Derek Philip-Xu

Derek Philip-Xu - Editor

London, UK

With over 10 years of international print and digital publishing experience, I offer editorial services to authors in education.

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Over the past 10 years, I have been involved in global print and digital publishing for large publishing houses (Springer Nature, Macmillan Education, EF Education First). I have intimate knowledge of publishing workflows and processes and, as a published author, know what it takes to get your manuscript ready for publication.

Now that I am freelance, my publishing work involves editorial assessment, development editing, copy editing, proofreading and editorial project management for both print and digital educational projects.

I specialise in developing and editing textbooks, articles, online educational content and research papers. I also have considerable experience in mentoring new authors, helping them to achieve their writing goals.

English (UK)
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Writing & Publishing


  • Master of Education (Applied Linguistics)
  • Master of Educational Research
  • Diploma in Copywriting

Work experience

Content and Editorial Professional

September, 2020 – Present (about 1 year)

I use my almost 20 years of teaching and publishing experience to provide editorial services to authors in the field of education. I have experience in editing print and digital materials such as text books, online learning materials, articles, and research papers.

My editorial services include:
- Development editing
- Editorial assessment
- Copy editing
- Proofreading
- Author mentoring

Digital Commissioning Editor

Macmillan Education, Springer Nature
June, 2016 – August, 2021 (about 5 years)

I conceptualise, commission and oversee the development of digital content for various course components (print derived as well as digital first content).

From October 2019, I oversaw the development of 4 levels of a new international secondary course with specific responsibility for 3 digital components per level (around 4,400 digital activities). These 4 levels published in September 2020 and a further two levels published in August 2021.

I am also working on the development of a new edition of another international secondary course. I have responsibility for 4 levels, each with 4 digital components, with a further 3 levels to be developed.

I oversee the publishing of regular monthly news and business articles and associated practice activities in the Macmillan English Campus.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

IN COMPANY 3.0 Upp Sb Pk

Powell, M, Clarke, S.

SKILLFUL 3 Read&Writing Sb Prem Pk 2nd (ELT SKILFULL 2ND)

Bixby, Jennifer, Scanlon, Jamie, Zemach, Dorothy

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