David Stanford

David Stanford - Editor Tick

London, UK

I'm an editor focused on history and military matters. As a journalist, I’ve covered topics from crime and politics to travel and memoir.

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Overview

I’m a qualified and experienced editor with a long list of history and military titles under my belt.

Through UK publisher Pen & Sword Books, I have copy-edited multiple titles on ancient history, with a focus on Greece and Rome, from Alexander the Great to the fall of the Roman Empire. I have also worked on modern military history, as with Nick Child’s book on the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Invincible.

My background in journalism means I’m adaptable, able to tackle a wide range of non-fiction subject matter, from current affairs and politics through to memoir, travel and true crime. This journalism career, ranging from Europe to Asia and the Middle East, has enhanced my grasp of history and geopolitics. It has also given me a strong awareness of the variety of human cultures, both past and present.

In addition to history and military matters, I have worked as a proofreader on numerous social-science books published by Routledge, ensuring that all remaining errors are eliminated before going to press.

While my focus is on non-fiction, I also have an enduring passion for fiction and creative writing. In recent years, I have built my own company, Metok Media, providing editorial services to authors in these areas.

In all my copy-editing and proofreading work, I prioritize attention to detail and good communication. I am attuned to the nuances of the English language and I work closely with authors to ensure both clarity of meaning and elegance of expression. I am rigorous in dissecting arguments and ensuring narrative consistency.

When I’m not helping other people with their books, I’m often to be found working on my novel, which is set in Europe immediately after the Great War.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Politics & Current Affairs
Travel
True Crime

Certifications

  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders: Advanced Professional Member

Work experience

Editor

Metok Media
June, 2018 – Present (12 months)

Through Metok Media, I provide editorial services to authors of fiction and creative writing, including copy-editing, proofreading and developmental editing. I also help with query letters and composing blurbs and book descriptions for self-publishing authors.

Copy-editor

Ahram Online
May, 2017 – May, 2018 (about 1 year)

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.

Freelance Proofreader

Keystroke
February, 2017 – July, 2018 (over 1 year)

Provided book proofreading services to the publishing project-management company Keystroke. Specialized in humanities and social-sciences books for Routledge.

Senior Copy Editor

Egypt Independent
December, 2015 – December, 2016 (about 1 year)

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.

World Chief and Copy Editor

China Daily
July, 2013 – July, 2014 (about 1 year)

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.

Journal Production Assistant

John Wiley & Sons
October, 2012 – May, 2013 (7 months)

Prepared academic journals for publication, checking proofs and implementing quality control.

Senior Copy Editor

Egypt Independent
March, 2011 – February, 2012 (11 months)

Copy-edited news and feature articles for an online newspaper based in Cairo, Egypt. Designed editorial workflow for launch of the print edition.

Freelance Writer and Editor

Various media outlets
July, 2008 – February, 2012 (over 3 years)

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.

Freelance Book Copy Editor

Pen & Sword Books
April, 2008 – August, 2015 (over 7 years)

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.

Writer and Copy-Editor

The Daily News Egypt
January, 2008 – July, 2008 (6 months)

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.

Layout Sub-Editor

The Irish Post
September, 2002 – September, 2004 (about 2 years)

Edited news and feature articles for this weekly newspaper based in London, England. Wrote arts and culture reviews and interviews for its sister magazine.

Assistant Editor

Stamp Magazine
January, 2001 – February, 2002 (about 1 year)

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.

Freelance Copy Editor

New Statesman
December, 2000 – December, 2000 (less than a minute)

Covered copy-editing shifts for this leading news magazine, based in London, England.

Freelance Copy-Editor

Punch Magazine
October, 2000 – November, 2000 (about 1 month)

Covered copy-editing shifts for this satirical news magazine, based in London, England.

Features Editor

International Labmate
March, 1999 – August, 1999 (5 months)

Wrote and edited feature articles for this UK-based laboratory-industry magazine.

Writer and Editor

The Middle East Times
September, 1998 – March, 1999 (6 months)

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.

Freelance Writer

Overseas Jobs Express
June, 1992 – December, 1994 (over 2 years)

Contributed articles on working abroad, both as a yacht-crew and an English teacher.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Age of Invincible: The Ship that defined the modern Royal Navy

Nick Childs

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

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

The Sword of Rome: A Biography of Marcus Claudius Marcellus

Jeremiah McCall

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

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

The Collapse of Rome: Marius, Sulla and the First Civil War

Gareth Sampson

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

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

Tyrants of Syracuse: War in Ancient Sicily, Vol 1: 480-367 BC

Jeff Champion

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

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

Pyrrhus of Epirus

Jeff Champion

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

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

The Sieges of Alexander the Great

Stephen English

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

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 in the Classical World: To the Death of Alexander

Stephen English

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

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

Crisis of Rome: The Jugurthine and Northern Wars and the Rise of Marius

Gareth Sampson

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

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

Roman Military Disasters: Dark Days and Lost Legions

Paul Chrystal

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

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

Meeting SEN in the Curriculum: Religious Education (Addressing SEND in the Curriculum)

Dilwyn Hunt

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 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.

Addressing Special Educational Needs and Disability in the Curriculum: PE and Sports (Addressing SEND in the Curriculum)

Crispin Andrews

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

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

The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy: Volume 15

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

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

Elizabeth Carruthers, Carole Keane, Jo Ingleby

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

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

Turkic Soundscapes: From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop (SOAS Musicology Series)

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 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

Intergovernmental Relations in Transition

David K. Hamilton

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

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

Handbook of Foster Youth

Nancy Trevino-Schafer

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

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 Indian Ocean Trade in Antiquity: Political, Cultural and Economic Impacts

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 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

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