About Me

Emma Read EmDashED Freelance novel editing editorial services editor children's book editor
Emma Read EmDashED Freelance novel editing editorial services editor children's book editor
Emma Read EmDashED Freelance novel editing editorial services editor children's book editor

Emma Read,
Author, Mentor, Tutor

Bringing out the best in your words

Hi, I’m Emma Read, children’s author, editor, writing mentor and tutor.

My first book, Milton the Mighty was chosen by The Times as one of the best children’s books of 2019. It also won the North Somerset Teachers Book Award and was shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award.

As well as being a freelance editor, I am an experienced mentor, tutor and long-time contributor with WriteMentor – providing a broad range of accessible and inclusive services to writers of children’s fiction. I lead courses in creative writing, across all genres, with Creative Writing Ink and, for children, I provide an online creative writing club and deliver events at schools, libraries and festivals. You can also find me on Litopia's Pop-Up Submissions, offering live feedback, with literary agent Peter Cox and as a long-list judge for the Bath Novel Award.

My passion and specialty is in editorial for children’s fiction, from chapter books, to YA, but I am also experienced in reviewing picture books and adult novels. Click here to see the services I provide and if you can’t find what you’re looking for do get in touch, as I may be able to tailor an edit to meet your needs. I can provide full developmental edits (a manuscript critique with full chapter by chapter assessment and line edits) by request only - availability will depend on personal writing deadlines.