Editor at The Novelry
The Editor & Author
Previously Editor at Penguin Random House Vintage Books
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.
With experience across three incredibly varied publishers at Penguin (Children’s, Transworld and Vintage), and intensive training in both publicity and editorial teams, Lily brings an unusually broad range of expertise to the publishing process. At Penguin she was known for bringing enthusiasm and a sense of humour to all her projects, and for tirelessly publishing every book to exacting high standards. She champions the work of creatives across the industry with gusto.
As well as a host of award-winning contemporary authors, Lily worked on refreshing Vintage’s iconic red spine Classics, from Jeanette Winterson, Sapphire, Stella Gibbons and Derek Jarman, to an international ‘Heroines’ series showcasing female protagonists. She commissioned and edited books such as The Love Letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, the first ever English translation of a rediscovered novel by Simone de Beauvoir (The Inseparables), and Youngman: Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, the first trans author on a Classics list.
At The Novelry, Lily brings her creativity as an author and her expertise as a publishing editor to our authors’ books – in any genre – to ensure the highest publishing standards.
Editor by day, romcom fiction writer by night.
As an editor and an author, Lily brings writers bang-up-to-date knowledge from both sides of the publishing process. Lily’s first novel Double Booked was sold as part of a two-book deal in a four-way auction, and was published in June 2022 by Head of Zeus/Bloomsbury.
She also hosts Wit Lit, an interview podcast about funny books, and believes the best tragedies are often the best comedies. A member of the queer community, she is passionate about advocating for LGBTQ+ voices and helping to publish underrepresented stories.
Praise for Double Booked:
‘This is right up my street – hook it up to my veins immediately, please.’ —Laura Jane Williams, author of the internationally best-selling Our Stop and The Lucky Escape
‘Double Booked is a double whammy of wit.’ —Helen Lederer, comedian and founder of the Comedy Women in Print Prize
‘Brilliant. Whip-smart, horribly relatable and so perceptive. You will love it.’ —Hannah Tovey, author of The Education of Ivy Edwards
The most important and pleasurable parts of being an editor are helping writers craft their unique voices, and championing great storytelling.
Gina is about to marry her boyfriend. George is about to join a lesbian pop band. Gina and George are the same person. No wonder Georgina is DOUBLE BOOKED.
Georgina has a strict routine:
1) teach piano to bored children
2) schedule dates with long-term boyfriend
3) repeat until dead
But then, one wild night, she auditions for a famous lesbian pop band and realises:
1) she longs to play her own music
2) she wants to be just like them
3) their drummer is really hot...
Realising she might be bisexual, Georgina – and her schedule – are in chaos. Torn between the safety of her old life, and the freedom of a new one, she does what any rational person would do. She splits herself in two. After all, two lives are twice the fun... right?
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