Claire Sipi

Claire Sipi - Ghostwriter

Hertford, UK

Writer, editor and proofreader, specialising in children's books (novelty, activity, reference, fiction and licensed character publishing).

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Overview

I have worked in the children’s publishing industry for over 28 years, first as an editor and for the last 8 years as a writer. I have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the children’s book market, and have worked (project managing, writing and editing from concept to finished book) on non-fiction, reference and learning, novelty, fiction and licensed character publishing, for babies, pre-school and tweens through to young teenagers. I have experience in editing and writing for both trade and mass-market publishing. For the last 18 years I have specialised in children's branded properties and TV/film tie-ins. I’ve always had a passion for words and books and I am fascinated by how children are excited, inspired and engaged by books. I love coming up with ideas and creative plans, but am equally happy to work to a specific brief. You can never underestimate the pleasure a book can bring or the power of words…

I have written and edited children's books in all of these categories: non-fiction, reference and learning, first concepts, homework helpers, novelty, activity (books and magazines), annuals, fiction and licensed character publishing.

I also do proofreading, research and fact checking. I am happy to write sample presentation sales spreads or come up with page plans for new titles. I also love rewriting/abridging or retelling classic folk/fairy tales and super hero stories.

My clients include: Autumn Publishing, BBC Children's Books, Carlton, Catnip Publishing, Centum Books Ltd., DK Children's Books, Dynamo Design, Hacche Retail Ltd., Hachette Children's Books, Hodder Children's Books, Igloo Books, Orchard Books, Parragon Books Ltd., Pedigree Books, Penguin Random House, Priddy Books, Sainsbury's, Scholastic Children's Books, Shred-it, Templar, Twist Publishing, Warne, Warner Bros Publishing

Some of the brands I have worked on:
Superman • Batman • Wonder Woman • The Justice League • Super Friends • Marvel Avengers • Barbie • Frozen • Finding Dory • Lego Ninjago • Lego • Pokémon • Disney • Temple Run • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles • Moshi Monsters • Lonely Planet Kids • STEM • Pictura • Harry Potter • Disney • Peter Rabbit • One Direction • The Trash Pack • Pinkabella • Glitterbelle • CBeebies • Rusty Rivets • Peppa Pig • Little Kingdom • Bob the Builder • Tweenies • Teletubbies • In the Night Garden • Angelina Ballerina

I really do love my job and working in an industry where I get to be creative everyday. I am a versatile and innovative writer, and a creative and 'visual' editor. I am always reliable and enthusiastic about every job I do. I am self-directed and have a dynamic and pro-active approach to work. And I will always deliver the work on time.
Please e-mail or call me (it is always nicer to chat in person) about any potential project - writing, editing or proofreading - that I can help you with. I work from home to balance my work and home life around my family - and my teenage daughter is always a great source of inspiration and information for what is current and on trend with young people.

I look forward to working with you!

Testimonials from my LinkedIn profile:

I worked with Claire in my editorial role at Parragon Books. She was one of our go-to editors/authors, particularly strong on creating book plans for complicated projects and writing text (including dynamic retellings and original stories for treasuries), and was certainly easy to work with. She quickly grasped briefs and always delivered as promised. Working with Claire was always a pleasure, and I'd highly recommend her for any children's editorial or writing work. (Laura Baker - Children's Book Editor and Author)

Having worked with Claire on all manner of children's activity titles, I have always found the process a smooth and enjoyable one. She brings a wealth of creativity to each project and writes fresh, engaging text that is always well-pitched for the target age. She never misses a deadline and is quick to adapt text to fit with evolving design. A real pleasure to work with! (Robyn Newton - Editor/Illustration Agent)

Claire was invaluable as we did further development our first project, a children's book series, assisting us with improving the design layout and producing a great final edit of the text. She was able to be totally in tune with the project's sensibilities, whilst using her wide experience in the industry to help hone our material with a book-buying audience in mind. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her or work together again! (Jamie Badminton - Creative Director/Producer at Karrot Animation)

Claire is a fantastic person to work with. A person who gives youthe total confidence to manage projects with highest eye fordetail. A great team player. (James Evans - Senior Designer at Penguin Group UK)

I've worked with Claire for many years and have always been ableto rely on her expert knowledge, her friendly professionalism andher ability to stay calm in any situation. She's an absolute asset toany team. (Leanne Gill - Publisher at Penguin Random House Children's)

I've been lucky enough to work with Claire at a number of organisations during the last 15 years – first at Larousse Kingfisher, then in the children's divison at BBC Worldwide, as well as more recently at Penguin Group UK. Claire is a first rate editor with a deep understanding of children's books, based on years' of experience and a passion for what she does. She is comfortable managing a wide and varied list, ensuring that every project is delivered on time and to budget. As well as possessing the rare ability of being able to grasp a brief very quickly, Claire has a rigorous editorial eye and a delightful writing style - I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her to any publisher.(Mandy Archer - Kid's Author, Creative at 38a The Shop, Editorial Director - Head of Brand, Harry Potter at Bloomsbury Publishing Plc)

Claire is a thoughtful editor who specialises in children's books.She's particularly strong with preschool brands and has a widerange of experience working on fast-moving projects. She is apleasure to work with. (Eric Huang - Advisor at One Third Stories)

Claire is one of the best editors I've ever had the pleasure to workwith. She's incredibly creative, with a 'can do' attitude. Her calmlevel-headed nature makes her a dream to work with. Anypublisher would be lucky to have Claire on board. (Ali Ardington - Freelance Designer and Illustrator)

I had the good fortune to work for Claire on a number of occasions whilst working for the BBC. She is an incredibly talented and patient editor. She allowed me to have creative input where it was needed and is great to brain storm ideas with. She always gives 110% on everything she works on. Dependable, loyal, amiable, always delivering. A great editor to work with. (Nina Tara - Freelance Art Psychotherapist at Chroma)






Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's - Picture Books
Short Story
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Education & Reference

Work experience

Writer and Editor (Children's Book Publishing)

Self-employed
April, 2011 – Present (over 8 years)

I am currently self employed as a freelance writer and editor of children's books, specialising in activity, novelty, annuals, reference and learning in branded properties and licensed character publishing and TV/film tie-ins.

Senior Editor

BBC Children's Books and Brands and Licensing at Penguin Books UK
May, 2004 – March, 2011 (almost 7 years)

Project manager and editor of brands and licensed properties.

Project Editor

BBC Children's Books at BBC Worldwide
October, 2001 – May, 2004 (over 2 years)

Project manager and editor of brands and licensed properties.

Sales Assistant (part-time)

The Northwood Bookshop
September, 1999 – September, 2000 (about 1 year)

My duties included selling and ordering books, dealing with customer enquiries, managing the shop and supervising junior staff.

Freelance Writer and Editor

Self-employed
June, 1999 – October, 2001 (over 2 years)

Research and development, editing writing and project managing for the following companies: Marshall Direct, BBC Children's Books, Marshall Editions, Wordmap Ltd. (Internet research for development of Internet word search database), Full Steam Ahead Ltd.

Editor

Franklin Watts
July, 1998 – June, 1999 (11 months)

Project managing and editing school and library titles.

Editor

Marshall Editions
August, 1995 – July, 1998 (almost 3 years)

Project managing and editing non-fiction children's reference titles.

Editorial Secretary/Assistant; Assistant Editor; Editor

Kingfisher Books
February, 1991 – August, 1995 (over 4 years)

My first job in publishing. I started as the publisher's secretary and progressed to editor by the time I left the company. As editor, I project managed and edited non-fiction children's reference titles.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The (Nearly) Teenage Girl's Guide to (Almost) Everything

IglooBooks

Stress. Hormones. School. Social media. It’s a lot for a teenager to handle. Luckily, this guide has got it all covered: the good, the bad, and the kind of icky. This is The (Nearly) Teenage Girl’s Guide to (Almost) Everything. Chapters include topics on: Puberty, hormones, body changes Feelings, relationships, family, stress And more!

Stress. Hormones. School. Social media. It’s a lot for a teenager to handle. Luckily, this guide has got it all covered: the good, the bad, and the kind of icky. This is The (Nearly) Teenage Girl’s Guide to (Almost) Everything. Chapters include topics on: Puberty, hormones, body changes Feelings, relationships, family, stress And more!

The (Nearly) Teenage Boy's Guide to (Almost) Everything

IglooBooks

Stress. Hormones. School. Social media. It’s a lot for a teenager to handle. Luckily, this guide has it all covered: the good, the bad, and the kind of icky. This is The (Nearly) Teenage Boy’s Guide to (Almost) Everything. Chapters include topics on: Puberty, hormones, body changes, Feelings, relationships, family, stress And more!

Stress. Hormones. School. Social media. It’s a lot for a teenager to handle. Luckily, this guide has it all covered: the good, the bad, and the kind of icky. This is The (Nearly) Teenage Boy’s Guide to (Almost) Everything. Chapters include topics on: Puberty, hormones, body changes, Feelings, relationships, family, stress And more!

Around the World Coloring Book (Lonely Planet Kids)

Lonely Planet Kids

Discover a world of amazing cultural festivals —all ready to be brought to life by you! Pick your favorite colors and create vibrant masks, hot air balloons, sun gods and more as you travel the globe to celebrate Diwali in India, Carnevale in Venice, Day of the Dead in Mexico City, and beyond. Lonely Planet Kids’ Around the World Coloring Book is packed with photos, illustrations and fun facts... read more

Discover a world of amazing cultural festivals —all ready to be brought to life by you! Pick your favorite colors and create vibrant masks, hot air balloons, sun gods and more as you travel the globe to celebrate Diwali in India, Carnevale in Venice, Day of the Dead in Mexico City, and beyond. Lonely Planet Kids’ Around the World Coloring Book is packed with photos, illustrations and fun facts... read more

Peppa Pig: Digger World

NILL

BRAND NEW, Exactly same ISBN as listed, Please double check ISBN carefully before ordering.

BRAND NEW, Exactly same ISBN as listed, Please double check ISBN carefully before ordering.

Peppa Pig: Peppa Loves Soft Play: lift-the-flap book

NA

BRAND NEW, Exactly same ISBN as listed, Please double check ISBN carefully before ordering.

BRAND NEW, Exactly same ISBN as listed, Please double check ISBN carefully before ordering.

Aesop's Fables: Over 40 Stories to Share

Parragon

Enjoy this selection of much-loved tales from all-time favorite storyteller Aesop in this beautifully illustrated treasury of fables.

Enjoy this selection of much-loved tales from all-time favorite storyteller Aesop in this beautifully illustrated treasury of fables.

Totally Brain-Busting Number Puzzles

Claire Sipi

Totally Brain-Busting Number Puzzles has over 100 perplexing puzzles including counting puzzles, Sudoku puzzles and so much more!

Totally Brain-Busting Number Puzzles has over 100 perplexing puzzles including counting puzzles, Sudoku puzzles and so much more!

Peppa Loves: A Touch-and-Feel Playbook (Peppa Pig)

Peppa Pig

Tickle Teddy's tummy and stroke Peppa's glittery golden boots in this gorgeous touch-and-feel book. The perfect gift for little piggies who love Peppa!Based on the hit preschool animation Peppa Pig, shown daily on Five's Milkshake and Nick Jnr.

Tickle Teddy's tummy and stroke Peppa's glittery golden boots in this gorgeous touch-and-feel book. The perfect gift for little piggies who love Peppa!Based on the hit preschool animation Peppa Pig, shown daily on Five's Milkshake and Nick Jnr.

LEGO NINJAGO Character Encyclopedia, Updated Edition: New Exclusive Jay Minifigure

DK

Explore the world of LEGO® NINJAGO® and the characters and vehicles in this #1 New York Times bestseller that contains an exclusive Jay minifigure and 48 new pages.Also a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a USA Today Best-Selling book, LEGO NINJAGO: Character Encyclopedia, Updated Edition is now expanded with brand-new LEGO NINJAGO minifigures and sets, making it the ultimate book for your li... read more

Explore the world of LEGO® NINJAGO® and the characters and vehicles in this #1 New York Times bestseller that contains an exclusive Jay minifigure and 48 new pages.Also a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a USA Today Best-Selling book, LEGO NINJAGO: Character Encyclopedia, Updated Edition is now expanded with brand-new LEGO NINJAGO minifigures and sets, making it the ultimate book for your li... read more

Pokemon Annual 2016

Pokemon Annual 2016

Pokemon Annual 2016

A Treasury of Five Minute Stories: Over 30 Tales and Fables to Share

Parragon Books

There is always time to read together with this treasure-trove of five-minute stories, fables, and well-loved fairy tales. There are over 30 easy-to-read stories to enjoy in this enchanting collection - and each one fits perfectly into the beginning, middle, or end of a very busy day! Discover far away lands, flee from thundering giants, and fall in love with brave animals and beautiful prince... read more

There is always time to read together with this treasure-trove of five-minute stories, fables, and well-loved fairy tales. There are over 30 easy-to-read stories to enjoy in this enchanting collection - and each one fits perfectly into the beginning, middle, or end of a very busy day! Discover far away lands, flee from thundering giants, and fall in love with brave animals and beautiful prince... read more

A Treasury of Classic Stories

Parragon Books

Best-loved characters come together in this delightful collection, featuring Alice in Wonderland, Black Beauty, Heidi, Oliver Twist, The Secret Garden, Treasure Island, The Wind in the Willows, and The Wizard of Oz. Perfect to read aloud, these carefully abridged classics are accessible to the modern child. Pass on the joy of reading through the rich flavor of the original stories and enchanti... read more

Best-loved characters come together in this delightful collection, featuring Alice in Wonderland, Black Beauty, Heidi, Oliver Twist, The Secret Garden, Treasure Island, The Wind in the Willows, and The Wizard of Oz. Perfect to read aloud, these carefully abridged classics are accessible to the modern child. Pass on the joy of reading through the rich flavor of the original stories and enchanti... read more

Moshi Monsters: Character Encyclopedia

Steve Cleverley, Lauren Holowaty, Claire Sipi

Includes your very own exclusive Moshling figurine! Young readers can learn more about the bright and exciting world of Moshi Monsters with the all-new Moshi Monsters: Character Encyclopedia! Arranged in an easy-to-use geographical format, familiar to fans of the game and covering the whole of Monstro City, this comprehensive encyclopedia encompasses every character, providing facts, statistic... read more

Includes your very own exclusive Moshling figurine! Young readers can learn more about the bright and exciting world of Moshi Monsters with the all-new Moshi Monsters: Character Encyclopedia! Arranged in an easy-to-use geographical format, familiar to fans of the game and covering the whole of Monstro City, this comprehensive encyclopedia encompasses every character, providing facts, statistic... read more

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