade story, as well as a new adult crime novel. She is an experienced creative writing teacher and mentor for children’s and YA writers, and also works as an editor for both fiction and non-fiction books. Along with some other published authors, she runs a local children’s book festival. Alex is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: All YA and MG genres; adult women’s and crime fiction
Monica Chakraverty has over fifteen years’ experience as an editor in the publishing industry, and three of her titles have topped the Sunday Times Bestseller List. She has worked as an Editorial Director at HarperCollins Publishers, where she commissioned and edited predominantly non-fiction titles and is experienced at transforming manuscripts and original ideas into successful, desirable books for a competitive market. She has an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University. Monica is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Literary non-fiction, contemporary and historical literary fiction, women's commercial fiction, older children’s books.
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) was published in August 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. Lezanne is a Cornerstones core editor.
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. Lucy is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Children's and YA fiction, particularly humour, animals, magic, romance
Suellen Dainty has written two novels, After Everything and The Housekeeper, both published in the U.S and the U.K by Simon and Schuster.
She has also written non-fiction books, including the memoirs of the Michelin starred chef, Michel Roux Jr.
She worked as a journalist and television producer before studying creative writing at the University of Oxford and Bath Spa University. Suellen is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: contemporary commercial and literary fiction, psychological and family drama, and sociological non-fiction.
Alex English is the author of picture books Yuck said the Yak (Maverick Books, 2014), Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers (Maverick Books, 2015) and Mine Mine Mine said the Porcupine (Maverick Books, 2016). Her books have been shortlisted for the Dundee Picture Book Award, chosen by BookTrust for their Bookstart Corner programme and selected by The Reading Agency for the Summer Reading Challenge. She has more picture books in progress with Bloomsbury and Faber & Faber and is currently working on a middle grade story.
Alex graduated with distinction from the Bath Spa University’s MA Writing for Young People programme and is experienced in running creative writing workshops in schools. She is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: All YA and MG genres; picture books
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 eight years, and his criticism regularly features in The Observer (his writing about books has also appeared in The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday). He 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. Ben is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: literary, psychological or crime thriller, historical fiction, short stories, non-fiction.
Jonathan is a commissioning editor at Bloomsbury Publishing and has worked there 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. Jonathan is a Cornerstones market editor.
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. In 2018, Jaine’s work was long-listed for the BBC National Short Story Award, and she has also recently completed an official Dr. Who story for Big Finnish Audio. Jaine is a Cornerstones core editor.
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. Clare is a Cornerstones core editor.
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. Kylie is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: commercial, historical, crime
Helen Francis started her career in publishing as assistant to literary agent Abner Stein. She then worked at Faber and Faber for 8 years as a literary fiction editor. After a stint in Barcelona where she was a literary scout, she returned to the UK and continued scouting whilst teaching Publishing and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Following that, she was Senior Editor at Vintage, Penguin Random House, running the classics list. She went on to work as an international book scout for Louise Allen Jones Associates, and was then a commissioning fiction editor at Head of Zeus’s Apollo imprint, building a list of literary fiction from scratch. She has also taught the ‘How to Edit Your Novel’ module at the Faber Academy, as well as residential courses for Arvon. Helen is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, upmarket crime and psychological thrillers.
Laura Gerrard is a freelance editor with over nine years’ experience in the publishing industry. Most recently, she was a Commissioning Editor at Orion where she worked with many award-winning, and Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling authors. Previously she worked for Hodder & Stoughton as an ebook proofreader and has also interned at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds and an MA in Publishing from University College London. Laura has appeared on panels for the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was on the judging panel for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award in 2015. Laura is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: commercial fiction, women's fiction, reading group fiction, crime fiction, thrillers, psychological suspense, saga, historical fiction.
Gary 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. Gary is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: science fiction, thrillers, crime, fantasy, horror
Tara Gladden-Stacey 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. Tara is a Cornerstones market editor.
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. Sandra is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: Children's, YA - I very much enjoy mentoring new writers
Alex studied Creative Writing at UEA, the University of Utah and Lancaster University, and is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton. He joined the literary agency Rogers, Coleridge & White in 2010. He joined Cornerstones in 2014, managing editors and author enquiries and acting as a scout before going freelance in 2017. Alex was a judge for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Book of the Year 2018, and has taught at RNA Summer Conferences and the A Chapter Away writers’ retreats. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing and Publishing at Middlesex University and American Literature and Creative Writing at UEA. His short fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies in the UK and the US. Alex is a Cornerstones market editor.
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 and was the founder and publishing director of Myrmidon Books from 2005–2015, where he personally evaluated, acquired, edited over forty fiction and non-fiction titles including Tan Twan Eng’s Booker-recognized The Gift of Rain (longlist) and The Garden of Evening Mists (shortlist) and other bestsellers. He has been an editor and mentor with Cornerstones since 2012. Edward is a Cornerstones industry editor.
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. Lindsay is currently an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and is writing her second novel. She is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: Travel, adventure and nature writing. All fiction especially literary, women's fiction, crime, thrillers, commercial fiction and experimental.
Barbara Henderson writes under the name of Bea Davenport. She has had five novels commercially published. Her crime/suspense novels, In Too Deep and This Little Piggy, are published by Legend Press. Her middle-grade children’s historical time fantasy, The Serpent House, was shortlisted for a Times/Chicken House award before being published by Curious Fox. My Cousin Faustina is a novel for reluctant readers, originally written as an interactive e-book for Fiction Express and now published by ReadZone Books. Her latest novel aimed at teenage readers, The Misper, was published by The Conrad Press in 2018. Barbara is a former newspaper and BBC journalist who holds a Creative Writing PhD from Newcastle University, UK. She is programme leader for the Open College of the Arts distance learning creative writing degrees and teaches journalism for Leeds Beckett University. She also tutors for the Penguin Random House Writers Academy. Barbara is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: crime/suspense, women’s fiction, children’s and teen fiction, historical fiction and creative non-fiction.
Nicholas Herrmann’s fiction has been shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award, and his narrative non-fiction has been published widely in journals and online, such as Places Journal, Ernest, Elsewhere, The Clearing, The Calvert Journal and Zoomorphic Magazine. In addition to Cornerstones, 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 in 2016, where he was supervised by Philip Hensher, and was shortlisted for the Janklow & Nesbit Prize – the Bath Spa award for best manuscript to emerge from the programme. Nick is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: narrative non-fiction and memoir, travel writing, writing with a strong sense of place, books with ecological themes, literary fiction, speculative fiction and science fiction
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. Debz is a Cornerstones core editor.
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. Rowena is a Cornerstones core editor.
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. Michael is a Cornerstones core editor.
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. Nick is a Cornerstones industry editor.
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. Rebecca Jones is a Cornerstones market editor.
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. Naomi is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: picture books, children’s fiction, YA
Hannah Kohler’s first novel, The Outside Lands, was published by Picador (UK and Commonwealth), Plon (France) and St. Martin’s Press (USA) in 2016. The novel was longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize in 2017; and she was awarded the Eccles Centre British Library Writer’s Award (2017) for her second novel-in-progress, Then Came The Fire. Hannah has a BA and MPhil from Cambridge University in English and American Literature and has also completed the City University MA in Creative Writing (Literary Novels) with Distinction (graduated 2015). She has taught creative writing at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival and through the Books Talk Back programme, and has experience as a manuscript editor of literary, commercial and historical fiction. She also has professional experience as a literary scout. Hannah is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: Literary, historical, commercial fiction.
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. Titania is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: commercial, literary, children's/YA, literary, thrillers, women's fiction, mindfulness/wellbeing, under-represented voices.
Kate is the author of six picture books including the best-selling Santa’s Suit (Campbell Books). An experienced editor and coach, Kate has a special interest in child development and reviews picture books for IBBY. Kate’s MG work-in-progress was shortlisted in the 2018 Wells Festival of Literature Children’s Novel Competition. Kate has a PhD in Creative Writing specialising in maps in children’s books. The Raindrop was Highly Commended in the Winchester Short Story Competition 2018, won the WRITE Festival Short Story Competition 2019 and has been published in an anthology. Kate has been an editor and mentor for Cornerstones since 2008. Kate is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: Picture books, chapter books for young readers and middle grade fiction up to age 12
Since 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 (working with Hachette, Choc Lit, and Mills & Boons, among others) 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, and she specialises in women’s and historical fiction. In 2013, under the pen name Ellie Darkins, she sold her first novel to Crimson Romance (now an imprint of Simon and Schuster). She has since published six more novels with Harlequin Mills & Boon. Eleanor is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: women's fiction, romance, historical fiction, history and narrative non-fiction
Mark Leggatt is the author of three thrillers and a former specialist in Technology Disaster Recovery for oil companies and global banks. He is member of the author touring group ‘Four Blokes In Search of a Plot’, a show which performs in theatres and arts venues around Scotland, which writes a very short crime novel live on stage, while discussing all the aspects of being a writer. He has appeared at festivals across Scotland and was invited to Thrillerfest in New York for three years running. He is represented by a leading London literary agency.
Interests: Crime, thriller, techo-thriller, psychological, commercial fiction, fantasy and science 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. Molly is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: YA of all genres
Em Mackie is a novelist and prose fiction author with an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Their debut novel, And This is True, was published by Sceptre in 2010 and shortlisted for The Dylan Thomas Prize, The Saltire Scottish First Book Award and the Readers’ First Book Award at Edinburgh’s International Literary Festival. Their second novel, In Search of Solace, was published in 2014 (Sceptre) and longlisted for the Green Canation Prize and the Folio Prize. Em has coordinated and facilitated creative writing workshops, mentoring sessions, writing retreats and gives talks to schools, universities and extracurricular groups about the writing and publishing process. They have been a freelance literary consultant since 2009.
Interests: adult commercial or literary fiction (any genre), experimental writing, character-based novels, themes on identity, familial conflict, nature writing and memoir, landscape and the environment, spirituality, mindfulness.
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 also works as a ghostwriter. Ayisha is a Cornerstones market editor.
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. Sangu is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: all picture book genres, YA and MG science fiction, fantasy, contemporary and historical
Will Mawhood’s writing on travel, culture, politics and other subjects has appeared on sites including BBC Travel, Slate, OpenDemocracy, the Calvert Journal and Roads and Kingdoms, among others. He is also the founder and editor of the culture and travel site Deep Baltic. He has completed a large number of reports and successfully mentored a range of authors for Cornerstones over the last few years, including guiding Daniel Godfrey’s New Pompeii (Titan Books) to publication. Will is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: contemporary adult fiction, literary fiction.
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. Dionne also currently writes and edits for the Paper Nations project run by Bath Spa University’s English Department. Dionne is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: YA and Middle Grade, all adult fiction less Sci-Fi and fantasy
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. Terri is a Cornerstones core editor.
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. Susannah is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: Literary fiction, commercial fiction, women's fiction
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, and was recently made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 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. Judith is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: children's, middle grade fiction, YA, picture books, chapter books for early readers
Anna Paterson is a freelance copy-editor and proofreader based in Italy. The first book she worked on was a band biography in 2009 and since then she has copy-edited and/or proofread both fiction and non-fiction including academic titles, biographies, magazines, military history, science fiction, travel guides and Young Adult. She works with published and self-published authors, including writers for whom English is a second language. Anna believes it is important to develop a close working relationship with the author, and to be sensitive to his or her style of writing. She has trained with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and The Publishing Training Centre, and is currently a Professional Member of the SfEP. She holds a Joint Honours degree in French and German and she has an Italian background. Anna is a Cornerstones core copy-editor.
Interests: art, biography & memoir, chick lit, crime & mystery, fantasy, horror, outdoor, romance, sport, thriller
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). Bryony is a Cornerstones core editor.
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. Annabel is a Cornerstones market editor.
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. Antonia is a Cornerstones industry editor.
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 On Editing, the essential Cornerstones guide to writing and editing a successful novel, and the in-house tutor for our online editing course, Edit Your Novel the Professional Way. Kathryn is a Cornerstones industry editor.
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, copy-editor and proofreader at Cornerstones since 2008. Sarah is a Cornerstones industry copy-editor.
Interests: literary, commercial, memoirs, travel, chick lit, YA
Anna Reynolds writes fiction, stage, screen, opera and journalism. 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, creative writing teaching, coaching and mentoring, and has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow since 2005, working with academic and creative writers to improve and polish their work. She is a Reader for the National Theatre of Scotland, writes podcasts for the Royal Literary Fund about the craft of writing and has been an editor and mentor at Cornerstones since 2010. She is passionate about helping writers at all stages gain confidence to tell their stories and find their voice. Anna is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: short story, contemporary literary fiction, women’s fiction, historical, commercial, and anything quirky, unique, experimental.
Paul Roberts is a writer and business consultant. He has a First Class Honours Degree in Creative Writing and Children’s Literature from the Open University. His first book was published by The Economist in 2007 and is now in its second edition. He has had several further books published by Kogan Page, forming part of their hugely influential ‘Business Success’ series. He writes frequently for magazines and professional publications. He has also written for television. He has a novel nearing completion. As a reviewer, editor and teacher of creative writing, Paul has supported developing writers for many years. Paul is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: Autobiography, memoir, travel, business and management textbooks, self-help books.
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. Victoria is a Cornerstones industry editor.
Interests: Psychology, self-help, commercial 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. Lucy is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: Historical, commercial, 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 Clio Gray’s The Anatomist’s Dream, longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Fiction Prize. She has worked with a range of writers, 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. Stephanie is a Cornerstones market editor.
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. Amanda is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: adult science fiction and fantasy, young adult of all genres.
Craig Simpson is the author of twelve titles, most published by Penguin-Random House and Franklin Watts (Hachette). A graduate of Bristol University, Craig spent many years writing and reviewing medical-related material before turning his hand to fiction. His debut novel, Resistance, was shortlisted for the Branford-Boase Award. 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. Craig is a Cornerstones core editor.
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. Anna is a Cornerstones industry editor.
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.
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 over 25 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. Freda is a Cornerstones market editor.
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. Gordon is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: literary fiction, historical fiction, short stories, crime, sci-fi/speculative, experimental fiction
Rebecca Whitney is published by Mantle/Pan Macmillan, and her debut psychological thriller, The Liar’s Chair, was chosen for both the Loose Women and Poppy Loves book clubs. Rebecca has held characterisation workshops for Guardian Masterclasses, the Creative Writing Programme and Beach Hut Writing Academy. She has had stories shortlisted for the Bridport and Fish shorts competitions, and her story, The Smallest Room, was published in S-Magazine. Rebecca’s articles have appeared in The Independent, Psychologies and Buzzfeed amongst others, and she has spoken at events nationwide including Bloody Scotland, CrimeFest, and the Isle of Wight Literary Festival. Rebecca is also a reader for The Brighton Prize. Rebecca is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: thrillers/psychological thrillers, literary fiction, commercial fiction, historical fiction
After a career in journalism, Laura now writes contemporary novels and short stories. Her novels are published by the award-winning independent press, Accent. She runs workshops on all aspects of writing craft and has spoken at festivals and events nationwide, including London Metropolitan University, GladLit, University of Kingston, Shoreham WordFest and The Women’s Library. She has been an editor and mentor for Cornerstones since 2011. Laura is a Cornerstones core editor.
Interests: women's fiction, romance, psychological thrillers, historical
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. She is a laser-sharp editor and passionate mentor of new authors and has been on the Cornerstones editorial team since October 2016. Natalie is a Cornerstones market editor.
Interests: All fiction regardless of genre, especially literary fiction, women's fiction, crime, thrillers, commercial fiction, experimental, LGBTQ stories, and YA.