Saturday, December 07, 2013

Industry Insider: Caroline Kirkpatrick of Piatkus Entice

Caroline Kirkpatrick stopped by for a visit with PHS. Caroline used to work at Harlequin UK editorial and now works for Piatkus Entice.

How did you get started as an editor?
I began my career in publishing as personal assistant to Darley Anderson at the Darley Anderson TV, Film and Literary Agency. It was a wonderful agency to work for, and Darley represents some incredible authors including Lee Child, Martina Cole and Lesley Pearse. I then was lucky enough to become the in house women’s fiction reader one day a week, alongside my PA duties, and spotted new talent and worked very closely with authors editorially. I then went on to work at Harlequin Mills and Boon, and am now assistant editor at Piatkus, Little, Brown.
2. How did your stint at Harlequin help with your editing skills?
Massively. Harlequin Mills and Boon is an incredible place to work. As editors, we work incredibly closely with our authors structurally editing their manuscripts – working with them on plot, characters, setting, motivation. It’s such a creative and collaborative process, and at Mills and Boon it was so lovely to see a story evolve and develop into a published novel.
3. What is the biggest difference in editing single title versus editing category?
The fundamentals of editing any book is very much the same – creating a page-turning, believable and engaging read – with characters that a reader can identify with. So whether it’s single title or category, these rules apply. With single title, you must ensure that the world you create and the characters in that world marry together completely as their own entity, and with category, it’s also this, but also ensuring that you create a world that readers want to come back to, and you keep them wanting more.
4. What are you working on now?
Piatkus Entice are always on the lookout for new and exciting romance authors, and we were delighted to recently welcome USA Today Bestselling author Karina Halle with her Experiment in Terror series to the list. Experiment in Terror has garnered hundreds of five star reviews and gathered a following of loyal fans across the USA and now it’s spreading to the UK too and readers can’t get enough of this addictive series!
Perry Palomino is not what you would call 'ordinary'. For one thing, there's her past which she likes to pretend never happened, and then there's the fact that she sees ghosts. Luckily for her, that all comes in handy when she stumbles across Dex Foray, an eccentric producer for an upcoming webcast on ghost hunters. Even though the show's budget is non-existent and Dex himself is a maddening enigma, Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threatens her life and seduces her with a sense of importance. Her uncle's haunted lighthouse provides the perfect catalyst and backdrop for a horrific mystery that unravels the threads of Perry's fragile sanity and causes her to fall for a man, who, like the most dangerous of ghosts, may not be all that he seems.

The series launched with Darkhouse on September 24th, followed by Red Fox, which travels with Perry and Dex to New Mexico to explore the terrifying reality of Native American 'skinwalkers'. We will be publishing the entire series, exclusive in the UK to Piatkus Entice, until the final title of Dust to Dust.
If you want to see for yourself just how fantastic the Experiment in Terror series is, head over to Piatkus Entice now. And be prepared to be hooked!

1 comment:

  1. Ohh I wish they told us about editing jobs when I was having careers advice at school. Your job sounds fascinating but hard work too.