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  • Commissioning editor of Beast Quest, world sales of over 11 million copies
  • Editor of Carnegie-longlisted novels, Liccle Bit, Joe All Alone and This Is Not A Love Story
  • Publisher of Frankie's Magic Football, with author Frank Lampard, UK sales over 880,000 copies
  • Co-organiser of the Book Bound writers' retreat
  • The Bookseller Rising Star 2017
  • Adult Publisher clients include Head of Zeus and Orion
  • Series Consultant on The Deep series, launching with Bloomsbury in 2018
  • Consultant on Night Zookeeper series, with OUP in 2017
  • Children's Publisher clients include OUP, PRH, Bloomsbury, Hachette and Stripes
  • Licence Owner clients include Withit and Skoo Crew

I have always admired Karen’s editorial instincts. Her eye for the ingredients of a good story is second to none.”
— Claire Wilson, literary agent, Rogers, Coleridge & White

I've launched some of the most successful series of the past 25 years and have 11 years' experience with developing Intellectual Property. I have written over 20 books and as co-founder of the Book Bound Writers' Retreat, I build author careers. I also run one of the UK's leading sewing blogs.

My strengths lie in collaborative creativity, brainstorming, team leadership, idea generation and structural editing. But, of course, everything starts and ends with a really great idea, and that's where Speckled Pen can offer the following bespoke business-to-business services...

  • Intellectual Property
  • Brainstorming
  • Concept development
  • Series fiction development
  • Storylining
  • Writing and ghost writing
  • Commissioning, structural editing, proofreading
  • Reader reports

Karen is a delight to work with and her expert eye was critical in my transition to writing for teens.”
— Alex Wheatle, winner of The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

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