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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
I headed a team of about 20 people, based in Liverpool, writing, developing and producing intranet training software on CD-ROM for Allied Carpets.
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
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
I revised and updated the brochure and guide to Euro Disneyland.
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.
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