Meet the Editors Webinar

April 02, 2020 | Other News
  • What does an editor actually do?
  • How to make the most of your transferable skills right now.
  • Where to find the best training to kickstart an editing career.
  • Putting your best foot forward as a freelancer.
  • In-house editorial processes; how does it all work?
  • How the independent author market is booming, and why they need you.
  • And why nobody wants to be told their baby is fat. 

Last night on April 1st 2020, The Literary Consultancy hosted Meet the Editors with participants of our Editing Training Scheme, run in partnership with the Publishing Training Centre.

The event, re-formatted as webinar in response to the current Covid-19 crisis, offered a view of how editing professionals can work with publishers both in-house and in a freelance capacity, featuring publishing industry speakers in a panel format, exploring how and why practical editing skills are useful, and in which roles they can be applied. We would like to thank all those who signed in and participated, and in particular our expert speakers for their time and inspiration. We’re delighted to make the audio file available for you all. You can access it by clicking the image below our speaker biographies. This was the first webinar we have run at TLC, and we will be taking all we have learned to improve on the format and delivery. Do look out for more TLC webinars from us in due course!

Becky Alexander

Becky Alexander has worked as a Managing and Commissioning Editor for Penguin, Bloomsbury, HarperCollins and Carroll & Brown. She now works as a freelance Managing Editor and Senior Editor for Penguin (Ebury/Vermilion) and other companies, specialising in high profile non-fiction, from food to feminism. Recent books include Little Veggie Eats, Find your Voice and The Modern Midwife. She has worked in UK book publishing for 20 years.

Louise Harnby

Louise Harnby is a freelance fiction editor with 30 years of publishing experience. She works with independent authors and specializes in crime fiction, thrillers and mysteries. She has proofread for 25 publishers including Chicken House; Kogan Page; Little, Brown; Pan Macmillan; Polity; SAGE Publishing; Salt; Yale University Press and Zed Books. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute for Editors and Proofreaders (CIEP), a member of ACES, and a Partner Member of The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). Louise also offers training for editors and proofreaders at her website here.

Shreeta Shah

Shreeta Shah is a Copy-editor at Puffin Books, Penguin Random House Children’s. She worked in television until a career break brought her to the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA, where she rediscovered her love of words and working with authors. She trained as a proofreader and worked as a freelance editor before joining Puffin Books. Shreeta works on a range of non-fiction and fiction books, including those by Jacqueline Wilson and Joseph Delaney as well as debut novelists such as Emma Smith-Barton and Manjeet Mann.

Chair: Aki Schilz

Aki Schilz is the Director of The Literary Consultancy, the UK’s longest-running editorial consultancy for writers, providing editing services, mentoring and literary events. She is a Trustee of Poetry London, and sits on the advisory board for the award-winning publisher Penned in the Margins. Aki is a judge for the Bridport First Novel Award and the Creative Future Literary Awards. She is also a prize-winning writer, and co-founder of the Saboteur Award-shortlisted #LossLit digital literature project. In 2018 Aki was named as one of the FutureBook 40, and nominated for an h100 Award. She has also been shortlisted for the Kim Scott-Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing.

To listen back to TLC’s first ever webinar, please click the image below.