Deborah Taylor

Deborah Taylor - Editor

Brighton, UK

Experienced and professional non-fiction editor with over 20 years' experience gained with major UK publishers and as a freelancer.

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I love a well-organised book that gets the author's voice and message across. My goal is to help you publish the best book possible and ensure its something you're proud of when you promote and market it.

I've worked with a number of non-native English speakers and people who are just plain busy! I can take their first draft and whip it into shape, working on structure, language and expression to make it shine. I'm particularly good with structure, so if you're struggling with organising your material, I can help you.

I've taken books from very rough drafts through to publication-ready manuscripts that are engaging and authoritative. I'm happy to format your work to ensure it's in a fit state for a designer or for Kindle publication, if that's the route you wish to take. I can also advise on how many words you need in your book so it works in your chosen format: digital or print.

Although I've worked on books across a wide range of topic areas, my preferred areas for editing are business, careers, personal development, self-help, health and wellbeing. But I'm willing to discuss other topics.
English (UK)
Business & Management
Health & Wellbeing
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Writing & Publishing


  • BA (hons), MA
  • MA Romanticism and Modernism

Work experience

Publishing Consultant and Book Coach

September, 2004 – Present (over 17 years)

Founded Book-Launch Your Business, which provides coaching/mentoring and publication services to business owners and self-publishing non-fiction authors.

Freelance Editor

September, 2002 – September, 2004 (about 2 years)

Freelance editor working in-house at New Holland. Role included desk editing, copy editing, proofreading and liaison with design, production and sales departments.

Senior Acquisitions Editor

August, 2001 – April, 2002 (8 months)

Responsible for commissioning web design books across the EMEA region and working with the US partner to coordinate publishing strategy for new technolgy publishing across the organisation.

Commissioning Editor

Cassell plc
June, 1995 – December, 1998 (over 3 years)

Commissioned books on cookery, personal development, sport/fitness, and outdoors, doubling the value of the list from £750,000 to £1.5m.

Freelance editor

January, 1995 – June, 1995 (5 months)

Freelance copy editor and proofreader working with major UK publishers on a wide range of titles.

Project Editor

BBC Books
September, 1990 – December, 1994 (about 4 years)

Managed a wide range of books through the publication process to stringent budgets, tight schedules and strict deadlines. Liaised with in-house staff and managed a teams of freelancers for each book. Topics of books included natural history, cookery, crafting, health, history, gardening, comedy and travel.


Gold Arrow Publications
May, 1990 – September, 1990 (4 months)

Produced a book for branding agency Interbrand. Role involved collating, editing and proofreading all content, sourcing original branded material, arranging photography and managing design, layout and approval of all work by Interbrand.

Desk Editor

Hodder & Stoughton
December, 1987 – May, 1990 (over 2 years)

Responsible for producing schoolbooks for religious education and social studies. Learnt how to edit, proofread and manage books through the publication process. Produced around 30-40 books per year, editing, proofreading and managing each title through the publication process from manuscript to finished copies.

Production Manager

Harvester Microform
June, 1987 – December, 1987 (6 months)

Preparing books and other materials for microfiche and microfilming.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

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