We are experienced children’s editors who have worked with a variety of best-selling authors.
Our passion is for high-quality writing that appeals to children and young adults. We have a deep understanding of what agents are looking for (and what they’re NOT looking for), and a wide knowledge of the children’s book market.
Sarah Stewart is the author of Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-Offs, Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage and Elspeth Hart and the Magnificent Rescue (Stripes).
Previously, Sarah was Senior Editor at Floris Books where she acquired The Nowhere Emporium (winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award 2016 and the Scottish Children’s Book Award 2016), Thorfinn The Nicest Viking (shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud awards) and The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee (shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize).
As Fiction Editor at Scholastic Children’s Books, she acquired the best-selling Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon (winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Book Award, and the Waterstone’s Prize, and now translated into 36 languages). She was UK editor on The Hunger Games and the Captain Underpants series, and edited Dan Freedman’s Jamie Johnson series (now a CBBC TV show).
Sarah also spent ten years as a journalist and magazine editor, writing for a wide range of publications, from The Guardian to Mizz magazine. She was a UNESCO City of Literature Writer in Residence in Krakow in 2017.
Sarah is a terrific editor. She understood the story I wanted to tell and helped me make it the best it could be.
I absolutely relied on the clear-sightedness and sensitivity of Sarah’s editing. She spotted errors and inconsistencies; she honed and improved and encouraged. My books owe her a lot!
I gained immeasurably from Sarah’s keen editor’s eye, her insight and empathy, and her deep understanding of the world of children’s literature. I wish I could work with her on all my books!
Cat Clarke is the award-winning, best-selling author of several YA novels, including Entangled, Torn and Girlhood (a 2017 Zoella Book Club pick). She also writes middle-grade novels (The Pants Project) and children’s non-fiction.
She was Senior Commissioning Editor for Non Fiction at Scholastic Children’s Books, working on Terry Deary’s best-selling Horrible Histories and developing and commissioning several new stories including My True Story.
Previously, she spent five years at Usborne Publishing, writing and editing books for 4 – 10 year-olds.
Having published over 200 books in 35 years I have worked with dozens of editors – the best and the worst. Cat Clarke is undoubtedly one of the very best. She is perceptive, honest and dedicated with a wonderful sense of humour and a caring nature. I can think of no one to whom I’d rather entrust a script for a candid and sensitive verdict.
Cat Clarke has the key vital skills of the very best editors: objective and thoughtful analysis of the text, allied with sympathy for the writer. As the writer of 70 published books, and one who has worked with very many editors, I should know. It was my pleasure to have Cat as my editor for “Standing Alone”, my latest book for Scholastic. Cat was a delight to work with, and creative and inspirational in her notes on my work. I would not hesitate to recommend her skills as an editor to any writer, new or experienced.