Andrew Chapman

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Oxfordshire, Oxford, UK

Copy and proof editor with more than 25 years' experience; specialisms include mystery/historical fiction & history/'how to' non-fiction

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Overview

You've completed at least a first draft of your book – what's next? That's where I can help you!

I love helping authors achieve the right style, accuracy and consistency within their work to bring it to a suitable standard for professional publication. And I'm the sort of person who finds fact-checking fun! As my experience attests, I'm very much a generalist (I love the general knowledge round in pub quizzes), but my particular enthusiasm is for editing mystery and/or historical fiction and history or information-based non-fiction (I've worked on various 'how to' and self-help books, for example).

I have been a journalist and editor for around 25 years. I have been the editor of three consumer magazines (two history magazines and one computer title), a B2B title and a newspaper, as well as the copy editor of many fiction and non-fiction books, most recently for the crowdfunding publisher Unbound.

For Unbound, I have edited 2017/2018 novels such as The Continuity Girl, Married to a Cave Man, The Hope & Anchor and The Sheriff's Catch (and many others - some are listed below), and I have worked with celebrity authors such as Richard Jobson and David Quantick.

I have edited many non-fiction books on health and social care topics for Hawker Publications, including the bestselling And Still the Music Plays and its sequel Watching the Leaves Dance (Oliver Sacks-style case studies of people with dementia).

I have also written or contributed to various books, including: The Monster Guide to Jobhunting (Pearson Education, 2001); Actors’ Handbook 2009-10 (Casting Call Pro); The A-Z of Genealogy Websites and 101 Family History Tips (both Future Publishing, 2006); Human: the Definitive Guide to Our Species (Dorling Kindersley, 2004); 1001 Inventions that Changed the World (Cassell, 2009)

My professional affiliations include:
● Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)
● Partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Non-Fiction
History
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Work experience

Freelance editor

Hawker Publications
July, 1999 – Present (over 19 years)

I have edited numerous books for Hawker Publications on subjects such as dementia care and health/social care, as well as helping to produce hundreds of issues of magazines, both as a designer and an editor.

Freelance editor and designer

Self-employed
January, 1999 – Present (about 20 years)

• Providing a full editorial outsourcing service to publishing companies
• Ran one of Dennis Publishing's magazines for three years (Your Family History), putting together an editorial and design team, and commissioning all the content
• Past and present client list includes publishers (eg Hawker Publications, Discover Your Ancestors Publishing, NavyBooks, Trinity Mirror, StreetBooks); membership organisations (eg the National Federation of Property Professionals, the Residential Landlords Association, the Fortress Study Group); and individual businesses and authors needing to produce books or magazines (eg Casting Call Pro, Cotswold Wildlife Park, the University of Durham)

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Married to a Cave Man

Damien Owens

Redmond and Nancy. Vincent and Julie. Leo and Deirdre.Three young couples doing their best to keep the magic alive amid the nappies, bills and dirty dishes in recession-hit Dublin.When each of these husbands decides that he deserves a man cave — a space where he can get away from it all and be alone with his toys — simmering tensions come to the boil. A heartfelt comic novel about the trials o... read more

Redmond and Nancy. Vincent and Julie. Leo and Deirdre.Three young couples doing their best to keep the magic alive amid the nappies, bills and dirty dishes in recession-hit Dublin.When each of these husbands decides that he deserves a man cave — a space where he can get away from it all and be alone with his toys — simmering tensions come to the boil. A heartfelt comic novel about the trials o... read more

And Still the Music Plays: Stories of People with Dementia

Graham Stokes

And Still the Music Plays

And Still the Music Plays

Human: The Definitive Guide to Our Species

Nigel Ritchie, Robert Winston

Actors' Handbook

Andrew Chapman

1001 Inventions: That Changed the World

Jack Challoner

Features scientific and technological breakthroughs that have shaped and aided human development throughout history. This book explores the stories behind the innovations from the first stone flints sharpened by prehistoric man to the spoke wheel and from the first steam powered machine to manual manoeuvring units for space walks.

Features scientific and technological breakthroughs that have shaped and aided human development throughout history. This book explores the stories behind the innovations from the first stone flints sharpened by prehistoric man to the spoke wheel and from the first steam powered machine to manual manoeuvring units for space walks.

Discover Your Ancestors Magazine Issue 6

Various

This 196 page bookazine contains new in-depth articles, research advice, social history, 'how to' features, case studies, places in focus, and much more! It is ideal for both experienced researchers and those just starting out. - Fascinating features about life in the past - Different types of records explored - Jane Austen: 200th Anniversary - Milestones of past lives: Follow key moments in y... read more

This 196 page bookazine contains new in-depth articles, research advice, social history, 'how to' features, case studies, places in focus, and much more! It is ideal for both experienced researchers and those just starting out. - Fascinating features about life in the past - Different types of records explored - Jane Austen: 200th Anniversary - Milestones of past lives: Follow key moments in y... read more

Not Another Care Handbook

106 contributors

This book presents the condensed thoughts of 109 care home experts who have each written a chapter on key issues affecting the vitally important role of the manager in a care home. With over 100 authors each making 10 points there are more than 1000 pearls of wisdom. The book is designed to inspire, stimulate and inform.

This book presents the condensed thoughts of 109 care home experts who have each written a chapter on key issues affecting the vitally important role of the manager in a care home. With over 100 authors each making 10 points there are more than 1000 pearls of wisdom. The book is designed to inspire, stimulate and inform.

Watching the Leaves Dance: More stories of people living with dementia

Graham Stokes

Storytelling – at its insightful and brilliant best - is the basis of the bestseller success of Graham Stokes’ first volume And Still the Music Plays: Stories of people with dementia. Here in his follow-up volume Watching the Leaves Dance: More stories of people living with dementia, clinical psychologist Graham Stokes uses the same compelling combination of warmth, empathy and detective skill... read more

Storytelling – at its insightful and brilliant best - is the basis of the bestseller success of Graham Stokes’ first volume And Still the Music Plays: Stories of people with dementia. Here in his follow-up volume Watching the Leaves Dance: More stories of people living with dementia, clinical psychologist Graham Stokes uses the same compelling combination of warmth, empathy and detective skill... read more

Today South London, Tomorrow South London

Andrew Grumbridge, Mr Vince Raison

Blood On The Stone

Jake Lynch

March 1681. Oxford is hosting the English Parliament under the ‘merry monarch’, King Charles II. As politicians and their hangers-on converge on the divided city, an MP is found murdered, triggering tensions that threaten mayhem on the streets. Luke Sandys, Chief Officer of the Oxford Bailiffs, must solve the crime and thwart the plot. On his side is the respect for evidence and logic he absor... read more

March 1681. Oxford is hosting the English Parliament under the ‘merry monarch’, King Charles II. As politicians and their hangers-on converge on the divided city, an MP is found murdered, triggering tensions that threaten mayhem on the streets. Luke Sandys, Chief Officer of the Oxford Bailiffs, must solve the crime and thwart the plot. On his side is the respect for evidence and logic he absor... read more

Domini Mortum

Paul Holbrook

Paddington, London 1883Samuel Weaver is a tabloid illustrator and reporter for The Illustrated Police News, whose sensationalist style makes him both popular with the public and hated by the authorities. Obsessed with an infamous murderer, Sibelius Darke, he will let nothing get in the way of finding the truth behind the stories. Meanwhile another set of ghastly murders has begun, linked to Da... read more

Paddington, London 1883Samuel Weaver is a tabloid illustrator and reporter for The Illustrated Police News, whose sensationalist style makes him both popular with the public and hated by the authorities. Obsessed with an infamous murderer, Sibelius Darke, he will let nothing get in the way of finding the truth behind the stories. Meanwhile another set of ghastly murders has begun, linked to Da... read more

Go West

David Quantick

GO WEST is a novel about Charlie Bread, self-styled Antiques Whisperer and forgery hunter. When Charlie is sent on the trail of a mysterious document that may have been written by the inventor of Peter Pan, his life becomes a road movie full of pursuit and intrigue, soundtracked by old John Peel shows, the beautiful Penelope, and a game of high road hide-and-seek all across the West Country. I... read more

GO WEST is a novel about Charlie Bread, self-styled Antiques Whisperer and forgery hunter. When Charlie is sent on the trail of a mysterious document that may have been written by the inventor of Peter Pan, his life becomes a road movie full of pursuit and intrigue, soundtracked by old John Peel shows, the beautiful Penelope, and a game of high road hide-and-seek all across the West Country. I... read more

Fear Hack

Hilary Gallo

What happens if we turn fear around and look at it from a different angle? If we welcome what scares us in, as our friend, what does it become and where does it help us go?

What happens if we turn fear around and look at it from a different angle? If we welcome what scares us in, as our friend, what does it become and where does it help us go?

East of England

Eamonn Griffin

Dan Matlock is out of jail. He’s got a choice. Stay or leave. Go back to where it all went wrong, or just get out of the county. Disappear. Start again as someone else. But it’s not as simple as that. There’s the matter of the man he killed. It wasn’t murder, but even so. You tell that to the family. Especially when that family is the Mintons, who own half of what’s profitable and two-thirds o... read more

Dan Matlock is out of jail. He’s got a choice. Stay or leave. Go back to where it all went wrong, or just get out of the county. Disappear. Start again as someone else. But it’s not as simple as that. There’s the matter of the man he killed. It wasn’t murder, but even so. You tell that to the family. Especially when that family is the Mintons, who own half of what’s profitable and two-thirds o... read more

The Continuity Girl

Patrick Kincaid

1969. Hollywood descends on a tiny Scottish village for the making of Billy Wilder’s most ambitious picture yet: a sprawling epic detailing The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. But the formidable director and his crew soon come into conflict with Jim Outhwaite, a young scientist seeking evidence for monsters.2014. Stuck just a short walk from the East London street where she grew up, ambitious... read more

1969. Hollywood descends on a tiny Scottish village for the making of Billy Wilder’s most ambitious picture yet: a sprawling epic detailing The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. But the formidable director and his crew soon come into conflict with Jim Outhwaite, a young scientist seeking evidence for monsters.2014. Stuck just a short walk from the East London street where she grew up, ambitious... read more

The Sheriff's Catch (The Sassana Stone Pentalogy Book 1)

James Vella-Bardon

1588. Abel de Santiago has deserted the army and all but avenged his murdered wife, when he is captured and sold as a galley slave. As the Spanish Armada sails for England, there can be few souls on board more reluctant than him.After a crushing defeat to the enemy fleet, the Spanish ships are battered by extraordinary storms and Santiago finds himself washed ashore in Ireland, a country terro... read more

1588. Abel de Santiago has deserted the army and all but avenged his murdered wife, when he is captured and sold as a galley slave. As the Spanish Armada sails for England, there can be few souls on board more reluctant than him.After a crushing defeat to the enemy fleet, the Spanish ships are battered by extraordinary storms and Santiago finds himself washed ashore in Ireland, a country terro... read more

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