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Henry Martin

Henry Martin - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Editor and rights manager in trade and illustrated publishing. Currently advising authors on book proposals, proofreading, and copyediting.

Overview

I am an award-winning author and publishing consultant with over six years experience in the publishing sector. I have worked in illustrated and commercial fiction publishing, in sales, rights, and editorial. My services to authors include developing agent cover letters, developing book proposals, developing sales sheets and project summaries, proofreading manuscripts, and copyediting manuscripts, and general publishing advice.

As an experienced rights manager (co-editions), I have sold content into many markets including Germany, Italy, Portugal, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Greece, Korea and in the UK. This included the work of Alain de Botton, Ernst Gombrich, George Lois and Paul Arden.

Most recently I was an assistant editor on Mobitecture (Phaidon Press) and completed my first book Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter Icon (Schaffner Press). I was also awarded funding for an illustrated artist book Yappo, which is created in conjunction with the illustrator Iro Tsavala.

I am interested in literary fiction as well as non-fiction, in particular titles in the humanities. I also have an interest in biography, cinema studies, art history, literary criticism, travel writing, photo books, children's books, and picture books and am looking to work on projects in these areas. As someone who also writes in different formats (short story, TV, theatre) I bring a range of skills and knowledge to every project. I will be able to advise not only on how to improve a manuscript but also the commercial viability of a project across different territories. I look forward to hearing from authors who need practical editorial help and advice, as well as those who need help understanding the industry and how different territories operate.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Design Photography
Fiction
Literature Plays & Screenplays Short Story

Certifications

  • M.A. in Playwriting
  • B.A. in English, and Philosophy
  • Member - Biographers' Club (UK)
  • Member - Society of Authors (UK)
  • Member - Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK)

Awards

  • Jerome Hynes Memorial Award
  • Adopt a Playwright Shortlist
  • Red Planet Prize Shortlist
  • BBC Tony Doyle Award Shortlist

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Phaidon Press
September, 2016 – November, 2016 (2 months)

Editorial tasks including proofreading, fact-checking, copyediting, and research on

- Mobitecture (2017)
- Wood (2017)
- The Story of the Design Museum (Phaidon Press in conjunction with The Design Museum) (2016)
- Designer Maker User (Phaidon Press in conjunction with The Design Museum) (2016)

Sales Manager

Head of Zeus Books
May, 2015 – September, 2016 (over 1 year)

Responsible for strategy and sales in the independent book sector in the UK, business development and wholesaler account management.

Establishing and growing a database of independent bookshops and other customers in the UK.

Growing business in line with targets and exceeding targets through creative sell-in and sell-through; working closely with marketing departments, advertisers, authors and booksellers.

Establishing launch events, author events, promotional space, and front of store placement for both front list and back list titles.

Annual sales review, business review, customer review and reporting.

Working closely with editorial on product development.

Working closely with publicity and marketing on establishing authors and implementing marketing plans.

Invoice management.

Developing marketing and sales plans for new imprint launch, including wholesaler strategy, sales strategy, marketing strategy and assets, events and wholesaler advertising, B2B and D2C feedback.

Rights Manager (Co-editions)

Phaidon Press
September, 2012 – October, 2014 (about 2 years)

I was responsible for establishing a strategy and driving co-edition sales in Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, and in particular our International Editions sales strategy in Germany. Previously I was also responsible for sales in South Korea and Italy.

Key Achievements:

I was proud to contract Alain de Botton and John Armstrong’s 'Art as Therapy' in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Romania, and Czech Republic – each edition was published with a new partner in these markets.

Increasing client base and revenue by 100% in Germany, Turkey, Greece, Romania, Lithuania, Hungary, and Poland.

Implementing a print and digital marketing strategy within the Co-Editions department working closely with design, editorial and production departments.

Role in General:

- Representing Phaidon - and it's values - at trade fairs and on frequent business trips.
- Implementing marketing initiatives within the Rights Department and liaising with editorial, design and production departments to create compelling and on-brand marketing assets.
- Streamlining processes and reviewing database functions and server efficiency.
- Establishing, implementing and reviewing sales strategy in each market as well as researching and securing new publishing partners from the publishing and corporate sectors.
- Ensuring excellent service to publishers on daily basis.
- Undergoing training and market research to expand relationships and understanding of markets.
- Achieve challenging sales targets incorporating frontlist, backlist and reprint titles.
- Ensuring contracted books are produced on schedule and to budget.
- Working in close collaboration with production, and editorial teams in house and externally on a variety of projects.
- Communicating with stakeholders on a daily basis and at a senior level externally.
- Create sales presentations and maintain databases and forecasts.
- Attending Frankfurt, London, Warsaw, Paris and Bologna Book fairs.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Story of the Design Museum

Tom Wilson

The essential guide to the story of London's acclaimed museum - from its origins in the 1....

The essential guide to the story of London's acclaimed museum - from its origins in the 1....

Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move

Rebecca Roke

Mobile architecture in all its wonderful variety - a lively collection of mobile, portable, and movable structures of all kindsCelebrate mobile architecture in all its forms with this visual ode to life on the move. Ranging from quirky to sensible and from rustic to deluxe, featured projects include houseboats, huts, and tricked-out caravans, alongside disaster shelters, wearable structures, a... read more

Mobile architecture in all its wonderful variety - a lively collection of mobile, portable, and movable structures of all kindsCelebrate mobile architecture in all its forms with this visual ode to life on the move. Ranging from quirky to sensible and from rustic to deluxe, featured projects include houseboats, huts, and tricked-out caravans, alongside disaster shelters, wearable structures, a... read more

The Art Museum

Phaidon Press

The Art Museum offers the museum experience without the boundaries of space and time. The unique structure of the book has been created by specialists in all fields of art, from institutions worldwide, who have collected together important and innovative works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover.As any great museum the book is divided into galleries, presenting the... read more

The Art Museum offers the museum experience without the boundaries of space and time. The unique structure of the book has been created by specialists in all fields of art, from institutions worldwide, who have collected together important and innovative works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover.As any great museum the book is divided into galleries, presenting the... read more

Tiny Plays for Ireland

Fishamble

In Autumn 2011, Fishamble: The New Play Company, in partnership with The Irish Times, launched Tiny Plays for Ireland, commissioning short works by some of Ireland's best-loved writers and calling for submissions of tiny dramas (600 words or four minutes) from the public. Over 1,700 submissions were received, reflecting the imagination, creativity, and psyche of the nation. The result was an e... read more

In Autumn 2011, Fishamble: The New Play Company, in partnership with The Irish Times, launched Tiny Plays for Ireland, commissioning short works by some of Ireland's best-loved writers and calling for submissions of tiny dramas (600 words or four minutes) from the public. Over 1,700 submissions were received, reflecting the imagination, creativity, and psyche of the nation. The result was an e... read more

Designer Maker User

Design Museum

An information-packed, beautifully illustrated handbook exploring the evolution of design, from the industrial revolution to the digital explosionDesigners, makers and users are the three essential participants in the creation of any kind of design. This is not limited to objects or buildings, but includes environments, systems and networks. Exploring these relationships enables us to understa... read more

An information-packed, beautifully illustrated handbook exploring the evolution of design, from the industrial revolution to the digital explosionDesigners, makers and users are the three essential participants in the creation of any kind of design. This is not limited to objects or buildings, but includes environments, systems and networks. Exploring these relationships enables us to understa... read more

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