Meet The Team


Children's Book Editor UKKaren Ball

Karen runs the publishing consultancy, Speckled Pen, where she works with publishers such as Bloomsbury, OUP, Hachette, Penguin Random House as well as authors, licence owners and literary agents.

The Bookseller Rising Star 2017.

Over 25 years’ editorial experience, including time as Head of Editorial at Working Partners and Publisher at Little, Brown Books For Young Readers.

Commissioning Editor Beast Quest, world sales 11 million copies.

Works with award-winning authors, brands and publishers.

Children’s and YA author of over 20 titles.

You can find Karen on Twitter @speckledpen

Sara Grant squareSara Grant

Sara Grant writes and edits fiction for children and teens and is a tutor of children’s fiction at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Dark Parties, her first young adult novel, won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for Europe.

Sara has ten novels traditionally published in multiple countries. Her books range from edgy teen fiction to fun, magical stories for young readers. Her newest project is Chasing Danger, an action-adventure series of tweens.

As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books.

She co-founded Undiscovered Voices, which has launched the writing careers of 37 authors, who now have written more than 200 children’s books.

You can find Sara on Twitter at @AuthorSaraGrant

Writers Retreat UKSara O’Connor

Sara O’Connor has 13 years’ industry experience, working at: 

  • Little Brown Books for Young Readers in New York
  • Working Partners
  • Hodder Children’s Books
  • Hot Key Books

She is a digital innovator:

  • Produced the Carnegie and Costa Book Award-winning MAGGOT MOON enhanced ebook
  • Created and produced the Story Adventure experience, with young readers writing real books “live” with authors

Other achievements include:

  • Undiscovered Voices co-founder, over 30 writer and illustrator careers launched
  • The Bookseller Rising Star 2015
  • Creator of and writer on My Sister the Vampire, over 1 million sold
  • Commissioning editor of Dinosaur Cove, over 1 million sold

childrens book writer retreatJasmine Richards

Jasmine graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and Language.

She has worked at Hamish Hamilton, Puffin as well as Dial publishing in the US. Until very recently, she was the Head of Fiction Development for Oxford Children’s Books.

She is the Founder of STORYMIX, a new story studio and consultancy who work with a diverse range of writers and illustrators to create high concept, commercial and inclusive children’s fiction for publishers and other media outlets. She is looking for writers and so get in touch if you would like to find out more.

She has written numerous books for children and teenagers including THE BOOK OF WONDERSSECRETS OF VALHALLA, and KEEPER OF MYTHS.

You can contact her on: or on her website.