Writers Surgery - Elena Lappin

private coaching and editorial consulting for writers of fiction and non-fiction


Elena was the editor of my debut novel, Whispers Through a Megaphone, which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. I loved working on this book with Elena. She is insightful and perceptive, warm and funny, incredibly kind. Her passion for diverse stories – for making stories the best versions of themselves – is wonderfully contagious.
–    Rachel Elliott, author of Whispers Through a Megaphone, Do Not Feed the Bear, and Flamingo

Working with Elena Lappin was an honour and an unforgettable experience. She is patient, thorough, and a passionate believer in the projects she works on. Many editors and industry people pay lip service to writers. Elena can be trusted to do exactly what she promises. I couldn’t recommend her more.
–      Chigozie Obioma, author of Booker-shortlisted The Fishermen, An Orchestra of Minorities, and Booker Prize Judge 2021

Elena has been crucial to my writing in numerous ways. As my first UK editor, she saw potential in the draft of what she then helped craft into my debut novel – the book I needed the most help with in the absence of much confidence in my own judgment. She is wise, generous, an author’s champion (being one herself) and possesses a brilliant sense of humour. Working with her is a delight, rather than a painful, anxious-making experience. With ‘Sympathy’, she knew instinctively which strands to tighten and which to let go, in order to make the book more itself, not less.
–      Olivia Sudjic, author of Asylum Road, Exposure, and Sympathy

Elena is everything you’d want in an editor: she’s warm and supportive, frank, and has enviable editoral understanding and precision. 
      Gaia Banks, Literary Agent (Sheil Land Associates Ltd)

Working with Elena is a joy from start to finish and it was a privilege to work with her on one of the most exciting projects of my career. Her unique exuberance, intelligence and wit combined with a true love of language and ideas make her the perfect editorial champion and guide.
–      Emma Paterson, Literary Agent (Aitken Alexander Associates)