Becky Alexander

Becky Alexander - Editor Tick

London, UK

Very experienced Commissioning/Managing Editor. I have worked in-house at Bloomsbury, HarperCollins and Dorling Kindersley.

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I've worked as a Commissioning Editor and Managing Editor for 20 years. I have worked in-house at Bloomsbury, HarperCollins and Dorling Kindersley. I now work freelance and my main clients are Penguin (Ebury and Vermilion) and Bloomsbury.

I have edited many food books including those by GB Bake Off finalists, TV chefs, columnists, cafe owners, insta stars and many more!

I also edit and proofread health, well-being and parenting books. This year I have worked on The Energy Plan by James Collins, Deborah James (F*** you cancer) and Dr Miriam Stoppard parenting books, as well as books about mental health and positive eating.

I have also edited novels. This year has included a thriller set in Tuscany, a time-slip novel set in WW2 and an account of life on the road in a band. I love the variety as it reflects my own reading life and interests!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Health & wellbeing
Parenting & Families

Certifications

  • BA Hons English Literature and Language
  • The Publishing Centre Commissioning and List Management
  • The Publishing Centre Copy Editing

Work experience

Managing Editor

Bloomsbury
March, 2015 – October, 2015 (7 months)

Managing Editor in the adult non-fiction and fiction team (Alexandra Pringle's list) which includes literary novels, food, biography and thrillers. I project-managed a Sunday Times bestseller, Philip Larkin, Life, Art and Love, by James Booth and edited or proofread many more including a thriller set in Tuscany, an illustrated book about Gallipoli, an agent's memoir and cookery titles.

Freelance Senior Editor

Self-employed
January, 2008 – Present (over 11 years)

Freelance senior editor and proofreader for leading UK publishers including Penguin Random House (Vermilion, Ebury and Dorling Kindersley), Bloomsbury and Nourish. I have been part of the commissioning team in Penguin and Bloomsbury so have a real understanding of what publishers are looking for.

I specialise in non-fiction, particularly food books. I helped two Great British Bake Off finalists prepare the contents list and pitch for their books. I have edited and proofread many cookery books including Social Suppers (Jason Atherton), 80 Cakes (Claire Clark), Leith's Pastry and More Home Comforts (James Martin).

I am also an author myself so I know what it's like on the other side! Packed was published by Nourish Books and featured in The Guardian, The Times, Delicious, Coast and many more magazines. I understand the complete publishing process from both the writer and editor's point of view, from writing a proposal to finding an agent and working with an international publishing company.

When not working in-house I work as a freelance editor, mostly for Penguin RH. Books this year include the follow-up to Amazon's bestselling ever book Who Moved My Cheese called Out of the Maze. Proofread Deborah James' F*** You Cancer. I am currently working on a big-budget food and health title that will be out in Jan 2019!

Contract Managing Editor/Senior Editor

Dorling Kindersley
January, 2004 – February, 2011 (about 7 years)

Worked in-house at Dorling Kindersley (now part of Penguin Random House) on various non-fiction projects including The Fairtrade Cookbook, Nutrition for Life and A Slice of Organic Life. Edited many children's food titles too, including many by Annabel Karmel.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Packed: Lunch hacks and recipes to squeeze more nutrients into your day

Becky Alexander, Michelle Lake

The workday packed lunch so often a repetitive and disappointing affair is easier than you think to get right; it just requires a little forward planning. Throw out the soggy sandwiches and fill your Thermos or lunch box with nutrient-packed goodies that are simple to prepare, delicious - and full of things that are good for you. Contemporary and seasonal recipes are supported by sound nutriti... read more

The workday packed lunch so often a repetitive and disappointing affair is easier than you think to get right; it just requires a little forward planning. Throw out the soggy sandwiches and fill your Thermos or lunch box with nutrient-packed goodies that are simple to prepare, delicious - and full of things that are good for you. Contemporary and seasonal recipes are supported by sound nutriti... read more

Healthy Speedy Suppers: Quick, Healthy and Delicious Recipes for Busy People

Katriona MacGregor

Bursting with quick, simple and deliciously healthy recipes, "Healthy Speedy Suppers"will inspire anyone who feels too tired or busy to cook at the end of the day.Katriona MacGregor started her Speedy Weeknight Suppers column for"The Telegraph"online in 2013, after a move back to exhausting London office life caused a slump in her diet. Resolving to break away from eating ready meals and chees... read more

Bursting with quick, simple and deliciously healthy recipes, "Healthy Speedy Suppers"will inspire anyone who feels too tired or busy to cook at the end of the day.Katriona MacGregor started her Speedy Weeknight Suppers column for"The Telegraph"online in 2013, after a move back to exhausting London office life caused a slump in her diet. Resolving to break away from eating ready meals and chees... read more

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

James Booth

Philip Larkin was that rare thing among poets: a household name in his own lifetime. Lines such as 'Never such innocence again' and 'Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three' made him one of the most popular poets of the last century. Larkin's reputation as a man, however, has been more controversial. A solitary librarian known for his pessimism, he disliked exposure and had no patie... read more

Philip Larkin was that rare thing among poets: a household name in his own lifetime. Lines such as 'Never such innocence again' and 'Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three' made him one of the most popular poets of the last century. Larkin's reputation as a man, however, has been more controversial. A solitary librarian known for his pessimism, he disliked exposure and had no patie... read more

More Home Comforts: 100 new recipes from the television series

James Martin

More Home Comforts introduces 100 new recipes from James Martin, favourites that you will want to cook time and time again.This brand new book features super-fast Instant Comforts, including Pea and Parmesan Soup and Keralan Prawns; Sharing Comforts for when you have a tableful, like Lamb Belly with Barbecue Sauce or Dahl Chicken with Naan Bread; Childhood Comforts such as soothing Fish Pie or... read more

More Home Comforts introduces 100 new recipes from James Martin, favourites that you will want to cook time and time again.This brand new book features super-fast Instant Comforts, including Pea and Parmesan Soup and Keralan Prawns; Sharing Comforts for when you have a tableful, like Lamb Belly with Barbecue Sauce or Dahl Chicken with Naan Bread; Childhood Comforts such as soothing Fish Pie or... read more

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Hilde Atalanta
It was such a pleasure working with Becky. It's the first time I'm publishing a book, and therefore my first time working together with a proofreader. Becky was thorough and precise, and very quick in giving her feedback (especially as it was all on a short notice). Also communication with Becky was great, she answered all my questions very promptly and she was very friendly and positive. I wou...
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Hilde Atalanta, April 2019

Becky Alexander
The Vulva Gallery is a wonderful, timely book - I was pleased to help it on its way out into the world!

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Kinga Szumska
Very pleased with the edits, I received more support than I initially expected :) massive thanks to Becky :)

Kinga Szumska, November 2018

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