Justine Smith

Justine joined Bell Lomax Moreton from Pan Macmillan, where she commissioned and acquired picture books. She is an experienced and versatile editor who has also worked in senior publishing roles at Penguin, Dorling Kindersley, Templar and Big Picture Press.

Highly visually literate, Justine has also worked in animation as a script editor and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Children’s Illustration.

Justine has developed, edited and published bestselling and award-winning children’s TV shows, baby and preschool books, picture books, non-fiction, 5 – 8 and middle grade fiction. As the agency’s Development Editor, Justine works with our authors and illustrators to help shape their work for submission to publishers.

Justine is looking for engaging, diverse and original debut picture book and young narrative non-fiction voices, and is particularly interested in seeing fresh and different longer-form ideas aimed at those difficult-to-reel-in 5-8 year old early readers.