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Julie Crisp Literary Agency

Literary agent, editorial consultant, freelance editor

I am an editor with over fifteen years’ experience working for three major houses across a broad spectrum of commercial titles within fiction, non-fiction and children’s. This also included three years spent working in the Australian publishing industry. For nine years, I headed up the UK arm of one of the largest global brands of science fiction and fantasy, Tor. I’ve worked on bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ann Cleeves, Peter F. Hamilton, China Miéville, Neal Asher, Amanda Hocking, Naomi Novik and TV/Game partnerships including Halo, The Returned, The Walking Dead and Twin Peaks. 

As an agent I am actively looking to build my list and am looking for historical fiction, crime/thrillers, bookclub fiction and science fiction and fantasy. My clients include: John Gwynne, Heather Child, Den Patrick and Nick Setchfield.


Freelance Editing

In today’s competitive market, your manuscript being 'book-ready' will greatly enhance your chances of an editor or agent taking your work seriously.

Editing has always been an aspect of publishing that I have enjoyed most. It needs to be a collaborative process and the authors I have worked with have valued the advice and editorial feedback I provided about their novels.

There are various levels of editing I can offer including: a reader's report, a structural report or a full line and developmental edit. 

If you are interested in having your manuscript looked at by a fully-qualified, experienced and professional editor then please use the contact page to request a quotation.

Please understand that if you book me as a freelance editor for your novel - I will be unable to look at your submission as a literary agent.

Reader's Report

This involves one read-through of the novel and then a 2-3 page report on the commercial accessibility, the writing, the larger structural issues and a suggestion about the next steps. It's nowhere near as detailed as a structural edit and wouldn't provide suggested fixes on the script - just a broad overview in bullet points of the main issues and any writing tics that may need to be looked at. This report costs £250 for a novel of a word count up to 100K.  

Structural report

A report that takes a greater, in depth-look at the novel. It will explore the structure and whether it hangs together well. It would investigate any major plot holes and suggest ways to fix them. Other aspects it would cover are: character development, issues with the storyline and typical debut author writing tics and solutions on how to fix them. It would involve the manuscript being marked up with queries and comments to help guide the author through where the problems are and show examples of issues occurring in the script. But it wouldn’t involve line work or suggested cuts to the text. This report is a much more detailed report than the Reader’s Report but without the fine tuning of the Line and Developmental Report. Most authors would require this at a stage after their manuscript is as clean as it possibly can be. This report costs £1200 for a novel up to 100K words. 

line edit and developmental report

This is a report which covers all aspects of the structural report above, but also involves line work including detailed text work: suggested cuts to the manuscript on a line by line basis, reworking of sentence structure and grammatical fixes, common prose fixes and a detailed look for writing tics such as overuse of metaphors and similes, repetition and consistency issues. It looks at the plot and writing in fine detail. This report begins at £1600 for a novel up to 100K words.   

If you are interested in any of these reports but your manuscript is longer than 100K words, then please contact me for an individual quotation.

'A fantastic editor'

-Ann Cleeves

'Julie is a fantastic editor. She has that rare ability not only to pick up what's wrong with a book, but to know exactly what's needed to put it right'

'A personal pleasure'

- China Miéville

'Working with Julie Crisp is a personal pleasure and professional privilege and just about the best thing that can possibly happen for your book'

'Proved invaluable'

- Peter F. Hamilton

'Julie Crisp has been my editor for many years.  The work she has done on my manuscripts has proved invaluable and made me realise just how important it is for an author to be edited professionally.  Julie is that editor'

'A wonderful mentor'

- Paul Cornell

'Julie Crisp taught me how to write novels. She's one of the best editors I've ever worked with, and a wonderful mentor. If you're wondering if she should be your agent, the answer is yes'

'Took me to the next level as a writer'

- Adam Nevill

'Julie was my editor for seven novels at Pan Macmillan and took me to the next level as a writer. I learned to rely upon her inner metronome that is finally tuned to the pace and fluency of a story. So, when your own inner reader is unsure, or kidding itself, she has a second pair of eyes that your manuscript may well need. And she's expert at spotting things that you are secretly unsure about, but can't explain why to yourself: well, she'll tell you'

'Passionate and clinical'

- John Gwynne

'Julie Crisp is unique, her editorial eye being both passionate and clinical. Her talent and polishing skills have been a constant source of amazement to me, without which The Faithful and the Fallen would never have seen the light of day. Whether as agent or editor, if Julie is in your corner you can breathe easy and concentrate on the important bit. Your writing'

'Editorial precision'

- Mark Charan Newton

'Julie not only has the editorial precision of a samurai sword to cut through manuscripts, but has the sensitivity and wisdom to get the very best out of authors and their books'

'Immaculately professional'

- Adrian Tchaikovsky

'Julie is never less than immaculately professional. I worked with her as my editor for six years and always knew that I could rely on her'

'Farsighted, energetic'

- Rjurik Davidson

'Julie Crisp is one of the most farsighted, energetic, and professional people working in publishing. My books wouldn't have made it without her'

'Produce a stronger work'

- Laura Lam

'Julie's edits are thorough, with no plot hole or awkward sentence being spared. Any writer would grow under her guidance and produce a stronger work'

'A unique structural eye'

- Ben Peek

'Julie Crisp is possessed of a unique structural eye. While others may look at a portion, or a section, she sees the whole, and sees it clearly. Trust in her and you'll be fine'

'Everything you could wish for in an editor'

- Lucy Hounsom

'Julie has a sharp eye for detail as well as the overall structure of a manuscript and offers constructive advice while remaining sensitive to character and themes. I've been extremely fortunate to work with her and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her skills to writers both new and established.'

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The agency list is currently closed to new submissions until further notice. Please do not submit your work until the list opens again later this year.