Alison Jones

Alison Jones - Editor

Hampshire, United Kingdom

Passionate about people and books with something significant to say. Experienced publisher, consultant & coach.

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Overview

I'm a book coach and publishing partner: I help authors of business books get clear on strategy and structure and deliver well-written, effective books on schedule. I also work with publishers as an executive coach, trainer and consultant, supporting innovation and digital strategy.
My podcast The Extraordinary Business Book Club explores the bleeding edge of writing, publishing and promoting business books today.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Computers & Internet
Economics
Education & Reference
Finance & Accounting
Parenting & Families
Psychology
Publishing
Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • MBA
  • MA

Work experience

Publishing partner and coach

Self-employed
April, 2014 – Present (over 5 years)

I work with businesses and organizations wanting to build their brand and reach. My focus is on clarifying the strategic purpose for the book, coordinating content creation and publication with core business activities, and creating superb books with professional, polished editorial and production standards.

I also work with publishers as an executive coach and consultant (particularly for digital and innovation strategy), and deliver training to the industry on content strategy, business models and innovation. I partner with publishers to coach and support authors, particularly of business books.

Member of the Independent Publishers Guild board, Affiliate with Maverick Publishing Services, Associate with training and creative agency Thread at the University of Falmouth, and Associate Lecturer with Brookes University, teaching on their MA in Publishing.

Director of Innovation Strategy

Macmillan
November, 2000 – April, 2014 (over 13 years)

Reference and Online Publisher, Head of Digital Development and most recently Director of Innovation Strategy at Palgrave Macmillan. Responsible for major reference works including The Statesman's Yearbook and The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, project lead for the Palgrave Connect ebook platform.

Reference Editor

Oxford University Press
February, 1997 – November, 2000 (over 3 years)

Development editor for non-lexical reference books including the Oxford Companions series. Project initiator for Oxford Reference Online.

Project Editor

Reader's Digest
March, 1996 – February, 1997 (11 months)

Editor on Travel and Adventures series, working closely with designers and picture researchers.

Editor

Chambers Harrap
May, 1992 – March, 1996 (almost 4 years)

Editor of the Chambers Dictionary of Quotations and other reference books.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Statesman's Yearbook 2010: The Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World

The Statesman's Yearbook 2010 'the most convenient and reliable starting point for information on public affairs' - George J. Mitchell, US Senator. Each copy comes with FREE online access to statesmansyearbook. Site license upgrades are also available for libraries who wish to network the data. New this year: a chronology of the 'credit crunch.'

The Statesman's Yearbook 2010 'the most convenient and reliable starting point for information on public affairs' - George J. Mitchell, US Senator. Each copy comes with FREE online access to statesmansyearbook. Site license upgrades are also available for libraries who wish to network the data. New this year: a chronology of the 'credit crunch.'

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

THE FIRST NEW EDITION IN 21 YEARS The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics is established as the....

THE FIRST NEW EDITION IN 21 YEARS The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics is established as the....

The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Margaret Drabble

1172 pages

1172 pages

The Children's Fire

Mac Macartney

The Children’s Fire forges a trail into Britain’s wild and ancient Celtic past. It locates the fragments of a story that still has resonance today; the pulse and surge of an older wisdom that cracks the mendacity of the shopping mall’s vacuous promise. It is a passionate evocation of a generous, inclusive, diverse and spiritually significant world – the world of our longing. In the winter of 2... read more

The Children’s Fire forges a trail into Britain’s wild and ancient Celtic past. It locates the fragments of a story that still has resonance today; the pulse and surge of an older wisdom that cracks the mendacity of the shopping mall’s vacuous promise. It is a passionate evocation of a generous, inclusive, diverse and spiritually significant world – the world of our longing. In the winter of 2... read more

PR for Humans

Mike Sergeant

“There is no strategy without a story. There is no story without the main character. The main character is you.”PR for Humans is for pure-of-heart storytellers who want to cut through the noise and the nonsense. It brings together the essential and timeless principles of effective leadership communication. Belief. Clarity. Opinion. Energy. Context. Time. Humility. Imagery. Why are these things... read more

“There is no strategy without a story. There is no story without the main character. The main character is you.”PR for Humans is for pure-of-heart storytellers who want to cut through the noise and the nonsense. It brings together the essential and timeless principles of effective leadership communication. Belief. Clarity. Opinion. Energy. Context. Time. Humility. Imagery. Why are these things... read more

Advice That Sticks

Moira Somers

The advice is sound; the client seems eager; and then... nothing happens! Too often, this is the experience that financial professionals encounter in their daily work. When good recommendations go unimplemented, clients’ well-being is compromised, opportunities are lost, and the professional relationship grows strained. Advice that Sticks takes aim at the problem of financial non-adherence. Wr... read more

The advice is sound; the client seems eager; and then... nothing happens! Too often, this is the experience that financial professionals encounter in their daily work. When good recommendations go unimplemented, clients’ well-being is compromised, opportunities are lost, and the professional relationship grows strained. Advice that Sticks takes aim at the problem of financial non-adherence. Wr... read more

The Model Manifesto

Leanne Maskell

For such a beautiful industry, there is a lot of ugly behind the scenes in modelling. Exploitation has always existed in the fashion industry, because it is so aspirational. By cutting through the smoke and mirrors, The Model Manifesto empowers and educates models to take control of their lives into their own hands and educates the public on the reality of what's involved in modelling. Leanne ... read more

For such a beautiful industry, there is a lot of ugly behind the scenes in modelling. Exploitation has always existed in the fashion industry, because it is so aspirational. By cutting through the smoke and mirrors, The Model Manifesto empowers and educates models to take control of their lives into their own hands and educates the public on the reality of what's involved in modelling. Leanne ... read more

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