Picture books

There is nothing I enjoy more than working with authors and illustrators to help them develop their ideas and characters and craft their storytelling.

What I can offer is an understanding of what each book wants to be and a willingness to help it to become just that by asking questions, exchanging ideas, sharing thoughts, finding solutions, and encouraging a distinctive narrative in both the voice and the visuals.

Character brands

Working closely with Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul, I managed the Winnie and Wilbur publishing programme, taking it from a handful of picture books into a character property that has extended its reach into multiple new formats and age groups with sales of over eight million copies worldwide.

If you are looking for someone to develop and realise new ideas, formats and extensions for your character brand, then please do get in touch.

Gift publishing

I have worked on some truly stunning projects! Inviting David Roberts to bring his showstopping elegance to The Wind in the Willows, working with Catherine Rayner to breathe irrepressible cheekiness into Michael Bond’s Olga da Polga, discussing ideas with Lauren Child for her unique interpretation of Pippi Longstocking, helping Nell Gifford to transpose the exhilarating magic of her circus onto the page and mining the wonderful publishing archive of Brian Wildsmith, Charles Keeping and Harold Jones to repurpose their work for today’s children have all been highlights for me among the gift books that I have commissioned and edited.

I would love to discuss any gift publishing projects you may have that need a pair of experienced editorial hands.

Young fiction

I adore the way the words and pictures work together to tell the story in illustrated young fiction and see my editorial role here as guiding authors and illustrators to create absorbing characters and stories that will connect with their readers in engaging and distinctive ways.

Non-fiction and novelty

The projects in my portfolio are from my roles at David Bennett Books and HarperCollins. I am thrilled to see the renaissance of beautiful children’s non-fiction in the market. I can bring my picture book skills to this area of publishing, especially finding fresh ways to communicate ideas and hold a narrative.

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