Emma Adams

Emma Adams - Editor

Chesham, UK

I'm a copy-editor and proofreader with over 10 years' experience across fiction, non-fiction, academic, educational and reference titles.

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Overview

I am a copy-editor and proofreader with 10 years' experience of working freelance with publishing houses and directly with authors. In-house, I have been an editor and copywriter at a charity and an editor at a legal publisher, liaising with authors and contributors and project managing titles through to production. I have also written for corporates and b2b companies, including annual reports and website copy.

Previously, I was an associate director at a leading London recruitment consultancy, specialising in publishing. Through sourcing talented candidates for my clients, I saw the other side of the fence, the fascinating nuts and bolts of taking commissioned ideas through to publication and over my six years in this role, learned a great deal about the publishing process.

As an editor, I collaborate closely with first-time authors, critiquing and developing their manuscripts, as well as with seasoned and successful self-published authors. For major UK publishing houses I have sensitively – yet, with authority – copy-edited and proofread celebrity biographies, self-help books and memoirs; updated annual business guides and reference books; even researched and added entries to dictionaries of computing, management and technology.

My fiction titles have ranged from contemporary fiction, women’s literature, crime and adventure to erotica and beach reads – even the odd Western! On the non-fiction side, my experience lies across management, careers, biography, memoir and popular science.

As a freelancer I am reliable, swift to reply in correspondence and consistently good at what I do. I take feedback well, value highly my existing professional relationships and always embrace the prospect of working with new clients.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Holiday
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • MA History of Art
  • BA Modern Languages (French and Spanish)

Work experience

Freelance Copy-editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
April, 2009 – Present (almost 12 years)

I'm a professional editor with over 10 years' experience in copy-editing and proofreading. I have worked in-house with publishers as well as remotely from home. I collaborate closely with first-time authors, critiquing and developing their manuscripts and with seasoned and successful self-published authors.

For major UK publishing houses I have sensitively – yet, with authority – copy-edited and proofread a broad range of titles from celebrity biography to self-help, art, holiday reads and memoir. I have updated annual business guides and reference books; even researched and added entries to dictionaries of computing, management and technology.

My fiction titles have ranged from erotica and beach reads to women’s literature, crime and adventure – even the odd Western and zombie novel.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Three Daughters of Eve

Elif Shafak

The stunning, timely new novel from the acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of The Architect's Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul.Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground--an old polaroid of three young wom... read more

The stunning, timely new novel from the acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of The Architect's Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul.Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground--an old polaroid of three young wom... read more

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Ruby Wax

**The number one bestseller, with over 150,000 copies sold, which kick-started a mindfulness revolution**'Ruby Wax has written a guide to mindfulness that's as hilarious as it is useful' Arianna Huffington'We are all frazzled, all of us...'Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. In A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, Ruby Wax shows us... read more

**The number one bestseller, with over 150,000 copies sold, which kick-started a mindfulness revolution**'Ruby Wax has written a guide to mindfulness that's as hilarious as it is useful' Arianna Huffington'We are all frazzled, all of us...'Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. In A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, Ruby Wax shows us... read more

Flashman and the Golden Sword (Adventures of Thomas Flashman Book 8)

Robert Brightwell

Of all the enemies that our hero has shrunk away from, there was one he feared above them all. By his own admission they gave him nightmares into his dotage. It was not the French, the Spanish, the Americans or the Mexicans. It was not even the more exotic adversaries such as the Iroquois, Mahratta or Zulus. While they could all make his guts churn anxiously, the foe that really put him off hi... read more

Of all the enemies that our hero has shrunk away from, there was one he feared above them all. By his own admission they gave him nightmares into his dotage. It was not the French, the Spanish, the Americans or the Mexicans. It was not even the more exotic adversaries such as the Iroquois, Mahratta or Zulus. While they could all make his guts churn anxiously, the foe that really put him off hi... read more

Dream On: The inspirational memoir from the founder of Arizona's leading fitness empire

Tom Hatten

At just 22, and with no experience or inkling of what would lie ahead, entrepreneur Tom Hatten had a dream to start a health and fitness business. He took his entire savings of $2000 and built Arizona's leading fitness empire: 17 locations; 1,400 employees. But Tom's real life 30-year journey isn't just an account of growing a successful business; this true story takes us to heady highs and cr... read more

At just 22, and with no experience or inkling of what would lie ahead, entrepreneur Tom Hatten had a dream to start a health and fitness business. He took his entire savings of $2000 and built Arizona's leading fitness empire: 17 locations; 1,400 employees. But Tom's real life 30-year journey isn't just an account of growing a successful business; this true story takes us to heady highs and cr... read more

Zombies, Run!

Naomi Alderman

'OUR FIRST JOB IS SURVIVAL. IF WE SURVIVE, WE LEARN, WHEN WE LEARN, WE MAKE TOMORROW BETTER THAN TODAY. THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN: WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP ON GOING' The zombie apocalypse is here. We have all lost a lot, but we are surviving. Together we will overcome the outbreak but we need every man, women and child to do their bit. This is an informational guide to help you stay fit and... read more

'OUR FIRST JOB IS SURVIVAL. IF WE SURVIVE, WE LEARN, WHEN WE LEARN, WE MAKE TOMORROW BETTER THAN TODAY. THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN: WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP ON GOING' The zombie apocalypse is here. We have all lost a lot, but we are surviving. Together we will overcome the outbreak but we need every man, women and child to do their bit. This is an informational guide to help you stay fit and... read more

How to Get a Job in a Museum or Art Gallery

Alison Baverstock

Getting your dream job in the arts is no mean feat these days. In this book, the author explores the world of museums and galleries, focusing on contemporary issues and current options for employment in this field. This down-to-earth guide will help you work out what kind of job you would be best suited to, and how to prepare for a career in your chosen field. Featuring many case studies and r... read more

Getting your dream job in the arts is no mean feat these days. In this book, the author explores the world of museums and galleries, focusing on contemporary issues and current options for employment in this field. This down-to-earth guide will help you work out what kind of job you would be best suited to, and how to prepare for a career in your chosen field. Featuring many case studies and r... read more

Good Small Business Guide 2013, 7th Edition: How to start and grow your own business

.

Fully updated for this 7th annual edition, the Good Small Business Guide 2013 is packed with essential advice for small business owners or budding entrepreneurs. Offering help on all aspects of starting, running and growing a small business, including: planning, setting up or acquiring a business, getting to grips with figures, marketing, selling online, and managing yourself and others. Conta... read more

Fully updated for this 7th annual edition, the Good Small Business Guide 2013 is packed with essential advice for small business owners or budding entrepreneurs. Offering help on all aspects of starting, running and growing a small business, including: planning, setting up or acquiring a business, getting to grips with figures, marketing, selling online, and managing yourself and others. Conta... read more

Bertie the Blitz Dog

Libby Parker

THE PERFECT HEARTWARMING READ for THE NEW YEAR . . . As bombs rain from the skies, can Bertie the Blitz dog find a safe home? Pampered pooch Bertie's owner has passed away. Cold, alone and scared, he's now a stray on London's streets. With a terrible war on, the city is bombed nightly. While rationing has left people starving. It is a dangerous time to have four legs and no owner. So when Bert... read more

THE PERFECT HEARTWARMING READ for THE NEW YEAR . . . As bombs rain from the skies, can Bertie the Blitz dog find a safe home? Pampered pooch Bertie's owner has passed away. Cold, alone and scared, he's now a stray on London's streets. With a terrible war on, the city is bombed nightly. While rationing has left people starving. It is a dangerous time to have four legs and no owner. So when Bert... read more

The Expertise Economy: How the smartest companies use learning to engage, compete, and succeed

Kelly Palmer, David Blake

As seen in Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur, Quartz at Work, Big Think, Chief Learning Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and featured in the Financial Times, and Forbes Recommended Reading for Creative Leaders.Keeping people's skills in sync with fast-changing markets is the biggest challenge of our time. The workplace is going through a large-scale transition with digitization, automation, an... read more

As seen in Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur, Quartz at Work, Big Think, Chief Learning Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and featured in the Financial Times, and Forbes Recommended Reading for Creative Leaders.Keeping people's skills in sync with fast-changing markets is the biggest challenge of our time. The workplace is going through a large-scale transition with digitization, automation, an... read more

Emma has 2 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Julie Broad
Emma was very good about asking clarifying questions and managing expectations. The work was delivered as scheduled and done very well.

Julie Broad, February 2020


Kirsten Staveland
Thank you, Emma for doing a great job! You were easy to work with, you were able to edit my documents without removing my own voice, and you even finished early.

Kirsten Staveland, November 2019

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