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.

Helen Hart

Publishing Director
Helen Hart 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.

Catherine Blom-Smith

Publishing Assistant
Catherine Blom-Smith completed a BA (Hons) degree and a Master of Arts in English Literature at the University of Bristol. Her Master’s thesis focused on Romantic poetry and the works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. She has experience as a freelance editor, proofreader, and translator, and has an interest in linguistics and etymology. In her spare time, she blogs for a Bristol-based social enterprise.

Enya Holland

Publishing Assistant
Enya Holland graduated from the University of York with an MA in Early Modern History. She has an interest in the history of print, writing her master’s thesis on scientific images in late seventeenth-century England. She volunteers her time as a transcriber with two census projects, helping to make family history records accessible to the public, and runs her own history blog.

Viktorija Bernotaite

Office Administrator
Viktorija Bernotaite has extensive experience in business administration in both the private and corporate sectors. Viki is always keen to help and answer any questions authors may have. In her spare time, she is actively working with children and young adults as well as studying children and teenagers’ mental health and counselling.

Eleanor Hardiman


Eleanor Hardiman completed a BA (Hons) degree in Illustration at Falmouth University. She has experience as a freelance illustrator working with international clients on editorial, narrative and poetry briefs. Eleanor enjoys creating conceptual imagery that subtly captures an atmosphere, narrative or theme. She was shortlisted in the professional experimental category of the World Illustration Awards 2018.

Alice van Raalte

Publishing Assistant
Alice van Raalte completed a BA (Hons) degree in English at Bournemouth University. Her course dealt with both literary and media based units including Writing, Editing and Publishing. She worked for her university’s in-house publishing company and also has experience in academic publishing. She has a keen interest in writing and won the Short Story Student Prize for Fresher Publishing 2018.

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.

Richard Hallman

Richard (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.
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 almost 30 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 employee relations 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.

Manuscript Feedback

Manuscript Feedback

An editorial critique of your first 100 pages (£30 off)


£100.00 plus £20.00 VAT

Publishing Consultation

Publishing Consultation

Discuss your book and get clarity on how to publish


£80.00 plus £16.00 VAT

Reader's Report

Reader's Report

Our cost-effective quick-start manuscript feedback service


£55.00 plus £11.00 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