Hetty Marx

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Cambridge, UK

Experienced development editor for non-fiction and textbooks. Former psychology Commissioning Editor at Cambridge University Press.

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Overview

I help authors to develop engaging and informative textbooks, academic books and non-fiction.

I have 14 years of publishing experience, including in-house as Commissioning Editor for Psychology at the prestigious Cambridge University Press (8 years) and Development Editor for the textbook giant, Pearson (2 years). I now work with publishers including Oxford University Press, Collins, SAGE and Pearson and work directly with authors.

I’ve worked on a range of books from illustrated, feature-rich school textbooks through to highly in-depth academic books. My core subjects are psychology, linguistics, sociology, education, law, business studies and economics. I would also be delighted to hear from authors writing in my areas of personal interest: walking, nature, gardening, baking, crafts, sewing and language learning (in my case, German). As a mother of two young daughters, I’m particularly interested in any of these topics in relation to children or families and also children’s non-fiction more broadly.

With a development edit, I will provide honest, but sensitive, feedback, helping you to develop an appropriate writing style and level for your target audience, a coherent structure and, where suitable, engaging and effective features. I will help you ensure consistency, clarity and interest. With a line edit/substantive edit, I will do the same but also reword and restructure parts of your text (while retaining your style) to help you achieve these aims.

Testimonials:
"I owe a huge debt to Hetty Marx for her close reading of my text combined with her finely honed ability to stand back from it and see just what additions and adjustments it needed."
Susan Sugarman, Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

"Hetty is a joy to work with. … She is reliable, can be depended on to meet deadlines, is clear in her communication, highly organised, and has an excellent attention to detail. … She is responsible, thorough, and extremely conscientious about ensuring high quality content. I would highly recommend Hetty for any similar projects."
Lucy Cooper, Commissioning Editor, Collins Learning
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Education & Reference
Law
Nature
Parenting & Families
Psychology
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Certifications

  • Rewriting and Substantive Editing (Non-Fiction) (The Publishing Training Centre)
  • Commissioning and List Management (The Publishing Training Centre)
  • Managing Publishing Strategy (The Publishing Training Centre)
  • First-class degree in Psychology, University of Cambridge

Work experience

Freelance Commissioning and Development Editor

Self-employed
May, 2016 – Present (about 3 years)

I work with authors and top textbook and academic publishing companies including Collins, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pearson and SAGE. Recent projects include development editing and substantive/line editing school and university textbooks in fields such as psychology, business studies, law, economics, linguistics and sociology.

Commissioning Editor, Psychology

Cambridge University Press
September, 2008 – May, 2016 (over 7 years)

• Commissioned textbooks, scholarly trade books, reference works, monographs, edited books and electronic resources.
• Negotiated contracts and developed strong relationships with a wide range of scholars from new authors to top names in psychology.
• Managed extensive backlist, including transforming new editions of textbooks and handbooks to increase sales, reviving successful monograph series and working with colleagues to maximise sales potential for backlist titles.
• Delivered engaging and effective presentations of new projects to sales, marketing and senior management.
• Wrote persuasive copy for a variety of audiences.

Development Editor/ Senior Development Editor

Pearson
April, 2006 – September, 2008 (over 2 years)

Developed high-profile university textbooks and associated online resources in a variety of disciplines, including psychology, politics, law, education, nursing, business studies and economics. Project management, market research, reading manuscripts, author coaching.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Haralambos and Holborn – AQA A-level Sociology Themes and Perspectives: Year 2

Michael Haralambos, Martin Holborn, Pauline Wilson, Tim Davies

Collins Cambridge AS & A Level – Cambridge International AS & A Level Sociology Student's Book

Michael Haralambos, Martin Holborn, Pauline Wilson, Tim Davies, Laura Pountney, Steven Chapman

Are We Getting Smarter?

Modern Families

Developmental Psychology

Dr Rachel Gillibrand, Dr Virginia Lam, Dr Victoria L. O'Donnell

Developmental Psychology 1st edition provides a clear and lively coverage of the main topics and concepts required by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The book takes a broadly topical organisation addressing the social and cognitive strands of development, providing an intuitive pathway through the core topics, and a final section which focuses on the clinical and applied aspects of th... read more

Developmental Psychology 1st edition provides a clear and lively coverage of the main topics and concepts required by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The book takes a broadly topical organisation addressing the social and cognitive strands of development, providing an intuitive pathway through the core topics, and a final section which focuses on the clinical and applied aspects of th... read more

Management & Organisational Behaviour

Laurie J. Mullins

8th Edition book of Management and Organisational Behaviour by Laurie J Mullins

8th Edition book of Management and Organisational Behaviour by Laurie J Mullins

Economics

Michael Parkin, Dr Melanie Powell, Prof Kent Matthews

Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind

José Luis Bermúdez

Cognitive Science combines the interdisciplinary streams of cognitive science into a unified narrative in an all-encompassing introduction to the field. This text presents cognitive science as a discipline in its own right, and teaches students to apply the techniques and theories of the cognitive scientist's 'toolkit' - the vast range of methods and tools that cognitive scientists use to stud... read more

Cognitive Science combines the interdisciplinary streams of cognitive science into a unified narrative in an all-encompassing introduction to the field. This text presents cognitive science as a discipline in its own right, and teaches students to apply the techniques and theories of the cognitive scientist's 'toolkit' - the vast range of methods and tools that cognitive scientists use to stud... read more

Hard to Find

What Freud Really Meant: A Chronological Reconstruction of his Theory of the Mind

Susan Sugarman

Through an exacting yet accessible reconstruction of eleven of Freud's essential theoretical writings, Susan Sugarman demonstrates that the traditionally received Freud is the diametric opposite of the one evident in the pages of his own works. Whereas Freud's theory of the mind is typically conceived as a catalogue of uninflected concepts and crude reductionism - for instance that we are noth... read more

Through an exacting yet accessible reconstruction of eleven of Freud's essential theoretical writings, Susan Sugarman demonstrates that the traditionally received Freud is the diametric opposite of the one evident in the pages of his own works. Whereas Freud's theory of the mind is typically conceived as a catalogue of uninflected concepts and crude reductionism - for instance that we are noth... read more

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