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Heather O'Connell

Heather O'Connell - Designer

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)

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

Matthew Blakeway

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

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

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

Matthew Blakeway

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

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

The Bitter Trade

Piers Alexander

Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook

Jamie Oliver

My guide to making you a better cook. I can't tell you how long I've dreamed about writing this book. It's the biggest book I've ever done, and I've really tried to make it a timeless, modern-day classic. Whether you're a student, a young couple, an established cook, or a novice, I'll take you through a whole load of simple and accessible recipes that will blow the socks off your family and an... read more

My guide to making you a better cook. I can't tell you how long I've dreamed about writing this book. It's the biggest book I've ever done, and I've really tried to make it a timeless, modern-day classic. Whether you're a student, a young couple, an established cook, or a novice, I'll take you through a whole load of simple and accessible recipes that will blow the socks off your family and an... read more

Miller's Pocket Fact File: Pottery & Porcelain Marks: Including a Comprehensive Guide to Artists, Makers, Factories and Forms

Gordon Lang

A handy and easy-to-use guide containing more than 3,000 commonly found marks for all types of pottery and porcelain, with information on the makers, factories and artists they represent for on-the-spot reference. Line drawings illustrate the different styles and patterns. Everyone from the novice to the expert collector—and auctioneers too—will want to own this.

A handy and easy-to-use guide containing more than 3,000 commonly found marks for all types of pottery and porcelain, with information on the makers, factories and artists they represent for on-the-spot reference. Line drawings illustrate the different styles and patterns. Everyone from the novice to the expert collector—and auctioneers too—will want to own this.

Miller's Collectibles Price Guide 1996-97

Judith Miller, Martin Miller

This is the only annual price guide to the ever-expanding field of collectables. Over 6000 fully captioned photographs are featured, covering a wide range of traditional and more unusual collecting areas, from aeronautica to walking sticks, breweriana and the up-and-coming fields of the 1950s and 1960s. Essential reference for both boot fair and auction.

This is the only annual price guide to the ever-expanding field of collectables. Over 6000 fully captioned photographs are featured, covering a wide range of traditional and more unusual collecting areas, from aeronautica to walking sticks, breweriana and the up-and-coming fields of the 1950s and 1960s. Essential reference for both boot fair and auction.

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