I'm a freelance editor and inclusion consultant. I specialise in children's books, but have edited outside of that remit on occasion when I've had specific knowledge about the subject matter. I've also got plentiful experience in picture book layout and design.
Associate lecturer teaching the Children's Publishing module on the Publishing MA.
Associate tutor for the Editorial Module on the Distance Learning Publishing MA.
Inclusive Minds is a collaboration of consultants and campaigners with a passion for inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children's literature. We offer training and consultancy, and develop and deliver innovative projects aimed at creating truly inclusive, diverse and accessible books. We work with writers, illustrators, publishers, library professionals, teachers, booksellers, charities, book organisations and – most importantly – children and parents. We've also developed the Everybody In charters for the children's book world to help ensure real and long lasting change in the industry.
Clients include: Bloomsbury; Barefoot Books, Tate; Child's Play; Frances Lincoln;
Editorially perceptive, and with a strong sense of publishing ethos, I can look at your project from a new perspective. As a specialist in diversity and inclusion, I will bring more to a job than just editorial skills. Flexible and easy to work with, my editorial skills range from basic proofreading and copy-editing, to developmental editing and design. I can also assist with research and project management.
Clients include: OUP; Pearson; Child's Play; Templar; Hot Key Books; Salariya.
Research, copywriting, copy-editing, proofreading, text development, new project development, sourcing new illustrators and negotiating fees, briefing and liaising with illustrators, developing illustrator guidelines, checking manuscripts for consistency, creating page plans, pasting up print layouts (both manually and using Quark or InDesign), checking proofs, scheduling, managing independent projects, development and project management of new website
Designing promotional material and preparing for print, catalogue layout and cover design. Design for special projects
Building relationships with the Education sector, negotiating deals, keeping track of educational developments, planning exhibitions, researching and highlighting educational benefits of titles
Market research, writing advertising copy, liaison with Booktrust, development of new website, implementation of data management system, general administration
Wind the Bobbin Up Favourite nursery rhymes and songs, with babies and toddlers, signing and miming along. Developed with the support of Lancashire C.C. Early Years and Childcare Service, and SureStart Resources Ltd. as part of their 'Sing, Sign & Rhyme' series, these books encourage actions through mime and BSL signs. Full description
Illustrated by Anthony Lewis This signing guide contains forty-eight animal signs with clear instructions. Ideal for sharing. Babies and toddlers are illustrated using the signs for a range of domestic, wild and exotic animals, as well as mini-beasts and birds. A helpful signing tip is given at the bottom of each page. Winner of Practical Pre-School Bronze Award 2006 Makatan Compatible. ISBN: ... read more
Cook It! Who's home for dinner? What shall we cook? What do we need to buy? And don't forget the washing-up! Helping with real tasks is a natural progression from pretend play, and is a crucial stage in a child's development. Full description
Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief
Born in 1981, shortly after the first IVF baby, Anne-Marie Scully grew up in a world where infertility is a problem everyone assumes can be fixed. Named for the frustration Anne-Marie felt when realizing that becoming a mother was not a given and that IVF was not a guaranteed 'Plan B', Motherhoodwinked documents the pain and the shame of life as an infertile woman. But Motherhoodwinked is more... read more
Introducing Gladiator School, a new series of novels set in a world of blood, sweat and sand, heated battles and fierce loyalty and fiercer rivalry. Young Lucius's privileged life is changed forever when his father, accused of being a traitor, disappears and leaves his family in shame and poverty. His brother Quintus chooses to train as a gladiator. Life for Lucius is now among the slaves and ... read more
This second, action-packed book in the thrilling Gladiator School series takes Lucius and Quin on th....
Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody
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Children's book editor, specializing in middle-grade and picture books. Experienced in helping authors turn good ideas into great books.
Experienced YA/MG editor, formerly of Simon & Schuster Children's Books. I offer in-depth, honest critiques.