Anne Abel Smith

Anne Abel Smith - Editor

London

A keen editor specialising in business and health - I want my authors' books to be the best possible and my authors the least stressed!

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Overview


So - how can I help? Well, I specialise in non-fiction... assessing a manuscript, discussing the structure; library/archive research, interviewing for information, fact-checking; rewriting or just a tidy-up; editing, proofreading and (finally!) guidance on publication. Five years with a literary agent and publishers, plus many later years as an editor, have given me an interesting and broad skill set!

My experience is a useful mix of research and publishing. I went to university as a (supposedly!) mature student and came out with an arts degree in classics and a science one in psychology. The latter was clearly the more vocational and slowly led me into social policy research for government departments, working as a freelance. Each project taught me research skills such as interviewing and fact-finding, and I built up a useful list of publications, which also gave me experience of being an author myself - and of being edited!

After about 20 years and beginning to feel stale, I returned to London and to publishing. I re-trained as an editor, working on the kinds of reports and books that I had been used to writing - my career had come full circle! I began to work for government organisations like the Care Quality Commission and the National Audit Office, which produce a regular flow of publications, as well as for academic publishers of books in the genres that appealed to me most (see below).

Mostly recently I've become involved in government inquiries as either an editor or a writer - first the Francis report, then the inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) and lastly Windrush.

I enjoy working with authors – especially those who are very skilled in their field but less confident in their writing, and also those who are non-native English speakers. Making a book the best it can be is a team-of-two effort. As editor, I must become attuned to an author’s intentions – not only their overall aim but also the meanings they are trying to convey throughout the text (as a way to achieving that aim). This involves questioning, considering and agreeing – all done in co-operation and with sensitivity. The result should be a publication that not only attracts readers and achieves sales but is also one of which both author and editor are proud!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Health & Wellbeing
History
Psychology

Certifications

  • Advanced Professional Membership of the Society of Editors and Proofreaders

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
July, 2000 – Present (over 22 years)

Research and editorial experience

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Operations Management

Peter Jones, Peter Robinson

Presenting an integrated media and text solution to teaching Operations Management!Take this opportunity to provide your students with a new, innovative learning package which clearly demonstrates the relevance of operations to everyday business activities.Allow students to see how core operations theory is applied in real world situations through watching bespoke videoed case materials of int... read more

Presenting an integrated media and text solution to teaching Operations Management!Take this opportunity to provide your students with a new, innovative learning package which clearly demonstrates the relevance of operations to everyday business activities.Allow students to see how core operations theory is applied in real world situations through watching bespoke videoed case materials of int... read more

Get Off The Treadmill : For Personal Trainer Chicks Who Love Fitness But Not Business

Becs Cronshaw

Are you a personal trainer who is passionate about fitness… but constantly worried about making enough money to pay your bills?Did you start working in the fitness industry because you wanted to help people and change lives… but now you’re stuck, tired, stressed and overworked?Do you lack the confidence to charge what you’re worth, to present yourself like the badass chick you truly are and to... read more

Are you a personal trainer who is passionate about fitness… but constantly worried about making enough money to pay your bills?Did you start working in the fitness industry because you wanted to help people and change lives… but now you’re stuck, tired, stressed and overworked?Do you lack the confidence to charge what you’re worth, to present yourself like the badass chick you truly are and to... read more

Pioneering Professional: Self-directing skills for life

Ali Stewart, Derek S Biddle

What makes high fliers fly? Are you curious about what really successful people do? Do you wonder how some people become very successful very quickly and still seem to have a great life outside work? Others, who work very hard, struggle to achieve this same kind of success.Research suggests that success isn’t down to having a high IQ, it has more to do with your EQ – Emotional Intelligence – w... read more

What makes high fliers fly? Are you curious about what really successful people do? Do you wonder how some people become very successful very quickly and still seem to have a great life outside work? Others, who work very hard, struggle to achieve this same kind of success.Research suggests that success isn’t down to having a high IQ, it has more to do with your EQ – Emotional Intelligence – w... read more

A Short History of England

Dominic Caldecott

A short but detailed history of England from Stonehenge to Brexit in 76 sections that average five pages in length. As well as the conventional timeline,there are thematic sections covering topics such as politics, trade, industry, and empire. At the end of each chapter there are sections on society and culture. There are two sets of 24 colour plates with captions. The author's financial backg... read more

A short but detailed history of England from Stonehenge to Brexit in 76 sections that average five pages in length. As well as the conventional timeline,there are thematic sections covering topics such as politics, trade, industry, and empire. At the end of each chapter there are sections on society and culture. There are two sets of 24 colour plates with captions. The author's financial backg... read more

Women and Problem Gambling: Therapeutic insights into understanding addiction and treatment

Liz Karter

Addiction is much misunderstood. Women and addictive gambling even more so, and for many years women have suffered in silence. This book explores how lonely, troubled lives and damaging relationships lead to the trap of problem gambling, the anxiety and chaos whilst locked inside, and then offers realistic hope of a way out.With the significant increase in women gambling problematically, Women... read more

Addiction is much misunderstood. Women and addictive gambling even more so, and for many years women have suffered in silence. This book explores how lonely, troubled lives and damaging relationships lead to the trap of problem gambling, the anxiety and chaos whilst locked inside, and then offers realistic hope of a way out.With the significant increase in women gambling problematically, Women... read more

Build Your Digital Marketing Strategy : The Mindsets And Methods of Businesses That Dominate Their Sectors Online

Steve Brennan

Why do some businesses dominate online whilst others constantly play catch up?Will your digital marketing strategy make you the most visible business in your sector?Digital marketing remains a relatively new discipline and most organisations are still learning how best to achieve the visibility they need online.This book is your blueprint for building your own best practice digital marketing s... read more

Why do some businesses dominate online whilst others constantly play catch up?Will your digital marketing strategy make you the most visible business in your sector?Digital marketing remains a relatively new discipline and most organisations are still learning how best to achieve the visibility they need online.This book is your blueprint for building your own best practice digital marketing s... read more

Creativity and Mental Illness

Are creative people more likely to be mentally ill? This basic question has been debated for thousands of years, with the 'mad genius' concept advanced by such luminaries as Aristotle. There are many studies that argue the answer is 'yes', and several prominent scholars who argue strongly for a connection. There are also those who argue equally strongly that the core studies and scholarship un... read more

Are creative people more likely to be mentally ill? This basic question has been debated for thousands of years, with the 'mad genius' concept advanced by such luminaries as Aristotle. There are many studies that argue the answer is 'yes', and several prominent scholars who argue strongly for a connection. There are also those who argue equally strongly that the core studies and scholarship un... read more

Global Environmental Constitutionalism

James R. May, Erin Daly

Reflecting a global trend, scores of countries have affirmed that their citizens are entitled to healthy air, water and land, and that their constitution should guarantee certain environmental rights. This book examines the increasing recognition that the environment is a proper subject for protection in constitutional texts and for vindication by constitutional courts. This phenomenon, which ... read more

Reflecting a global trend, scores of countries have affirmed that their citizens are entitled to healthy air, water and land, and that their constitution should guarantee certain environmental rights. This book examines the increasing recognition that the environment is a proper subject for protection in constitutional texts and for vindication by constitutional courts. This phenomenon, which ... read more

The Subject of Virtue (New Departures in Anthropology)

James Laidlaw

The anthropology of ethics has become an important and fast-growing field in recent years. This book argues that it represents not just a new subfield within anthropology but a conceptual renewal of the discipline as a whole, enabling it to take account of a major dimension of human conduct which social theory has so far failed adequately to address. An ideal introduction for students and rese... read more

The anthropology of ethics has become an important and fast-growing field in recent years. This book argues that it represents not just a new subfield within anthropology but a conceptual renewal of the discipline as a whole, enabling it to take account of a major dimension of human conduct which social theory has so far failed adequately to address. An ideal introduction for students and rese... read more

The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism, 1918-1924 (Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare)

Bruno Cabanes

The aftermath of the Great War brought the most troubled peacetime the world had ever seen. Survivors of the war were not only the soldiers who fought, the wounded in mind and body. They were also the stateless, the children who suffered war's consequences, and later the victims of the great Russian famine of 1921 to 1923. Before the phrases 'universal human rights' and 'non-governmental organ... read more

The aftermath of the Great War brought the most troubled peacetime the world had ever seen. Survivors of the war were not only the soldiers who fought, the wounded in mind and body. They were also the stateless, the children who suffered war's consequences, and later the victims of the great Russian famine of 1921 to 1923. Before the phrases 'universal human rights' and 'non-governmental organ... read more

Anne has 9 reviews

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Dawn Peacock-Sinnott
Anne has been such a pleasure to work with. Putting my first book in her capable hands has made the process much easier than I expected.

Dawn Peacock-Sinnott, July 2022


Dmytro Nizhebetskyi
This was my first book. However, as a project manager, I know the value of input from an expert. Everyone on the team has their expertise that they contribute to project success. Anne Able provided the book with a final professional touch. After so many rounds of editing, I didn't expect so many things we overlooked. She caught lots of grammar issues and uniformed the formatting of the whole ma...
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Dmytro Nizhebetskyi, April 2022


JANE N.
Even though this was a short assessment, I felt that my needs weren't addressed even after clarifying. I certainly will be more keener in the future in defining terms and also getting the right fit for my needs.

JANE N., January 2022

Anne Abel Smith
The client correctly asked for a developmental edit, not a copy-edit, and that is what I delivered. However, in our negotiation, she had repeatedly suggested points for review that I explained wou...
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Judith Cantrell
Anne has the highest standards of work, and was well worth the wait while she finished other books. She has a diligent approach, and I liked the way our work together developed. She absorbed the book's intent and my casual style quickly. She helped me professionalise the writing whilst keeping it's personality. Typos and formatting etc apart, she would point out where I hadn't made myself clear...
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Judith Cantrell, December 2021


Pradeep Kumar
Ms. Anne has been very helpful and understanding. She is good enough to do the job. I highly recommend her services!

Pradeep Kumar, November 2021

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