London Writers Network: Meet the Editors

From acquiring rights to choosing your branding, come and see how editors can make your work sing.

What do editors do? Are they simply responsible for crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s? Or can they support and champion debut writers?

Following on from our highly successful Meet the Agents session, the Meet the Editors panel of Emma Goldhawk (Hodder), Shreeta Shah (Penguin Random House), Tom Bonnick (Nosy Crow), Emad Akhtar (Orion) and Francesca Main (Picador) will give you an insight into the roles and responsibilities of editors at different stages of their careers and in different publishing companies.

The session is suitable for any writer with the goal of being published and people exploring careers in the publishing industry.

This event is free to attend for members of Spread the Word’s London Writers Network as part of their membership offer of access to two free London Writers Network events a year. The event is open to all and tickets are available for non-members to buy for £8. 

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The Panel

Emma Goldhawk

Senior Commissioning Editor, Hodder

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Emma began her editorial career at BBC Magazines in 2003, before moving to Templar Books in 2008, where she worked with a host of incredible authors and illustrators, including Christopher Paolini, Jamila Gavin, Anne Yvonne Gilbert and Jonny Duddle. Since 2014, she has been Senior Commissioning Editor at Hodder Children’s Books and is the very proud editor of authors such as Waterstones Prize-winning Patrice Lawrence, Great British Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain, Emmy and BAFTA-award winning comedy writer and cartoonist Andy Riley, Printz Award-winner Nick Lake, and editor of The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla.

Francesca Main

Publishing Director, Picador

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Francesca Main is Publishing Director at Picador, where her authors include Jessie Burton, Emma Flint, Jackie Kay and Cathy Rentzenbrink. She was named Editor of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2015. Francesca previously worked for Simon & Schuster and Penguin, and has also been a tutor for the Arvon Foundation and a guest speaker for Curtis Brown Creative and the Faber Academy.

Shreeta Shah

Editor, Penguin Random House

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Shreeta Shah is Assistant Copy-editor at Penguin Random House Children's and also works as a freelance editor. She launched a career in publishing after completing an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and in 2016 she was one of three Flight Associates with Spread the Word. Prior to this, she worked in television.

Tom Bonnick

Commissioning Editor, Nosy Crow

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Tom Bonnick is Nosy Crow’s Business Development Manager and Commissioning Editor. As well as commissioning fiction for the Nosy Crow list, he also works on all of the company’s highly-acclaimed programme of digital and audio publishing. He is especially interested in publishing diverse voices, and in December 2015 began an open call for submissions from BAME authors. In 2015, he was named Young Independent Publisher of the Year at the IPG Independent Publishing Awards and one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars, and in 2016 was named a Digital Book World Fellow.

Emad Akhtar

Publishing Director, Orion Books

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Emad Akhtar is a publishing director at Orion Books working with No.1 bestsellers such as Ian Rankin and Michael Connelly. Previously, he was the crime editor at Penguin Books and at HarperCollins before that, working across a wide range of crime, thriller, mysteries and science fiction. He loves debuts and discovering new voices to develop.

Conference Room, Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road E1 1BU