Editor's Profile

Emily Murdock Baker

Emily Murdock Baker was an editor at Penguin Books and Viking, where she edited a broad range of fiction and nonfiction, and produced enhanced e-books. Before she was an editor, she went to film school and worked in development in Hollywood for several years.

While at Penguin, her notable fiction titles included Alex Marwood’s Edgar and Macavity Award-winning psychological thrillers The Wicked Girls, The Killer Next Door, which was recently optioned by James Franco, and the upcoming The Darkest Secret. She edited Sarah Hilary’s DI Marnie Rome series; Someone Else’s Skin won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and was a finalist for the Macavity. She also edited Patricia Bracewell’s Emma of Normandy historical fiction trilogy, and Andi Teran’s modern retelling of Anne of Green Gables, Ana of California.

Notable nonfiction included Paul French’s New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award-winner Midnight in Peking, Catherine Bailey’s New York Times bestseller The Secret Rooms, which has been optioned by Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free, and Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy’s The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel, which won the CWA Nonfiction Dagger Award and is in development as a feature film.

Emily's select booklist can be found below.