Deborah Murrell

Deborah Murrell – Editor

English editor, native to the UK, with 30 years + in publishing. I'm meticulous, but gentle, and always let your unique voice shine through.

Overview

I'm a professional editor with 30+ years of experience in the publishing industry, including project and team management experience.

Titles include both children’s and adults’ books, CD-ROMs and website content.


Subject matter varied, fiction and non-fiction, highly illustrated, including history, travel, autobiographies, novels, natural history, literature, science, medical and teaching materials.


I began in non-fiction at Dorling Kindersley in London, mostly working on children's titles, but now do both fiction and fact, in adults' as well as children's markets. I've worked with many large publishing houses, sometimes managing large projects and teams, but I much prefer working directly with authors and their text!


I tend to get mostly copy editing and polishing/developmental work (where a manuscript needs more work than just a copy edit, such as work written by an author with English as a second language), but am also happy to do proofing and pretty much all editorial services. I learn in one way or another from every book I work on, and that's what I love most about the job. I also enjoy the opportunity to share information with my authors, such as some of the niceties of the English language with which most people are unfamiliar, but which can be very helpful for future projects.


Publishing houses I've worked with include Quarto, Harper Collins, Random House, Lonely Planet, Kingfisher, Ladybird and Pinwheel. In the last few years, however, I've been working directly for authors who plan to self-publish, or simply get their work ready for submission to agents or publishers.


As well as editing the work of others, I’ve also been commissioned to write non-fiction, for all age groups, by publishers such as Reader’s Digest, World Almanac Library, Kingfisher, Quarto and Ladybird, so I am familiar with an author’s point of view, too!


I currently live in France, with my husband and a bevy of lovely animals in rural Mayenne. I have a dedicated office at home, which gives me the luxury of a calm atmosphere in which to work, and a relaxing and peaceful place to enjoy when I'm not working!

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences History
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Dystopian Epic Fantasy Historical Fiction
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Nov, 2011 — Present

I moved to France in 2011 and, since then, have been mostly editing novels and autobiographies for Reedsy and Writers’ Services, another web-based company providing editorial services for authors. I also proofread and copy edit children’s non-fiction for QED and audio-proof (check audio books against the original text) for ID Audio/Harper Collins and other publishing houses.
In 2014, together with Philip Steele, I wrote the first Lonely Planet non-travel-guide book, the children’s Amazing World Atlas.

Self-employed

Mar, 2006 — Nov, 2011 (over 5 years)

In 2006 I wrote four children’s books on Medieval Warfare and an adult book, Superstitions, and edited books on Ancient Greece and aviation, all for Amber Books.

I also proofread and copy-edited travel guides, self-help books and TEFL manuals for Cambridge Publishing Management, and wrote Knights and Castles for Kingfisher’s My Best… series.

With MotivatEd in 2007 I produced a website for the WWF, writing copy, devising games and editing content. I also managed several series of story books and wrote a four-book series entitled Warriors for QED.

In 2008 I proofread a thesis on Shakespeare, wrote four books in Ladybird’s Mad About series: Sharks, Bugs, Knights and Costume, and a children’s encyclopedia, Everything You Need to Know, for Kingfisher, for whom I also managed My Best Book of the Human Body. In-house at Harper Collins, I managed brands such as Narnia, Dr. Seuss, Noddy and Shrek, writing new stories based on existing characters.

In 2009 I worked at Parragon Books as Group Editor covering maternity leave, leading a team producing trade and licensed books.

In 2010 I completed two revising and reformatting projects for Kingfisher, Nature Got There First and Geography Encyclopedia.

In 2011, I wrote a number of articles, including SEO ones, for an agency supplying commercial websites and, again for Kingfisher, new content for a number of interactive books and a lift-the-flap book. I also worked on Lonely Planet children’s travel guides, at Weldon Owen.

Self-employed

Mar, 2004 — Dec, 2006 (almost 3 years)

At Pinwheel, I managed the Pinwheel imprint, consisting of novelty and board books. I also oversaw the Andromeda imprint, which produces non-fiction books for older children. I resigned from Pinwheel in March 2006, but worked with the company on a freelance basis until August.

Picthall & Gunzi

May, 2000 — Apr, 2004 (almost 4 years)

January 2003 to April 2004 – Picthall and Gunzi: Managing Editor

For P and G I managed a variety of books for young children and wrote Ancient Rome, published by Kingfisher as part of the My Best Book of… series, and Mega Trucks, for pre-school children.

November 2001 to January 2003 – travelling/living abroad

I got married in late 2001 and then spent 6 months in France, and a year in Florida, USA, where my husband was working; unfortunately, I was unable to work due to visa restrictions.

May 2000 to November 2001 – Picthall and Gunzi: Senior Producer/Editor

I managed the production team, designed and wrote text for CD activities, and co-edited the text for a book and CD-ROM on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

Picthall and Gunzi

Apr, 1997 — Jul, 1998 (about 1 year)

On The Complete Encyclopedia of Manchester United and Mind, Body, Spirit, Earth I researched and wrote material as well as commissioning specialist authors. I was also involved in planning and developing future projects for the company. In July 1998 I decided to travel for a while, but returned to Picthall and Gunzi in 2000, once I was back in London.

Edward Twentyman Recruitment

Feb, 1997 — Apr, 1997 (about 2 months)

I completed several short-term assignments for Edward Twentyman's agency, including proofreading Fathercare and A Word in Time for Colt Books and editing magazines at the Catholic Institute for International Relations.

Amaze Multimedia

Jan, 1997 — Jul, 1997 (6 months)

I headed a team of about 20 people, based in Liverpool, writing, developing and producing intranet training software on CD-ROM for Allied Carpets.

Maris Multimedia

Dec, 1995 — Dec, 1996 (about 1 year)

I managed the overall design and functionality of an interactive CD-ROM entitled Atlas of the Ancient World, with programming and design teams in Moscow and an editorial team in Cambridge. I worked closely with Sales and Marketing, overseeing press releases and producing showreels and demonstration software as required.

Dorling Kindersley Multimedia

Aug, 1992 — Nov, 1995 (over 3 years)

At DKM I produced The Family Medical Guide CD-ROM for the American Medical Association. My work involved deciding product functionality, style and interface, storyboarding animations and liaising with the AMA, management and programming teams. I headed a team of 16 designers, editors and animators. On My First Amazing, Incredible Dictionary CD-ROM I led a team of editors, designers and animators. My work included storyboarding animations, organising photographic shoots, writing, commissioning and editing text, and otherwise managing the content and structure of the product.

European Guide Ventures

Jan, 1992 — Feb, 1992 (about 1 month)

I revised and updated the brochure and guide to Euro Disneyland.

Dorling Kindersley

Oct, 1989 — Jul, 1992 (over 2 years)

My first job in publishing was as a research assistant on DK’s Children’s Encyclopedia. I went on to run the last four titles of the Look Closer series. This involved training and supervising a new editor, commissioning authors and photographers and managing budgets. I then project-managed Amazing Animal Facts, and wrote and edited Arts and Natural History pages for Factopedia.

Portfolio

Grieving Gold

Daniel McDaniel

Three sun gods bathe the city of legends, Luminocity, in their blessed light. But under the surface the light dies and shadows began. It’s a dark god’s domain, even caged. And he holds his grudges through the eons. Five fates intertwine, thrown onto the curren... read more
Greg Keynes – The Flying Bushman, Stories from the Heart The subtitle says it all: these stories come straight from the heart of a man who loves his native country, fellow Australians, and his life as a bushman/stockman. They are accounts of humanity in a hars... read more
Refuge

Ruth Connolly

A headstrong young woman and a rescued circus jaguar form an incredible bond that will change their lives forever. When Jane Ripley flees to a remote wildlife refuge to escape her past, the last thing she’s looking for is more trouble. But a growing obsession ... read more
Awakening

Woodruff, Peter J. D.

The story of Hatshepsut begins in childhood. A precocious princess, who can both read and write, she is destined to be the wife of the next King of Egypt. Unfortunately, her husband dies young. There is only a toddler to take his place. Thutmose III (''the Gre... read more
The exciting adventures continue. Astar has grown to have unbelievable powers he can barely control. As a new terror rises from the depths, he is joined with the magical dagger, reuniting the final piece of the ancient God inhabiting him. Astar becomes the mos... read more
Empire Discovered

Michael Bergen

Joe Rutherford, a young shipbuilder from Jarrow, in the northeast of England, is unusual among his peers. He was fortunate to attend school long enough to learn to read, and becomes an inspiring teller of stories about the current war in southern Africa; stori... read more
A hapless barista is mistaken for the winner of a new global lottery. He drunkenly plays along but finds that the promises he makes (including paying for a little girl's life-saving operation) aren't forgotten. He struggles to do the right thing as his ex-wife... read more
2097. Phosphate peak on overpopulated earth has jacked up food prices. The European Union threatens to invade Morocco in an attempt to break their monopoly on phosphate extraction. For Michael Vahlroos, CEO of V-Space, the EU would not have to threaten militar... read more
2095. UN Diplomat Ralf Åhman has successfully championed the creation of the World’s Agency for the Regulation of Space Exploration and Colonization (WARSEC) to keep outer space under UN supervision.Outrageous! thinks Michael Vahlroos, whose corporation V-Spac... read more
2094. The successful testing of the Alcubierre metric makes faster-than-light travel possible. For Michael Vahlroos, CEO of V-Space, this is the start of a new era. Not only will his company be able to sell new spaceships, but it will also spearhead the exploi... read more
Mia Sawan thinks her time with The Firm is behind her, as she spends her days selling art to a very wealthy clientele. But when a Christian banker in Beirut is crucified and a 10-year-old girl in Azerbaijan is kidnapped, Mia finds herself once again at the hea... read more
Until the Evening

Solomon Uwaifo

Known as the power house of Africa, the struggle of Nigeria from its colonial days to its present day state makes for interesting reading.Until The Evening portrays this journey from one man's perspective; Engineer SO Uwaifo gives the reader insights to the un... read more
Explore the world through amazing photographic images that move and change! Discover how snow, hail, and ice form! In Amazing Weather children can explore the extremes of drought to flooding. Stunning photographs and special hands-on features, such as overlays... read more
Explore the world through amazing photographic images that move and change! Discover what happens when earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes occur! In Amazing Earth children can find out how scientists unlock the secrets of the Earth. Stunning photographs and s... read more
If you like JK Rowling or Brandon Sanderson or both, you will love this book. It’s a wonderful novel genre that develops magic with the power of science - something rarely seen.Soarame has a pair of special eyes. He can see magic elements in this world, which ... read more
Revised edition: This edition includes editorial revisions. A year passed since the MagiMax incident, and everything seemed to be peaceful. Until one day, Soarame and his friends received a threat from an unknown source, and they must rescue a dear friend by b... read more
Due to a shocking discovery, Soarame now has to undertake a new dangerous journey with his friends. He must cross the largest, most deadly ocean in the world. Battling more powerful, evil wizards, he was forced to escape underwater, and stay in the bottom of t... read more
Who is the real enemy? This is the question that confronts Sam, the champion of the Sereia in their cosmos-spanning war with the Gibbus, and the main character in this story. Sam is an unimposing boy who has no past and no memory of who he is, yet he possesses... read more
Beyond the Grave

David Spielmann

“Talk about Doctor flipping Whatsit and his flying phone box. That’s only fiction. We’re in this for real here mate.” Dave and Martha are a perfect couple. There’s only one problem though: they are separated by 125 years. It’s the long hot summer of 1976. Dave... read more
Mad About Sharks, from Ladybird, is full of shark facts!Are you mad about sharks? From fins and teeth to babies and ancient ancestors, this book is full of fascinating facts and information for all young shark enthusiasts. Also includes a link to fantastic dow... read more
Damien, a young banker in a high profile job with an appetite for alcohol, sex, drugs and generally partying his way through life, finds his world crumbling down around him when he loses his job and essentially everything which allows him to continue his lavis... read more
Emergence

Nick M Lloyd

The Gadium have been ruling the galaxy for millennia, manipulating probability to ensure their continued domination. On Earth, Jack Bullage survives a horrendous car accident. Reporter Louise Harding has a score to settle with Jack. Against her editor's orders... read more
The peaceful city of Chakoria, deep within the underwater planet of Osis, has always been protected from dark, oppressive forces by the Pearl and the Golden Plinth. But all good things must come to an end… Lord Agon’s evil knows no bounds. As dark ruler of the... read more
To Be Had

Sava Buncic

Can you earn respect and love within your own family if you cannot provide them with more than bare survival? Are there any ethical and moral boundaries you would not cross, any humiliation you would not bear, while trying to make enough money to enable your c... read more
Charlemagne The Dark Secret

Elisabeth de Moreau d'Andoy

Elisabeth de Moreau d'Andoy, a Belgian translator with an abiding love and fascination for medieval history and archeology, moves to central Italy, thrilled to discover more about the country’s lush landscape and storied past. But the more she learns about the... read more
Are you mad about all things medieval? From dungeons and drawbridges to jesters and jousting, the world of mighty castles and noble knights is brought to life in this informative book. It is ideal for all young history enthusiasts.Ladybird's Mad About series i... read more
With more than 380 fascinating topics over 600 pages, this must-have children's encyclopedia is perfect for curious young minds aged 9 and over.Ideal for projects, or just for fun, this fact-filled kids' book of general knowledge features bite-size chunks on t... read more
Birds conquered the air long before the Wright Brothers, the burrs on plants are uncannily similar to velcro fastenings, rattlesnakes have an alarm system, bats and dolphins have their own form of sonar... Nature is full of amazing designs and ‘mechanisms' tha... read more
This book is part of a series of photographic information books which takes a close-up look at the world we live in. Each title is devoted to a particular habitat, studying its plant and animal inhabitants in detail and explaining how and why they have adapted... read more
Samurai (Warriors)

Deborah Murrell

Enter the world of the most heroic, brutal and fearsome fighters of all time. Packed with fascinating facts, famous warrior profiles and amazing artwork, learn all about the devious tactics, wicked weapons and courageous battles fought by warriors.
Everything You Need to Know: An Encyclopedia for Enquiring Young Minds

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An entertaining, light-hearted approach to over 1,000 superstitions? this book uncovers the complexity and sometimes ridiculousness of human nature and behavior through the ages. Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky? Why do we knock on wood? Why do we cro... read more

Deborah has 128 reviews

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niv B.

niv B.

May, 2024

I worked with Deborah on an editorial assessment for my first book. Working with Deborah, to say the least, was wonderous. She is responsive, accurate and cuts right to the chase. I cannot stress enough how useful Deborah has been for my and my project, and I'll recommend her services to anyone who's looking for an honest, meticulous and professional editor. I am looking forward to working wi...
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Deborah M.
Thank you, Niv, for your lovely review. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and look forward to doing so again in the future.
Morgan C.

Morgan C.

Apr, 2024

She is a pleasure to work with. She is helpful, patient, and always quick to respond.
Richard H.

Richard H.

Apr, 2024

I cannot praise Deborah sufficiently. She was very thorough, proactive, helpful and always very polite in her comments and suggestions. Further, she went way over and beyond the terms of our contract in volunteering her help and knowledge in matters beyond editing, more of a mentor than an editor.
Deborah M.
As always, Richard, it has been an absolute pleasure working with you, and I very much hope to do so again. In the meantime, I thank you for your very complimentary review, and for taking the time ...
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Greg J.

Greg J.

Apr, 2024

Deborah has done an amazing job. She is very thorough and I got more out of the engagement than I initially expected. She was very responsive to my questions and very patient in teaching me things that I didn't know before about the entire writing/editing process. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a great editor who is thorough and thoughtful as well as pleasant to work with on a bo...
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Deborah M.
Thank you, Greg; you were great too!
John W.

John W.

Apr, 2024

I have worked with Deborah on two projects. She always reponds quickly, meets the deadline, and provides high quality editing for a resonable cost. Her editing feedback is professional, helpful, and never caustic.

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