I'm a highly experienced copy-editor, project manager and proofreader, having worked on over 20 million words since 2009. As an advanced professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, I copy-edit, proofread and project manage everything from articles to encyclopaedias, bringing carefully honed professional judgement to everything I do. I make difficult projects happen, listening to all stakeholders and proposing solutions that work within the time and budget available. I work on almost any non-fiction in the humanities and social sciences, particularly history, literature, the arts and media. I have a particular passion for helping genealogists to publish their family history.
Project manager, copy-editor and proofreader of non-fiction working with top global publishers as well as businesses, charities, and individual authors and self-publishers. Author of the highly praised blog "Editing Mechanics" (see my website).
I work quickly and with great dedication to making your text the best it can be. I leave no stone unturned in my revisions and yet always employ my years of experience and judgement, never making unnecessary changes and always following my client’s brief. As a project manager I also commission freelancers, so I have an unusual perspective on what clients need from freelancers and how best to deliver it. The feedback I receive from my clients is always superb.
My portfolio of projects ranges from single-page articles and website copy to multi-volume encyclopaedias written by teams of hundreds of authors. My specialisms include history, literature, genealogy, culture, media and the social sciences, but I have broad experience of non-fiction humanities and social sciences subjects.
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In-house project manager, managing the production of multi-volume encyclopaedias from copy-editing through to preparation of print files. This work involved liaising with teams of over 200 authors and editors as well as typesetters, copy-editors, indexers, designers and proofreaders.
The Human Footprint: A Global Environmental History, Second Edition, presents a multidisciplinary global history of Earth from its origins to the present day.Provides a comprehensive, global, multidisciplinary history of the planet from its earliest origins to the present eraDraws on the most recent research in geology, climatology, evolutionary biology, archaeology, anthropology, history, dem... read more
Imagine you could write the first draft of a novel in only 30 days. Imagine you could figure out how long it would take to complete each step down to the day – that you could set realistic and accurate goals that would allow you to maintain a constant momentum. This 30-day method for outlining a novel eliminates many of the problems that plague authors, novice and experienced. It will work for... read more
A basic plot is like a jack in the box – a simple mechanism with a predictable conclusion. A complex plot is like the mechanism of a watch – intricate, intriguing and satisfying to see in motion. ‘Crafting Your Plot’ is a masterclass in developing the plot for your novel. It provides expert advice on how to blend the ingredients of your story together to create a book that will hook the reader... read more
What is the link between Information Communication Technology (ICT) and women's empowerment in today's development context? How can ICT facilitate the pursuit of visions for a better world? Avoiding both 'techno-euphoric' and 'techno-pessimistic' hype this book offers answers.Based on analysis from twenty-one research teams in fourteen countries, Women and ICTs in Africa and the Middle East ex... read more
Formed from This Soil offers a complete history of religion in America that centers on the diversity of sacred traditions and practices that have existed in the country from its earliest days.Organized chronologically starting with the earliest Europeans searching for new routes to Asia, through to the global context of post-9/11 America of the 21st centuryIncludes discussion of race, ethnicit... read more
Korek is a comprehensive, step by step, guide to speaking the Mauritian Creole language. Using an easy to follow format that requires no previous experience of a foreign language, this book will guide you through everything you need to develop a conversational knowledge of the wonderful language from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius Includes fun quizzes to check your developing knowledge, ... read more
Well-researched fact is the heart of great historical fiction. Properly used, period detail which will give life to your story, transporting the reader back to a time where your historical characters fill the page. In this 60-Minute Masterclass, award-winning novelist Katharine McMahon addresses all the pleasures and pitfalls of writing in another era, from how to build plot, character and str... read more
Nazi Germany: Confronting the Myths provides a concise and compelling introduction to the Third Reich. At the same time, it challenges and demystifies the many stereotypes surrounding Hitler and Nazi Germany.Creates a succinct, argument-driven overview for students by using common myths and stereotypes to encourage critical engagement with the subjectProvides an up-to-date historical synthesis... read more
The plays of Tennessee Williams' post-1961 period have often been misunderstood and dismissed. In light of Williams' centennial in 2011, which was marked internationally by productions and world premieres of his late plays, Annette J. Saddik's new reading of these works illuminates them in the context of what she terms a 'theatre of excess', which seeks liberation through exaggeration, chaos, ... read more
The creative industries house a hive of entrepreneurs. The lure of working for yourself and putting your creative talents towards something you believe in is hard to resist. But go into business unprepared and you could find yourself quickly lost in the minefield that is running a creative company. 'Launching a Creative Startup' by entrepreneurial experts, Alan Rutter and Simone Baird, takes y... read more
For authors looking to build their brand and promote their books, two words are repeated time and again: social media. Good advice… but where do you start? Which network is best for your book? How do you find readers - and then get them interested? How many books should you expect to sell? New media expert, Chris McCrudden, answers all this and more. Social media is a tool, just like any other... read more
Journalist Harry Chapman Pincher is an emblem of the Cold War who earned his colours as defence correspondent for the Daily Express. Over the course of a glittering six-decade career, he became notorious as a relentless investigator into spies and their secret trade, becoming a constant thorn in the side of the establishment and making as many enemies as friends. So influential was he that, in... read more
This book re-examines the relationship between Britain and colonial slavery in a crucial period in the birth of modern Britain. Drawing on a comprehensive analysis of British slave-owners and mortgagees who received compensation from the state for the end of slavery, and tracing their trajectories in British life, the volume explores the commercial, political, cultural, social, intellectual, p... read more
This welcome new resource for international students in art, design, and media provides clear explanations of the terminology they must master in order to fulfill their academic potential and enrich their professional careers.Offers a much-requested new resource that fills a gap in the academic marketTailored specifically to the needs of international students in art, design, and mediaColor-co... read more
Written by a distinguished international team of contributors, this volume explores Shakespeare's vivid depictions of moral deliberation and individual choice in light of Renaissance debates about ethics. Examining the intellectual context of Shakespeare's plays, the essays illuminate Shakespeare's engagement with the most pressing moral questions of his time, considering the competing claims ... read more
People who think they are no good at sales, often look at high achievers and say; they were born lucky or they have a natural talent . With a shake of the head, they accept that must go through life doing the best they can and losing out in every negotiation. This does not need to be the case. Thanks to Sales Commando, Unleash your potential you can learn selling techniques to give you sales b... read more
Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism through the Lives of Practitioners provides a series of case studies of Asian and modern Western Buddhists, spanning history, gender, and class, whose lives are representative of the ways in which Buddhists throughout time have embodied the tradition.Portrays the foundational principles of Buddhist belief through the lives of believers, illustrating how the re... read more
A Companion to John F. Kennedy presents a comprehensive collection of historiographical essays addressing the life and administration of the nation’s 35th president.Features original contributions from leading Kennedy scholarsReassesses Kennedy, his administration, and the era of the New FrontierReconsiders relevant Kennedy scholarship and points to new avenues of researchConsiders the major c... read more
Between 1869 and 1967, government-funded British charities sent nearly 100,000 British children to start new lives in the settler empire. This pioneering study tells the story of the rise and fall of child emigration to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Rhodesia. In the mid-Victorian period, the book reveals, the concept of a global British race had a profound impact on the practice... read more
This book offers unique and fresh perspectives upon the literary productions of one of the most highly remunerated and widely admired authors of the Romantic period, Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823). While drawing upon, consolidating and enriching the critical impulses reflected in Radcliffe scholarship to date, this collection of essays, composed by a range of renowned scholars of the Romantic perio... read more
This valuable resource offers a wealth of practical and conceptual guidance to all those engaged in struggles for social justice around the world. It explains in accessible language and painstaking detail how to deploy and to understand the tools of media and communication in advancing the goals of social, cultural, and political change.A stand-out reference on a vital topic of primary interna... read more
This engaging new study focuses on the role of assemblies in later Anglo-Saxon politics, challenging and nuancing existing models of the late Anglo-Saxon state. Its ten chapters investigate both traditional constitutional aspects of assemblies - who attended these events, where and when they met, and what business they conducted - and the symbolic and representational nature of these gathering... read more
A Global History of Sexuality provides a provocative, wide-ranging introduction to the history of sexuality from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Explores what sexuality has meant in the everyday lives of individuals over the last 200 yearsOrganized around four major themes: the formation of sexual identity, the regulation of sexuality by societal norms, the regulation of sexual... read more
Comparing Religions is a next-generation textbook which expertly guides, inspires, and challenges those who wish to think seriously about religious pluralism in the modern world.A unique book teaching the art and practice of comparing religionsDraws on a wide range of religious traditions to demonstrate the complexity and power of comparative practicesProvides both a history and understanding ... read more
International in scope and more comprehensive than existing collections, A Companion to Reality Television presents a complete guide to the study of reality, factual and nonfiction television entertainment, encompassing a wide range of formats and incorporating cutting-edge work in critical, social and political theory.Original in bringing cutting-edge work in critical, social and political th... read more
Those who hoped the collapse of financial markets would usher in the end of neoliberalism and rehabilitate support for traditional social democratic policies programmes have been disappointed. It is not only the irrationality of markets which is the focus of public discontent, but the inefficiency of states and the inability of elected governments to humanise and control global market capitali... read more
This highly original work introduces the ideas and arguments of the ancient Chinese philosophies of Confucianism and Daoism to some of the most intractable social issues of modern American life, including abortion, gay marriage, and assisted suicide.Introduces the precepts of ancient Chinese philosophers to issues they could not have anticipatedRelates Daoist and Confucian ideas to problems ac... read more
Capturing China’s past in all its complexity, this multi-faceted history portrays China in the context of a larger global world, while incorporating the narratives of Chinese as well as non-Chinese ethnic groups and discussing people traditionally left out of the story—peasants, women, merchants, and artisans. Offers a complete political, economic, social, and cultural history of China, coveri... read more
Most people take the conditions they work and live in as a given, believing it to be normal that societies are stratified and that organisations are hierarchical. Many even think that this is the way it should be - and are neither willing nor able to think that it could be otherwise. This book raises the awareness of hierarchy, its complexity and longevity. It focuses on a single but fundament... read more
This revision guide provides preparation for the Edexcel International GCSE English A/Edexcel Certificate in English Language examination.
This text examines police administration from multiple perspectives: a systems perspective (emphasizing the interrelatedness among units and organizations); a traditional, structural perspective (administrative principles, management functions, and the importance of written guidelines); a human behavioral perspective (the human element in organizations); and a strategic management perspective ... read more
The Psychology of Music serves as an introduction to an interdisciplinary field in psychology, which focuses on the interpretation of music through mental function. This interpretation leads to the characterization of music through perceiving, remembering, creating, performing, and responding to music. In particular, the book provides an overview of the perception of musical tones by discussin... read more
English is central to the primary school curriculum, since it permeates all subject areas. Now fully updated, English 5-11 provides comprehensive, up to date and creative guidance on teaching English in the primary school. Key areas covered include:- Communication, language and literacy Grammar and punctuation Talk for learning Synthetic phonics Drama Reading and writing Fiction and poetry Cre... read more
A History of Modern Europe surveys European history from the defeat of Napoleon to the twenty-first century, presenting major historical themes in an authoritative and compelling narrative. Concise, readable single volume covering Europe from the early nineteenth century through the early twenty-first centuryVigorous interpretation of events reflects a fresh, concise perspective on European hi... read more
Updated with fresh facts, examples and illustrations, along with two new chapters on digital media and blogs this third edition continues to be the authoritative and essential guide to writing engaging and marketable feature stories.Covers everything from finding original ideas and angles to locating expert sourcesExpanded edition with new chapters on storytelling for digital media and buildin... read more
A Companion to New Media Dynamics presents a state-of-the-art collection of multidisciplinary readings that examine the origins, evolution, and cultural underpinnings of the media of the digital age in terms of dynamic changePresents a state-of-the-art collection of original readings relating to new media in terms of dynamic changeFeatures interdisciplinary contributions encompassing the scien... read more
Thin Wire is an honest and intimate account of heroin addiction told by both mother and daughter. Amber is introduced to drugs and becomes addicted without her mother's knowledge. She meets a dealer who feeds her habit. Whilst living together, they are raided by the police. Bailed to her mother's address with a £200-a-day addiction, Amber doesn't think her family will accept her back when they... read more
In Culture and Dignity - Dialogues between the Middle East and the West, renowned cultural anthropologist Laura Nader examines the historical and ethnographic roots of the complex relationship between the East and the West, revealing how cultural differences can lead to violence or a more peaceful co-existence.Outlines an anthropology for the 21st century that focuses on the myriad connections... read more
The Encylopedia of the Gothic features a series of newly-commissioned essays from experts in Gothic studies that cover all aspects of the Gothic as it is currently taught and researched, along with the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture.Comprises over 200 newly commissioned entries written by a stellar cast of over 130 experts in the fieldArranged in A-Z format acr... read more
The Crime Fiction Handbook presents a comprehensive introduction to the origins, development, and cultural significance of the crime fiction genre, focusing mainly on American British, and Scandinavian texts.Provides an accessible and well-written introduction to the genre of crime fiction Moves with ease between a general overview of the genre and useful theoretical approaches Includes a clos... read more
A Companion to Spanish Cinema is a bold collection of newly commissioned essays written by top international scholars that thoroughly interrogates Spanish cinema from a variety of thematic, theoretical and historic perspectives.Presents an insightful and provocative collection of newly commissioned essays and original research by top international scholars from a variety of theoretical, discip... read more
A complete introduction to the history, evolution, and future of the modern city, this book covers a wide range of theory, including the significance of space and place, to provide a balanced account of why cities are an essential part of the global human experience. Covers a wide range of theoretical approaches to the city, from the historical to the cutting edgeEmphasizes the important theme... read more
Great for those new to PaintShop Pro or digital imaging in general, this book is packed with inspirational, full-color images and easy to follow, step-by-step projects that will have you producing great images in PaintShop Pro in no time! Everything you need to turn your photos into stunning works of art is right here in this Corel-reviewed guide. In this new edition, Ken covers new features i... read more
This brief history connects the past and present of utopian thought, from the first utopias in ancient Greece, right up to present day visions of cyberspace communities and paradise. Explores the purpose of utopias, what they reveal about the societies who conceive them, and how utopias have changed over the centuriesUnique in including both non-Western and Western visions of utopiaExplores th... read more
Meet some of the finest 2D and 3D artists working in the industry today and discover how they create some of the most innovative digital art in the world. More than a gallery book or a coffee table book- Digital Art Masters Volume 5 includes over 50 artists and 900 unique and stunning 2D and 3D digital art. Beyond the breath taking images is a breakdown of the techniques, challenges and tricks... read more
Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor Simulation 2011 provides a clear path to perfecting the skills of designers and engineers using simulation inside Autodesk Inventor. This book includes modal analysis, stress singularities, and H-P convergence, in addition to the new frame analysis functionality. The book is divided into three sections: dynamic solution, stress analysis, and frame analysis... read more
This book tells you how, why, and when you should perform certain audio postproduction tasks within Soundtrack Pro while editing your video in the Final Cut Studio suite. Intertwining video editing workflows with audio editing workflows for video editors using Final Cut Studio, it also describes in-depth the audio postproduction process as well as the specific tools used for editing and mixing... read more
Get ahead in the business - be the engineer everyone wants to hire - achieve success with the very best recordings. Recording Tips for Engineers provides the knowledge you need to rise to the top. From years of experience working with big name rock stars including The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, KISS, Billy Joel, U2, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Ozzy, Cher, Bryan Adams, Tuff Beans, Tim C... read more
This volume reveals the wisdom we can learn from sailing, a sport that pits human skills against the elements, tests the mettle and is a rich source of valuable lessons in life.Unravels the philosophical mysteries behind one of the oldest organized human activitiesFeatures contributions from philosophers and academics as well as from sailors themselves Enriches appreciation of the sport by pro... read more
Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Seventh Edition, provides extensive reviews and critical evaluations of research on the social aspects of aging. It also makes available major references and identifies high-priority topics for future research. The book is organized into four parts. Part 1 reviews developments in the field of age and the life course (ALC) studies and presents guidelin... read more
Using a unique combination of step by step projects, movie tutorials and sample images, Mark Galer guides the reader through the most powerful photo editing tools that Elements has to offer. Discussing and demonstrating the skills and know-how to create professional-quality results with this budget-priced software. Whether optimizing photographs for printing, enhancing images for maximum impac... read more
Online Counseling gives practical insight into how professionals can translate and extend their practice to the electronic online medium. The volume provides an overview of current research on the use and effectiveness of counseling online and data on the idiosyncrasies of online behavior and communication. The practical aspects of and skill sets required for counseling online are discussed at... read more
Packed full of fun and creative projects this fantastic handbook will have you creating awesome montages in no time at all
Social Anxiety Clinical, Developmental, and Social Perspectives, Second Edition, provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding social anxiety disorder (SAD) by bringing together research across several disciplines, including social psychology, developmental psychology, behavior genetics, and clinical psychology. The book explains the different aspects of social anxiety and social pho... read more
Some key aspects of contemporary epistemology deserve to be challenged, and How to Know does just that. This book argues that several long-standing presumptions at the heart of the standard analytic conception of knowledge are false, and defends an alternative, a practicalist conception of knowledge.Presents a philosophically original conception of knowledge, at odds with some central tenets o... read more
Drawing comparisons with other art forms, this book examines the role of aesthetic features in silent reading, such as narrative structure, and the core experience of reading a novel as a story rather than a scholarly exercise. Focuses on the experience of the art form known as the novelUses the more common perspective of a reader who reads to be told a story, rather than for scholarly or crit... read more
Expand your animation toolkit and remain competitive in the industry with this leading resource for 2D and 3D character animation techniques. Apply the industry's best practices to your own workflows and develop 2D, 3D and hybrid characters with ease. With side by side comparisons of 2D and 3D character design, improve your character animation and master traditional principles and processes in... read more
Documenting how in the course of acquiring language children become speakers and members of communities, The Handbook of Language Socialization is a unique reference work for an emerging and fast-moving field.Spans the fields of anthropology, education, applied linguistics, and human development Includes the latest developments in second and heritage language socialization, and literary and me... read more
The Blackwell Companion to Jesus features a comprehensive collection of essays that explore the diverse ways in which Jesus has been imagined or portrayed from the beginnings of Christianity to the present day. Considers portrayals of Jesus in the New Testament and beyond, Jesus in non-Christian religions, philosophical and historic perspectives, modern manifestations, and representations in C... read more
Practical and accessible, this dictionary is designed to enlighten those newly engaged in anthropological study or seeking a quick guide to the field.Fills a need for a beginner’s pocket guide to the far-reaching and complex field of anthropology, including over 800 detailed entries and the intellectual background of termsWritten in plain, jargon-free language, for readers without extensive ba... read more
Your mix can make or break a record, and mixing is an essential catalyst for a record deal. Professional engineers with exceptional mixing skills can earn vast amounts of money and find that they are in demand by the biggest acts. To develop such skills, you need to master both the art and science of mixing. The new edition of this bestselling book offers all you need to know and put into prac... read more
Since their beginnings in the ninth century, the shrines, brotherhoods and doctrines of the Sufis held vast influence in almost every corner of the Muslim world. Offering the first truly global account of the history of Sufism, this illuminating book traces the gradual spread and influence of Sufi Islam through the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and ultimately into Europe and the United States.An ... read more
The first comprehensive treatment of environmental philosophy, going beyond ethics to address the philosophical concepts that underlie environmental thinking and policy-making todayEncompasses all of environmental philosophy, including conservation biology, restoration ecology, sustainability, environmental justice, and moreOffers the first treatment of decision theory in an environmental phil... read more
An ambitious rendering of the digital future from a pioneer of media and cultural studies, a wise and witty take on a changing field, and our orientation to itInvestigates the uses of multimedia by creative and productive citizen-consumers to provide new theories of communication that accommodate social media, participatory action, and user-creativityLeads the way for new interdisciplinary eng... read more
Media Literacies: A Critical Introduction traces the history of media literacy and grapples with the fresh challenges posed by the convergent media of the 21st century. The book provides a much-needed guide to what it means to be literate in today’s media-saturated environment.Updates traditional models of media literacy by examining how digital media is utilized in today’s convergent cultureE... read more
The philosophy of the bluesFrom B.B. King to Billie Holiday, Blues music not only sounds good, but has an almost universal appeal in its reflection of the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Its ability to powerfully touch on a range of social and emotional issues is philosophically inspiring, and here, a diverse range of thinkers and musicians offer illuminating essays that make importa... read more
Stimulates thoughts and expands awareness of the philosophical dimensions of yoga in its many forms and practicesYoga — Philosophy for Everyone presents a wide array of perspectives by people whose lives have been touched by yoga. Addressing myriad aspects of yoga's divergent paths, topics include body image for men and women; the religious and spiritual aspects of yoga; and issues relating to... read more
The Handbook of Gender, Sex and Media offers original insights into the complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media, and in doing so, showcases new research at the forefront of media and communication practice and theory.Brings together a collection of new, cutting-edge research exploring a number of different facets of the broad relationship between gen... read more
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Experienced non-fiction ghostwriter, structural editor (book doctor) and copyeditor, specialising in the arts, humanities and biography.
I try to help authors achieve the books they want by careful professional editing, looking at the details – and the bigger stuff if needed.