who we are
The Book Edit was founded by Emily Pedder. Emily has worked as a writer, developmental editor and creative writing teacher for the past 15 years and is a firm believer in the importance of mentoring writers and the power of a good edit. Her editorial work covers a range of genres from literary fiction to thrillers, crime, historical fiction, sci-fi, Young Adult and memoir. Many of the writers Emily has worked with have gone on to publish either with traditional publishers or with indies. She also course directs the Novel Studio, which she co-founded, and heads up the writing short courses at City, University of London.
How We Work
At The Book Edit we have a team of handpicked editors, all of whom are also writers. This means that whoever works on your project also understands what it feels like to be edited. They all know how challenging, and how transformative that experience can be.
All submissions to The Book Edit are overseen by the Director who then matches each project with the most appropriate editor. Sometimes that editor will be the director herself, other times it will be one of our team. Whoever does the work for you, Emily will oversee all the editorial notes, and keep in close contact with the selected editor.
Peter Forbes is a science writer, editor and teacher. He has written numerous articles and reviews for the Guardian, Independent, The Times, Financial Times, Aeon, Nature, Scientific American, New Scientist, World Medicine, Modern Painters, New Statesman, and other magazines. He was editor of the Poetry Society's Poetry Review from 1986-2002, where he was amongst the first to published acclaimed poets such as Glyn Maxwell, Don Paterson and Sophie Hannah. Poetry Review was the official magazine of the groundbreaking New Generation Poets promotion of 1994. He then edited Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Poetry (Viking, 1999). The Gecko’s Foot, a book on the new science of bio-inspired materials, was published by Fourth Estate in 2005 and was long-listed for the Royal Society Prize. Dazzled and Deceived: Mimicry and camouflage (Yale University Press, 2009) won the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing. His latest book is Nanoscience: Giants of the Infinitesimal (Papadakis), co-written with the sculptor Tom Grimsey. He teaches the Narrative Non-fiction short course at City, University of London and a PhD writing workshop at UCL. He has been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, St George’s, University of London and Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has also run writing workshops at Goldsmiths, University of London and Buzzfeed.
Kirstan Hawkins is a writer, creative writing teacher and anthropologist. Her first novel, Dona Nicanora’s Hat Shop, was published by Random House in 2010. She has taught on the Novel Studio at City, University of London for over five years, seeing a number of students to publication during that time. She also provides intensive tutoring and mentoring to writers through the Circle of Misse writing centre in France. As well as being a novelist, Kirstan has followed a career in international development. She has a PhD in anthropology and international development from the University of Wales, Swansea where she was formerly a lecturer, and has conducted extensive social research in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone is a published author and editor and has been working as a creative writing teacher and mentor for over 10 years, helping writers make the best of their writing. She has taught courses and seminars for City, University of London (both MA, Novel Studio and short courses), Bishopsgate Institute, The Guardian, the Graham Greene Festival, Emmanuel College and Pembroke College of Cambridge University and others. Students she has worked with have gone on to find places on creative writing MAs, MFAs, City’s Novel Studio, or have found agents and publishers. Among others, she is very proud to have edited M L Stedman, the New York Times best-selling author of The Light Between Oceans.
Penny Rudge was born by Lake Michigan, brought up in commuter-belt Surrey and now lives in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 2010 Little Brown published her first novel, Foolish Lessons in Life and Love, a black comedy about a self-deluding young Londoner. Penny earned a doctorate in Literature & Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2016. She is currently finishing her second novel, Kindness is a Language, a coming of age love story, and developing a third, an as-yet-unnamed thriller. She believes in the importance of ‘finding the bones’ of the story — the skeleton under the show of personality (to adapt from Jack Kerouac) — and loves the challenge of working with other writers to enable them to unearth, connect and polish their own.
Emma Claire Sweeney has won Arts Council and Royal Literary Fund awards, and has published in the likes of The Paris Review, TIME, and The Washington Post, as well as almost all the British and Irish broadsheets. After graduating from Cambridge University, she gained an MA with distinction from the University of East Anglia, and won the faculty studentship for her PhD at the Open University. She now teaches creative writing at City, University of London and New York University's London campus. Her debut novel, Owl Song at Dawn, won Nudge Book of the Year 2016. It has also been published in China and Germany, and is described by Booker-Prize-nominated novelist and critic Stevie Davies as ‘an important book – for our lives and consciences’. Emma’s second book, A Secret Sisterhood is non-fiction exploring the hidden literary friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf. She co-wrote it with her own friend, Emily Midorikawa, with whom she also runs SomethingRhymed.com – a website on female literary friendship. A Secret Sisterhood came out in 2017 in the UK and USA, with a foreword by Margaret Atwood who claims that it has ‘done much service to literary history’.