Hello! I'm a creative and collaborative editor with 15 years in the business and c.100 books under my belt.
I commission, edit, project manage, write and ghostwrite books on visual arts, humanities and special interest topics – from fashion, design, printmaking and fine art to a wide range of general trade subjects, too!
I'd love to discuss your ideas with you – whether you're looking to put together a proposal for publishers, need advice about content, form, structure or tone, or are looking for an eagle eye to proofread, copy edit or completely project manage your fledgling or already fully formed manuscript.
A highly creative editor with nearly 15 years in the business and c.100 books under my belt, I have solid, extensive experience in educational, special interest, academic, trade and magazine publishing. With a reputation for skilfully identifying and researching new publishing opportunities, my focus is on producing beautiful, intelligent products that showcase innovative and groundbreaking ideas.
A skilled Fashion Editor, I have commissioned, project managed and edited for numerous international publishing houses including Phaidon, Octopus, Bloomsbury, Ivy, Quid and Rotovision, covering everything from cultural and historical fashion studies to fashion management, innovation and sustainability, as well as monographs on brands and designers. I have also commissioned and edited books on a wide range of associated visual arts and Humanities subjects.
Please feel free to contact me directly for copy-editing, proofreading, fact checking, website content, ghost writing, full project management and consultancy work. My wide-ranging clients typically come from the creative industries and include everyone from publishers to design agencies to university departments and beyond...
'Our atelier designs many books per year and we have had the pleasure of working with Colette Meacher on a number of occasions. We have employed her services mainly in the fields of editing and proofreading. Her work is always immaculate and her insights and arguments resourceful. From the experiences we have had working with Colette, we can happily recommend her services without hesitation or limitation.'
[Paulus Dreibholz, Director, Atelier Dreibholz and Senior Artist, University of Applied Arts, Vienna]
Commissioning titles in Fashion Design, Fashion Management, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Promotion, and Textile Design for Fairchild Books UK, as part of the Visual Arts Division of Bloomsbury Publishing, today the largest global publisher of illustrated books on the visual arts. Established in 1910 and used by students and professionals worldwide, Fairchild Books is one of the world's leading publishers of textbooks, reference titles and educational resources in the field of fashion.
'I worked with Colette first at AVA and then when we moved to Bloomsbury. She’s knowledgeable, professional, passionate about her books – and a real pleasure to work with.'
[Georgia Kennedy, Publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc]
'I worked with Colette in her role as commissioning editor at Bloomsbury for over two years through to the publication of Zero Waste Fashion Design (which I co-authored with Holly McQuillan) in late 2015. I see Colette as connected and savvy; she has a thorough understanding of the global fashion education arena, which she taps into wisely. During the writing and editing of Zero Waste Fashion Design Colette was insightfully supportive, including in the lead up to publication. Her contribution has been invaluable and crucial to the success of the book.'
[Timo Rissanen, Associate Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design, New York]
'I have had the extreme pleasure to work with Colette on two titles for Fairchild Books, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. – Fashion Buying and Fashion Retailing. In both instances, she was incredible to work with, accommodating my busy schedule, but still keeping us on target for necessary deadlines. As a first time author, Colette ensured I did not get overwhelmed, walking me through all the steps needed to successfully write a textbook that both of us would be proud of. I would highly recommend working with Colette at any capacity. Her professionalism is only out shined by her positive attitude and distinguished personality.'
[Dimitri Koumbis, Fashion Design Faculty, Parsons School of Design, New York]
'Being a first-time author was a fantastic learning experience thanks to my savvy Commissioning Editor, Colette Meacher, who understood and supported my vision for my book through all the steps in the creative process and facilitated our trans-Atlantic communication with patience and diplomacy.'
[Sharon Rothman, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York]
'I have worked with Colette for some years. I have always found her to be extremely helpful, patient and knowledgeable. Colette has a wealth of experience and generously gives her time and attention to whatever she is advising on at any particular time. I have found that her advice is well-considered and always spot on. She is a joy to work with.'
[Gill Stark, Assistant Dean and Head of School, Regent's University, London]
I managed a list of titles in the applied visual arts, seeing them through from initial research and conception to pre-press and final production. I commissioned a range of titles across a number of lists, overseeing all aspects of the book production process; including management of authors, designers, picture researchers and illustrators; working with picture libraries to source and obtain images; copy-editing and fact checking manuscripts; preparing e-books; managing budgets; and working with marketing colleagues to promote titles through online and direct marketing, book fairs and launches.
'Colette is an extremely talented editor, well able to balance strategic, commercial considerations with sound content curation and engaging visual literacy. Her ability to successfully manage these different interests means that behind her programme sits a delighted collective of authors, publishers, picture researchers, reviewers and designers. Colette was an indubitable asset to the AVA team.'
[Caroline Walmsley, Managing Director, AVA Publishing]
'Colette is a conscientious and detailed editor with style and flair. She has an excellent visual approach to her work.'
[Brian Morris, Managing Director, AVA Publishing]
'Colette's experience in publishing is astonishing. The wealth of knowledge in all the key areas helped guide me, as a first-time author, through the complicated maze of writing and publishing. She has the ability to bring out the best in a chapter, subject or interview by suggesting ideas that I never thought about before.This advice provided me, and will for any future author, a much richer book that will excite the reader. I highly recommend Colette, she is an asset to anyone who works with her in the future.'
[John Lau, Associate Dean, School of Design and Technology, London College of Fashion, UK]
'Colette worked on my forthcoming book publication as the Commissioning Editor. Her professionalism, knowledge and support during the entire process was outstanding. If I chose to produce another book I would not hesitate to contact Colette. I highly recommend Colette as a Commissioning Editor.'
[Jennifer Prendergast, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK]
'Colette was my editor for my book on Interactive Design, during which time Colette was a delight to work with – always offering solid advice, encouragement when necessary and great at keeping the project on track, which was often necessary!'
[Jamie Steane, Associate Head of the School of Design, Northumbria University, UK]
Creation and development of magazine from inception: commissioning, writing and proofing editorial content. Establishing magazine as media sponsor for Brighton Art Fair, MADE, University of Brighton Visual Arts Awards, Brighton Festival Fringe Visual Arts Award, Lewes Artwave and Seeking Picasso.
Also co-hosted and programmed a weekly Arts discussion programme on Radio Reverb with a host of featured guests including poets, writers, artists and musicians, such as Billy Childish and Laura Marling.
'Colette worked as a co-presenter for RadioReverb's flagship drive time radio show called the Latest Soup. Colette always arrived on time (which is key in the radio business) and always contributed with great content and bought in high profiled guests from Brighton’s world of art and culture. She added value to the programme and I firmly believe that she can bring strong ideas to any media related content driven project! I highly recommend Colette and would gladly work with her again in any capacity.'
[Simon Watkins, Radio Producer, RadioReverb]
Fashion lives and dies by stories. Aiming to 'tell the stories of fashion', Fashion Promotion in Practice both instructs and inspires through an entertaining look at contemporary promotional practice within the fashion industry, showing you how you can apply this to your own future brands and campaigns. Offering crucial insights into the how and why of promotional practice, Fashion Promotion i... read more
Zero Waste Fashion Design combines research and practice to introduce a crucial sustainable fashion design approach. Written by two industry leading pioneers, Timo Rissanen and Holly McQuillan, the book offers flexible strategies and easy-to-master zero waste techniques to help you develop your own cutting edge fashion designs. Sample flat patterns and more than 20 exercises will reinforce you... read more
Fundamentals Of Digital Fashion Marketing, Clare Harris, 9781474220859, Bloomsbury, 2017, Paperback
The Fashion Designer's Sketchbook is a must-have resource for both fashion students and practising designers who wish to learn new ways of generating design ideas in order to create successful fashion collections, and who wish to develop their own creative aesthetic. It demonstrates how the fashion design sketchbook serves as a crucial creative tool for professional development - and a valuabl... read more
Basics Fashion Design 01: Research and Design
Patternmaking For Jacket And Coat Design BY Pamela Vanderlinde, 9781474235082
The Principles and Processes of Interactive Design is for new designers from across the design and media disciplines who need to learn about the fundamental principles and processes behind designing for digital media. This book is intended as both a primer and companion guide, that covers the design essentials from a digital perspective: user-based design research and development, digital colo... read more
This book is designed to lead you through the key knowledge, practices and skills of research methods in the study of design management and focuses on defining the research problem, deciding on a research process and undertaking a research project as a student at undergraduate or postgraduate level or as a practitioner within the creative fields.
Radio Memory Edited by Brandon LaBelle. Text by Carmen Cebreros Urzaiz, Bastien Gallet.
In The Fundamentals of Fashion Management, Susan Dillon takes an in-depth look at the varied and competitive fashion trade. Giving readers a behind-the-scenes insight into the roles and processes of the industry, this title combines creative and business approaches for those who want to gain an understanding of what it means to work in the fashion sector. Clearly organized chapters explore fas... read more
"The Fundamentals of Design Management" is a comprehensive guide to managing the people, projects, processes and procedures behind the design of our everyday products, services, environments and experiences. This title emphasizes the inter-disciplinary nature of design management, and as such is of relevance to those from a number of backgrounds: art and design, business, marketing or media. I... read more
The Fundamentals of Creative Advertising provides an introduction to the key elements of creative advertising. This book will take you, step-by-step, through each stage of the creative process from the initial planning and development, through to the production and execution of some of the world's most successful campaigns.This second edition reflects the changes that have taken place within t... read more
Branding is a discipline that has emerged over the last century to become a ubiquitous force in marketing. This book introduces readers to the basic principles behind the creation and development of successful brands. It offers an overview of the foundations of building, developing and maintaining brands.
While many other areas of design have commercial aspects, the success of a piece of packaging design is inextricably linked with its ability to sell a product. Packaging the Brand discusses the implications of this commercial function for a designer. It explores methods of visually communicating the value of a product to its target audience and examines the entire lifespan of a piece of packag... read more
"Basics Advertising: Art Direction" is a comprehensive guide to the role of the art director. It examines the key techniques, approaches and secrets involved in the development of creative advertising concepts. The book emphasises the importance of seeing things differently, and providing the audience with something to discover. It provides tips on how to use surprise, simplicity, provocation ... read more
"Brand-driven Innovation" examines the connections between branding, design, and innovation. It argues that branding is not merely a branch of advertising, but a tool for driving sustainable growth in organisations. Branding can inspire innovation in products and services, creating value for organisations and consumers alike. This in turn can lead to a more durable relationship between organis... read more
"Basics Film-Making: Screenwriting" is the second in the "Basics Film-Making" series and is aimed both at students on film production courses, as well as those wishing to write a short film. The book teaches the key elements of screenwriting through examining areas such as dialogue, sound, setting, shots and structure. It also provides advice to new film-makers on how to market their productio... read more
Sewing techniques are sometimes overlooked in the design process but acquiring these skills can be transformational. The ability to turn a two-dimensional design into its three-dimensional realization comes from having mastered basic sewing techniques. Sewing Techniques simplifies the often complex techniques that lie behind this process by arming designers with the precise information and ski... read more
Mahon provides an in-depth look at the process of generating creative advertising ideas and concepts. It begins with a broad overview of the ideation process and the general principles, before examining the various obstacles than can block ideas--and how to break through them. 184 pp.
Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories
Visual Communication for Landscape Architecture
Basics Typography: Using Type" offers undergraduate readers a solid introduction to the subject of typography. The book provides a practical, working guide to the subject, establishing sound knowledge and good working practices of typography within a graphic design context. 184 pp.
Whether you specialize in typography as a subject in itself or use type within your graphic or communication designs, understanding more about what type is and how it works will inform your practice and improve your work. If you want to know more about the difference between Bodoni and Bembo; why Arial is not the same as Helvetica and what alternatives to consider; what types to respect and wh... read more
The seventh book in the award-winning "Basics Design" series, "Grids" focuses on the construction and ordering of the page and screen through the use of the grids. The grid features as a strong element in many areas of design, and presents both the student and practitioner alike with the opportunity to ground their work in solid foundations. This book explores not only how to construct grids, ... read more
Paperback. Pages: 175 Publisher: Ava Publishing Format represents the physical point of contact with the user; affecting how we receive a design's printed or online information. The book demonstrates how a creative approach to format selection and a careful consideration of presentation space can produce dramatic results within both print and digital media. It examines established format stand... read more
Fully updated with a wealth of exciting new visual content, Developing a Fashion Collection 2nd edition is a must-read for every fashion student aspiring to become a fashion designer. Topics explored in this new edition include researching a collection through trend, colour and fabric and a focus on the processes involved in designing a collection. Different market levels from ready-to-wear to... read more
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