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I work as an editor, copy-editor, proofreader, project manager and rights agent for publishers and authors; I specialise in structural edits of memoir, narrative and general non-fiction, travel and adventure, and also work with fiction, gift, humour and self-help.

Literary agent, Westwood Creative Artists, Canada 1993-2000
I worked my way up from administrative assistant, learning about negotiation, rights and choosing saleable projects. As assistant agent and foreign rights coordinator for Bruce Westwood I worked with such authors as: Naomi Klein (No Logo), Rohinton Mistry (A Fine Balance), Alberto Manguel (A History of Reading). From 1996 I built my own client list, offering authors guidance and support at every stage of their career, seeking out the best publishing opportunities and negotiating contracts. My award-winning, best-selling clients included Michael Redhill, Rabindranath Maharaj, Michael Turner and Jack Todd; I arranged 12 rights deals for What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel.

Editorial and rights director, Summersdale Publishers, UK 2004-2013
I acquired a broad range of commercial non-fiction, overseeing a list of 80 books a year. In 2008 we were for the first time shortlisted for both the IPG and BBIA independent publisher of the year awards and our turnover grew threefold in three years. My role involved overseeing the rights department, contract negotiation and editorial strategy. I acquired Commando Dad and An Apple a Day, both extensively covered across national media with rights sold in several countries; other successful projects included Lost in the Jungle by Yossi Ghinsberg, Are We Nearly There Yet? by Ben Hatch, Cocaine Wars by Mick McCaffrey, A Year in the Scheisse by Roger Boyes, Twenty Wagging Tales by Barrie Hawkins, Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard and Tout Sweet by Karen Wheeler. I also helped develop the 50 Things health series and best-selling humour book concepts such as The Deranged Book for Old-Timers and Older, Wiser, Sexier.

Other work I've done in between has included reading for literary agencies, writing book club guides for Random House, Knopf and Doubleday Canada, co-editing AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds (Vintage Canada; 'wonderful' - Metro), and freelance editing fiction such as Zimbabwean literary novel Unfeeling by Ian Holding (Scribner UK) and Canadian eco-thriller Water, Inc. by Varda Burstyn (Verso UK). I've evaluated manuscripts for The Literary Consultancy and various literary agencies, and written catalogue copy for Doubleday Canada.

I’m also an author, most recently of Falling in Honey, published in the UK, the US and Canada, Poland and Bulgaria. As author of a book about South Korea, Meeting Mr Kim, I set up a social media presence for the Korea Tourism Organization in London. I've written for newspapers and magazines, and research and write books to order on any subject, e.g. The Walker's Friend.

I studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University, specialising in Old and Middle English, and taught English as a foreign language in the UK and Greece. Having travelled widely and lived in several countries, I particularly enjoy working with literature that has an international flavour and books that sell globally.


2 comments:

  1. As always, beautifully written. Concise and informative. Jen, you never cease to fascinate. You have done so much with your life. I'm delighted that the agency is going so well. Peter H.

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