About the company
In 1991 HarperCollins asked us to abridge Stephen Fry's The Liar for their expanding audiobook division. Audiobooks began to take off in a big way and soon we - my husband and editing partner - were overwhelmed with bookings as publishers turned their backlists into the new medium, then began publishing simultaneously with their bestselling authors' latest hardbacks and editing became a "some of the time" not an "all of the time" activity.
Audio publishers we have work/have worked for include BBC Audiobooks, EMI, Faber, Hachette, HarperCollins, Hodder Headline, Macmillan, Naxos, Orion, Penguin, Quercus, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Time Warner. We also abridge/have abridged for BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week and Book at Bedtime; BBC 7's Big Toe Books (children's titles), and BBC1/CBBC (Jackanory Specials).
Among the novelists we abridge are Maeve Binchy, Michael Connolly, Erica James, Ian Rankin, Jennifer Worth, Dan Brown, Alexander McCall Smith, Jeffrey Archer, Patrick O'Brian, Stuart MacBride, Sam Bourne, RD Wingfield, Peter James, Kate Atkinson, Aravind Adiga, Iain Banks, Sebastian Faulks, Robert Harris, Ian McEwan, Iain M Banks, Stephen Donaldson, David Eddings, Terry Pratchett, Eoin Colfer, Charlie Higson, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Antony Horowitz, William Nicholson and Jacqueline Wilson.
Non-fiction authors include Paddy Ashdown, Robin Cook, Lady Thatcher, Juliet Barker, Gordon Ramsay, Jeremy Paxman, David Starkey and Sir Richard Dannatt to name but a very few. Click here to see them all.
In the 9 British audio awards held, audiobooks we abridged won 17 Gold, 18 Silver and 11 Bronze awards; Kati received a BAFTA nomination in the drama category for the abridgment/script of The Magician of Samarkand, a BBC1/CBBC Jackanory Special starring Sir Ben Kingsley, which also won the Banff International Television Best Children's Programme Award and was joint winner with Muddle Earth, starring John Sessions, another Jackanory Special which John abridged/scripted, of the Televisual Bulldog Awards for Best Children's Programme of the Year 2006.
A few years ago, knowing that such intense and wide-ranging abridging had added a new dimension to our skills (there is nothing like having to deconstruct a book by 50% and more, with huge sensitivity, for adding to an editor's ability to help a book!) we turned again seriously to editing - structural, copy and proofreading - for publishers and literary agents such as Orion, Aitken Alexander, Little, Brown, LAW, Penguin, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Weidenfeld & Nicolson.