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Our Editors

Expert Professional Publishing Editors


Our Editorial Team are professionals from famous publishing houses - Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan and Titan Books - where they have overseen many bestselling and award-winning novels published to acclaim. When you select our online MFA or MA alternative, The Finished Novel Course, or one of our Book In a Year plans, you'll 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 or for self-publishing, or to take your writing to new heights. Every writer's 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.

From the World’s Major Publishing Houses


Lizzy Goudsmit-Kay


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.

Lizzy was known during her seven years at Penguin Random House for being a thorough and relentless editor. She loves discovering a manuscript with genuine potential and working hand-in-hand with an author. 

As Editorial Director at The Novelry, Lizzy oversees all manuscripts for submission and also works more broadly on our writers' stories to help finesse clear pitches, with an eye to market trends and potential agent matches. Her role is to ensure our writers the most exciting publishing prospects.

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Tash Barsby


Before joining The Novelry, Tash Barsby was a Commissioning Editor at Transworld Publishers, a division of Penguin Random House.

Tash began her career at Hachette Children's Books with experience at Vintage Books, Pan Macmillan and Simon & Schuster before moving to Penguin Random House. Starting in the copy-editorial department, Tash rose to Commissioning Editor in the commercial fiction team, working across bestselling brand authors such as Sarah Pearse (The Sanatorium), Shari Lapena, Fiona Barton, Lesley Kara and Tess Gerritsen.  

In her time at Penguin Random House, Tash also enjoyed giving editorial advice to aspiring authors as a mentor, an experience that taught her a huge amount about discovering raw talent. Tash considers it a privilege to be trusted with an author’s work and loves nothing more than helping an author get their story fully realised on the page. 

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Lily Lindon


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.

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.

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Craig Leyenaar


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, Mikey Spillane.

He has published many novels including the last two novels of The Witcher series from Andrzej Sapkowski, the critically acclaimed and multiple-award-nominated The Vanished Birds from Simon Jimenez, the award-winning The Books of Earthsea Illustrated Edition from Ursula K. Le Guin and Charles Vess, as well as authors including J. Michael Straczynski, Ed McDonald, Chloe Neill, Nicole Jarvis, J.S. Barnes, Tori Bovalino, Joshua Phillip Johnson and Alexander dan Vilhjálmsson. 

His passion is discovering new voices and working with debut writers to bring their stories to life. 

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Krystle Appiah


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.

Krystle began her career at Walker Books, working on New York Times-bestselling author Angie Thomas and the Carnegie Medal-longlisted poetry collection Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur. During her time at Pan Macmillan, Krystle worked on a broad range of children's books from Sir Lenny Henry's The Boy with Wings to Padraig Kenny's The Shadows of Rookhaven, as well as championing new authors and working towards greater diversity and inclusion.

She is able to see the potential in each and every novel that lands on her desk, and loves connecting with writers and storytellers, helping them develop their work into the very best manuscript possible.

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Editorial services to get published


When you join us for a fully-tutored course such as The Book in a Year Plan or The Finished Novel Course, you'll benefit from our professional editorial guidance to raise your work to publishing standard. The Finished Novel Course, our online alternative to a creative writing MA or MFA, includes our Ultimate Manuscript Assessment, but you can purchase this as a standalone service too. You can review our other editorial services here. When your book is ready, our editorial team will pitch your work to our literary agency partners on your behalf. We don't ask for any commission for this service and our strike rate is very high thanks to the hard work of the editorial team.

Manuscript Assessment