I am delighted to welcome Rachel Hamilton’s Editor Ellie to Bookbabblers today, as part of the blog tour for The Case of the Exploding Loo.
When the manuscript for The Case of the Exploding Loo landed on my desk it stood out straight away. I was immediately drawn to the quirky characters and fast-paced action. What really stood out for me was Rachel’s ability to tell a story using various narrative tools. I loved the use of newspaper articles, text messages, charts and diagrams in the manuscript – Rachel has done a brilliant job of integrating them into the story, making the book so appealing to young readers.
I was thrilled when Rachel accepted Simon and Schuster’s offer and couldn’t wait to start working with her. Rachel is the kind of author who’s a dream for an editor to work with. She was very open to the editorial process and in the early days we had some great discussions about her characters, story and the series as a whole and how things might develop. Editing the manuscript was great fun! It hardly feels like work when you sit down at a desk and spend your day reading/editing a book about exploding toilets!
Both Rachel and the S&S team had a clear idea of the style of illustration that would work with the manuscript, and we came to The Boy Fitz Hammond quite quickly – it felt like a very natural and easy decision, and a perfect fit for the text.
I’m so excited for publication and for people to have the chance to read The Case of the Exploding Loo. Rachel is a real talent and star in the making. It was a privilege to work with her and watch the story go from manuscript to finished book. I hope you enjoy the book as much as we all have – I hope it makes you laugh and I hope you fall in love with Noelle and the other fantastic characters as much as I did.