Being an author who also works in publishing is a bit like being a doctor when you have a disease: you know what everybody should be doing but you don't want to be that awkward author/patient that makes a fuss and spoils their day— at least that’s how I've felt on more than one occasion! However, the experience I've gained through 20 years in the industry while also pursuing a writing career has put me in a good position to diagnose both what you need as an author and what your manuscript needs in order to find a publisher.
I specialise in non-fiction, particularly art, travel, history, music and memoir. As a developmental editor I get great satisfaction from seeing a project that was previously in difficulties reach the finish line. Having been edited myself, I know how important it is to gain a relationship of trust with the author I'm working with, built on the right combination of affirmation, insight and straight-talking when needed.
One-to-one supervision of MA students on creative writing programme, teaching, marking final submissions of creative writing projects
I provide either detailed publishing reports on books outlining the steps the author needs to take, or structural edits on the manuscript itself, depending on the project. Author liaison is a key part of this role.
My role included identifying authors with promising projects to bring to the Press; helping first-time authors think through and shape their proposals; editing the sample chapters that accompanied such proposals
I was responsible for global sales and distribution of Tate titles; press and publicity; foreign rights sales; liaison with the publishing departments of museums around the world that took Tate touring exhibitions; representing Tate at book fairs in London, Frankfurt and the USA.
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Travelling from Madrid to The Valley of the Fallen, through Castile and León and across the fiercely contested region of Catalonia, Christopher Finnigan meets a remarkable cast of characters behind some of the biggest political events Spain has witnessed in decades. Whether it is the indignados left-wing activists rethinking society, the everyday citizens sitting in parliament, or the Catalan ... read more
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