The All Stories editors
Amina Youssef, in-house editor
Amina Youssef is a Commissioning Editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. She works on everything from young illustrated fiction to YA and occasionally dabbles in non-fiction. She loves to develop close and collaborative relationships with her authors and the thing that keeps her going is the knowledge that the books she works on may just change a child’s life.
Amina will be presenting a webinar to the All Stories mentees.
Ben Horslen, in-house editor
Ben is Fiction Publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, where he publishes a range of authors, including John Green, Clare Balding, Sam Copeland, Ransom Riggs and Jeremy Strong. Before that, he worked for many years as a packager of commercial series fiction. Ben loves nothing more than bringing debut authors to market and rolling up his sleeves to get elbows-deep into the editorial process. In his other life, Ben co-runs a professional theatre company, so one way or another, he’s always helping people to tell a story.
Ben will be presenting a webinar to the All Stories mentees.
Carla Hutchinson, in-house editor
Carla Hutchinson is a commissioning editor at Bloomsbury Children's Books, and has worked with authors including Elizabeth Acevedo, Joya Goffney, Ciannon Smart and Jordan Ifueko. She began her career at Hachette Children’s Group, via Creative Access, working as an editorial assistant intern and then at Hot Key Books and Piccadilly press, the children’s fiction imprints at Bonnier Books, working her way up to editor. As a commissioning editor, Carla is passionate about building a list of commercial and inclusive books that all children can see themselves in and publishing underrepresented and diverse voices that reflect the world we live in today, with a focus on home-grown UK talent.
Carla will be presenting a webinar to the All Stories mentees.
Eishar Brar, in-house editor
Eishar Brar is Editorial Director at Knights Of, an inclusive publisher focused on publishing underrepresented voices. In her role she creates space for non-trauma-led narratives and aims to widen the scope of Own Voices publishing through her commissioning. Most recently, she launched Elle McNicoll, author of the 2020 Blackwell’s Book of the Year A Kind of Spark.
Eishar will be presenting a talk to sixth-formers from underrepresented groups about working in the children's book industry as part of the All Stories partnership with Metal.
Jasmine Richards, in-house editor
Jasmine Richards is the author of over 15 books for children including Keeper of Myths published by Harper Collins US and several books in the Beast Quest series under a pen name. She is a former publisher who has worked at Puffin and OUP Children’s Books and she has edited hundreds of books. Jasmine is also the founder of Storymix: a children’s book incubator that creates stories with inclusive casts of characters. All children, regardless of background, get to be the heroes in these stories. Storymix is actively seeking writers of colour to work collaboratively with. It doesn’t matter if you are published, unpublished or self-published they’d love to hear from you!
Jasmine will be presenting a webinar to the All Stories mentees.
Kesia Lupo, in-house editor
Kesia Lupo started her publishing career as an assistant at Pan Macmillan, working mainly on genre fiction for adults. Now, she is Senior Editor at boutique children’s publisher Chicken House, based in Somerset, where she acquires and edits fiction for middle-grade and YA readers. Her authors include Jasbinder Bilan, James Nicol and Ben Oliver – her passion is for fantasy, speculative fiction and horror across all age-groups and she loves a twist. She’s also the author of two YA fantasy novels published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books, We Are Blood and Thunder and We Are Bound by Stars.
Kesia will be presenting a webinar to the All Stories mentees.
Libby Hamilton, in-house editor
Libby was born in Nottingham back when there were no mobile phones or internet, so she moved to London because that was where she imagined everything happened. (She was wrong.) Libby is Editorial Director of Picture Books at Andersen Press, owned by Klaus Flugge. She has worked in publishing for over 20 years, and has been fortunate enough to edit some incredible authors and illustrators including Jonny Duddle, Levi Pinfold, Jeanne Willis, Tony Ross, David McKee, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman and Joseph Coelho. Books that Libby has edited have won the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice), the Lollies book award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, among others.
Libby will be doing 1-2-1s with writers as part of the All Stories partnership with Metal.
Linas Alsenas, in-house editor
Linas Alsenas is Executive Editor at Scholastic UK where he works across both fiction and picture books with authors such as Simon James Green, Vashti Hardy, Sue Wallman and Michael Rosen. Previously he has worked at Walker Books and Abrams Books for Young Readers in New York, where he began his career in book publishing back in 2002. Co-founder of Pride in Publishing, Linas is also the author of a young adult novel, a history book for teens, and several picture books that he also illustrated.
Linas will be presenting a webinar to the All Stories mentees.
Rebecca Hill, in-house editor
Rebecca Hill is Fiction Editorial Director at Usborne Publishing. She was named Editor of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019, the first children’s editor ever to win this coveted prize. Rebecca has acquired and published bestselling authors Holly Bourne, Peter Bunzl, Sophie Anderson and Jenny Pearson alongside award-winning titles such as After the Fire by Will Hill, winner of the YA Book Prize, and Kick by Mitch Johnson, winner of the Branford Boase Award. She’s passionate about nurturing children’s writers, especially voices that have historically been underrepresented, and publishing books that allow all readers to see themselves.
Rebecca will be presenting a webinar to the All Stories mentees.
Catherine Coe, mentor and founder of All Stories
Catherine is a children’s book editor, author and the founder of All Stories, created from her determination to tackle the lack of diversity in children’s books. She has over 20 years’ experience as an editor, and was Senior Commissioning Editor at Hachette Children’s Books before going freelance in 2011. Catherine enjoys working with a wide variety of clients – publishers, literary agents and writers – and loves nothing more than helping writers develop their talent and become published authors. She also knows what it’s like to be on the other side, as the author of over 40 children’s books.
Clare Whitston, mentor
Clare Whitston has over twenty years’ experience in the children’s books publishing industry. She has been longlisted for the Branford Boase award twice and shortlisted once. As a freelance editor, Clare works with a wide variety of children’s publishers, supporting authors to deliver their very best work. Clare loves writing to brief and specialises in helping publishers and writers create storylines, characters and worlds for brilliant new book ideas. She also delivers workshops on creative IP development, works with the inclusive fiction studio Storymix, and is an industry editor with the Golden Egg Academy.
Emma Roberts, mentor
Emma has worked in publishing for many years, starting off as a magazine journalist before finding her way into kids’ books. She’s worked in all age groups and genres, including middle-grade fantasy, funny illustrated books and contemporary YA, with a family of authors that includes Patrice Lawrence, Nikesh Shukla, Christopher Paolini, Andy Riley and Nadiya Hussain. Emma believes it is vital that every child and young person can see themselves represented in books, but also that they can see themselves in the people writing the books too; representation matters. Emma’s proud to be a part of All Stories and looks forward to helping you unlock your potential!
Emma Young, mentor
Emma Young is a children’s editor with eighteen years of experience. She started her career in-house at Simon & Schuster and then Macmillan, working mainly on fiction from 5+ to YA. Highlights included working with a ton of brilliant authors, helping judge the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition and being shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. Since going freelance in 2013 Emma has continued her editing alongside some writing, including the Girls Can Vlog series (Macmillan) under the pseudonym Emma Moss and a humour book called This Cat Does Not Love You (Little Tiger). She loves funny books in particular but is a sucker for anything with a strong voice.
Genevieve Herr, mentor
Genevieve is an editor working across adult and children’s books, fiction as well as non-fiction. She has worked for Walker Books, Scholastic, Macmillan, Bloomsbury and Hachette amongst others, and her authors have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Waterstones Prize, the Branford Boase Award and the YA Book Prize. Her first novel, A Gift in December, written under the name Jenny Gladwell, was published in 2019.
Jenny Glencross, mentor
Jenny is a children’s books editor with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. She was previously Commissioning Editor at Orion Children’s Books, editing and commissioning bestselling fiction from 5+ to YA, with authors such as Francesca Simon, Sally Gardner and Kate Pankhurst. She has been freelance since 2015, and works with a variety of publishers and agents, as well as directly with writers. Jenny is on the editorial committee for Undiscovered Voices, a SCBWI competition for unpublished, unagented authors which opens every two years. She loves helping writers get to the heart of their stories and unpicking plot niggles.
Kathy Webb, mentor
Having worked at Oxford Children’s Books for over 25 years, in 2019 Kathy set up as a freelance editor and consultant. Throughout her career in children’s publishing the one thing Kathy enjoys above all else is working with authors on developing ideas, helping to shape their manuscripts and detailed editing. She has been lucky enough to work closely with many amazing writers including Ben Davis, Joanna Nadin, Matt Dickinson and Jo Cotterill. Kathy’s clients currently include Bloomsbury, Puffin, Chicken House and UCLan Publishing. She is also mentoring aspiring writers for the Golden Egg Academy.
Lucy Rogers, mentor
Lucy Rogers started her publishing career at a literacy agency before realising her heart lay firmly in editorial. She has since worked for Scholastic and Simon & Schuster, commissioning award-winning children’s fiction from bestselling authors such as Michelle Harrison and Laura Bates. Now a freelance editor, she works with a variety of clients – publishers, agents, literacy charities and writers – to discover and develop stories and promote the power and magic of reading.
As well as being a mentor, Lucy will be doing 1-2-1s with writers as part of the All Stories partnership with Metal.
Nicki Marshall, mentor
Nicki Marshall is an editor with over 25 years’ commercial publishing experience, including 15 years specialising in children’s fiction. After working at the Chicken House alongside Barry Cunningham and Imogen Cooper and being a regular reader for the Times Chicken House competition, Nicki continues to work in a freelance capacity for children’s publishers including Pushkin Press, Guppy Books and Firefly Press. She is a mentor for Accord Literary and has been an industry editor and mentor for the Golden Egg Academy since its inception, while also offering editorial support directly to individual writers. She loves to help every writer discover the heart of their story and create an emotional connection with their reader.
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Tilda Johnson, mentor
Tilda Johnson worked at David Fickling Books, Random House Children’s and Hot Key Books/Piccadilly Press before freelancing as a children’s fiction editor. She is Editorial Director of the Golden Egg Academy and works freelance for a number of publishers, as well as running Children’s Books North, the voluntary network she co-founded in 2020 to help draw focus on regional diversity in children’s publishing. Tilda loves working closely with writers and stories, and being lucky enough to have a front-row seat as these transform.