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Kate Blackham

Kate Blackham - Editor

Milton Keynes, UK

An editor who can spot where your space western breaks the laws of physics.

Overview

Are you looking for an editor who can spot where your space western breaks the laws of physics?

Shortly after graduating with a bachelor's degree in physics in 1997, I began working in computer book publishing. After a career break to raise my young family, I returned to editing on a freelance basis in 2010. I am an Advanced member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and a member of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC).

I usually work with science and computing publishers and provide these clients with a range of services from editorial assessment to development editing/content editing to line editing/proofreading.

Most of my self-publishing clients are authors of speculative fiction (usually science fiction and fantasy, rather than horror) and to these clients I offer copy editing and line editing.


Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy Science Fiction
Non-Fiction
Computers & Internet Life Sciences Mathematics & Statistics Nature

Certifications

  • BSc Physics (Imperial College London, 1997)
  • Advanced member of the SfEP
  • Member of the ISTC

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Kate Blackham

September, 2010 – Present (over 6 years)

• Development editing, copy-editing and proofreading of science and computing texts
• Copy-editing and proofreading of speculative fiction
• Involved in the creation of 46 published books and 32 e-learning courses/resources

Technical Editor

Wrox Press

November, 1997 – November, 2001 (about 4 years)

• Edited a series of computer programming manuals for a beginner–intermediate audience, of which the best-selling title sold in excess of 64,000 copies
• Several titles achieved Amazon No. 1 position within their respective sub-categories
• Development edited SQL Server and Visual Basic titles for clarity, ease of use and understandability
• Copy-edited to American English
• Tested and corrected code

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Stormy Knight: Prom Queen of the Undead

Shannon Duffy, John Zakour

High school is never easy--homework, peer pressure, dating--and that is no exception for the students at Littleton High; especially one student in particular named Stormy Knight who's a half vampire queen and half mortal being struggling to find her place in the human world. Overall, Stormy thinks she's doing a pretty decent job of fitting in, at least until the undead begin popping up around ... read more

High school is never easy--homework, peer pressure, dating--and that is no exception for the students at Littleton High; especially one student in particular named Stormy Knight who's a half vampire queen and half mortal being struggling to find her place in the human world. Overall, Stormy thinks she's doing a pretty decent job of fitting in, at least until the undead begin popping up around ... read more

Black Holes: A Student Text: 3rd Edition

Derek Raine, Edwin Thomas

This book provides an accessible introduction to the fascinating and topical subject of black holes. It bridges the gap between popular non-mathematical expositions and advanced research texts, using simple undergraduate level calculations and the most basic knowledge of relativity to explain current research. This means the theory can be understood by a wide audience of physicists, including ... read more

This book provides an accessible introduction to the fascinating and topical subject of black holes. It bridges the gap between popular non-mathematical expositions and advanced research texts, using simple undergraduate level calculations and the most basic knowledge of relativity to explain current research. This means the theory can be understood by a wide audience of physicists, including ... read more

Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol. 1: The Digestive System

Gomdori co., Hyun-dong Han

"From volcanic burps to colonic bacteria, this comic-book ride through the human digestive system is a delirious joy." —NatureSurvive! Inside the Human Body, Volume 1 begins an epic journey through the human body with a look at the digestive system. This lively, full-color science comic explores Phoebe's insides after she accidentally swallows a microscopic ship. The only problem? Dr. Brain (t... read more

"From volcanic burps to colonic bacteria, this comic-book ride through the human digestive system is a delirious joy." —NatureSurvive! Inside the Human Body, Volume 1 begins an epic journey through the human body with a look at the digestive system. This lively, full-color science comic explores Phoebe's insides after she accidentally swallows a microscopic ship. The only problem? Dr. Brain (t... read more

An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology

This well-received textbook has been designed by a team of experts for introductory courses in astronomy and astrophysics. Starting with a detailed discussion of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, it goes on to give a general introduction to normal and active galaxies including models for their formation and evolution. The second part of the book provides an overview of cosmological models, discussing... read more

This well-received textbook has been designed by a team of experts for introductory courses in astronomy and astrophysics. Starting with a detailed discussion of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, it goes on to give a general introduction to normal and active galaxies including models for their formation and evolution. The second part of the book provides an overview of cosmological models, discussing... read more

Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

Nate Cooper, Kim Gee

Build Your Own Website is a fun, illustrated introduction to the basics of creating a website. Join Kim and her little dog Tofu as she learns HTML, the language of web pages, and CSS, the language used to style web pages, from the Web Guru and Glinda, the Good Witch of CSS.Once she figures out the basics, Kim travels to WordPress City to build her first website, with Wendy, the WordPress Maven... read more

Build Your Own Website is a fun, illustrated introduction to the basics of creating a website. Join Kim and her little dog Tofu as she learns HTML, the language of web pages, and CSS, the language used to style web pages, from the Web Guru and Glinda, the Good Witch of CSS.Once she figures out the basics, Kim travels to WordPress City to build her first website, with Wendy, the WordPress Maven... read more

An Introduction to the Sun and Stars

Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook introduces the properties and evolution of the most immediately visible objects in the Universe - stars. Designed for elementary university courses in astronomy and astrophysics, it starts with a detailed discussion of our nearest star, the Sun, and describes how solar physicists have come to understand its internal workings. It then considers how w... read more

Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook introduces the properties and evolution of the most immediately visible objects in the Universe - stars. Designed for elementary university courses in astronomy and astrophysics, it starts with a detailed discussion of our nearest star, the Sun, and describes how solar physicists have come to understand its internal workings. It then considers how w... read more

Pro T-SQL 2012 Programmer's Guide (Expert's Voice in SQL Server)

Jay Natarajan, Scott Shaw, Rudi Bruchez, Michael Coles

Pro T–SQL 2012 Programmer’s Guide is every developer’s key to making full use of SQL Server 2012’s powerful, built–in Transact–SQL language. Discussing new and existing features, the book takes you on an expert guided tour of Transact–SQL functionality. Fully functioning examples and downloadable source code bring technically accurate and engaging treatment of Transact–SQL into your own hands.... read more

Pro T–SQL 2012 Programmer’s Guide is every developer’s key to making full use of SQL Server 2012’s powerful, built–in Transact–SQL language. Discussing new and existing features, the book takes you on an expert guided tour of Transact–SQL functionality. Fully functioning examples and downloadable source code bring technically accurate and engaging treatment of Transact–SQL into your own hands.... read more

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