Rebecca Ley to publish debut novel with Orion Fiction


We were so thrilled to hear about this one.

Journalist and author, Rebecca Ley, has sold her debut novel, For When I’m Gone, to Orion.

Rebecca came to The Book Edit last year and was matched with one of our editors for a full developmental edit. With the feedback she received, she was able to rework the novel and to secure an agent, Sophie Lambert at Colville and Walsh. Within a few months, she had sold the book to Orion.

Publishing Director at Orion, Clare Hey, has said “Rebecca’s writing is full of hope and joy as well as sadness and loss and I am so excited to be bringing this wonderful novel to readers."

Speaking of her experience with The Book Edit, Rebecca has said “I found it brilliant. It was invaluable to have an experienced editor look at my work before trying to find an agent. the suggestions she made were extremely perceptive and useful in the redrafting process.

A novel about love, grief and living, For When I’m Gone looks set to make everyone’s heart break next year. Congratulations, Rebecca!

Fiction to look out for in 2019

2018 was a phenomenal year for The Book Edit and City’s short course alumni with highlights being Hannah Begbie's Mother, winner of Joan Hessayon Romantic Novelist’s award, Fern Britton’s first pick for Tesco Book Club, Film rights sold to Clerkenwell Films; Peng Shepherd's The Book of M, Amazon’s best sci-fi books of 2018, The Guardian’s best recent sci-fi 2018, Esquire’s best sci-fi 2018, shortlisted Best Fantasy Good Reads Awards 2018, Amazon’s best 100 books 2018; R.K. Salters' Butterfly Ranch, winner of Rubery award for fiction 2018 and a Chill with a Book award, shortlisted People’s Book Prize 2018...

2019 shows no sign of slowing down. Two to look out for this year: the eagerly anticipated psychological thriller, Blood Orange, debut novel from Harriet Tyce, already listed amongst debuts to watch in The Observer, Cosmopolitan, The Sun, The Sunday Express and The Express;

and Luiza Sauma’s second novel, Everything You Ever Wanted about the modern condition and our ‘age of anxiety’ set on a perfect parallel planet. Both are brilliant writers with big futures and we can’t wait to see their books make their way into the world.