“ The personal service I received was superior.
No query or problem was left unanswered or unattended.”

Nicholas King

About Us

The SilverWood Team

At SilverWood we like to build friendly and long-standing relationships with our authors, and we're increasingly selective about the manuscripts we take on. This means you can be reassured that if we've opted to work with you, your manuscript has been thoroughly reviewed and is, in our opinion, ready for publication.

The small size of our specialist team means we can get to know you and your project in detail, and offer support that's expressly tailored to your aims for your book. Throughout your association with us you'll retain consistent and reliable contact with your own publishing assistant, and the wider team up to the level of publishing director.

Who's Who

Publishing Director Helen Hart (pictured top left) has been a published author since 1999. She has written a number of novels under pseudonyms for Scholastic, Virgin Books, OUP and HarperCollins, provided freelance editorial for Emap Magazines, and written copy for a range of commercial clients. Read more at Helen's author site. Helen is a Partner Member of The Alliance of Independent Authors and a corporate subscriber to the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP); she and her team have undertaken the SfEP's certified courses in proofreading and copy-editing. Helen oversees all aspects of publishing projects, ensuring high levels of author support, book design and project management. She is responsible for business development, events management, and SilverWood's use of social media.

Senior Publishing Assistant Emily Heming (top centre) joined the SilverWood team in 2013 after graduating with a First Class honours in English and English Language. She has many years experience supporting clients in a retail setting. As well as managing a portfolio of SilverWood authors, Emily supports the publishing director and oversees the training of new publishing assistants. She ensures that high standards are maintained throughout SilverWood's book production process.

Publishing Assistant Sarah Newman (top right) (BAHons Graphic Design, MA Illustration & Animation) has more than fifteen years experience of liaising with customers and clients in a range of roles. A long-standing member of the SilverWood team, one of her key strengths is organising and interpreting text and images, which makes her ideally suited to working with books.

Publishing Assistant Catriona Dickie (bottom left) completed a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art in 2013 at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Through her degree she gained an in-depth understanding of aesthetics and a great interest in all forms of art. She then accrued a year and a half of experience as a project co-ordinator within a design setting at ZENS, a Hong Kong-based lifestyle brand.

Publishing Assistant Annie Broomfield (bottom centre) graduated from King's College London with a BA (Hons) degree in English Language and Literature. Annie has recently gained a Merit in her Master of Arts in Contemporary Literature at Bristol University. Throughout her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees she studied modern and postmodern American literature. She also has four years experience in customer service.

Publishing Team Assistant Anna Loo (bottom right) joined the SilverWood team in November 2017. She recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA degree in French and Spanish, with a year spent in Toulouse and Almeria. In her final year she specialised in European and Latin American literature and film. She has a background in student journalism and bookselling (at Waterstones). Anna also has an interest in children's literature and has volunteered at the Bath Children's Literature Festival.

Creative Director Adrian Hart (BAHons Graphic Design) has over 25 years experience in Graphic Design which includes image development, typography, communication design and page layout. As co-director of SilverWood's sister company Redwing Adrian has created brands for major financial institutions, educational establishments, galleries and events organisers. Since 2000 he has been developing cross-media brands for a variety of clients, including publishers and booksellers, with particular emphasis on internet branding and website design. With the Redwing team, Adrian oversees all areas of design, from book covers to author promotional materials.

Co-director Richard Hallman (MEng) is also Technical Director at e-commerce specialists Redwing Interactive. Richard's experience in website development stretches back to the mid-1990s, and he was involved in some of the earliest eCommerce websites in the UK. Richard builds and maintains the SilverWood website and online bookshop.

People we like to work with

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)
SilverWood is a corporate subscriber to the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, a professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders - the people who strive to make text accurate and readable. The SilverWood team places great importance on the upholding of high editorial standards, and we work closely with authors to polish their manuscripts to a high standard before publication.

Redwing Design Communication Ltd
With more than 22 years experience in graphic design and design for print, our sister company Redwing works closely with us to provide professional book cover design. That means our covers are produced by experts to the same high standards as those designed and artworked by the mainstream trade publishing industry. E-commerce specialists Redwing Interactive build and maintain our website. Find out more at red-wing.com.

Working Ltd
Annie Franklin is founder and director of HR consultancy Working Ltd. She works with SilverWood Books to support and enhance team development.

Please don't hesitate to Contact Us if you'd like any further information about publishing, editorial assistance or book promotion.