Francesco Piscitelli

Francesco Piscitelli - Editor

London, UK

Children's non-fiction editor. Nature editor and copywriter, 6 years experience with Dorling Kindersley. Self-published author.

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Overview

I have worked at Dorling Kindersley in both the Children’s (9+) and Adult divisions of the Knowledge department. During my time there, I gained the ability to drive non-fiction illustrated reference titles on a variety of topics from conception to print with high editorial standards. I have impeccable grammar and a keen eye for accuracy and precision. I offer refined and engaging copywriting skills (easily tailored for any target audience), meticulous proofreading, and rigorous fact-checking.

I have experience working with imprimaturs such as curators at the Smithsonian Institute and well-known science authors such as Robert Dinwiddie and Derek Harvey. I have an Animal Behaviour BSc (covering animal biology and psychology) from the University of Exeter.

Comprehensive knowledge of the natural world & palaeontology (test me on my dinosaurs!); detailed knowledge of biology, chemistry, food science, general science, world history, astronomy, geology, and human anatomy.

I can synthesise complex topics (such as genetic engineering and how stars are born) to life in a simple yet visually engaging way, and I'm skilled at organising these subsequent topics into accessible layouts coupled with crystal-clear copy.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Geography
History
Nature

Work experience

Senior Editor

Dorling Kindersley
May, 2014 – December, 2019 (over 5 years)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Wildlife of the World

DK

Wildlife of the World takes you on a journey through some of the most scenic and rich animal habitats — from the Amazon rain forests to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole — meeting the most important animals in each ecosystem along the way.In Wildlife of the World truly spectacular portrait-style photography brings you "face-to-face" with individual animals in up-close and engrossing ... read more

Wildlife of the World takes you on a journey through some of the most scenic and rich animal habitats — from the Amazon rain forests to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole — meeting the most important animals in each ecosystem along the way.In Wildlife of the World truly spectacular portrait-style photography brings you "face-to-face" with individual animals in up-close and engrossing ... read more

How the Body Works: The Facts Simply Explained (How Things Work)

DK

A bold, accessible, illustrated guide that delivers real scientific information on how the body works with a healthy side of fun facts and trivia.If you've ever searched the Internet for information on that odd rash on your arm, advice to help you get the best night's sleep, or tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season, you know there is skill to sorting fiction from scientific fact.... read more

A bold, accessible, illustrated guide that delivers real scientific information on how the body works with a healthy side of fun facts and trivia.If you've ever searched the Internet for information on that odd rash on your arm, advice to help you get the best night's sleep, or tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season, you know there is skill to sorting fiction from scientific fact.... read more

Big History: Examines Our Past, Explains Our Present, Imagines Our Future

DK

Featuring a foreword by the father of Big History, David Christian, and produced in association with the Big History Institute, Big History provides a comprehensive understanding of the major events that have changed the nature and course of life on the planet we call home. This first fully integrated visual reference on Big History for general readers places humans in the context of our unive... read more

Featuring a foreword by the father of Big History, David Christian, and produced in association with the Big History Institute, Big History provides a comprehensive understanding of the major events that have changed the nature and course of life on the planet we call home. This first fully integrated visual reference on Big History for general readers places humans in the context of our unive... read more

How Food Works: The Facts Visually Explained (How Things Work)

DK

An easy-to-understand visual guide to the facts of food and nutrition.A nutritionist in a book that explains key concepts about food and what makes it good or bad for you, How Food Works brings the science of food to life. Through a highly visual approach that uses bold infographics, explore the good, the bad, the confusing, and the trending world of food. Discover what an antioxidant is, find... read more

An easy-to-understand visual guide to the facts of food and nutrition.A nutritionist in a book that explains key concepts about food and what makes it good or bad for you, How Food Works brings the science of food to life. Through a highly visual approach that uses bold infographics, explore the good, the bad, the confusing, and the trending world of food. Discover what an antioxidant is, find... read more

Natural Wonders of the World

DK

Discover Earth's most beautiful and fascinating natural landmarks. From the spectacular granite domes of Yosemite to the reefs of the Bahama Banks and the ice sheets of the Antarctic, this is an unparalleled survey of the world's natural treasures.From the Rocky Mountains to the Great barrier Reef and everything in between, Natural Wonders of the World combines breathtaking landscape photograp... read more

Discover Earth's most beautiful and fascinating natural landmarks. From the spectacular granite domes of Yosemite to the reefs of the Bahama Banks and the ice sheets of the Antarctic, this is an unparalleled survey of the world's natural treasures.From the Rocky Mountains to the Great barrier Reef and everything in between, Natural Wonders of the World combines breathtaking landscape photograp... read more

How Science Works: The Facts Visually Explained (How Things Work)

DK

Explore answers to questions on 70 topics in the areas of matter, physics, energy, chemistry, life science, earth science, technology, and the universe.How Science Works uses clear, easy-to-understand graphics to answer common questions and explain difficult concepts--not only the core science topics that eluded us at school, but also the cutting-edge science reported in the news. Have you eve... read more

Explore answers to questions on 70 topics in the areas of matter, physics, energy, chemistry, life science, earth science, technology, and the universe.How Science Works uses clear, easy-to-understand graphics to answer common questions and explain difficult concepts--not only the core science topics that eluded us at school, but also the cutting-edge science reported in the news. Have you eve... read more

The Advanced Photography Guide: Expert Techniques to Take Your Digital Photography to the Next Level

DK

Practical advice, equipment, and settings checklists, plus inspirational and instructive images for photographers with a basic technical grounding and level of experience who would like to take their digital photography skills and technique a step further.Featuring a comprehensive range of topics from experimenting with lenses, exposure, and aperture to useful post-production techniques, easy ... read more

Practical advice, equipment, and settings checklists, plus inspirational and instructive images for photographers with a basic technical grounding and level of experience who would like to take their digital photography skills and technique a step further.Featuring a comprehensive range of topics from experimenting with lenses, exposure, and aperture to useful post-production techniques, easy ... read more

Astronomy: A Visual Guide

DK

An accessible but genuinely comprehensive illustrated handbook of every aspect of astronomy, featuring the latest discoveries and the most recently available images of the universe.Take a tour of the universe, from the 90-mile-wide impact craters on the moon to Jupiter's Great Red Spot--a 400 mph swirling storm that started before anyone on Earth was born.This stunningly illustrated handbook i... read more

An accessible but genuinely comprehensive illustrated handbook of every aspect of astronomy, featuring the latest discoveries and the most recently available images of the universe.Take a tour of the universe, from the 90-mile-wide impact craters on the moon to Jupiter's Great Red Spot--a 400 mph swirling storm that started before anyone on Earth was born.This stunningly illustrated handbook i... read more

Leaders Who Changed History

DK

Explore the lives of more than 85 of the world's most transformational and influential leaders in politics, business, religion, humanitarianism, and the military with this innovative and boldly graphic book.Comprehensive in its scope and depth, and fully illustrated, Leaders Who Changed History profiles leaders from inspirational to insidious, those who changed the world for the better and tho... read more

Explore the lives of more than 85 of the world's most transformational and influential leaders in politics, business, religion, humanitarianism, and the military with this innovative and boldly graphic book.Comprehensive in its scope and depth, and fully illustrated, Leaders Who Changed History profiles leaders from inspirational to insidious, those who changed the world for the better and tho... read more

History!: The Past as You've Never Seen it Before (Knowledge Encyclopedias)

DK

Transform your view of history with this groundbreaking visual encyclopedia of the events of the past.From the disciplined armies of ancient Rome and the lives of ferocious samurai warriors to World War II and today's eco-friendly innovations, historical events are visualized in incredible detail, providing a fascinating introduction to the world through time. You'll find yourself transported ... read more

Transform your view of history with this groundbreaking visual encyclopedia of the events of the past.From the disciplined armies of ancient Rome and the lives of ferocious samurai warriors to World War II and today's eco-friendly innovations, historical events are visualized in incredible detail, providing a fascinating introduction to the world through time. You'll find yourself transported ... read more

The Practical Astronomer

DK Publishing

For anyone who's ever looked at the night sky and wanted to know more about the galaxy around them, The Practical Astronomer shows readers how to discover and understand the mysteries of the solar system and beyond. Illustrated throughout with detailed photographs and illustrations, and using clear, easy-to-follow text, The Practical Astronomer takes you on a step-by-step journey from the basi... read more

For anyone who's ever looked at the night sky and wanted to know more about the galaxy around them, The Practical Astronomer shows readers how to discover and understand the mysteries of the solar system and beyond. Illustrated throughout with detailed photographs and illustrations, and using clear, easy-to-follow text, The Practical Astronomer takes you on a step-by-step journey from the basi... read more

Super Shark Encyclopedia: And Other Creatures of the Deep (Super Encyclopedias)

DK

Super Shark Encyclopedia uncovers the secrets of the oceans by exploring a remarkable array of 80 sharks and other sea creatures — from Barrel Shrimp to Blue Sharks, Starfish to Bat Fish, and Hammerhead Sharks to Sandtiger Sharks, plus surfing penguins, deep-sea monsters, rays, eels and more. Packed with jaw-dropping facts about animal behavior and anatomy, new x-ray artworks utilize cross-sec... read more

Super Shark Encyclopedia uncovers the secrets of the oceans by exploring a remarkable array of 80 sharks and other sea creatures — from Barrel Shrimp to Blue Sharks, Starfish to Bat Fish, and Hammerhead Sharks to Sandtiger Sharks, plus surfing penguins, deep-sea monsters, rays, eels and more. Packed with jaw-dropping facts about animal behavior and anatomy, new x-ray artworks utilize cross-sec... read more

History of Britain and Ireland: The Definitive Visual Guide

DK

From the Roman conquest of 43 CE to the Norman conquest of 1066, and from the Elizabethan age to the Iraq and Afghan wars of the 21st century, DK's History of Britain and Ireland traces the key events that have shaped Great Britain and Ireland from earliest times to the present day.

From the Roman conquest of 43 CE to the Norman conquest of 1066, and from the Elizabethan age to the Iraq and Afghan wars of the 21st century, DK's History of Britain and Ireland traces the key events that have shaped Great Britain and Ireland from earliest times to the present day.

Mountaineers: Great tales of bravery and conquest

Royal Geographical Society, The Alpine Club

Celebrating a tradition of bravery, thirst for knowledge, and pursuit of glory, this book tells the stories of the most famous mountaineers in history and explores the climbs that they conquered.Mountaineers is filled with stirring tales of adventure and intriguing characters, from the Brits who insisted on hauling cases of vintage champagne up to Everest base camp in 1924, to the Italian Duke... read more

Celebrating a tradition of bravery, thirst for knowledge, and pursuit of glory, this book tells the stories of the most famous mountaineers in history and explores the climbs that they conquered.Mountaineers is filled with stirring tales of adventure and intriguing characters, from the Brits who insisted on hauling cases of vintage champagne up to Everest base camp in 1924, to the Italian Duke... read more

Space: A Visual Encyclopedia

DK

Blast off into space and discover the planets in our solar system and beyond in this jam-packed encyclopedia for children.Learn what living in space is like for an astronaut, then take a whirl around planet Earth and the moon. Go beyond where any human has gone before, journeying around the red, rocky landscape of Mars and the magnificent icy rings of Saturn. Venture onwards to the farthest de... read more

Blast off into space and discover the planets in our solar system and beyond in this jam-packed encyclopedia for children.Learn what living in space is like for an astronaut, then take a whirl around planet Earth and the moon. Go beyond where any human has gone before, journeying around the red, rocky landscape of Mars and the magnificent icy rings of Saturn. Venture onwards to the farthest de... read more

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