Emma Gibbs

Emma Gibbs - Editor Tick

London, UK

Professional editor specialising in travel, with over a decade of experience at Rough Guides, Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guides.

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Overview

I'm a freelance editor, writer and proofreader, specialising in travel books. I've been working in publishing over over a decade now, during which time I've worked for the major UK travel publishers: DK Travel Guides, Rough Guides, Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guides. This means I've edited everything from big-name destinations (Great Britain; New York City; India) and up-and-coming places (Colombia; Nepal; Taiwan) to those that are still almost totally off the mainstream radar (Timor-Leste; Rwanda; Kazakhstan), plus full-colour, illustrated guides (Where to Go When; Make the Most of Your Time on Earth). I've worked on first editions, one-off books, and guides that were into their umpteenth edition, with old-hand authors and excited new writers. My in-house experience means that I have experience in working with books at every stage of the publishing process – from the original ideas and drafting of chapters and synopsis, through research and writing, to editing, proofreading and checking plotters; not to mention photo and image selection, and marketing.

As a writer myself (I've contributed to various travel guides including The Rough Guide to France, The Rough Guide to Laos and The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget), I understand how daunting the editorial process can be – so let me help you through it, whether you just want a fresh pair of eyes, an in-depth edit, or that final proofread, I can help your text sparkle.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Travel

Certifications

  • MA in Creative Writing

Work experience

Editor, Proofreader & Writer

Self-employed
June, 2017 – Present (almost 2 years)

Clients include:
Bradt Travel Guides (copy-editing, factchecking, proofreading and project management)
Lonely Planet (CMS editing)
Rough Guides (editing and indexing)
loveFOOD (reviews, articles and galleries)
Away with the Kids (blog posts)

Travel Editor

Rough Guides
May, 2007 – June, 2017 (about 10 years)

• Editing a range of guide books, from the Rough Guide to South Africa to the Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget and a brand new e-guidebook to Burma.
• Commissioning and setting up books, both updates and first editions.
• Editing and writing content for the award-winning website.
• Working closely with authors and other editors throughout the editorial process.
• Providing editorial guidance to more junior members of the team.

Junior Editor

Dorling Kindersley
December, 2006 – April, 2007 (4 months)

• Responsible for the second edits of a full-colour front-list title, Travel: Where to Go When (published October 2007).
• Rewriting text where necessary and carrying out additional research to complement this.
• Working in conjunction with the designer and managing editors to develop the style of the book.

Assistant Revisions Coordinator

Dorling Kindersley
July, 2006 – December, 2006 (5 months)

Editorial work across a range of full-colour travel guides.

Copywriter

Expressions Holidays
August, 2005 – June, 2006 (10 months)

Responsible for all new copy for the luxury travel company's brochures and marketing material, including two entirely new brochures. The brochures covered a wide range of destinations around the world, and a variety of luxury properties.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds including York and the Coast: Local, characterful guides to Britain's special places (Bradt Slow Travel)

Mike Bagshaw

This new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt's North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds, part of the distinctive ‘Slow travel' series of guides to UK regions, remains the only full-blown standalone guide available to this region of contrasts, from the magnificent cliffs and beaches of the Heritage Coast and rolling hills of the North York Moors to the tranquil chalk downland of the Wolds. ... read more

This new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt's North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds, part of the distinctive ‘Slow travel' series of guides to UK regions, remains the only full-blown standalone guide available to this region of contrasts, from the magnificent cliffs and beaches of the Heritage Coast and rolling hills of the North York Moors to the tranquil chalk downland of the Wolds. ... read more

Guyana (Bradt Travel Guide. Guyana)

Kirk Smock

This new third edition of Bradt's Guyana remains the only guidebook available to this South American gem, a jungle-clad country teeming with exotic wildlife. Thoroughly researched, easy to use and interesting to read, Bradt's Guyana is written and updated by writers who have lived in and promoted Guyana for many years and is an ideal companion for all travellers, from wildlife watchers to fish... read more

This new third edition of Bradt's Guyana remains the only guidebook available to this South American gem, a jungle-clad country teeming with exotic wildlife. Thoroughly researched, easy to use and interesting to read, Bradt's Guyana is written and updated by writers who have lived in and promoted Guyana for many years and is an ideal companion for all travellers, from wildlife watchers to fish... read more

Suffolk: Local, Characterful Guides to Britain's Special Places (Bradt Slow Travel)

Laurence Mitchell

This new second edition of Suffolk, part of Bradt's distinctive Slow series of regional UK guides, remains the only full-blown standalone guide to this gentle but beguiling county. Written by expert local author Laurence Mitchell, this is the guide of choice for anyone wanting to get under the skin of the region and discover what makes it tick. This new edition offers a very personal view of t... read more

This new second edition of Suffolk, part of Bradt's distinctive Slow series of regional UK guides, remains the only full-blown standalone guide to this gentle but beguiling county. Written by expert local author Laurence Mitchell, this is the guide of choice for anyone wanting to get under the skin of the region and discover what makes it tick. This new edition offers a very personal view of t... read more

Switzerland: A Guide to Exploring the Country by Public Transport (Bradt Travel Guide)

Anthony Lambert

This thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's guide to Switzerland offers a unique perspective on getting the most from this mountainous country travelling only by public transport – a timely release with the Gotthard Base Tunnel transforming north–south train services. Switzerland boasts the world's finest public transport network, and the Swiss Travel System is a revelation. The comfort, effici... read more

This thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's guide to Switzerland offers a unique perspective on getting the most from this mountainous country travelling only by public transport – a timely release with the Gotthard Base Tunnel transforming north–south train services. Switzerland boasts the world's finest public transport network, and the Swiss Travel System is a revelation. The comfort, effici... read more

Albania (Bradt Travel Guide)

Gillian Gloyer

This new, thoroughly updated sixth edition of Bradt's Albania remains the only standalone guide to this dynamic and rapidly modernising eastern European country, from the capital, Tirana, a lively European city, with shopping malls, cycle paths, museums, galleries and historic buildings, to remote outposts where traditional ways of life prevail. Updated by expert author Gillian Gloyer, it incl... read more

This new, thoroughly updated sixth edition of Bradt's Albania remains the only standalone guide to this dynamic and rapidly modernising eastern European country, from the capital, Tirana, a lively European city, with shopping malls, cycle paths, museums, galleries and historic buildings, to remote outposts where traditional ways of life prevail. Updated by expert author Gillian Gloyer, it incl... read more

The Rough Guide to New York City (Rough Guides)

Rough Guides, Sarah Hull

The Rough Guide to New York City is the ultimate travel guide to the city that never sleeps. With full color throughout and dozens of photos to illustrate New York City's great buildings, iconic landmarks, and distinctive neighborhoods, this updated guidebook will show you the best the city has to offer.The Rough Guide to New York City includes itineraries to help you explore all the must-see ... read more

The Rough Guide to New York City is the ultimate travel guide to the city that never sleeps. With full color throughout and dozens of photos to illustrate New York City's great buildings, iconic landmarks, and distinctive neighborhoods, this updated guidebook will show you the best the city has to offer.The Rough Guide to New York City includes itineraries to help you explore all the must-see ... read more

The Rough Guide to Nepal (Rough Guides)

Rough Guides, Stuart Butler

The Rough Guide to Nepal is the most passionate and knowledgeable guidebook to this inspiring country. It offers an insider's guide to Kathmandu, from its Tantric temples to its lively bar scene. It details all the finest Himalayan treks, with practical, up-to-date and expert advice on when and where to go, and what to take. It covers all the National Parks, offering advice and information on ... read more

The Rough Guide to Nepal is the most passionate and knowledgeable guidebook to this inspiring country. It offers an insider's guide to Kathmandu, from its Tantric temples to its lively bar scene. It details all the finest Himalayan treks, with practical, up-to-date and expert advice on when and where to go, and what to take. It covers all the National Parks, offering advice and information on ... read more

The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei (Rough Guides)

Rough Guides

The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei is the definitive travel guide to this captivating region.The ultimate guide to these three exciting Southeast Asian destinations, covering all their attractions, from amazing national parks and historic temples to gorgeous beaches and islands. The sections on Penang and Singapore offer detail on cultural sights, new museums, and budget accommoda... read more

The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei is the definitive travel guide to this captivating region.The ultimate guide to these three exciting Southeast Asian destinations, covering all their attractions, from amazing national parks and historic temples to gorgeous beaches and islands. The sections on Penang and Singapore offer detail on cultural sights, new museums, and budget accommoda... read more

The Rough Guide to Andalucia (Rough Guides)

Rough Guides, Eva Hibbs

The fully updated The Rough Guide to Andalucía is the ultimate guide to this autonomous region in southern Spain; an exciting blend of fiestas, sherry, Roman ruins and whitewashed villages. Lavish photography brings to life the region's wealth of attractions from the breathtaking Alhambra palace in Granada and Córdoba's exquisite medieval Mezquita to the spectacular natural beauty of Andalucía... read more

The fully updated The Rough Guide to Andalucía is the ultimate guide to this autonomous region in southern Spain; an exciting blend of fiestas, sherry, Roman ruins and whitewashed villages. Lavish photography brings to life the region's wealth of attractions from the breathtaking Alhambra palace in Granada and Córdoba's exquisite medieval Mezquita to the spectacular natural beauty of Andalucía... read more

The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget (Rough Guide to...)

Rough Guides

The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget has all you need to know for an out-of-this-world trip that won't affect your credit rating. Leave financial woes behind and get to grips with every corner of the continent, from awe-inspiring Stonehenge to the jaw-dropping Sistine Chapel, blissful beaches on Croatia's Brac and cool beers in Budapest's ruin pubs.Handy itineraries will help you decide your ... read more

The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget has all you need to know for an out-of-this-world trip that won't affect your credit rating. Leave financial woes behind and get to grips with every corner of the continent, from awe-inspiring Stonehenge to the jaw-dropping Sistine Chapel, blissful beaches on Croatia's Brac and cool beers in Budapest's ruin pubs.Handy itineraries will help you decide your ... read more

The Rough Guide to France (Rough Guide to...)

Rough Guides

Now in its fourteenth edition, The Rough Guide to France is brimming with carefully curated information and inspiration to help you squeeze every last drop out of your Gallic gallivanting. Whether it's making like a movie star in Cannes, following in Jeanne d'Arc's footsteps in medieval Rouen, cycling the Loire châteaux, brushing up on Impressionism or hitting Corsica's rugged GR20 hiking trai... read more

Now in its fourteenth edition, The Rough Guide to France is brimming with carefully curated information and inspiration to help you squeeze every last drop out of your Gallic gallivanting. Whether it's making like a movie star in Cannes, following in Jeanne d'Arc's footsteps in medieval Rouen, cycling the Loire châteaux, brushing up on Impressionism or hitting Corsica's rugged GR20 hiking trai... read more

Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth 3 (Rough Guides Reference)

Rough Guides

Rough Guides' bestselling, inspirational travel book, featuring 1000 unique experiences around the globe, is now in its third edition. Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth is the product of the combined travel experience of Rough Guides' authors over the last 30 years, each an expert in his or her own territory. Our authors have cherry-picked their favourite experiences from their travels to in... read more

Rough Guides' bestselling, inspirational travel book, featuring 1000 unique experiences around the globe, is now in its third edition. Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth is the product of the combined travel experience of Rough Guides' authors over the last 30 years, each an expert in his or her own territory. Our authors have cherry-picked their favourite experiences from their travels to in... read more

The Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (Rough Guides)

Rough Guides, James Bembridge, Hilary Heuler, Barbara McCrea, Greg de Villiers, Louise Whitworth, Ms Lizzie Williams

The Rough Guide to Paris (Rough Guides)

Rough Guides, Ruth Blackmore, Samantha Cook

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