Through Metok Media, I provide editorial services to authors of fiction and creative writing. In addition to copy-editing, proofreading and developmental editing, I also provide blurbs and synopses for self-publishing authors.
Copy-edited news and feature articles for an online newspaper based in Cairo, Egypt. Covered a wide range of topics, including crime, terrorism, politics, military conflict, environmental issues, economics and the arts.
Provided book proofreading services to the publishing project-management company Keystroke. Specialized in humanities and social-sciences books for Routledge.
Copy-edited news and feature articles for an online newspaper based in Cairo, Egypt. Managed the copy-editing department, supervising and training copy-editing staff. Covered the full range of newspaper content, from sports to archaeology, civil war to climate change. Decided selection and placement of world-news content.
Copy-edited news and feature articles for an online newspaper based in Beijing, China. Decided content of World News pages on a daily basis, liaising with page editors, designers and foreign-new editors.
Prepared academic journals for publication, checking proofs and implementing quality control.
Copy-edited news and feature articles for an online newspaper based in Cairo, Egypt. Designed editorial workflow for launch of the print edition.
Contributed news and feature articles to The Middle East magazine, Mideast Monitor, Gulf Life, Business Monthly, The Daily News Egypt and RTÉ Radio. Covered everything from restaurant reviews to the Arab Spring. Also completed freelance editing contracts for the United Nations, the Egyptian Government and Rawi magazine.
Edited history books for a leading UK publisher. Specialized in the politics and warfare of ancient Greece and Rome. Also dealt with modern naval history.
Edited news and feature articles for this print newspaper based in Cairo, Egypt. Contributed articles on everything from archaeological restoration projects to armed drugs gangs in the desert.
Edited news and feature articles for this weekly newspaper based in London, England. Wrote arts and culture reviews and interviews for its sister magazine.
Wrote and edited news and feature articles for this glossy magazine based in London, England. Planned content and managed production schedules. Winner of IPC Media's Best Magazine Award for 2001.
Covered copy-editing shifts for this leading news magazine, based in London, England.
Covered copy-editing shifts for this satirical news magazine, based in London, England.
Wrote and edited feature articles for this UK-based laboratory-industry magazine.
Wrote and edited articles for this weekly newspaper based in Cairo Egypt. Specialized in writing articles on animal rights and environmental protection. Highlights included investigations of illegal trade in ivory and endangered species, prompting a review of Egypt's membership of CITES convention.
Contributed articles on working abroad, both as a yacht-crew and an English teacher.
Pyrrhus was born into the royal house of Epirus, northwest Greece, but his mother was forced to flee into exile to protect his life when he was a mere infant. Yet he prospered in troubled times and rose from a refugee to a king. Always an adventurer he was deeply involved in the cut-and-thrust campaigning, coups and subterfuges of the Successor kingdoms. At various times he was king of Epirus ... read more
Marcellus’ military exploits were largely unmatched by any other aristocrat of Roman Middle Republic. As a young soldier in the First Punic War, he won a reputation for his skill in single combat. In his first consulship, he earned a triumph for defeating a Gallic tribe, no small feat in and of itself, and also slew the Gallic chieftain Britomartus in single combat. Consequently, he earned the... read more
As a young woman, Lithuanian nurse Aldona Grupas had a dream. She longed to travel, to explore a new language and culture - and build a new life abroad.Nurse, Give Me a Pill for Death is the story of Aldona's long journey from Lithuania to a new life in England, complete with the challenges of adapting to a new culture while launching a successful nursing career.The book also provides a rare w... read more
By the early first century BC, the Roman Republic had already carved itself a massive empire and was easily the most powerful state in the Mediterranean. Roman armies had marched victoriously over enemies far and wide, but the Roman heartland was soon to feel the tramp of armies on campaign as the Republic was convulsed by civil war and rival warlords vied for supremacy, sounding the first dea... read more
This is the story of one of the most important classical cities, Syracuse, and its struggles (both internal and external) for freedom and survival. Situated at the heart of the Mediterranean, Syracuse was caught in the middle as Carthage, Pyrrhus of Epirus, Athens and then Rome battled to gain control of Sicily. The threat of expansionist enemies on all sides made for a tumultuous situation wi... read more
During his spectacular career of conquest Alexander the Great attacked many cities and fortresses, never failing to take them. Such operations occupied more of his time than his famous pitched battles and were at least as vital in securing his vast empire. Sieges provided some of the sternest tests for the Macedonian army, and it is perhaps telling that Alexander received most of his many woun... read more
Mercenaries were a significant factor in many of the wars of the Classical world, being employed in large numbers by many states. By far the most famous were Xenophon's 'Ten Thousand', who had to cut their way out of the Persian Empire after the death of their employer and such Greek infantry were for long the most dominant type (even a Spartan king hiring himself out in one case), but there w... read more
In the later 2nd century BC, after a period of rapid expansion and conquest, the Roman Republic found itself in crisis. In North Africa her armies were already bogged down in a long difficult guerrilla war in a harsh environment when invasion by a coalition of Germanic tribes, the Cimbri, Teutones and Ambrones, threatened Italy and Rome itself, inflicting painful defeats on Roman forces in pit... read more
There is a tendency when dealing with world superpowers to focus on their successes. After all, these are what made them superpowers in the first place. However, reverses and disasters suffered on the way to preeminence are equally significant. The experience of ancient Rome is no different. This book is the first to examine the paradoxical role lost battles and defeat played in the success of... read more
This book includes: The case for letting pupils with special needs engage with the 'big issues'; How to use classroom displays to reiterate and encourage learning; Organising and coordinating visits and expeditions.
This topical book provides practical, tried and tested strategies and resources that will support teachers in making PE lessons accessible, rewarding and exciting for all pupils, including those with special needs. The author draws on a wealth of experience to share his understanding of special educational needs and disabilities and show how the PE teacher can reduce or remove any barriers to ... read more
Edmund Husserl between Platonism and Aristotelianism Aim and Scope: The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy provides an annual international forum for phenomenological research in the spirit of Husserl's groundbreaking work and the extension of this work by such figures as Scheler, Heidegger, Sartre, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty and Gadamer. Contributors: Thomas Arnold, Ki... read more
Young Children’s Experimental Cookery encourages Early Years practitioners and teachers to take an innovative and creative approach to introducing young children to food and cooking. The book addresses wider issues such as healthy eating and food preparation skills, but also moves beyond the concept of traditional cookery lessons to celebrate food as a creative medium, offering immense scope f... read more
The Turkic soundscape is both geographically huge and culturally diverse (twenty-eight countries, republics and districts extending from Eastern Europe through the Caucasus and throughout Central Asia). Although the Turkic peoples of the world can trace their linguistic and genetic ancestries to common sources, their extensive geographical dispersion and widely varying historical and political... read more
The field of intergovernmental relations has changed substantially over the past five decades. It maintains a critical and evolving role in the US federal system as well as in public policy and administration. Building upon the legacy of Deil S.Wright’s scholarship, this collection of essays by distinguished scholars, emerging thought leaders, and experienced practitioners chronicles and analy... read more
Currently, there are over 400,000 youth living in foster care in the United States, with over 20,000 aging out of the child welfare system each year. Foster youth are more prone to experience short- and long-term adverse developmental outcomes including diminished academic achievement and career opportunities, poor mental and overall health, financial struggles, homelessness, early sexual inte... read more
The period from the death of Alexander the Great to the rise of the Islam (c. late fourth century BCE to seventh century CE) saw a significant growth in economic, diplomatic and cultural exchange between various civilisations in Africa, Europe and Asia. This was in large part thanks to the Indian Ocean trade. Peoples living in the Roman Empire, Parthia, India and South East Asia increasingly h... read more
The story of HMS Invincible, a ship whose eventful life story, it is argued, embodies that of the Royal Navy itself during the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st. From her conception and design, through her various deployments (including the Falklands) and her evolving role and technical adaptation to meet changing strategic requirements, her fluctuating fortunes have been inter... read more
A convoy of luxury cars speeds along a French promenade, bearing its VIP cargo to a five-star hotel. Suddenly, the early-morning calm is shattered by gunfire and smoke, sirens and screams.The target is Prince Ali bin Kased, the former ruler of an oil-rich Gulf Arab nation. Since his ousting in the Arab Spring, he has lived in exile, haunted by loss and betrayal. Now someone wants him dead. Ali... read more
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Qualified editor and indexer well-versed in a wide range of subjects and genres including fiction, non-fiction, history, crime, and law.
I try to help authors achieve the books they want by careful professional editing, looking at the details – and the bigger stuff if needed.