Michael is a professional Fiction Editor and Consultant based in the North West of England with a unique blend of experience in publishing and the retail book trade.
While Editorial Director of Del Rey at Penguin Random House UK he commissioned and published many exciting writers including Andy Weir, author of the Sunday Times bestselling The Martian, the award-winning Kameron Hurley, Mark Hodder, E. J. Swift, epic fantasy writer Django Wexler and more.
Before running Del Rey, he worked for Waterstones booksellers for 15 years, first as a Bookseller, then as a Head Office Fiction Buyer. He held various positions from Fiction Core Range Buyer, where he managed the whole fiction backlist for the company, to Science Fiction, Manga and Graphic Novels Buyer and Genre Fiction Campaign Buyer. In particular, he specialised in genre fiction across SF & Fantasy, Crime Fiction, Thrillers, Romance, Westerns, Graphic Novels and Manga.
In today’s competitive market, making sure your manuscript is as ‘submission-ready’ as possible will give you the greatest chance of placing your work with an agent or publisher. Michael has all the skills to work with you to make your book as ready as possible.