Craig Adams

Craig Adams - Editor Tick

London, UK

Former HarperCollins editor and non-fiction specialist. Sounding-board and shaper of prose for authors with adventurous and complex ideas.

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I’m a developmental editor with experience both editing and commissioning non-fiction. I specialise in books that mix elements of narrative, philosophical, historical and literary non-fiction, and authors with a core of specialised knowledge that reach out adventurously to adjacent areas.

I’ve edited the work of university lecturers, educational consultants, QI elves and foreign correspondents, as well as more mainstream narrative and memoir, and I’ve worked in a non-fiction imprint that published a wide range of genres in which I’ve read widely: natural history, philosophy, history, music, meditation and psychology. It’s that breadth of knowledge that I try to bring to author-editor discussions about complex ideas and how they are best explained - as well as a professional way of working combined with an open and relaxed manner.

I like to understand the full depth of an author’s ideas before helping them to marshal those ideas into a shape that shows off what’s most original, whilst also keeping a former publisher’s eye on what’s commercial too. Once the structure of a book begins to take shape I enjoy helping authors to hone their voice, whether it's a clear philosophical style, the adding of rhetorical flourish or a natural and conversational speaking voice. From the beginnings of your idea to the process of shaping your message and polishing your prose, I can provide everything from general guidance to a range of concrete suggestions for you to get the best out of your book - in a straightforward but sensitive way.




Testimonials

'Craig Adams was my editor for my first book of trade non-fiction. I was nervous about editorial involvement (writerly ego) but as soon as I met Craig I knew he would only help push my better instincts. He read my manuscript sensitively and deeply. There was nothing glib about his feedback and he offered me several very achievable options for thinking through the overall structure of the book in the final months of completion. His insightful contributions meant that the book was both tauter and more clearly voiced. Craig’s editorial contribution was a very significant part of my coming of age as a writer.'
-Sally Bayley

‘a special thanks to Craig for providing more than just feedback, research and ideas, but also a comprehensive lesson on how inspiring a hardworking editor can be.’
-Valentina D'Efilippo

‘credit must go to a man who must be one of publishing’s most tenacious editors, Craig Adams, who has in turn been editor, researcher, writer, diplomat and a dozen things besides.’
-James Ball

'Craig is a brilliant editor. I found him very reassuring throughout all of the stages of creating my first book, The Secret Museum: from the initial meetings, into the writing and research period and when the book came out into the world. Craig always made sure everything ran smoothly. During the writing period he always had my back, replying to my emails speedily with answers full of useful ideas and encouragement, which I found invaluable given this was my first experience of writing a book. He ensured everything ran smoothly as the illustrations and design of the book came together and I was so happy with the end result, a beautiful book. I highly recommend Craig as an editor - it wouldn’t have been the same without him.'
-Molly Oldfield
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Life Sciences
Music
Nature
Philosophy
Psychology

Certifications

  • BA - Linguistics and Spanish Literature; The University of Oxford

Work experience

Editor

HarperCollins Publishers
June, 2009 – April, 2013 (almost 4 years)

Commissioned, edited and project managed a wide range of books across general non-fiction, including TV tie-ins and illustrated books.
Managed and developed Collins’ publishing programme under The Times newspaper imprint.
Published a ST bestseller and a European Design-Award winning illustrated title.

Freelance Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
September, 2015 – Present (almost 4 years)

Editing and proofreading for publishing and design houses since 2015

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Private Life of the Diary: From Pepys to tweets

Sally Bayley

Diaries keep secrets, harbouring our fantasies and fictional histories. They are substitute boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses and friends. But in this age of social media, the role of the diary as a private confidante has been replaced by a culture of public self-disclosure. The Private Life of the Diary: from Pepys to Tweets is an elegantly-told story of the evolution - and perhaps death - of ... read more

Diaries keep secrets, harbouring our fantasies and fictional histories. They are substitute boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses and friends. But in this age of social media, the role of the diary as a private confidante has been replaced by a culture of public self-disclosure. The Private Life of the Diary: from Pepys to Tweets is an elegantly-told story of the evolution - and perhaps death - of ... read more

The Secret Museum

Molly Oldfield

Title: Secret Museum <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: Molly Oldfield <>Publisher: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS

Title: Secret Museum <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: Molly Oldfield <>Publisher: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS

The Infographic History of the World

Valentina D'Efilippo, Ball

HardCover. Pub Date :2013-06-20 Pages: 224 Language: English The History of the World. but not as you know it.A new type of history is here - all 13.8 billion years of it. exploded into a visually jaw- dropping feast of facts. trends and timelines that tell you everything you'd ever want to know about the history of the world.From the primordial soup to the technological revolution of the 21st... read more

HardCover. Pub Date :2013-06-20 Pages: 224 Language: English The History of the World. but not as you know it.A new type of history is here - all 13.8 billion years of it. exploded into a visually jaw- dropping feast of facts. trends and timelines that tell you everything you'd ever want to know about the history of the world.From the primordial soup to the technological revolution of the 21st... read more

Choir: Gareth Malone

Gareth Malone

Title: Choir: Gareth Malone <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Gareth Malone <>Publisher: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS

Title: Choir: Gareth Malone <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Gareth Malone <>Publisher: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS

One Hundred and Four Horses

Mandy Retzlaff

One Hundred and Four Horses

One Hundred and Four Horses

Music for the People: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music

Gareth Malone

Music for the People: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music

Music for the People: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music

Making Business Child's Play

Adam Marc Margolin

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Kerry Williamson
Craig exceeded our expectations by elevating our book.

Kerry Williamson, May 2019


Anita Kelsey
Craig has been awesome to work with. His enthusiasm for my project helped to inspire me further and he has been meticulous in his editing as well as giving me great feedback and further ideas. I feel like I really lucked out finding such a great editor first time round on Reedsy and would highly recommend Craig to anyone looking for an editor that really cares about your work and puts in 110%. ...
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Anita Kelsey, December 2018

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