About us

Sara Sarre

Sara discovered a talent for editing following her involvement in a number of writers’ workshops. After being asked to read more and more novels she was eventually offered a fee and in 2015 founded bluepencilagency. Prior to this she worked as an Interiors journalist for magazines and newspapers. She has also written short stories that have been published, recorded for radio and shortlisted. Sara studied scriptwriting, completed an MA in creative writing and a novel writing course at Curtis Brown Creative, all of which helped her to understand the fragile psyche of the writer and the workings of the publishing industry. Now she can connect the right novel with the right agent.

“Writing was my first love, editing is my passion”

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Sara Sarre Author & Copy Editor

The relationship between writer and editor is a literary marriage

Emma Haynes Author & Copy Editor

Emma Haynes

With writing, editing and mentoring skills honed during a 20 year career in public relations Emma has a refreshing, enthusiastic approach and an intuitive knack for getting to the heart of the problem. Her love of literature took Emma down the path of exploring writing fiction herself. While completing an Oxford University online creative writing course, Emma discovered that her skills and interest lay in editing and critiquing the work of others. With a commercial background and up to date knowledge of what literary agents are looking for, she advises on which agents to approach and how best to ensure your work gets read. Emma arranges our retreats and workshops as well as organising our competitions.

Editing a writer’s work is an incredible privilege.”

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Our roster of editors includes:

J. David Simons

David’s novels include the best-seller An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful (2013) and most recently A Woman of Integrity (2017). His work has been short-listed for The McKitterick Prize, he has been awarded several writers’ bursaries from Creative Scotland and The Society of Authors, and is a former recipient of the prestigious Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.  He has many years experience as an editor of both fiction and non-fiction and is currently a mentor for the Scottish Book Trust.

Lesley McDowell 

An author and critic, who has reviewed for The Independent, The Guardian, The TLS and many other publications. Her fiction includes The Picnic (2007), Unfashioned Creatures (2013) and The Three Lives of Madeline Smith (date yet to be confirmed). In 2010 she published Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers. She has a PhD on the work of James Joyce and is the recipient of two arts council writing awards. Her agent is Laura Williams at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop.

Oliver James

Oliver works in publishing as a reader for various literary agents and as a private tutor with an extensive client base. He is an accomplished editor and well regarded mentor. He also writes music and plays in a band. Oliver holds a BA in English from UCL and an MA in Text and Performance from RADA.