Rebecca Collins

Rebecca Collins – Editor

Experienced editor (structural editing and copyediting), online content manager, editorial project manager, proofreader and writer.


I have over twenty years' experience of working with authors and publishing clients. I am an online and print book editor, copyeditor, proofreader and publishing project manager. I specialise in non-fiction: academic, business, self-help, memoir and politics).

Although the real world is my speciality, I am the co-owner of a crime / suspense book publishing imprint called Hobeck Books so I dip my toes with much joy in the imaginary world.

I have worked as writer, editor and publishing project manager on projects for Oxford University Press, Research Retold, Cambridge University Press, Summersdale, Bloomsbury, Macmillan, Pearson and HMRC. I've also recently completed an MA by Research in Art and Design (Distinction) so I'm an artist too.

I have also created marketing content for IT recruitment company Henderson Drake (as well as my own company) so can create digital marketing assets for online advertising including video and 2D images.

Here are some nice things people I have worked with say about me:

Jamie Veitch, co-author of Vitalizing Purpose

"Rebecca's expertise, thoughtful suggestions and attention to detail have enhanced my manuscript. I couldn't be happier about my experience working with Rebecca. She is thorough, efficient, effective, and a real pleasure to work with."

Beverley Harvey, author of Eden Unbound

"After traditionally publishing four novels, I wrote my fifth with the intention of self-publishing but with the safety net of professional support and expertise. Happily I came across Arch Publishing, sister company to the brilliant Hobeck Books whom I follow on Twitter. Rebecca and the team set about turning my manuscript into a viable book, first with excellent typesetting and later by walking me through the somewhat complex Amazon dashboard. Fast, friendly and responsive is how I’d sum up my experience of Arch and I highly recommend them."

Bryn Thompson and Steve Lowndes, authors of Transformational Selling

“For what we ultimately paid against the work Rebecca did for us proved to be excellent value: not only did she do a great job, she removed the stress and hassle for us first time authors, allowing us to get on with our day job whilst she quietly and diligently go on with the job or getting our book in the best possible shape and then into print. We can’t recommend her services highly enough.”

Art Business & Management Economics Education & Reference Self-Help & Self-Improvement Writing & Publishing
English (UK) English (US)
  • Distinction
  • First
  • MA by Research Art and Design
  • BA in Fine Art
  • Foundation Degree in Art and Design
  • BA in Economics and Politics with European Study

Work experience

Hobeck Books

Dec, 2019 — Present

I am co-director of Hobeck Books, independent publisher of crime, thrillers, mystery and suspense. My job involves commissioning, structural editing, formatting texts and getting books from manuscript to final printed books, ebooks and audio in the market.


Sep, 2003 — Present

As well as being a co-director of my own independent publishing company, Hobeck Books, I have been working freelance for seventeen years the publishing industry as a writer, editor, online content manager, proofreader and copyeditor. I currently work mainly for OUP, Bloomsbury Publishing and Summersdale Publishers. For OUP I am a content manager on academic online content. Platforms include Oxford Scholarship Online and Very Short Introductions online. I am a Listings Editor on the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook for Bloomsbury. I write and edit nonfiction self-help books for Summersdale Publishing (part of Hachette).

Oxford University Press

Jun, 1998 — Nov, 2003 (over 5 years)

I worked for five years as an in-house editor at Oxford University Press in the non-lexical reference department. I worked on titles such as The Oxford Companion to Food 2e, The Oxford Companion to Wine 2e, The Oxford Classical Dictionary 3e, Britain's Historic Railway Buildings: an Oxford Gazetteer of Structures and Sights, The Meaning of Everything and The Oxford Companion to English Literature. My job involved project management of a number of titles from delivery through copyediting and proofreading to final product. I also managed a vast backlist of titles, deciding and arranging reprints.

Blackwell Science

Nov, 1997 — Jun, 1998 (7 months)

As an introduction into the publishing industry, after spending two years in Japan teaching English, I worked for seven months covering maternity leave as an Assistant Editor for Blackwell Science. In this role I supported the Editorial Director and two Commissioning Editors through author liaison and journal and book commissioning.


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Conflict economics contributes to an understanding of violent conflict and peace in two important ways. First, it applies economic concepts and models to help one understand diverse conflict activities such as war, terrorism, genocide, and peace. Second, it tr... read more
"The greatest enterprise of its kind in history," was the verdict of British prime minister Stanley Baldwin in June 1928 when The Oxford English Dictionary was finally published. With its 15,490 pages and nearly two million quotations, it was indeed a monument... read more
Sherlock Holmes is the most famous fictional detective in history, with a popularity that has never waned since catching the imagination of his late-Victorian readership. This Companion explores Holmes' popularity and his complex relationship to the late-Victo... read more
You know your dad is the best - tell him with this book. 'When my father didn't have my hand, he had my back.' Linda Poindexter Home improvement experts, spider catchers, barbecue masters - these are just some of a dad's many talents. And the perfect way to sa... read more
"No language can express – the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love." —Edwin Hubbell ChapinEvery mom deserves to know how special she is, and there’s no better way to show it than with this wonderful gift book. With inspiring quotes a... read more

Rebecca has 4 reviews





Rachel R.

Rachel R.

Apr, 2024

Rebecca responded to my enquiry promptly and with lots of detail. She grasped the aims of my project immediately and offered some super suggestions as part of her response to my enquiry. I appreciated her openness in this regard. She was extremely prompt and kept to all agreed deadlines. Her work was very thorough and carefully considered. She offered constructive challenge and feedback as well...
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Mirza A.

Mirza A.

Mar, 2020

Rebecca C. was responsive, open to suggestions, and gave quick feedback. Her work was very professional and thorough. It was definitely a pleasure working with her, and I would be happy to work with her again.
Jamie V.

Jamie V.

May, 2023

Rebecca's expertise, thoughtful suggestions and attention to detail have enhanced my manuscript. I couldn't be happier about my experience working with Rebecca. She is thorough, efficient, effective, and a real pleasure to work with.
Erica S.

Erica S.

Mar, 2020

She was amazing to work with and really helped with my project. She was very professional and returned my documents in a timely manner.

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