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. If you'd like to have a chat about your book, do book a Discovery Call here.

Helen Hart

Publishing Director
Helen oversees all aspects of SilverWood’s publishing projects, teaming you with the publishing assistant who is the best fit for you, and ensuring you have a high quality book to make you proud. 

Committed to SilverWood’s standards of excellence, Helen is a long-standing Partner Member of The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and a corporate subscriber to the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). She has taken CIEP courses in proofreading and copy-editing, recently passing Proofreading Headway, so you can be confident she’ll cross your 't’s, dot your 'i’s, and more besides. 

She’s been a published author since 1999 (Scholastic, Virgin Books, Oxford University Press and HarperCollins) so she understands the varied life of a writer and cares about what matters to you on a creative level.

Catherine Blom-Smith

Publishing Team Leader
Catherine loves feeling authors’ enthusiasm for their projects so will help to ensure your vision for your book becomes reality. As SilverWood team leader, Catherine supervises the publishing team, and supports new team members as they undertake a tried, tested and rigorously reviewed in-house training process. She consolidates this by closely overseeing trainees during the first 18 months to ensure deep and wide knowledge of book production and distribution. Catherine also works directly with her own portfolio of authors. Having completed the CIEP Proofreading Headway course, she has a sharp eye for spelling and grammar, so she’ll help to ensure your manuscript is the best it can be before it’s published. She completed a BA (Hons) degree and a Master of Arts in English Literature at the University of Bristol. Book a Discovery Call with Catherine here.

Enya Holland

Publishing Assistant
Enya has a special interest in digital publishing and finding the best ways to bring your print book to new audiences on digital platforms while meeting the highest industry standards. She also loves reading incoming submissions and will enjoy offering thoughtful feedback on your manuscript, whether you opt for a Reader’s Report or our Manuscript Feedback service. Enya has a background in historical research, achieving an MA in Early Modern History from the University of York. She enjoys working on complex layouts, from non-fiction to children’s books, and particularly likes the family history genre. Outside of work, Enya has volunteered her time with two archives and a census project, using the same strong attention to detail that she will bring to managing your project, to ensure faithful digitisation of records. Book a Discovery Call with Enya here.

Alice van Raalte

Publishing Assistant
Alice understands the personal care you expect for your book project and enjoys helping newly-published authors navigate the world of self-publishing. She joined SilverWood Books after achieving a First Class (Hons) degree in English at Bournemouth University. Alice brings her passion for publishing to your project; this primarily stems from working at her university’s in-house publishing company in her final year, when she also won the Short Story Student Prize for Fresher Publishing 2018. In her role as a publishing assistant at SilverWood Books she particularly enjoys working on non-fiction books, with a special interest in health and wellbeing and feminist writing. Book a Discovery Call with Alice here.

Viktorija Martin

Publishing Administrator
Viktorija will support you each step along the way during the first part of your publishing journey. She’s always happy to answer your questions and make sure you have the information you need, when you need it. As SilverWood’s Publishing Administrator, Viki keeps the admin side of SilverWood running, and is your go-to person for queries about invoices, copy-editing, proofreading, or royalty statements. Viki always focuses on collaboration and a spirit of partnership, working closely with other team members and authors to achieve a great product every single time. In her spare time, she is actively working with children and young adults as well as studying children and teenagers’ mental health and counselling.

Claire Ellis

Office Administrator
Claire will be with you through the first steps of your publishing journey, answering any questions you may have and assisting you with your new book. As Office Administrator, she works closely with both the production team and with authors to help bring each project forward and make it the best it can be. Claire graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts, during which she also studied a course in Creative Writing. 

Eleanor Hardiman

Book Cover Designer

Eleanor is the talented creative energy who will bring her flair and expertise to your book cover. Eleanor carefully considers how your book will fit into the current market. She relishes the varied challenges of creating covers for a wide range of book genres, following contemporary design trends to help attract your readership, and rendering the tone and atmosphere of your book with imagery and typography. Understanding the importance of the cover design in publishing, Eleanor will approach your cover with care and consideration, using her passion for design and technical knowledge to create covers to SilverWood’s consistently high standard. Eleanor also works as a freelance illustrator and appeared on the Folio Society book cover illustration awards in 2020.

Debra Penrice

Head of Marketing
Debra is here to build our author support communities and ensure you’re successful in promoting your book once it’s published.  She’s enthusiastic about helping people realise their dream of writing a book and marketing it directly to the relevant audience. She has years of experience writing blogs, managing marketing content, communications campaigns and PR across several industries, including construction, software and financial services. As a professional copywriter, she runs The Case Study Practice, helping businesses to interview their customers and writing their customer success stories. Storytelling has always been a key theme for her because she loved books as a child.

Anna Brownbridge

Publishing Team Assistant
Anna has a lifelong passion for literature and books. In her role as SilverWood’s Team Assistant, Anna supports the publishing team to ensure your book is produced to the high standards you expect when you’re working with us. She appreciates the time and care you put into your writing, so one of her weekly highlights is assessing newly-submitted manuscripts and considering what practical feedback she can give you. She is fascinated by the editing process and, throughout her life, has regularly attended author events and book festivals. Anna joined the team following her graduation from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons) English Literature and German.

Sue Gunton

Sue supports Helen and the team as SilverWood's bookkeeper. With her manual and computerised bookkeeping diplomas, she has 14 years experience of bookkeeping and financial administration within small to medium sized businesses. At SilverWood, Sue takes meticulous care of the accounting side that goes along with books before and after publication.

Adrian Hart

Creative Director
Adrian Hart (BAHons Graphic Design) has almost 30 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.

Annie Franklin

Team Development
A highly qualified mediator, Annie Franklin has decades of experience in business management and employee relations. She works closely with SilverWood Books to support and enhance team development.
People we like to work with
The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP, formerly SfEP)

SilverWood is a corporate subscriber to the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, a non-profit body promoting excellence in English language editing.

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 over 30 years experience in graphic design and design for print, our sister company Redwing works closely with us to ensure high standards of book cover design.

This collaboration means our covers are produced by experts to the same level as those designed and artworked by the mainstream trade publishing industry. E-commerce specialists Redwing Interactive build and maintain our website.

The Case Study Practice

As well as being SilverWood's Head of Marketing, Debra Penrice also runs The Case Study Practice. She conducts interviews and writes our author case studies and helps with content planning and blogging.


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

Publishing Consultation

Publishing Consultation

Discuss your book and get clarity on how to publish


£87.00 plus £17.40 VAT

Reader's Report

Reader's Report

Our cost-effective quick-start overview of your first 50 pages


£87.00 plus £17.40 VAT

Short Manuscript Feedback Report

Short Manuscript Feedback Report

An editorial critique of your manuscript up to 30,000 words


£277.00 plus £55.40 VAT

“If you’re thinking of self-publishing, I hope you don't go at it alone. With a team like SilverWood behind you, you have the support you need to publish the best work you believe in.”

J A Higgins