Christopher Pitts

Christopher Pitts - Ghostwriter

Boulder, CO, USA

Proven expertise as a writer, editor, and project manager, with a versatile skill set applicable to both digital and print publishing needs.

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Overview

I'm a writer, editor, and translator. I began my career as a project editor for a book publisher, followed by work as a writer for a software company. I speak Mandarin Chinese and French and often specialize in content related to these two cultures (15 years combined living in China and France). I am also an avid hiker, climber, skier and canyoneer, and have authored market-leading guidebooks and audio scripts to several U.S. national parks. I have most recently helped an investment banker write a book on how to invest in China. I like breaking down complex ideas into concise, easy-to-read explanations.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Finance & Accounting
Geography
History
Nature
Sports & Outdoors
Technology
Travel

Awards

  • Lonely Planet Paris, Guidebook of the Year (British Travel Press, 2013)

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
December, 2005 – Present (about 14 years)

*Responsible for project management, developmental editing, copy editing, design prep, and proofreading for multiplatform publications
*Habitually work with a range of content, from the Lonely Planet CMS and mass-market nonfiction to textbooks and technical communications
*Clients include: Lonely Planet, University of California Press, Columbia University Press, Éditions de la Martinière (Abrams), Georgetown University Press, Institute of East Asian Studies, MacMillan, University of Washington Press

Writer and Content Provider

Self-employed
January, 2002 – Present (almost 18 years)

*Author of over twenty guidebooks and coffee-table books, as well as online and mobile content
*Copywriter, ghostwriter, and technical writer: SEO content, support documentation, taglines, corporate documentation
*Mobile apps: Free and Frugal Paris and China Explorer (Sutro Media), Guides by Lonely Planet, Paris Walks (BBC), GyPSy
*Clients include: Lonely Planet, BBC, National Geographic, Exalead, The Creative Group, Sutro Media, Executive Travel, Where, Fodor’s, Rough Guides

Translator

Self-employed
January, 2002 – Present (almost 18 years)

Translate both Chinese and French documents into English, with experience in legal, manufacturing, medical, online content, marketing, and nonprofit

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Lonely Planet Experience USA (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Mark Andrew, Amy C Balfour, Sarah Baxter, Andrew Bender, Sara Benson, Alison Bing, Nate Cavalieri, Lisa Dunford, Tom Hall

Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Experience USA is your passport to majestic nature, epic journeys, cultural powerhouses and out-of-this-world experiences. We take readers on a journey through sprawling cities, small towns, great plains, snow-capped mountains and redwood forests. Go road-tripping down the Pacific Coast Highway, learn how to spy a bear in ... read more

Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Experience USA is your passport to majestic nature, epic journeys, cultural powerhouses and out-of-this-world experiences. We take readers on a journey through sprawling cities, small towns, great plains, snow-capped mountains and redwood forests. Go road-tripping down the Pacific Coast Highway, learn how to spy a bear in ... read more

Lonely Planet's Global Beer Tour

Lonely Planet Food

Explore the vibrant world of craft beer with Lonely Planet Global Beer Tour. We've selected some of the finest tap rooms, bars and breweries that thirsty travellers can visit in 30 countries around the world. Discover how to find them, which beers to sample, and learn about local places of interest with our recommended itineraries. Each country is introduced by a beer expert and includes regio... read more

Explore the vibrant world of craft beer with Lonely Planet Global Beer Tour. We've selected some of the finest tap rooms, bars and breweries that thirsty travellers can visit in 30 countries around the world. Discover how to find them, which beers to sample, and learn about local places of interest with our recommended itineraries. Each country is introduced by a beer expert and includes regio... read more

Lonely Planet Paris (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Catherine Le Nevez, Christopher Pitts, Nicola Williams

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Paris is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Stroll through the iconic cityscape; marvel at the abundance of museums bursting with masterpieces; or savour the moment at a Parisian brasserie; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the ... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Paris is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Stroll through the iconic cityscape; marvel at the abundance of museums bursting with masterpieces; or savour the moment at a Parisian brasserie; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the ... read more

Lonely Planet Southwest USA (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Hugh McNaughtan, Carolyn McCarthy, Christopher Pitts, Benedict Walker

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Southwest USA is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Nourish your soul as you soak up the sheer immensity of the Grand Canyon, chase the neon lights in Las Vegas, or be lured by the ski slopes, hiking trails and white-water rapids of Taos; al... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Southwest USA is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Nourish your soul as you soak up the sheer immensity of the Grand Canyon, chase the neon lights in Las Vegas, or be lured by the ski slopes, hiking trails and white-water rapids of Taos; al... read more

Lonely Planet Colorado (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Benedict Walker, Greg Benchwick, Carolyn McCarthy, Christopher Pitts, Liza Prado

Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Colorado is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hit the slopes in Aspen, discover the Old West in Durango or marvel at the splendor of the Rockies, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Colorado and begin your journey no... read more

Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Colorado is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hit the slopes in Aspen, discover the Old West in Durango or marvel at the splendor of the Rockies, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Colorado and begin your journey no... read more

Lonely Planet Discover Paris 2019 (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Catherine Le Nevez, Damian Harper, Christopher Pitts, Nicola Williams

Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher* Lonely Planet’s Discover Paris 2019 is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Promenade down the Champs Elysees, lose yourself in the Louvre, and work your way through a feast of food and wine—all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of P... read more

Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher* Lonely Planet’s Discover Paris 2019 is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Promenade down the Champs Elysees, lose yourself in the Louvre, and work your way through a feast of food and wine—all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of P... read more

Lonely Planet Discover France (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Nicola Williams, Alexis Averbuck, Oliver Berry, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Kerry Christiani, Catherine Le Nevez, Christopher Pitts, Daniel Robinson, Regis St Louis

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's Discover France is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. See the lights of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, go on a Champagne-tasting tour of Reims and explore captivating chateaux; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Fra... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's Discover France is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. See the lights of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, go on a Champagne-tasting tour of Reims and explore captivating chateaux; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Fra... read more

Lonely Planet USA's National Parks (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Christopher Pitts, Amy C Balfour, Sandra Bao, Greg Benchwick, Sara Benson, Jennifer Rasin Denniston, Bridget Gleeson, Michael Grosberg, Adam Karlin

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet USA's National Parks is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you in all 59 of the USA's nationally protected lands. Catch the country's 'first sunrise' from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia, take the drive of your life on the Going-to-the-Sun... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet USA's National Parks is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you in all 59 of the USA's nationally protected lands. Catch the country's 'first sunrise' from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia, take the drive of your life on the Going-to-the-Sun... read more

Lonely Planet Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Greg Benchwick, Carolyn McCarthy, Christopher Pitts

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Zion & Bryce Canyon& National Parks is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike the Cable Mountain trail in Zion, ride a horse or mule through Bryce or go swimming or tubing in Zion's Virgin River; all with your trusted travel companion. Get ... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Zion & Bryce Canyon& National Parks is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike the Cable Mountain trail in Zion, ride a horse or mule through Bryce or go swimming or tubing in Zion's Virgin River; all with your trusted travel companion. Get ... read more

Lonely Planet France (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Nicola Williams, Alexis Averbuck, Oliver Berry, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Kerry Christiani, Gregor Clark, Catherine Le Nevez, Christopher Pitts, Daniel Robinson

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet France is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Grab a cafe creme at a Parisian sidewalk cafe, take in glacial panoramas above Chamonix or explore the Champagne-soaked city of Reims; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of F... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet France is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Grab a cafe creme at a Parisian sidewalk cafe, take in glacial panoramas above Chamonix or explore the Champagne-soaked city of Reims; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of F... read more

Lonely Planet China (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Damian Harper, Piera Chen, David Eimer, Daisy Harper, Trent Holden, Shawn Low, Tom Masters, Emily Matchar, Bradley Mayhew

#1 best-selling guide to China* Lonely Planet China is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Try dumplings in Beijing, visit the Great Wall or cruise down the Yangzi River; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of China and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet China: Colour maps and image... read more

#1 best-selling guide to China* Lonely Planet China is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Try dumplings in Beijing, visit the Great Wall or cruise down the Yangzi River; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of China and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet China: Colour maps and image... read more

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