I managed 25–30 books a year, progressing them from manuscript to print. I would make a detailed assessment of each book; carefully taking into account text-specific issues, budgets, deadlines and image work.
I would either hire a freelance proofreader or copyeditor – providing a detailed brief and setting a budget and timeframe, or I would proofread the manuscript using Word and hardcopy.
I am a skilled editor, I proofread for sense, consistency, spelling and grammar whilst retaining the author’s style and voice. These skills have been developed through various training sessions, both in-house and courses run at the Publishing Training Centre, London.
Throughout the process I would liaise with many different people. It was paramount that I kept the author informed – providing timeframes, specific editorial guidance, and clarifying preferred styles and layout. It was essential for me to build good working relations with everyone involved.
Using InDesign, I would typeset the book, producing an effective and well-considered layout. I also used Photoshop and Illustrator for the image-heavy publications, working on Visual Studies, Architecture and Business titles, along with various other subject lists.
Due to my effective time-management skills and sharp attention to detail, I was specifically selected by the Commissioning Editor to fast track books through the production process. These instances attained high revenue for Ashgate and strengthened the relationships with the authors – this resulted in further books being commissioned.
Contemporary technical architectural drawings, in establishing a direct relationship between the drawing and its object, tend to privilege the visible physical world at the expense of the invisible intangible ideas and concepts, including that of the designer's imagination. As a result, drawing may become a utilitarian tool for documentation, devoid of any meaningful value in terms of a kind o... read more
Drawing together landscape, architecture and literature, Strawberry Hill, the celebrated eighteenth-century 'Gothic' villa and garden beside the River Thames, is an autobiographical site, where we can read the story of its creator, Horace Walpole. This 'man of taste' created private resonances, pleasure and entertainment - a collusion of the historic, the visual and the sensory. Above all, it ... read more
This book, the first full-length text on the subject, explores the everyday use of music listening while driving a car. It presents the relationship between cars and music in an effort to understand how music behaviour in the car can either enhance driver safety or place the driver at increased risk of accidents. A great deal of work has been done to investigate and reduce driver distraction a... read more
Mining various archives and newspaper repositories, Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Nineteenth-Century Pioneer of Modern Art Criticism provides the first full-length study of a remarkable woman and heretofore neglected art critic. Pennell, a prolific 'New Art Critic', helped formulate and develop formalist methodology in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century, which she applied to her mostly a... read more
Museums are among the iconic buildings of the twenty-first century, as remarkable for their architectural diversity as for the variety of collections they display. But how does the architecture of museums affect our experience as visitors? This book proposes that by seeing space as common ground between architecture and museology, and so between the museum building and its display, we can illu... read more
Many inquiry reports blame managers for the failures of foresight. These reports are founded on the premise that, with a little more thought, these oversights, which enabled the crisis to occur, would have been avoided. Is it really that simple? These inquiry reports then go on to offer recommendations that may have prevented the events that occurred but may also be the genesis of the next cri... read more
In the rapidly expanding public space debate of the past few years, a recurring theme is the ‘loss of publicness’ of contemporary urban public places. This book takes up the challenge to find an objective way to prove or disprove this phenomenon. By taking the reader through a systematic and multi-disciplinary literature review it asks the deceptively simple question: ‘What is publicness?’ It ... read more
The 'Special Period' in Cuba was an extended era of economic depression starting in the early 1990s, characterized by the collapse of revolutionary values and social norms, and a way of life conducted by improvised solutions for survival, including hustling and sex-work. During this time there developed a thriving, though constantly harassed and destabilized, clandestine gay scene (known as th... read more
Most architectural books written by practising architects fall into two categories: theoretical texts, or monographs that describe and illustrate the author's projects. This book combines both, as it explores and illustrates the methodological journey required to translate a concept to a drawing and a drawing to a building. While the term 'methodological' might imply an Aristotelian logic, the... read more
Born in Florence in 1910, Pietro Porcinai grew up on the classic grounds of the Villa Gamberaia in Settignano where his father served as head gardener. Although he studied agriculture in college, Porcinai’s true interest lay in the landscape architecture practice he founded in 1938. Early projects centered in the area of Arezzo, whose style reflected modernÂized traditional models. In the po... read more
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Non-fiction editor specialising in illustrated books, cookery, craft, home and garden. Experience includes Vintage Publishing and BBC Books.
After working as a nonfiction book editor for years at NatGeo, I know the ins and outs of publishing from ideation to final proofing.