Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. I am an award-winning author, ghost writer, book doctor, editorial consultant and agent. My publishing career spanned fifteen years working at a senior editorial level at Penguin and HarperCollins since when I have written or ghosted over 20 books.
As an author, I work on a wide range of subjects and genres – from sports and traditional games to food and drink, humour, language, celebrity biography, adventure and business writing. I also ghost fiction. I have been published by all of the major UK publishers but work with private clients as well. The opportunities to self-publish successfully these days are myriad and I have successfully guided a number of people through the process from shaping their idea, writing the book to editing, designing and delivering printed copies. On the Editorial Consultancy page you’ll find endorsements from publishers, agents, authors and private clients.
I was proud to have been named as one of WhiteFox’s Unsung Heroes of Publishing 2017.
Wearing my editor’s hat, I take on all genres except children’s books. So, whether you are working on your manuscript or have completed it and would like me to have a look at it, do get in touch. I am happy to work according to a brief from you or to provide a full editorial review with a marked-up ms and follow-up discussion. I can also advise on next steps and help with proposal writing. Again, on the Editorial Consultancy page, you’ll find comments from authors I have worked with.
I also represent non-fiction authors who have a particular specialism and who are looking to build their reputation in that field. However I will take on authors with a single book idea if the idea and their knowledge marry well. Please contact me if you are interested in talking about representation.
Flying High: My Story/Tony Fernandes (Penguin, November 2017)
The Comfort Of Blankets: Peanuts for the Soul (Canongate, October 2017)
Single-Minded: My Life in Business/Claude Littner (Piatkus, 2016)
The Great Emoji Quiz Book (Cassell, 2016)
Approximately Right: Aligning Your Numbers with Your Business (Ekerlids, 2016)
The Movie Doctors (Canongate, 2015)
Sportographica (Quercus, 2014)
Help Your Child Love Reading (Egmont, 2014)
Crap Crimes (Random House, 2013)
Leaves on the Line (Anova, 2013)
Infographica (Quercus, 2012)
Boulle’s Jewels (Quercus, 2012)
365 Family Games and Pastimes (Random House, 2012)
Grand Harbour Malta (Miranda, 2011)
Out of the Ashes (Virgin, 2011)
Walking the Amazon (Virgin, 2011)
Collins Practical Writing Guide (Collins, 2011)
London Eye Guide (Collins, 2011)
365 Everyday Games and Pastimes (Square Peg, 2010)
Oz and James Drink to Britain (Pavillion, 2009)
Morrissey’s Perfect Pint (HarperCollins, 2008)
A Steroid Hit the Earth (Anova, 2008)
The Ants Are My Friends (Anova, 2007)
2006 – present: author, ghost writer, editor, editorial consultant and agent
2003 – 2006: Publishing Director, HarperCollins
1990 – 2003: Senior Commissioning Editor, Penguin Press