Emma Gibbs

Emma Gibbs - Editor

South Oxfordshire District, UK

A highly experienced, professional editor with over 14 years working for major publishers. I can make your text sparkle!

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Overview

I'm a freelance editor, writer and proofreader, and a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).

I work across fiction and non-fiction: recent editing jobs have included a guide to Kentucky bourbon, an eBook about business research, and short stories for a new small publishing house. I'm currently taking a course through CIEP in fiction editing and while I'm doing so I'm offering a massive 20% off my fiction editing services.

I've been working in publishing for over 14 years now, during which time I've worked for the major UK travel publishers: DK Travel Guides, Rough Guides (at the time part of Penguin Random House), 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, and I also write fiction), 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
Business & Management
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Travel
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Children's
Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MA in Creative Writing

Work experience

Editor, Proofreader & Writer

Self-employed
June, 2017 – Present (about 5 years)

Clients include:
River Dart Publishing (editing short stories)
Bradt Travel Guides (copy-editing, factchecking, proofreading and project management)
Lonely Planet (CMS editing)
DK Travel Guides (editing in InDesign and factchecking)
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.

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

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 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

Lonely Planet Australia (Country Guide)

Lonely Planet, Atkinson, Brett, Bain, Andrew, Bonetto, Cristian, Ham, Anthony, Harding, Paul, Holden, Trent, Kaminski, Anna, Maxwell, Virginia, Morgan, Kate, Rawlings-Way, Charles, Symington, Andy, Waters, Steve, Isalska, Anita, McNaughtan, Hugh, Leonov, Tatyana, Forge, Samantha, Levin, Sofia, Waby, Tasmin, Bainger, Fleur, Hocking, Rachel

Emma has 5 reviews

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chris hadfield
Nothing to say here.

chris hadfield, August 2021


Gerard Danford
Highly recommend Emma. She delivered a thorough and detailed developmental edit of my bedtime story book including; plot and character development, tone of voice etc along with looking at the story and how it works as a whole. Emma also provide a copyedit (checking readability and correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation etc.). As a first time author, Emma exceeded all my editorial expectati...
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Gerard Danford, November 2020

Emma Gibbs
Thanks for the great review, Gerard! It was a pleasure to work with you and I wish you all the best with your book.

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Rick Deragon
A Testimony Emma Gibbs took on the project of proofreading my 85,450-word novel with alacrity. She approached quirky stylistic elements, French proper names, and short conversational passages in French, Spanish, and Catalan with a critical, yet compassionate eye. Emma proofed and edited all twenty-three chapters with insight, holding up high standards of grammar, punctuation, and style. Chan...
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Rick Deragon, September 2020

Emma Gibbs
Thanks for this wonderful review, Rick! It was a complete pleasure to work on your book, and I wish you every success with it.

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George Beverley
Working with Emma has been a great experience. She’s helped me along the process, has changed adapted her services when I didn’t know what I needed. Guided and cajoled me into getting a half-decent draft. I’ve learned a huge amount and couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

George Beverley, June 2020

Emma Gibbs
It was a pleasure working with you, George!

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Drew Hannush
Emma was great to work with. She came out of the gate with plenty of information to help me get comfortable with her skills and her process. She communicated deadlines and met them. And her work was excellent. She helped me by explaining some of her thinking on edits and her efforts have greatly improved the quality of my book. I can't thank her enough. Cheers!

Drew Hannush, April 2020

Emma Gibbs
Thanks so much, Drew – it was a real pleasure working with you and your fabulous book!

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