Clare Grist Taylor

Clare Grist Taylor – Editor

Helping people tell their stories.


I’m passionate about publishing and have worked across a range of publishing sectors - academic, textbook, professional and trade. I’ve worked on everything from trade books to large-scale online reference products, sold via the trade, direct to consumer, b2b and on subscription.

These days, I specialise in helping authors to develop their ideas and stories so that they can reach as wide an audience as possible.

I love being a non-fiction editor because of the opportunity it affords to enter so many different worlds and to meet so many extraordinary people. Over my career, I've worked with top academics, corporate lawyers, technical specialists, brilliant journalists and some of the most amazing business and self-help authors like Marshall Goldsmith and Ryan Holiday.

I still get a buzz when talking to authors and helping them to find their voice.
Business & Management Economics Finance & Accounting Political Science & Current Affairs Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 2017 — Present

As an editor and agent, I help people tell their stories:

* I'm an experienced editor, and love commissioning and guiding projects through structural and developmental editing.
* I work as a non-fiction literary agent, nurturing and supporting authors from concept and proposal development through to commissioning and beyond.

Profile Books

Jan, 2014 — Nov, 2016 (almost 3 years)

A board-level role at the award-winning independent publisher, with involvement in all aspects of strategy and operations at a time of change as the business grew and diversified.

As well as leading on operations, I also ran the Economist Books and Profile Business lists, publishing key authors such as Marshall Goldsmith and Ryan Holiday and leading a backlist reissues programme.

ICSA Information & Training Ltd

Nov, 1998 — Jul, 2013 (over 14 years)

As Managing Director, I led the growth and development of publishing and events business for ICSA, a chartered professional body specialising in governance and legal compliance.

The company created an integrated offering for the full range of our market's information needs: whether market-leading online and print products, ICSA's membership magazine or professional training and conferences.

Prentice Hall Europe

Jan, 1995 — Nov, 1998 (almost 4 years)

Responsible for Prentice Hall’s European publishing programme of textbooks for higher education markets across Europe.


Developmental Editing
Meet the amazing women who have made the legal profession their ownThe first book to tell the story for a general audiencePublished in partnership with the First 100 Years, the national campai... read more
Developmental Editing
Never mind the glass ceiling. In the workplace today there's a glass wall. Men and women can see each other clearly through the divide, but they don't speak the same language or have the same ... read more
Developmental Editing
In many jobs people work their way up through a hierarchy, an experience that prepares them for managing a team. In some professions, such as law, finance, accountancy, academia, engineering, ... read more
Developmental Editing
We're all selling something every day, whether at work or closer to home. But with advanced technology and mass competition, it's never been harder to capture people's attention. That's why we... read more
Developmental Editing
The essence and success of The Tao of Coaching has always been its focus on the practical tips and techniques for making work more rewarding through the habit of coaching - and this philosophy... read more
Developmental Editing
Functional stupidity can be catastrophic. It can cause organisational collapse, financial meltdown and technical disaster. And there are countless, more everyday examples of organisations acce... read more
Developmental Editing
We give up too easily. With a simple change of attitude, what seem like insurmountable obstacles become once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Ryan Holiday, who dropped out of college at nineteen to serve as an apprentice to bestselling 'modern Machiavelli' Robert ... read more

Clare has 4 reviews





Lucas W.

Lucas W.

Mar, 2023

Clare's wisdom and thoughtful insights as a veteran professional have inspired me to go far beyond where I originally began. I think very highly of her and recommend her to future clients who also want to take their nonfiction to the next level.
Clare G.
Thanks so much, Lucas. Much appreciated.
Adam B.

Adam B.

Jan, 2021

Working with Clare (2x times now) have both been excellent. She brings a level of professionalism and clarity to editing and collaboration that makes her really feel like she is on your team and is invested in the book's success. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Clare G.
Thank you, Adam. Much appreciated - and it's been a pleasure to work with you again too.
Adam B.

Adam B.

Dec, 2019

Clare was incredibly easy to work with and provided more than I expected in terms of value. I would recommend her unconditionally to anyone!
Clare G.
It was a pleasure, Adam. I very much enjoyed working with you and I look forward to seeing the book in its published form.
Belinda S.

Belinda S.

Mar, 2019

Clare helped me to clarify my thoughts and organize into a business proposal. She has had great patience with working professionals who are juggling both their writing as well as their careers. I appreciate her insight, suggestions and direction for next steps.

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