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Meet the Reviewers

Our Mission

At Effigy Press our mission is to help writers find their voices, find a wider market for their work – and introduce readers to Young Adult (YA) fiction they’d never find on Amazon or in their local bookstore. YA fiction isn’t just for readers in their teens and early twenties, and isn’t just written by authors in their teens and early twenties – it’s for anyone who recognizes that period in life as one of discovery, transformation and challenge. That’s what we’re looking to promote here at Effigy Press. And we don’t charge for anything.

Executive Reviewer | T.S.W. Sharman

Sorry, no dragons and magic wands for me!
My Young Adult (YA) writing focuses on the inner mental lives of the main characters, especially true in The Theory of My Wonders and Ignorance, Risk, Hope. I look to explore “real” people acting in genuine and unexpected ways in difficult situations.
What I’m looking for in a submission is a compelling voice, free of cliche, insistently bursting into my world. Be authentic, be gritty, be bold, don’t be afraid – say what you mean and mean what you say. Building on that, don’t waste my time with dialogue that doesn’t move the story along or with dreary exposition.
Ultimately, I want to see work that will challenge dreary mainstream YA literature.

Author of:
The Theory of My Wonders
Bad Napkin (Kirkus Starred Review, Authonomy Gold Medal winner)
Ignorance, Risk, Hope (collected short stories)
Contributor to Pankhearst Press Heathers and Mermaids

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Executive Reviewer | Richard Bradburn

Richard Bradburn is a writer (his comprehensive guide to self-editing, Self-Editing for Self-Publishers, launched in April 2020), journalist (frequent contributor to the Irish Times, as well as local press) and independent professional editor.
He specialises in developmental editing of novels, with a particular love of YA, historical fiction, thrillers, romance and literary fiction.
His global editorial client list includes self-published and traditionally published authors. He also copyedits, proofreads, formats for Kindle, coaches, beta-reads, ghostwrites and makes a fantastic lemon meringue pie.
He’s a Professional Member of the CIEP, Partner member of ALLi, an affiliate editor of, and Approved Supplier to Publaunch, as well as helping moderate the popular writing and editing groups Fiction Writers and Editors and Ask A Book Editor on Facebook. He can be found at
When he’s not editing, he’s trying to finish his second album of contemporary classical piano music released under the Chiaroscuro project name (the first album, Interlude, is available on iTunes, Amazon and all good record stores).

Executive Reviewer | Could this be you?

Our team is looking for a 3rd Executive Reviewer to add to our team. If this is something you're interested in, please reach out to us with your background and experience. Send an email to and we will be in touch!

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