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Publishing Workshop

Hi, I'm Sophie Bradshaw. I grew up in Pembrokeshire in West Wales and always had a love of language. In 1999 I won a place at Cambridge University, graduating with an MA in Linguistics before going on to work in busy publishing houses for over 14 years.

In my publishing career I have worked on both fiction and non-fiction and have edited and advised on everything from historical texts and business books to young adult novels. I have been a professional editor, proofreader, ghostwriter and commissioning editor, but have also worked at a senior management level in an independent publishing house.

After years of running budgets and making key decisions about publishing strategy, I found that I was turning away authors because their manuscripts needed too much work. Books that could have been great were left on the slush pile because there was not enough one-on-one time in house to make them better, and the authors themselves didn't have the skills of an editor.

In 2017 I launched Publishing Workshop, an editorial mentoring service for authors at all levels. I wanted to be able to take someone's idea and turn it into a finished book with them, no matter what stage they started at.

It matters to me that I work with you as an author and not just your manuscript. That's why I take time to get to know my mentoring clients before I work with them, so I can understand their vision for their book and what they want to achieve.

I moved to the Cotswolds in 2003, where I still live with my three children, who love books almost as much as I do.

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