Daniel Conway

Daniel Conway – Editor

Accredited non-fiction editor with more than 40 published titles. Specialising in art, spirituality, well-being, history, science & ESL.


My process always begins by discussing your needs and an explanation of the types of services I can offer (see list below) and I am more than happy to tailor these to your needs. Once we agree on the type of work that is required for your book, we can then settle on a price and a time frame.

Personally, I enjoy working on a mix of genres and with writers of all levels of experience: from those who are new to the process to those who are comfortable self-publishing or preparing a submission for consideration.

For writers who are non-native speakers, I can also offer a focus on grammatical or linguistic elements
as I have a background as an academic tutor and experience working with ESL writers at tertiary level.

My publishing background is in the commercial non-fiction market. As an in-house editor, I have managed my own list of history, science, true crime, art, new age, leisure arts, general reference and instructional literature titles. My portfolio of books (at the bottom of this page) achieved substantial print runs and distribution in the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia and many were translated into foreign language editions.

The services I can offer are:

- Developmental editing
- Copyediting
- Proofreading
- Copyediting for ESL writers
- Proofreading for ESL writers
- Indexing
- Picture research
- Editorial project management

Client testimonials:

"I worked with Daniel during his in-house employment with Arcturus Publishing in 2016-17. He commissioned me to write an illustrated book about world mythologies and to recommend relevant images to accompany my text.

Daniel prepared me with an excellent brief — very detailed — and then copy edited my text. As a publisher myself, it had been a while since I had sat on the other side of this table. Daniel was careful, generous and acute in his judgements and I appreciated the approach he brought to the task and the connection he made with me. I am happy to endorse his skills and professionalism."

– Terri-ann White, Director, UWA Publishing
Art DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing History Religion & Spirituality True Crime
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd)
  • The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)

Work experience

Arcturus Publishing

Feb, 2016 — Jun, 2018 (over 2 years)

Arcturus produces a range of non-fiction titles including general reference, history, science, crime, art tutorials, spirituality, leisure arts and classic fiction. In my role as Senior Editor, I commissioned and project managed a list of adult non-fiction titles across all genres.

I successfully commissioned and produced 21 titles that achieved substantial print runs and distribution in our major North American markets.

• Project manage and edit multiple projects to schedule and within budget
• Commission work and help expand the catalogue list
• Contribute writing, proofread, edit and sign-off projects working closely with authors and packagers
• Coordinate designers, freelance staff and authors to create a cohesive product
• Brief packagers and designers to ensure files are supplied on time and to specification
• Proofread all matter to check editorial detail and factual accuracy

Search Press

Nov, 2012 — Jan, 2016 (about 3 years)

Founded in 1970, Search Press is the leading art and craft publisher in the UK. As an in-house editor, I was responsible for managing all packaged titles, translated titles and my own list of original titles.

During my times at Search Press, I edited 28 published books and project managed and proofread over 70 contracted titles.

• Project editing all translated and buy-in titles
• Editing my own list of in-house titles through all stages of the editorial process
• Managing freelancer editors and proofreaders
• Working closely with authors producing in-house titles
• Anglicising American English for UK editions and vice versa
• Producing book layouts for highly illustrated texts using InDesign and Adobe CS Suite 6 software


A Heritage of Colour explores the techniques that can be used to create a wealth of colours from 50 plants, including many that have been in constant use as dyes for over 2000 years. Inspired by the colours on textile fragments from the Iron Age and by the ach... read more
Hand lettering is absolutely everywhere. From shop faades and menus to websites, invitations and birthday cards, the appeal of hand-drawn lettering is undeniable. So much so that, these days, top quality typography has become the expected market standard, rath... read more
Tudor Kings and Queens is the ideal, handy guide to what is a perennially popular era in British history. Beginning with the accession to the English throne of Henry VII, Alex Woolf guides the reader through a succession of monarchs, including the infamous Kin... read more
Watercolour artist, Peter Woolley, provides a stunning range of paintings encompassing a variety of scenes from gentle slopes and rolling hills to dramatic peaks of far off mountain ranges. Every painting is accompanied by outline transfers, which are ideal fo... read more
The What to Paint series is perfect for readers with some painting skills and experience, who are looking for inspiring painting subjects. Each book has 24 beautiful full-page size paintings, a colour palette and informative captions pulling out details, tips ... read more
This book traces the history of the world’s great religions from their foundation to the present day. Their development is shown in interesting visuals―such as maps and photographs―as well as informative yet concise text. Also included are short biographies of... read more
Part of the Arcturus series, Ideas to Save Your Life, The 15-Minute Einstein takes a look at Einstein's theories and how they impacted the world he lived in and beyond. Exploring questions such as: 'Why does E = mc2'; 'If Einstein was right, was Newton wrong)'... read more
Often, the term 'psychopath' tends to be equated with violent and deranged criminality, but true psychopaths are very different from the way they are portrayed in film or on television. They are aware of the difference between right and wrong: they simply choo... read more
This book explores various types of incredible animal phenomena alongside anecdotal stories. All of the phenomena are backed up by scientific research on the subject with fascinating facts from trials and experiments. Also features heart-warming stories, legen... read more
A charming felt project book guiding you through the fundamentals of choosing your felts, all the necessary materials and step-by-step instructions on the basic stitching techniques. Once you've mastered the preparations, there are 15 gorgeous felt decorations... read more
Have you ever wondered what makes your work colleagues tick? Is your boss a firebrand, a visionary or someone you can always turn to? Are your colleagues creative or intensely practical? World-renowned astrologer, Penny Thornton, stresses the huge influence th... read more
A collection of poetic reflections on life and death. Ranging from musings on youth and age, and elegies on bereavement and grief to meditations on the nature of mortality, these are poems that explore our precious time on this earth and perhaps even offer som... read more
The idea of people possessed by evil spirits against their will is as old as the hills. Often there is thought to be a special way a person has become possessed. It might be the result of a curse cast on them by a sorcerer, or some unfortunate mishap such as s... read more
With the growth of the internet came a new type of crime. Using the un-indexed corners of the internet that make up what is known as the "dark net" criminals carry on their business online as fluently as in the real world. Identity theft and fraud have become ... read more
What happens to us when we die? It's a question that has exercised humanity's finest minds for thousands of years. Most have sought the answer in religion; others have looked to philosophers, to the supernatural, or, more recently, to evidence from 'near death... read more
Painstakingly researched over 25 years, this incredible resource brings together the world's rich heritage of mythology. These pages are filled with carefully cross-referenced descriptions of heroes, heroines, deities, mythical beasts, imaginary characters, ma... read more
From early humans carving notches in bones to the discovery of quantum mechanics and chaos theory - mathematics has certainly come a long way. Fully illustrated and augmented with helpful timelines and diagrams, Problem Solved! explores some of history's great... read more
A selection of writings from the pen of one of the wittiest men who ever lived. This compilation showcases his writing talent and features his very best work, ranging from the philosophical novel The Picture of Dorian Gray; the short story collections Lord Art... read more
This book is about using calligraphy techniques and creative design to produce attractive lettering for a variety of applications, both practical and artistic. Starting with basic lettering skills, the reader is shown how to create a range of attractive letter... read more
This is the fourth and most technical book on abstract art by Rolina van Vliet. In comparison to its predecessors it takes a more in-depth look at the practical nature of abstract art. With a detailed explanation of the technical aspects of painting, the book ... read more
Take an intrepid journey through the history of the Silk Roads with this visually stunning reference book. Traversing snowy mountain passes, vast, forbidding deserts and stormy seas, these ancient trade routes were about much more than the movement of goods, t... read more
These are the stories that have been told from the dawn of humanity and handed down, over millennia, to the present day. From the ancient indigenous narratives of 'The Dreaming' in Australia to the classical founding tales of some of the greatest empires of We... read more

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Muzamil K.

Muzamil K.

Jul, 2020

A pleasant experience working with Don. He did an excellent job of editing my book.