Christopher Pitts

Christopher Pitts – Ghostwriter

Twenty years of experience as a writer (Lonely Planet, National Geographic) and editor (University of California Press...)

Overview

I've been in the book business since 2000. I spent the first five years of my career as an in-house editor (North Atlantic Books, Auralog Paris) before making the jump to freelance writer. I’ve worked on a variety of projects, from digital content and audio scripts (BBC Travel, GuideAlong) to coffee table and photography books (La Martinière Groupe), and travel and children's titles (Lonely Planet, National Geographic) to textbooks and thought-provoking academic studies (University of California Press, Columbia University Press).


As a published author and editor, I have been on both sides of a query—I always try to collaborate in a way that allows you to best realize your vision without sacrificing editorial integrity. My background in languages (Chinese, French) has provided me with many opportunities to work with writers from around the world.

In these days of reduced travel, I usually spend my free time outdoors: I love rock climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, and skiing, and have written several audio scripts and bestselling travel guides to US national parks for Lonely Planet and Guide Along. I spent a total of fifteen years living in China, Taiwan, and Paris. I speak and read French and Chinese, and also work as a translator.

Services
Non-Fiction
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Geography History Nature Sports & Outdoors Technology Travel
Languages
English (UK) English (US) English (US)
Awards
  • Lonely Planet Paris, Guidebook of the Year (British Travel Press, 2013)

Work experience

Self-employed

Dec, 2005 — Present

*Responsible for project management, developmental editing, line editing, and copy editing 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, Crown, Columbia University Press, Éditions de la Martinière (Abrams), Georgetown University Press, Institute of East Asian Studies, Macmillan, University of Washington Press

Self-employed

Jan, 2002 — Present

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

Self-employed

Jan, 2002 — Present

Translate both Chinese and French documents into English, with a focus on art and culture.
Clients include: International Council of Museums (Unesco)

Portfolio

Book Ghostwriting Book Proposal
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 ... 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, a... 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 town... 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 wit... 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 glaci... 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 i... 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 lan... 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... 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 y... 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 ... 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 ... read more

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Christopher R.

Christopher R.

Jun, 2022

Chris Pitts is an outstanding listener, writer, and editor. He is patience, wise, and kind. Chris excelled in capturing my voice and summarizing my ideas. His proposal writing skills eventually helped me land a book deal. I highly recommend Chris.

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