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Lucy McCarraher

Lucy McCarraher
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Lucy McCarraher, started her first publishing company at university, and has been publishing, editing and writing ever since. She has been a magazine and book editor and publisher, print and TV journalist; a writers’ agent, an editor for Methuen; as Director of Development at Lifetime Productions International, she developed, wrote and edited UK and international TV and video series. Lucy became a national expert in worklife balance, writing academic and business reports for clients and authoring The Work-Life Manual and The Book of Balanced Living. Her clients included multinational and blue chip companies, large public sector and voluntary organisations, and SMEs; she has also worked as a coach with many individuals on their work-life balance and personal development. Her first novel, Blood and Water, was shortlisted in a major competition and published by Macmillan New Writing, followed by Kindred Spirits and Mr Mikey’s Ladies. Her most recent book, How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss, has been acclaimed by authors and creative writing teachers alike. Lucy’s self-help books include A Simpler Life and The Real Secret, both co-authored with social psychologist, Annabel Shaw. The Real Secret was published by Bookshaker and Lucy subsequently became Commissioning Editor of the publishing company, contributing to its 12-year experience of niche business and self-development books. Lucy, with Joe Gregory of Bookshaker, founded Rethink Press Ltd in 2011: the company provides author services such as appraisals, editing, design and typesetting; and uses a print-on-demand, “hybrid publishing” model that allows authors with quality books to invest in the upfront costs of preparation and publication, then receive a high royalty on sales. As Managing Editor, Lucy has successfully built the brand, publishing award-winning fiction, cookbooks, and poetry, and “platform publishing” for entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and business owners. Her aim is to provide excellent, personalised, timely and ethical author services to support writers in getting their work published in the new world of publishing. Lucy became the Publish Mentor for KPI UK in 2014 and enjoys working with the wide variety of talented KPI entrepreneurs to structure and write, and sometimes publish, their business books. She mentors and coaches individual writers; gives keynotes, workshops, masterclasses and webinars in all aspects of writing and publishing; and has a post-graduate diploma (DTLLS) in teaching Creative Writing and Literacy.