Emily Arbis

Emily Arbis - Editor Tick

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Collaborative development editor specialising in all things non-fiction. Worked with bestselling authors at Little, Brown and HarperCollins.

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I’m an experienced development editor specialising in commercial non-fiction, including memoirs, health, business, MBS, self-help and parenting. I have worked in-house on the commissioning editorial team at Little, Brown (Piatkus) and HarperCollins with bestselling and award-winning authors. I love helping to hone the big picture but I am also a stickler for detail -- I am a trained copy-editor and proofreader and I pay close attention to the manuscript line by line.

As a non-fiction editor, my aim is to help experts in their field reach a wide audience with a book that is accessible, clear and informative -- whether you're a nutritionist, a heart surgeon, a hypnobirthing coach or a psychiatrist, I can help you turn your expertise into a book that will jump off the shelves and into the hands of readers. I am passionate about books that help people to improve their lives and inspire them to reach their goals. I also always have a finger on the pulse of pop culture, and I enjoy working on entertainment, trend and humour titles too.

I've worked with many first-time authors to shape their ideas into easily digestible content for a mass market. The key to an excellent non-fiction book is a rock solid structure, helpful signposting and an engaging voice that readers can relate to. If you have a brilliant idea and a wealth of knowledge, but you're not sure how to get it down on paper, I'm here to help. My style is to provide constructive criticism along with positive feedback on what is working in order tease out the best bits and expand on them. Editing is a collaborative process and I like to work together with authors to ensure their book is the very best it can be. They will still be your words, but better.

Expect honest feedback, thorough editing and excessively polite emails.

I look forward to working with you.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Entertainment
Health & wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • Progress in Editorial Skills: Copy-editing and Proofreading, Publishing Training Centre
  • MA in History of Art, University of Oxford
  • MA in Hons English Literature (1st class), St Andrews

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
July, 2018 – Present (9 months)

Available for structural editing, as well as copy-editing and proofreading.

Editor (commissioning)

Little, Brown
December, 2017 – November, 2018 (11 months)

Worked closely with authors to structurally edit their manuscript to tailor it to the target market.
Acquired 6 titles on a broad range of topics including memoir, nutrition, parenting and lifestyle.
Project managed 12 titles per year from first manuscript to finished copies.
Developed new ideas with existing authors and discussed new projects with literary agents.
Briefed designers for book jacket design, and helped develop cover with design team and the author.
Co-ordinated copyedits, proofreads and legal reads.
Drafted copy for information sheets and book jackets.
Worked closely with the sales, marketing, publicity, production and design teams internally to ensure each book reached it's full potential.

Assistant Editor

HarperCollins
October, 2015 – December, 2017 (about 2 years)

Worked closely with esteemed heart surgeon Professor Stephen Westaby on the complex structural edit of his first book, Fragile Lives, which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Prize, won the BMA President's Award and was a no.2 Sunday Times bestseller.

Acquired Eat What You Watch by Andrew Rea which reached no.15 on the Sunday Times bestseller.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

Stephen Westaby

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

Brand New!! Re-check ISBN before Purchase

Your Superstar Brain: Unlocking the Secrets of the Human Mind

Kaja Nordengen

**THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER**'A brilliant book' - DagbladetWhy does the brain work the way it does? Can eating certain foods improve your memory? Can you activate the parts of the brain you don't use? Can you smile yourself to happiness? What is free will, and do we really possess it?These big questions, and many more, are investigated to uncover all the secrets of your most wondrous, myste... read more

**THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER**'A brilliant book' - DagbladetWhy does the brain work the way it does? Can eating certain foods improve your memory? Can you activate the parts of the brain you don't use? Can you smile yourself to happiness? What is free will, and do we really possess it?These big questions, and many more, are investigated to uncover all the secrets of your most wondrous, myste... read more

#StandOutOnline: How to Build a Profitable and Influential Personal Brand in the Digital Age

Natasha Courtenay-Smith

'All the practical, wise nuggets of advice you need to get started and dig in deep are in the pages of #StandOutOnline' - Emma Gannon, award-winning blogger and author of Ctrl Alt Delete and The Multi-Hyphen MethodThe inspirational new book from the author of The Million Dollar Blog -- discover how to build an authoritative and authentic personal brand that will change your life.If you google ... read more

'All the practical, wise nuggets of advice you need to get started and dig in deep are in the pages of #StandOutOnline' - Emma Gannon, award-winning blogger and author of Ctrl Alt Delete and The Multi-Hyphen MethodThe inspirational new book from the author of The Million Dollar Blog -- discover how to build an authoritative and authentic personal brand that will change your life.If you google ... read more

A Sticky Note Guide to Life

Chaz Hutton

LIFE! What does it all mean?Chaz Hutton, the world’s first sticky note lifestyle guru, has taken it upon himself to figure it all out so we don’t have to. He covers all the important things: dating, working, eating, fighting gorillas, the impossible physics of toothpaste, the family history of a sock drawer, and so much more.Basically, all the big life questions that you didn’t realise needed ... read more

LIFE! What does it all mean?Chaz Hutton, the world’s first sticky note lifestyle guru, has taken it upon himself to figure it all out so we don’t have to. He covers all the important things: dating, working, eating, fighting gorillas, the impossible physics of toothpaste, the family history of a sock drawer, and so much more.Basically, all the big life questions that you didn’t realise needed ... read more

We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of REDDIT, the Internet’s Culture Laboratory

Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express.

Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express.

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Giacomo Farci

Emily was quick and professional. She communicated throughout the process with attention to the smallest details. Not only her edits met my expectations but also her suggestions have improved the quality of my book considerably. I highly recommend working with her.

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Giacomo Farci, February 2019

Emily Arbis

Thank you, Giac. It was a pleasure working with you and I’m delighted to hear that you found my edits thorough and helpful.

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