Clare Grist Taylor

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London, UK

A non-fiction publisher and editor with over 30 years' experience of creating books and content for both consumer and b2b markets.

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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.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Economics
Finance & Accounting
Law
Politics & Current Affairs
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Principal

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (over 2 years)

I provide business consultancy, publishing support and mentoring for publishers and authors.

My focus is in the following areas:
1. commissioning, writing, relationship building, editing and project management work;
2. advising authors on book proposals;
3. advising publishers on infrastructure development to support growth;
4. interim management and consultancy;
5. mentoring, training and non-executive support.

Business and Operations Director

Profile Books
January, 2014 – November, 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.

Managing Director

ICSA Information & Training Ltd
November, 1998 – July, 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.

Editorial Director

Prentice Hall Europe
January, 1995 – November, 1998 (almost 4 years)

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

How to Lead Smart People: Leadership for Professionals

Mike Mister, Arun Singh

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, education and healthcare, individuals may find themselves managing a team of equals. This book uses 50 simple lessons to show the reader in concise, pithy prose how to manage a team of equals with intelli... read more

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, education and healthcare, individuals may find themselves managing a team of equals. This book uses 50 simple lessons to show the reader in concise, pithy prose how to manage a team of equals with intelli... read more

The Glass Wall: Success strategies for women at work – and businesses that mean business

Sue Unerman, Kathryn Jacob

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 expectations., And as a result, women and their careers are suffering. With more women than ever in the workforce, but still too few in the boardroom, now is the time to address the assumptions and miscom... read more

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 expectations., And as a result, women and their careers are suffering. With more women than ever in the workforce, but still too few in the boardroom, now is the time to address the assumptions and miscom... read more

Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums

From a stunning villa on sunny Capri with Ali Smith to an unlikely temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, Treasure Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own personal tours of the museums that have awed, haunted and inspired them. Join Andrew Motion as he muses on writerly methods in the British Library, or Matthew Sweet at the hand... read more

From a stunning villa on sunny Capri with Ali Smith to an unlikely temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, Treasure Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own personal tours of the museums that have awed, haunted and inspired them. Join Andrew Motion as he muses on writerly methods in the British Library, or Matthew Sweet at the hand... read more

The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage

Ryan Holiday

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 Greene and is now a media consultant for billion-dollar brands, draws on the philosophy of the Stoics to guide you in every situation, s... read more

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 Greene and is now a media consultant for billion-dollar brands, draws on the philosophy of the Stoics to guide you in every situation, s... read more

The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work

Mats Alvesson, André Spicer

Functional stupidity can be catastrophic. It can cause organisational collapse, financial meltdown and technical disaster. And there are countless, more everyday examples of organisations accepting the dubious, the absurd and the downright idiotic, from unsustainable management fads to the cult of leadership or an over-reliance on brand and image., And yet a dose of stupidity can be useful and... read more

Functional stupidity can be catastrophic. It can cause organisational collapse, financial meltdown and technical disaster. And there are countless, more everyday examples of organisations accepting the dubious, the absurd and the downright idiotic, from unsustainable management fads to the cult of leadership or an over-reliance on brand and image., And yet a dose of stupidity can be useful and... read more

The Tao of Coaching: Boost Your Effectiveness at Work by Inspiring and Developing Those Around You (Profile Business Classics)

Max Landsberg

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 continues to underpin this brand new reissue. The book's premise is simple: that to become an effective coach, managers and leaders need master only a few techniques, even though mastery obviously requir... read more

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 continues to underpin this brand new reissue. The book's premise is simple: that to become an effective coach, managers and leaders need master only a few techniques, even though mastery obviously requir... read more

Sales Mind: 48 tools to help you sell

Helen Kensett

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 need to develop our sales mind: mastering our innate selling skills will help us cut through the noise in any situation. Drawing on the wisdom of psychology, mindfulness and cultural history, as well as ... read more

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 need to develop our sales mind: mastering our innate selling skills will help us cut through the noise in any situation. Drawing on the wisdom of psychology, mindfulness and cultural history, as well as ... read more

The Economist: Economics 4th edition: Making sense of the Modern Economy

Richard Davies

The world of economics is changing. Years of turmoil in the global economy mean that nothing will ever be quite the same again. This is the starting point and theme of this radically revised Economist books classic. Richard Davies takes us on a journey through the paper's own analysis of the state of the world's economies, how we reached this point and what to expect in the next decade. He exp... read more

The world of economics is changing. Years of turmoil in the global economy mean that nothing will ever be quite the same again. This is the starting point and theme of this radically revised Economist books classic. Richard Davies takes us on a journey through the paper's own analysis of the state of the world's economies, how we reached this point and what to expect in the next decade. He exp... read more

The ICSA Companies Act 2006 Handbook

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Belinda Sissom

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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Belinda Sissom, March 2019

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