Abi Waters

Abi Waters - Editor

Preston, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Creative and adaptable project editor with 20 years’ experience developing, editing and project managing illustrated non-fiction titles.

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Overview

I have worked in publishing for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelance editor, and I am proud to have partnered with distinguished authors and publishers during the course of my career. For the last 13 years, I have been running my own business as a Freelance Project Editor specialising in non-fiction titles. I have experience working across a broad spectrum of titles and subject areas and have been sought out for my expertise in cookery and food and drink titles.


I provide a wide range of tailored editorial services, supporting clients at any stage of the editorial cycle, from copy creation to copy-editing and proofreading. If you’re looking for an editor who can transform your copy or lighten your workload, you’ve come to the right place. I check the basics such as grammar and spelling, but I will also assess the concept, meaning and overall structure and ensure that the text sticks to the brief and word count. Everyone makes mistakes, but sometimes they’re hard to spot when you’re close to the text. I can give your project a once-over before it’s immortalised in print or online to weed out any last-minute typos and inconsistencies. Overall, I believe communication is key, so I will work with you to ensure your text is saying what you want it to say in the right tone and presented in most suitable way to your project.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Health & wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2007 – Present (over 13 years)

Professional and experienced Project Manager / Editor currently open to discuss freelance project work.

Experienced in entire book life-cycle; project managing, proofreading, copy-editing, sales material, concept work, anglicisation, americanization and commissioning.

Experienced background in illustrated non-fiction in a wide range of subject matters (health and fitness, MBS and gift, craft, gardening, sport and reference) but mainly specialising in cookery, culinary / food & drink.

Available for freelance / contract work.

I have also just created a new recipe blog and have written recipes for online magazine Little Flea

Clients have included:
White Lion Publishing
Quercus
Quintet
The Bright Press
Jacqui Small LLP
Orion Books
Simon & Schuster illustrated
Ebury Publishing
Octopus Publishing Group
Ryland, Peters & Small
Kyle Books

Managing Editor

MQ Publications Ltd
March, 2003 – December, 2007 (almost 5 years)

Client Management
Project Management
Editorial
Team Management
Content Commissioning
Copy Editing
Proof Reading
Layout

Senior Editor

Hamlyn
March, 2000 – March, 2003 (about 3 years)

Client Management
Content Commissioning
Proof Reading
Layout
Design

Editorial Assistant

Exley Publications
March, 1998 – September, 2000 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Patisserie: A Masterclass in Classic and Contemporary Patisserie

William Curley, Suzue Curley

Patisserie aims to reflect award-winning chocolatier, William Curley's passion for taking class....

Patisserie aims to reflect award-winning chocolatier, William Curley's passion for taking class....

Couture Chocolate: A Masterclass in Chocolate

William Curley

At one time, cocoa beans were prized so highly they were used as currency and only the privileged could enjoy what the Aztecs knew as 'xocoatl'. Nowadays, high-quality chocolate is widely available in many different delicious forms to an increasingly discerning market. In this delightfully decadent book, the UK's premier chocolatier William Curley presents the ultimate master class for all thi... read more

At one time, cocoa beans were prized so highly they were used as currency and only the privileged could enjoy what the Aztecs knew as 'xocoatl'. Nowadays, high-quality chocolate is widely available in many different delicious forms to an increasingly discerning market. In this delightfully decadent book, the UK's premier chocolatier William Curley presents the ultimate master class for all thi... read more

Artful Etching: Kawaii

Kutsuwada, Chie

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