I have worked as an editorial consultant, both freelance and with the Andrew Nurnberg Agency, for seven years, and read and reported on manuscripts for The Literary Consultancy for five. In that time, I’ve helped many writers refine their manuscripts to readiness, and move on to the excitement of submission, representation and publication. I’ve also helped clients deal with the painful realisation that their current book may be a training effort, and enabled them to get the maximum of useful experience and knowledge from the process.
With my other hat on, I’m a children’s literature critic, reviewing and writing on trends in children’s and Young Adult publishing for The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian and The Metro. I also review for other publications, including the glorious Books for Keeps, the UK’s leading independent children’s magazine. This means my understanding of the market is always current, and I have comprehensive knowledge of both classic and contemporary children’s literature to draw on (I sometimes review adult titles too, particularly memoir, horror, thrillers and literary fiction.) I have chaired panels at literary festivals including Oxford, Cheltenham, Greenwich and YALC, and have been a member of the judging panel for prizes including the YA Book Prize, the CLiPPA Poetry Award, and the British Book Awards.