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I can't imagine writing another book without The Book Specialist. Charlie fulfils the role of critic, coach, mentor and even muse! Her no-nonsense approach provides the guidance every writer needs. Working with The Book Specialist gave me the reassurance that my finished manuscript is as good as it's ever going to be.
David Prever, Kindle-bestselling author of The Blood Banker
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ABOUT THE BOOK SPECIALIST
The Book Specialist is an editorial agency based in Nottingham that works with authors and publishers in the UK and internationally. Over the years The Book Specialist has worked on more than a thousand books for authors and publishers, from crime thrillers to steamy romances, children's fantasy novels to autobiographies, financial guides to military histories, criminology textbooks to spiritual discourses.
We're a small team of professionals with a wealth of experience in publishing. Charlie and the other four editors work for a range of reputable publishers, including John Wiley & Sons, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Random House, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, Hachette, Piccadilly Press, A&C Black, Robert Hale, Sweet & Maxwell, Biteback and Imperial College Press – and, of course, many authors.
The result is an editorial agency with a reputation for expertise, quality and professionalism.
Charlie Wilson – founder
Charlie is a professional writer and editor with a decade's experience, gained both in-house in publishing and as a freelancer. She's a development editor for the For Dummies brand (John Wiley & Sons) and works for many other clients in publishing.
A member of the Society of Authors, she's a self-confessed authorholic – addicted to writing books. As well as those published under Charlie Wilson (see the Books page), she writes prolifically under pen names and anonymously as a ghostwriter. In addition to her Book Specialist work, Charlie is a consultant for academic editing company AcEdemy and author marketing agency Open Book Digital; she partners on The Novel Prize; and she gives talks on writing, publishing and freelancing.
When she's not writing/editing you'll find Charlie at home with her husband and son. There, she's building a library to house her ever-increasing collection of books. She pretends not to notice that the shelves are rather wonky.
Ally McTaggart – projects manager
Ally has a background in marketing and management and a passion for books. As well as managing projects for The Book Specialist, he works in book marketing and design.
Emma Djonokusumo – editor
Emma has extensive editorial experience, having worked in-house and as a freelancer for a number of leading UK publishers, such as Random House and Bloomsbury.
London born and bred, Emma has recently taken the plunge and moved to the countryside. When not in her office she can be found elbow-deep in DIY and amateur landscape gardening. Other loves include good food and wine (and then running them off in the park), travelling and making the most of her Curzon membership.
Melissa Hyder – editor
Melissa has been an editor in the publishing industry for almost ten years. She's the senior editor at Piccadilly Press, and has a range of freelance clients, including Simon & Schuster and Hachette. She loves every stage of the book process, from working on initial concepts right through all the edits, to feeling chuffed to look at a finished book and know she’s had a part in helping it come into existence. She also reviews children’s books for Books for Keeps.
If you manage to find Melissa not editing or reading or writing then she’s probably watching movies, making jewellery, exploring the great outdoors or asleep.
Sarah Ashton – editor
Sarah Ashton has 11 years' editorial experience, mainly in academic, secondary education and teaching English as a foreign language. Her last full-time job was editing magazines for A-level students. She now freelances for a range of publishers, including Oxford University Press.
When not wrestling with gerunds and semi-colons, Sarah loves going to art exhibitions, the cinema, concerts and the theatre. She is also a keen reader, traveller and walker. Among her favourite books are Far from the Madding Crowd, Jane Eyre, the Narnia books and anything by Alexander McCall Smith.
Morwenna Tudor – editor
Bio to follow soon...