Penny Worms

Children's Books Packager, Editor & Writer

Penny Worms

Proud mum, step-mum and now granny

My studio. A converted garage in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

I have had a long career in children's publishing, as an editor, packager and writer. It's been fun looking back at the books I've helped create and choosing
the ones to put in my portfolio. It's not an exhaustive list – I've worked on a lot of books! – but these reflect my skills and experience.

Looking back has been interesting, but I prefer to look ahead, so do get in touch if you are looking for someone with creative flair, a love of words and good illustration, excellent editorial skills, and above all, a desire to produce books that children want to read and adults want to buy.

Hello! Thanks for visiting.

Book packager

"We are delighted with the book. I’ve found Penny lovely to work with, really easy to communicate with and it has been the least stressful guide book I’ve been involved with for The Deep in 10 years!"

Susan Hornby, The Deep

Whether you have an idea that needs developing or you need someone to refresh an existing title, hand it over to me and consider it done.

I have worked with my partner, Graham Rich, ex-art director at ticktock Publishing, to produce many publications for publishers and other clients. My contact book includes talented designers, as well as authors and illustrators, but if the right people aren't in there, I find and commission them.

I am a reliable and organised project manager who will work with you to produce what you want – but my aim is to exceed your expectations.

Book Editor

In-house or out-of-house

I am an experienced managing editor, team leader, list builder, commissioning editor and proofreader. I have old-school editorial skills –  thorough, consistent and clear. I enjoy working with authors to shape and pace-out a picture book text just as much as I enjoy working with designers to ensure text and pictures are working in harmony on the page. As a managing editor, I am enthusiastic, organised, encouraging, with a clear sense of purpose. I'm a natural problem-solver, adept at making order out of disorder or a book from an idea. I love what I do!

"It's good to have someone you can count on to produce high-quality books to brief, budget
and deadline."

Joyce Bentley, when Editorial Director at Wayland

"Penny is a trusted and creative editor. Fast, efficient and loved by authors, she is always
my first port of call when I need freelance help.
It's great to be able to hand a project over and know you are going to get back what you were hoping to have created."

Mandy Suhr, when Publisher at Puffin Books

 Fischli and Weiss Exhibition catalogue

I accept all ten principles from Peter Fischli and
David Weiss, but I'm still working on a couple of them.

© Guggenheim museum

My muse

Penny Worms

Me on a good day


Managing Editor Novelty, Baby, Activity and Non-fiction



Freelance Editor Picture Books



Packager, Freelance Editor and Writer

Children's Publications



Freelance Editor Activity and Non-fiction



Freelance Editor, Writer and Proofreader

Licensed Character



Picture Book Publisher Maternity Cover



Freelance Editor Picture Books



Editorial Director Maternity Cover, Picture Books

Senior Editor Maternity Cover, Popular Culture



Freelance Editor Picture Books and Novelty



Freelance Editor Picture Books and Novelty



Managing Editor Non-fiction, Novelty and Picture Books



Managing Editor (full-time) Fiction, Gift and Novelty Books



Paperback Publishing Manager (full-time)

Picture Books, Young Fiction and Gift Books



Children's Writer

Top titles

Snow White Creativity Book, Carlton Books
Wallace and Gromit book cover
World of Invention book cover
Flushed Away book cover
A Matter of Loaf and Death book cover
Curse of the Were-Rabbit novelisation book cover
Priddy Books First Grammar book cover
Priddy Books Times Tables book cover
Mega Maths book cover
History of the World book cover
Sports Cars book cover
Minibeast Adventure book cover
Monster High 1000 Stickers book cover
I Don't Want to Go to Bed book cover
Fairy Winter Wonderland book cover



Interested in meeting?

If you would like to discuss anything, including the following, do get in touch:

  • consultancy
  • book packaging
  • concept development
  • freelance editorial
  • writing
  • maternity cover
  • part-time or temporary contracts
  • proofreading


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