Dan Smith

Dan Smith - Editor

London, UK

I'm an editor, copyeditor, proofreader and author of non-fiction - specialising in biography, history, politics, geography and reference.

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Overview

I'm an experienced editor of non-fiction and reference for both children and adults. For over twenty years, I have worked with major publishers including SpringerNature, Pan Macmillan, Palgrave Macmillan, Michael O’Mara, Quercus, Quarto, Icon Books, Carlton Books, Head of Zeus and Thames & Hudson. I am also the author of over thirty non-fiction books of my own, in genres as disparate as biography, education, history, humour, language, trivia and true crime.
I love getting a book over the line and ready for publication and there is no subject that I am afraid of! If you have a text that needs a final polish or a more fundamental overhaul, or perhaps an idea for a project that needs some flesh on its bones, I am happy to help. I have developed numerous titles from initial concept to finished product and I am comfortable working at all stages of the editorial process – whether it’s preparing a presentation to take to Frankfurt to making sure all of those double quotes are changed to singles!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
Education & Reference
History
Political Science & Current Affairs

Certifications

  • Qualified to degree level.

Work experience

Editor/Author

Self-employed
January, 2004 – Present (over 16 years)

With twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, I have undertaken projects of varying types from proofing and copy-editing to project development. I have worked on everything from major reference works and educational texts to long-form narrative non-fiction, for both the print and online markets. I also bring extensive experience as an author, having sold somewhere in the region of a million books in international markets.

Contributing Editor

Palgrave Macmillan
February, 1999 – Present (over 21 years)

For over twenty years I have been a contributing editor to The Statesman's Yearbook, a geo-political guide to the world published annually since 1865. I have worked extensively on both the print and online editions of the book.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

How to Think Like Obama

Daniel Smith

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.

Around the World in 50 Ways (Lonely Planet Kids)

Set off from London and travel across the globe. Then try to make it back! In Lonely Planet Kids' Around the World in 50 Ways, kids choose their favourite routes and transportation, from tuk-tuks and sleds, to steamboats and hot-air balloons. They'll visit famous cities and exotic, far-flung places - and learn amazing facts about each destination along the way. But they'll need to be careful: ... read more

Set off from London and travel across the globe. Then try to make it back! In Lonely Planet Kids' Around the World in 50 Ways, kids choose their favourite routes and transportation, from tuk-tuks and sleds, to steamboats and hot-air balloons. They'll visit famous cities and exotic, far-flung places - and learn amazing facts about each destination along the way. But they'll need to be careful: ... read more

50 Strategies That Changed History: From Battle Tactics to Business Blueprints, Learn from the Masters

Get right inside the strategic thinking behind 50 of history's greatest military, political and economic triumphs - and disasters. Learn how strategic thinking evolved as history's most gifted generals, politicians and business tycoons looked to the past for lessons on how to act in the present. See history as it happened - and experience the moments when events were in the balance and key pla... read more

Get right inside the strategic thinking behind 50 of history's greatest military, political and economic triumphs - and disasters. Learn how strategic thinking evolved as history's most gifted generals, politicians and business tycoons looked to the past for lessons on how to act in the present. See history as it happened - and experience the moments when events were in the balance and key pla... read more

100 Places You Will Never Visit: The World's Most Secret Locations

Daniel Smith

Ever wondered what it takes to get into Fort Knox? Fancied a peek inside the Coca-Cola Safety Deposit Box? Would you dare to visit Three Mile Island? The world is full of secret places that we either don't know about, or couldn't visit even if we wanted to. Now you can glimpse the Tora Bora caves in Afghanistan, visit the Tucson Titan Missile Site, tour the Vatican Archives, or see the Chapel ... read more

Ever wondered what it takes to get into Fort Knox? Fancied a peek inside the Coca-Cola Safety Deposit Box? Would you dare to visit Three Mile Island? The world is full of secret places that we either don't know about, or couldn't visit even if we wanted to. Now you can glimpse the Tora Bora caves in Afghanistan, visit the Tucson Titan Missile Site, tour the Vatican Archives, or see the Chapel ... read more

The Statesman's Yearbook 2019: The Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World

Now in its 155th edition, The Statesman's Yearbook continues to be the reference work of choice for accurate and reliable information on every country in the world. Covering political, economic, social and cultural aspects, the Yearbook is also available online for subscribing institutions.

Now in its 155th edition, The Statesman's Yearbook continues to be the reference work of choice for accurate and reliable information on every country in the world. Covering political, economic, social and cultural aspects, the Yearbook is also available online for subscribing institutions.

Lost London: An A-Z of Forgotten Landmarks and Lost Traditions

Richard Guard

A fascinating story of London as told through the buildings, parks, and palaces that are no longer there From bull rings to ice fairs and plague pits to molly houses, this is a truly intriguing journey through London's forgotten past—unearthing both the extraordinary stories that lie beneath familiar streets and the secrets hidden away in the city's darkest corners. It pays witness to several ... read more

A fascinating story of London as told through the buildings, parks, and palaces that are no longer there From bull rings to ice fairs and plague pits to molly houses, this is a truly intriguing journey through London's forgotten past—unearthing both the extraordinary stories that lie beneath familiar streets and the secrets hidden away in the city's darkest corners. It pays witness to several ... read more

Ultra

Tobias Jones

Italy's ultras are the most organised and violent fans in European football. Many groups have evolved into criminal gangs, involved in ticket-touting, drug-dealing and murder. A cross between the Hells Angels and hooligans, they're often the foot-soldiers of the Mafia and have been instrumental in the rise of the far-right. But the purist ultras say that they are are insurgents fighting agains... read more

Italy's ultras are the most organised and violent fans in European football. Many groups have evolved into criminal gangs, involved in ticket-touting, drug-dealing and murder. A cross between the Hells Angels and hooligans, they're often the foot-soldiers of the Mafia and have been instrumental in the rise of the far-right. But the purist ultras say that they are are insurgents fighting agains... read more

99%: How to Create Abundance and Reverse the Rising Tide of Impoverishment

Mark Thomas

We are looking at the first generation in living memory who can expect to be poorer than their parents, even as the economy continues to grow. This is unprecedented. No generation in modern history has been poorer than its parents. And they could be quite a lot poorer. If we continue as we are going, the civilisation we enjoy today will not last until 2050. The early signs are already here. In... read more

We are looking at the first generation in living memory who can expect to be poorer than their parents, even as the economy continues to grow. This is unprecedented. No generation in modern history has been poorer than its parents. And they could be quite a lot poorer. If we continue as we are going, the civilisation we enjoy today will not last until 2050. The early signs are already here. In... read more

Is Their Alot Wrong with This Centence?: An English Grammar Workbook

Daniel Smith

A fun, accessible, interactive workbook to ensure that readers are never caught out by misplaced apostrophes, dangling participles, or poor spelling againEnglish is a complicated language, and every now and then all writers need a little help in getting it right. This guide takes readers through the basics of grammar, punctuation, and spelling, providing clear and concise explanations of each ... read more

A fun, accessible, interactive workbook to ensure that readers are never caught out by misplaced apostrophes, dangling participles, or poor spelling againEnglish is a complicated language, and every now and then all writers need a little help in getting it right. This guide takes readers through the basics of grammar, punctuation, and spelling, providing clear and concise explanations of each ... read more

Byron's Women

Alexander Larman

One was the mother who bore him; three were women who adored him; one was the sister he slept with; one was his abused and sodomized wife; one was his legitimate daughter; one was the fruit of his incest; another was his friend Shelley's wife, who avoided his bed and invented science fiction instead. Nine women; one poet named George Gordon, Lord Byron – mad, bad and very very dangerous to kno... read more

One was the mother who bore him; three were women who adored him; one was the sister he slept with; one was his abused and sodomized wife; one was his legitimate daughter; one was the fruit of his incest; another was his friend Shelley's wife, who avoided his bed and invented science fiction instead. Nine women; one poet named George Gordon, Lord Byron – mad, bad and very very dangerous to kno... read more

Inside Story: Politics, Intrigue and Treachery from Thatcher to Brexit

PHILIP WEBSTER

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.

Art Of War Strategic Puzzles

Richard Wolfrik Galland

Happiness and Tears: The Ken Dodd Story

Louis Barfe

In this, the first serious biographical assessment of Ken Dodd since the death of the feather duster-wielding Liverpudlian in spring 2018, respected historian of British light entertainment Louis Barfe charts the life and extraordinarily long comedic career of a man whose career straddled the very tail end of variety and the golden age of television comedy. When Dodd died, social media divided... read more

In this, the first serious biographical assessment of Ken Dodd since the death of the feather duster-wielding Liverpudlian in spring 2018, respected historian of British light entertainment Louis Barfe charts the life and extraordinarily long comedic career of a man whose career straddled the very tail end of variety and the golden age of television comedy. When Dodd died, social media divided... read more

Progress Vs Parasites: A Brief History of the Conflict that's Shaped our World

Douglas Carswell

Politics has never been more unpredictable. Radical populists and insurgents have turned politics-as-usual on its head. Progress and Parasites explores how we got here, where we are heading and what we can do about it. Douglas Carswell argues that these insurgencies are a reaction against the emergence of a political and economic oligarchy that has subverted our democracy and stifled our marke... read more

Politics has never been more unpredictable. Radical populists and insurgents have turned politics-as-usual on its head. Progress and Parasites explores how we got here, where we are heading and what we can do about it. Douglas Carswell argues that these insurgencies are a reaction against the emergence of a political and economic oligarchy that has subverted our democracy and stifled our marke... read more

Backstop Country

Glenn Patterson

A witty and impassioned book on Ulster, which has been thrust into the centre of British and European politics and which is likely to become Britain's frontier with the wider world. Very few citizens of the mainland UK know very much about Ulster, after 20 years of uneasy peace. Backstop Country investigates the murky network of ever-renewing tentacles of the IRA, and the lives of those who su... read more

A witty and impassioned book on Ulster, which has been thrust into the centre of British and European politics and which is likely to become Britain's frontier with the wider world. Very few citizens of the mainland UK know very much about Ulster, after 20 years of uneasy peace. Backstop Country investigates the murky network of ever-renewing tentacles of the IRA, and the lives of those who su... read more

The Life of Pee: The Story of How Urine Got Everywhere

Sally Magnusson

Alchemists sought gold in it. David Bowie refrigerated it to ward off evil. In the trenches of Ypres soldiers used it as a gas mask, whereas modern-day terrorists add it to home-made explosives. All the Fullers, Tuckers and Walkers in the phonebook owe their names to it, and in 1969 four bags for storing it were left on the surface of the moon.Bought and sold, traded and transported, even carr... read more

Alchemists sought gold in it. David Bowie refrigerated it to ward off evil. In the trenches of Ypres soldiers used it as a gas mask, whereas modern-day terrorists add it to home-made explosives. All the Fullers, Tuckers and Walkers in the phonebook owe their names to it, and in 1969 four bags for storing it were left on the surface of the moon.Bought and sold, traded and transported, even carr... read more

Kayak The Kwanza

Oscar Scafidi

In June 2016, Oscar Scafidi and Alfy Weston set out to complete the first ever source-to-sea expedition along Angola’s longest river, the Kwanza. Paddling and carrying a forty-year-old collapsible wooden kayak, they embarked on a journey of 1,300km in support of The HALO Trust, the oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organisation in the world.Over thirty-two days the pair kayake... read more

In June 2016, Oscar Scafidi and Alfy Weston set out to complete the first ever source-to-sea expedition along Angola’s longest river, the Kwanza. Paddling and carrying a forty-year-old collapsible wooden kayak, they embarked on a journey of 1,300km in support of The HALO Trust, the oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organisation in the world.Over thirty-two days the pair kayake... read more

Answers to Rhetorical Questions

Taggart, Caroline Taggart

The rhetorical question is one of those grammatical quirks that just doesn't seem to have any logic to it: a question that doesn't require an answer - what kind of question is that? However, now, thanks to "Answers to Rhetorical Questions", you will no longer be left in the dark when someone asks you 'what love's got to do with it?', 'what shall we do with the drunken sailor?' or 'who wants to... read more

The rhetorical question is one of those grammatical quirks that just doesn't seem to have any logic to it: a question that doesn't require an answer - what kind of question is that? However, now, thanks to "Answers to Rhetorical Questions", you will no longer be left in the dark when someone asks you 'what love's got to do with it?', 'what shall we do with the drunken sailor?' or 'who wants to... read more

The Artist's Yearbook

Ossian Ward

The Artist's Yearbook is the only comprehensive reference guide to getting ahead in the UK art world. Offering advice, information and inspiration for all artists in one fact-packed volume, the book features carefully vetted information on and contact details for more than 2,500 visual-artists businesses and organizations. A practical and inspirational essay from an art world insider precedes ... read more

The Artist's Yearbook is the only comprehensive reference guide to getting ahead in the UK art world. Offering advice, information and inspiration for all artists in one fact-packed volume, the book features carefully vetted information on and contact details for more than 2,500 visual-artists businesses and organizations. A practical and inspirational essay from an art world insider precedes ... read more

The Screenwriter's Handbook 2010 (Screenwriter's Handbook: The Essential Companion for Screenwriters)

This is the essential guide for all new and established writers for the screen. Including useful, easy-to-search contact detail entries from courses, societies and grants to representation and production companies, along with provocative articles and invaluable advice from top UK and US representatives and practitioners of the trade.

This is the essential guide for all new and established writers for the screen. Including useful, easy-to-search contact detail entries from courses, societies and grants to representation and production companies, along with provocative articles and invaluable advice from top UK and US representatives and practitioners of the trade.

Speeches that Changed the World

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Speeches That Changed the World

Speeches That Changed the World

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