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Heather O'Connell

Heather O'ConnellDesigner

London, United Kingdom

Helping you negotiate the complex world of book production, turning your creative vision into a commercial reality.

Overview

I am an experienced production professional, offering project management, production services, strategic buying and workflow consultancy.

Over the years I have worked on children's novelty books, high profile novels, non-fiction and everything in-between.

I provide a tailor-made service for my clients, to make the complex world of book production simple and easy to understand, helping them to avoid some of the costly and time-consuming mistakes that can be so easy to make.

I use my extensive network to ensure that their books are produced by the people best suited to their needs, making sure they get value for money and meet their schedules.

For my larger clients I develop buying strategies, to make sure every pound counts and help them to create the most appropriate workflows to meet their business needs.

Recent projects include:
The concept and delivery of the 'What's so Special about' dinosaur series for Dragonfly Press. (A full colour, illustrated series of children's non-fiction picture books.)

The production for Mayer le Boeuf, a small non-fiction author/publisher.

Production and operational support for Fridhem Publishing, a new micro-publisher of Scandinavian fiction.

I also teach the production and ops module on the UCL Publishing MA programme and provide production training to those working in the industry.

Services
Fiction
Adventure Anthologies Children's Picture Books Classics Crime & Mystery Literature
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Entertainment Health & wellbeing Music

Work experience

Group Production Director

Harper Collins

November, 2009 – May, 2010 (6 months)

Production Director

Penguin Publishing

October, 2004 – November, 2009 (about 5 years)

Because of You

Helene Fermont

How desperate are you to get the love of your life?Hannah is the love of Ben's life, yet Vanessa will stop at nothing to claim the man she is convinced is her destiny.Because of You spans 36 years in the life of Hannah Stein, a Swedish teenager who arrives in London, at the tail end of the disco era, for a gap year before embarking on a teaching career. The people she meets change the course o... read more

How desperate are you to get the love of your life?Hannah is the love of Ben's life, yet Vanessa will stop at nothing to claim the man she is convinced is her destiny.Because of You spans 36 years in the life of Hannah Stein, a Swedish teenager who arrives in London, at the tail end of the disco era, for a gap year before embarking on a teaching career. The people she meets change the course o... read more

The Logic of Madness: A New Theory of Mental Illness (Logic of Self-Destruction)

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A radical reappraisal of mental illness Madness, melancholy, insanity, lunacy, craziness, loco: a dizzying litany of words are used to describe a condition we don't truly understand. Despite centuries of scientific study, many mental disorders remain untreatable and their causes not understood. The consequences are terrible, both in human suffering and the economic impact of millions of unprod... read more

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The Logic of Self-Destruction: The Algorithm of Human Rationality

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Why do knowingly act in ways that undermine our own wellbeing, like loving the wrong person or staying in an unfulfilling job? Why are ideologies so compelling? Why are we so convinced that our own, deeply held views are irrefutable?The Logic of Self-Destruction argues that our beliefs are at the heart of our problems, and that if we can see the human brain for what it really is - a robustly l... read more

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The Bitter Trade

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