Sarah de Souza

Sarah de Souza

Editor/WriterLondon, United Kingdom
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Sarah de Souza

Sarah de Souza

Editor/WriterLondon, United Kingdom
About me
After spending one month holed up in a freezing cold box room, ignoring my pile of uni revision to proofread and curate my friends’ poems and pictures on a patchy free trial of InDesign Magazine, it should have come as no surprise to me that I would end up in the world of editing. I provide a professional, bespoke service for fiction authors including structural edits, copyediting, line editing and proofreading. Clients I have worked with include Penguin Random House and 404 Ink. Over three years at Little, Brown Book Group (an imprint at Hachette UK), I've edited and project managed a wide array of bestselling fiction, book club, cosy crime and saga titles including Love Letters from Paris by Nicolas Barreau, Is This It? By Hannah Tovey and The Bangalore Detectives Club by Harini Nagendra. I cherish the close relationships I have built with authors in this role and love the entire process of editing, from collaborating with an author on a structural edit, coaching them through detailed line-edits to help them achieve spotless prose, or guiding them through the publishing process. From witty dark comedy to romance to literary to murder mysteries, I've worked on an eclectic and diverse list of fiction. My reading taste is wide-ranging and voracious, so if you're writing something that's a little out of the mainstream please don't be too shy to get in touch. If your book is written with heart and structured with intention, I want to work on it! * I have written personal essays, short fiction and poetry for the likes of Horse Egg Literary (where my poem was nominated for Best of the Net Awards 2021), Dear Damsels, Poor Lass Zine, Thought Catalog, 3:a m Magazine and Ambit. Topics I'm interested in include: the intersection between class and the arts & between financial security and beauty (aesthetics); film and book reviews; mixed race identity; food; feelings; anxiety. The project occupying my time at the moment is LET'S TALK ABOUT LUNCH, a fundraiser anthology to raise money for the FareShare charity and showcase art and writing by people from low-income and/or working class backgrounds. It's so painfully clear to me that I wouldn't be where I am today, not even close, if it wasn't for having received free school meals and other welfare-funded benefits for the majority of my time at school in the UK, so this is my own small way of giving back. * ADVICE FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO GET INTO PUBLISHING As a fresh graduate, I wrote a bit about the barriers to entering the London-centric world of work here: https://thoughtcatalog.com/sarah-murphy/2017/01/the-reality-of-searching-for-the-perfect-internship/, and when I was selected for the Fresh Chapters traineeship which started my career in publishing, it felt like a shock — even though it was the result of several months of grad job applications (plus a few spent emptying bin bags of croissants in a Tesco warehouse to fund my move from Gloucester to London). I want to help demystify an industry which is in many ways a series of closed doors for anyone who doesn't happen to have well-off, well-connected parents or a masters degree. If you're from an under-represented background in the arts, I'd like to help in whatever way I can - so slide into my dms on email or Twitter @sarahrdesouza. If you'd like to get involved in LET'S TALK ABOUT LUNCH, collaborate on a zine, book club, writing project, or just have a chat, please do get in touch with me at sarah_rose.murphy@live.com. I'd love to hear from you. ** A small note on my surname: I have recently reverted surname to de Souza (my mother's maiden name) for personal and creative use, but have retained the name Murphy in a professional context.
Projects
  • Princess
    PrincessA prose poem published in Horse Egg Literary and nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology 2021
  • Crying About Money
    Crying About MoneyA poetry prose essay about how financial instability and class can stifle artistic pursuits. Originally published in Poor Lass Zine in their 2017 edition, reprinted here. * I probably spend most of my life imagining beautiful rooms. Rooms with high ceilings and sage green chaise lounges. Rooms that come with a preface like ‘drawing’ or ‘sitting’ or ‘breakfast’. Rooms with a large, baroque instrument in the corner – a harp or grand piano maybe. Bath tubs, white enamel gleaming like a dragon’s eg
  • Visions of Romance and Erasure in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
    Visions of Romance and Erasure in Les Parapluies de CherbourgA long-form essay on one of my favourite films. Read in full on my blog here: https://sarosemu.wordpress.com/2020/06/06/visions-of-romance-and-erasure-in-les-parapluies-de-cherbourg/
  • Please Fold Here
    Please Fold HereA zine of travel writing, prose, poetry and collage, exploring the theme of love, mythologies and magic and the ways they occur and enrich everyday life.
  • Eating My Feelings - Creative Non-Fiction Essay
    Eating My Feelings - Creative Non-Fiction EssayAn essay on the pros and cons of heartbroken snacking, this was originally published on the Dear Damsels website and later selected for publication in their yearly 2019 annual of featured pieces from the year.
  • Part Time Poets
    Part Time PoetsCome write poetry with us for two hours. There will be refreshments, snacks and free notebooks and pens on offer, and the option to go for drinks at a local pub afterwards. Where? Peckham (new venue tbc) When? Thursday nights, 8-10 pm Who? Anyone who is searching for more time to write poetry. How much? £5. This is to cover refreshments, food, free stationery, and the cost of renting the space. Manifesto The purpose of this society is to carve out a couple of hours of sacred space for peopl
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Work history
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    Assistant EditorLittle Brown Book Group
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    SKILLS Project management: Juggled desk-editing for a large number of fiction titles, from copyedit to print Author care: Built successful relationships with clients, managing expectations and conflict Communication: Used market knowledge and perception of audience to write copy, brief covers and promote titles on social media Copywriting: Have ghostwritten chapters in novels, written copy for Amazon, book covers and press releases, and have written pitches for agencies
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    Editorial AssistantHachette
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    Working across two fiction imprints, I provide editorial, desk-editing, administrative and social media support to a busy team. Day-to-day, my role involves: • Project managing forthcoming books from manuscript to print: briefing freelance copyeditors, actioning corrections and revisions on proofs using BSI marks, monitoring and enhancing schedules • Writing and copyediting cover copy • Administrative duties: taking minutes, fact-checking, conducting research, sending out author copies, coordinating proof mailings, organizing meetings in Outlook, improving metadata, proofreading covers • Briefing book covers to the design department and working with them throughout the cover process • Writing content and photographing/designing marketing visuals for Facebook
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Skills
  • CRM
  • Wordpress
  • Excel
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Sales
  • Basic Html
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Typing Speed: 100 wpm
  • Editing Proofreading
  • Creatie Writing
  • Blog Content
Education
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    English Language and LiteratureOxford University
     - Oxford, United Kingdom
    I won a bursary scholarship for low-income students which supported me throughout my degree.
Awards
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    Corpus Christi College ScholarshipOxford University
    Awarded for outstanding performance in preliminary examinations, renewed by the Governing Body of Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2015
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    Flash Fiction Contest judged by author Joanna WalshUniversity of Oxford