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The Novelry team
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Meet the team

You’ll enjoy regular coaching from a team of global bestselling authors to stay on track. Our dedicated focus will save you a whole lot of time and trouble and help you discover the joy of writing fiction, faster. The close and kindly relationship we have with our writers is at the heart of each and every one of our success stories.

Our team

Writing coaches

Who you learn from, who you write with, matters. You’ll choose your coach from our team of bestselling fiction authors whose books have hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists. They’ll help you write your bestseller now!

Andrea Stewart. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Andrea Stewart

Andrea Stewart is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Drowning Empire trilogy (The Bone Shard Daughter, The Bone Shard Emperor, and The Bone Shard War) and a finalist for numerous awards, including the Goodreads Choice Award and The British Fantasy Award.

Amanda Reynolds. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Amanda Reynolds

Amanda Reynolds is the bestselling author of five novels. Her number one ebook bestseller, Close To Me, was recently adapted into a major TV series.

Rachel Joyce. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce is the multi-million copy bestselling, award-winning, Booker Prize-listed author of six novels and short stories. Her novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a major motion movie starring Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton, for which Rachel also wrote the screenplay.

Piers Torday. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Piers Torday

Piers Torday is the award-winning and bestselling author of seven books for children dubbed ‘the new master of children’s fiction’ by The Times.

Evie Wyld. Author and The Novelry Team Member.

Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld is the award-winning author of four novels and a memoir. She is the only novelist ever to have won both the Miles Franklin Award and The Stella Prize for fiction in Australia. She is also the recipient of The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, a Betty Trask Award, the European Union Prize, the Jerwood Fiction Prize and the Encore Award.

Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author and The Novelry Team Member

Heather Webb

Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of ten novels with twenty-three years of coaching experience.

Libby Page. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Libby Page

Libby Page is the bestselling author of four novels. The Lido became a Sunday Times bestseller within its first week of publication and has been published in more than 23 territories around the world.

Tasha Suri. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Tasha Suri

Tasha Suri is the award-winning author of The Books of Ambha duology (Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash) and the epic fantasy The Jasmine Throne. Empire of Sand was rated by TIME magazine as one of the best fantasy novels of all time.

Melanie Conklin. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Melanie Conklin

Writing coach, Melanie Conklin, is the award-winning author of five middle-grade books for children, and winner of the International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice Award.

L.R. Lam. Author and The Novelry Team Member

L.R. Lam

El, or L.R. Lam, is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of nine novels, with three more under contract. Their books include the epic fantasy romance Dragonfall, the beginning of the Dragon Scales trilogy, cyberpunk near-future thrillers, space opera novels and a near-future thriller. 

Lesley Kara. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Lesley Kara

Lesley Kara is a Sunday Times Top Ten and Amazon #1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. She is the author of The Rumor, Who Did You Tell?, The Dare, The Apartment Upstairs and The Other Tenant.

Kate Riordan. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan is the bestselling author of six novels, and has been a Richard and Judy Book Club choice. Her novels are published by Penguin Random House.

Katie Khan at The Novelry

Katie Khan

Katie Khan is the author of two speculative fiction novels, Hold Back the Stars and The Light Between Us, published in the UK by Penguin Random House and in the US by Simon & Schuster. Her debut novel Hold Back the Stars is being adapted for film by the producers of Stranger Things. Katie’s books have been translated into more than twenty languages and nominated for awards. Katie is creative director at The Novelry.

Gina Sorell. Author and The Novelry Team Member.

Gina Sorell

Gina Sorell is the author of The Wise Women (HarperCollins), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Good Morning America Buzz Book, a People Magazine Best New Book Pick, and Washington Post Summer Selection. Her debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers was a Refinery29 and Self Magazine Best Book Pick.

David Solomons. Author and The Novelry Team Member

David Solomons

David Solomons is the author of middle-grade children’s novels. His children’s books have won The British Book Industry Best Children’s Book and The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. 

Mahsuda Snaith. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Mahsuda Snaith

Mahsuda Snaith’s debut novel The Things We Thought We Knew saw her named an Observer ‘New Face of Fiction’. 

Emylia Hall. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Emylia Hall

Emylia Hall is the award-winning author of six novels including a cozy crime series. She is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

Alice Kuipers. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers is the bestselling, award-winning author of five novels, and six books for younger readers. She has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She is also a bestselling ghost writer experienced in writing memoir.

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, personal essays and short stories. Her books have been selected by Read with Jenna, the Today Show book club, Barnes & Noble book club, Target book club, as a #1 IndieNext Pick and other accolades. Her work has been translated into 8 languages. She is based in Seattle.

Colleen Oakley. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of five novels. Colleen was awarded Georgia Author of the Year.

Gothic
Contemporary & Women’s Fiction
Crime & Suspense
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Fantasy Epics And Sagas
Literary Fiction
Reading Group Fiction
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Up Lit
Magical Realism
Romance
Mystery
Historical Fiction
Memoir
Women’s Fiction
Science Fiction
Speculative Fiction
Sleuths, Crime Fiction
Suspense
Psychological Thrillers
Young Adult
Fantasy Fiction
Crime Thrillers
Cozy Crime
Children’s & Young Adult Fiction
Our team

Book editors

You’ll work with professional publishing editors formerly at Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster. When your novel is ready, The Novelry will act on your behalf to make personal introductions to leading literary agencies that represent bestselling authors like Meg Wollitzer, Madeleine Miller, Liane Moriarty, Celeste Ng, Michael Ondaatje, Richard Osman, Marilynne Robinson, Philip Pullman, Tess Gerritsen and more.

Lizzy Goudsmit Kay. Former senior commissioning editor at Penguin Random House

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 general fiction authors including Kate Atkinson, Dan Brown, Bill Bryson, Lee Child, Richard Dawkins, Paula Hawkins, Rachel Joyce and Sophie Kinsella.

Tash Barsby. Former commissioning editor at Penguin random House and The Novelry Team Member

Tash Barsby

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.

Craig Leyenaar. Former commissioning editor at Titan Books and Gollancz and The Novelry Team Member

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 and Mikey Spillane.

Josie Humber. Former senior commissioning editor at Hodder & Stoughton and The Novelry Team Member

Josie Humber

Before joining The Novelry, Josie Humber was a Senior Commissioning Editor at Hodder & Stoughton, a division of Hachette, home to authors including Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, David Nicholls and Erin Kelly.

Gillian Holmes. Former editor at Penguin Random House and The Novelry Team Member

Gillian Holmes

Before joining The Novelry, Gillian Holmes worked as an acquiring editor and a copy editor at Penguin Random House for the Arrow Books imprint, where she acquired authors such as Katie Flynn who was the bestselling saga writer in the country.

Francine Toon. Former commissioning editor at Hachette

Francine Toon

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

Nicola 'Nic' Caws previously Senior Commissioning Editor at Headline part of Hachette

Nic Caws

Before joining The Novelry, Nic was Senior Commissioning Editor at Headline, part of Hachette, with a particular focus on their boutique romance imprint Headline Eternal, the publishing home of bestselling authors such as Sarah Adams, Erin Sterling and Mariana Zapata.

Krystle Appiah. Former editor at Macmillan

Krystle Appiah

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

Simran Sandhu and previously Editor at Macmillan Children’s Books

Simran Sandhu

Simran Sandhu was an Editor at Macmillan Children’s Books where she worked on groundbreaking and award-winning children’s and YA titles including Pooja Puri’s A Dinosaur Ate My Sister, the first title selected for the Marcus Rashford Book Club and the How to be a Hero series by Cat Weldon.

Georgia Summers. Previously Editor at Macmillan and The Novelry Team Member.

Georgia Summers

Before joining The Novelry, Georgia Summers was an Editor at Tor, an imprint of Macmillan, home to authors including Cassandra Clare, Olivie Blake, Adrian Tchaikovsky, TJ Klune, Arkady Martine and Travis Baldree.

Sorcha Rose Editor at The Novelry Formerly Hodder and Stoughton Hachette

Sorcha Rose

Before joining The Novelry, Sorcha Rose was an Assistant Editor at Hodder & Stoughton, a division of Hachette, home to authors including John Grisham, Stephen King, Sophie Hannah, Erin Kelly, Will Dean, B.A. Paris, Vaseem Khan and Lucy Score.

Formerly HarperCollins
Formerly Simon & Schuster
Formerly Titan Books & Orion
Formerly Hachette
Formerly Penguin Random House
Formerly Hodder & Stoughton
Formerly Macmillan
Our team

Our founder

Booker Prize-listed, winner of The Betty Trask Prize, Le Prince Maurice and longlisted for other awards too, the Wall Street Journal described Louise Dean as one of the world’s top five most underrated authors. Her standing as an author of literary fiction combined with her love of the craft of writing, and care for her writing students has earned her plaudits from publishing industry professionals, literary agencies and the Nobel Laureate for Literature.

Louise Dean. Founder, author and Director of The Novelry.
Founder and Course Director

Louise Dean

Award-winning Booker Prize listed author.