Rachel Mann

Literary agent & freelance editor

London, United Kingdom
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About me

A professional commissioning, structural, line and copyeditor, specialising in children's & YA but representing authors across the full spectrum of genres and age ranges, including poetry, romance and non-fiction for adults. I've worked on editorial teams at Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and Egmont, with authors such as Rick Riordan, Darren Shan, Michael Morpurgo, Becca Fitzpatrick and Laura Ellen Anderson. Most recently, I was global publishing director at the Roald Dahl Story Company. I'm now a freelance editor and literary agent, helping writers and organisations develop their voices and tell their most powerful stories. I'm particularly interested in marginalised voices and innovative forms, but happy to assist across a broad spectrum of genres and age-ranges.


  • Copywriting
  • Sub-editing
  • Content and Media Writing
  • Brand Storytelling
  • Editing
  • Editorial Commissioning
  • Editing Proofreading
  • Consultancy
  • Pitch Development
  • Pitching

People I’ve worked with

  • Jon Fox

    • Freelance Creative/ Creative Director
    • Leo Burnett, BBH London/ New York, RPM3

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Penguin Random House UK

    Penguin Random House UK

    • Publishing
  • Wonderbly


    • Publishing
  • Egmont UK

    Egmont UK

    • Publishing
  • The Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd

    The Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd

    • Publishing

Work history


Jan 2016 - Aug 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • One of six directors in a growing team of twenty-five, I had full financial and strategic responsibility for global publishing activity across 47 territories and in 62 languages, with a focus on English Language publishing but a successful brief to improve international income and relationship. In close collaboration with our literary agents, I was responsible for all contractual and permissions negotiation and approval, and for the evolution, protection and development of global publishing identity across print and digital, for both adult and children’s titles.


Editorial Director

Egmont UK

Jun 2015 - Dec 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time


Commissioning Editor

Simon & Schuster UK Ltd

Mar 2014 - Aug 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time


Assistant Editor

Penguin Random House UK

Mar 2013 - Mar 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time


Editorial Assistant

Penguin Random House UK

Jun 2010 - May 2012
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time



MA Children's Literature and Creative Writing

University of Roehampton

Sep 2013 - Jun 2016
  • London, United Kingdom


First Class BA (Hons), English

University of Leeds

Sep 2005 - Jun 2008
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Specialising in postcolonial literature, creative writing and representations of neurodiversity.