Karen combines publishing nous and commercial instinct with huge creative flair and a real sense of what makes stories work. She is also committed, reliable and fun to work with!
— Liz Cross, Publisher, Oxford University Press


With 25 years' experience of editing bestselling children's fiction and non fiction, authors can be sure of an expert eye on their manuscripts.

Services include:

  • Reader reports on your manuscript

  • Brainstorms to unlock your plot

  • Structural editing

  • Line editing

  • Proofreading

  • Pitching and submission advice


Karen is a fantastic person to brainstorm with. She is creative and responsive, grasping concepts quickly and providing the right guidance to develop their full potential.”
— Abie Longstaff, bestselling children's author

If you have a concept and want a team of editors to brainstorm with, Invite us in and set your ideas free


Karen is a complete life-saver. Whether I need storyboarding, editing or project management, she is an incredibly safe pair of hands and always the first person I think of for editorial support.”
— Zoe Griffiths, Senior Commissioning Editor, Bloomsbury

If you want to take your acorn of an idea and see it grow, we can help with professional concept documents, storylines and manuscripts

Here's what we can do :

  • Develop concepts, bringing a wealth of series knowledge to your door

  • Write story lines to a series framework in a timely manner

  • Commission the best writers so you can concentrate on strategy

  • Deliver high-quality, edited manuscripts to schedule and brief



If you're a publisher, agent or brand owner, let us help you develop books together

This can apply to:

  • Publishers looking to develop their own IP, concepts or imprints

  • Licence or brand owners who would like to engage with book content

  • Talent or literary agents keen to engage around concept development

At Speckled Pen we believe in a friendly, collaborative approach that encourages everyone to have fun with ideas and discover commercial opportunity together. 


Interested? Please contact us here for further discussions and a quote.


25 years of editing and writing...