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.

Anna Brownbridge

Publishing Assistant
Anna has a lifelong passion for literature and books. In her role as SilverWood’s Publishing 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.

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.

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. 

Noorus Khan

Admin and Invoice Assistant
As Admin and Invoice Assistant, Noorus will take care of your payments and invoices, and will ensure the smooth running of the payment process. She will ensure that any tasks regarding payments, invoices, royalty statements, and book storage requests are carried out efficiently and in a timely manner. Noorus graduated from the University of the West of England with a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences. She enjoys art, creativity, reading and writing in her spare time.

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. (Viki is currently on maternity leave.) 

Currently Recruiting

Book Designer

Currently Recruiting

Office Administrator (publishing)

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.

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.

Level 1 Manuscript Feedback

Level 1 Manuscript Feedback

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


£277.00 plus £55.40 VAT

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

“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