My top hat is as a writer and commissioning editor of children’s fiction and picture books – which I do with passion, imagination and a good knowledge of the market. I published Wendy and the Wallpaper Cat with V&A Publishing in May 2015, and my poetry was published in The Forest Folk and The Marine Team published by MIBO / Button Books in October 2015. I am currently working on the second draft of my first novel, for readers aged 8+.
As if by magic, I borrow a wizard’s hat for developing animations and infographics with my partners at Watchbell. I work with a very experienced art director and a highly talented digital illustrator and animator, so we can take on projects both large and small. And my bowler hat remains at the ready for copywriting and editing.
You might know me better by the flying helmet I wore as the Publisher at the Ivy Press. There, I conceived, developed and sold bestselling illustrated non-fiction titles on both sides of the Atlantic. I’ve enjoyed creating books for publishers including A&C Black, Dorling Kindersley, HarperCollins, Penguin, Princeton University Press, St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, Sterling, Thames & Hudson, University of Chicago Press and V&A Publishing.
I conceived and commissioned the million-selling 30-Second Theories series of popular reference titles, which I created with my wonderful team at the Ivy Press. I am currently developing a list of photography and gift book titles at the Ammonite Press.
I enjoy working with illustrators, so please do get in touch if you would like to discuss a collaboration. I’m also, of course, happy to hear from agents, publishers, museums and other businesses who would like to see my latest proposals or discuss developing their own projects.
After all, why else would I be asking a white rabbit to help me blow my own trumpet?