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Alison Howard

Alison Howard - Editor

Oxford, United Kingdom

A skilled and experienced editor of reference, children's fiction, gardening, travel, cookery and self-help books.


English (UK)
Children's Picture Books Christian
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Education & Reference Health & wellbeing Home & Garden Self-help & Self-improvement Travel


  • BA Hons German

Work experience

Editor and Proofreader

August, 2014 – Present (almost 3 years)

An experienced freelance editor with 12 years' publishing experience, I offer professional editorial and project management services. These include project management, manuscript appraisals, copywriting, copy-editing and proofreading.

Supplier Manager, ELT

Oxford University Press
October, 2013 – July, 2014 (9 months)

• Managed the supply and demand of 200+ freelance suppliers for production editors within the ELT Department.
• Partnered with a web development company to develop a freelancer database for production editors.
• Managed the annual overhead freelance budget.
• Developed editorial testing of prospective freelancers and set up training for new freelancers working with OUP-specific systems.

Production Editor II

Oxford University Press
June, 2011 – September, 2013 (over 2 years)

• Assigned to manage the ELT Department's flagship online digital testing platform and interactive whiteboard tools for international Secondary schools.
• Supervised and managed 13 freelancers and in-house testers.
• Set testing schedules and monitored budgets.
• Worked closely with all product development departments to create and monitor testing schedules and adherence to procedures.


Michelin Apa Publications
January, 2008 – December, 2009 (almost 2 years)

• Commissioned and project managed over 30 front- and backlist titles from inception to finished copy, including layout, structural editing, copy-editing, rewriting, proofreading, Americanisation, picture research and indexing.
• Worked closely with Michelin France’s production team, writers and freelance editors.
• Advanced the publishing programme by generating new ideas and writing copy for sales and publicity materials.

Project Editor

Cambridge Publishing Management Ltd
April, 2006 – December, 2007 (over 1 year)

• Project-managed a range of co-edition illustrated books from inception to print.
• Subjects included travel, children's literacy, cookery and lifestyle.
• Worked closely with authors, suppliers, design and production departments, freelancers and printers.


Library House Ltd
October, 2004 – March, 2006 (over 1 year)

• Copy-edited and proofread literature for networking events and marketing programmes.
• Edited research reports for Government bodies on topics such as Clean Energy.
• Designed and managed subscriptions to e-newsletters and event invitations (HTML and XML).
• Created and managed an Intranet Wiki to improve communications.

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