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Our Editors

From the world’s major publishing houses.

Meet the team

Expert Professional Publishing Editors


Our editorial team are professionals from famous publishing houses – Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan, Hachette, Orion and Titan Books – where they have overseen many bestselling and award-winning novels published to acclaim. Unlike other online schools, writing academies or literary consultancies we dont use anonymous freelance ‘editors who you never get to meet or discuss your work with. Our team are in-house and 100% dedicated to your publishing prospects.

When you select The Finished Novel Course, or one of our Book in a Year plans, youll enjoy the guidance of publishing professionals to oversee every aspect of your novel as we progress towards a finished draft whether for submission to literary agents for a publishing contract, for self-publishing, or to take your writing to new heights.

Every writers story passes before our editorial team as you progress towards a finished novel during The Big Edit, the last phase of your year with us. Their mission is simple: your success.

Meet Our Editorial Services Team

Lizzy Goudsmit-Kay

Formerly Penguin Random House


Before joining The Novelry, Lizzy Goudsmit-Kay was a Senior Commissioning Editor at Transworld Publishers, a division of Penguin Random House, home to authors including Kate Atkinson, Dan Brown, Bill Bryson, Lee Child, Richard Dawkins, Paula Hawkins, Rachel Joyce and Sophie Kinsella.


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Tash Barsby

Formerly Penguin Random House


Before joining The Novelry, Tash Barsby was a Commissioning Editor at Transworld Publishers, a division of Penguin Random House. Tash has worked as an editor on many bestselling titles including the #1 Sunday Times bestseller The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse.


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Francine Toon

Formerly Hachette (Hodder & Stoughton)


Before joining The Novelry, Francine Toon was a Commissioning Editor at the Sceptre imprint at Hodder & Stoughton, a division of Hachette, publishing distinctive prize-winning fiction. Francine has worked with internationally renowned authors such as John le Carré, Stephen King and Fredrik Backman.

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Craig Leyenaar

Formerly Titan Books, Orion Publishing


Before joining The Novelry, Craig Leyenaar was a Commissioning Editor at the famous Titan Books, a publisher specialising in science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime and thrillers, and home to authors including Stephen King, V.E. Schwab, James Lovegrove and Mikey Spillane.


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Lily Lindon

Formerly Penguin Random House


Before joining The Novelry, Lily Lindon was an Editor at Vintage, a division of Penguin Random House, home to authors including Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Ian McEwan, Jeanette Winterson, Haruki Murakami and Salman Rushdie.


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Krystle Appiah

Formerly Pan Macmillan


Before joining The Novelry, Krystle Appiah was an Editor at Macmillan Children’s Books, a division of Pan Macmillan and home to authors including Marcus Rashford, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Tomi Adeyemi and Julia Donaldson.


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Editorial services to get published


“My story whisperer editor took my submission package to the next level. She gave me the perfect premise line, went over my first three chapters with her brilliant editorial eye, and gave masterful advice on how to reorganize my book’s timeline to jack up suspense. She then handpicked the perfect agents and gave me the benefit of her industry wisdom throughout the entire submission process. I couldn’t recommend The Novelry more highly.”

—Helena Echlin, now represented by our literary agency partner Janklow & Nesbit after submission by The Novelry

Enjoy the sense of achievement of finishing your novel with The Novelry.

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