James Piper

James Piper – Editor

10+ years editing content across the arts, humanities and social sciences for publishers including SAGE, Bloomsbury and Thames & Hudson.


I’m an experienced editor of academic and educational content (print and digital). I provide development editing, copy-editing, proofreading and project management services.

I've been employed by SAGE Publications (social sciences), Bloomsbury Publishing (visual arts), Lund Humphries (art) and Thames & Hudson (humanities).

My areas of expertise include: architecture, art history, artist monographs, design, film, illustration, media and cultural studies, philosophy, photography, politics and sociology. My work is informed by my passion for these subjects.
Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Design History Philosophy Photography Political Science & Current Affairs
English (UK) English (US)
  • Proofreading 1: Introduction (CIEP)
  • Copy-editing 1: Introduction (CIEP)
  • Adobe InDesign CC: Introduction (Media Training)

Work experience

Thames & Hudson

Feb, 2018 — Aug, 2018 (6 months)

• Project managed highly-illustrated academic textbooks on classical studies and archaeology through editorial, design and production stages.
• Copy-edited and proofread manuscripts, liaising with authors to resolve editorial queries.
• Took in proofreading corrections on live InDesign files.
• Briefed and managed freelance copy-editors, proofreaders, picture researchers and designers.
• Assessed and prepared layouts.
• Copy-edited online resources, including PowerPoint slides, class exercises and student quizzes.

Lund Humphries

Jun, 2017 — Jul, 2018 (about 1 year)

• Project managed highly-illustrated academic art books through editorial, design and production stages.
• Compiled and updated production schedule for each book.
• Managed agreed budgets and recorded all editorial and production costs.
• Commissioned, briefed and managed freelance copy-editors, proofreaders, indexers and designers.
• Prepared texts and images for design.
• Circulated and checked book layouts, then collated all feedback for designer.
• Checked and colour corrected high-res proofs.
• Checked final plotter proof, folded and gathered sheets and advance bound copies.
• Liaised with authors, artists, galleries, co-publishers and freelancers at each stage.
• Liaised with repro houses and printers.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Jul, 2015 — Jun, 2017 (almost 2 years)

• Development Editor for highly-illustrated academic textbooks across visual arts subjects.
• Project managed approximately 15 books at any one time.
• Conducted developmental edit of draft manuscripts and prepared content for production.
• Commissioned and worked with freelance picture researchers.
• Briefed and managed freelance designers, and collated feedback on book layouts.
• Produced briefs for and provided feedback on cover designs.
• Copy-edited and proofread digital content for print books’ companion websites.
• Designed companion website structures and uploaded content to central CMS.
• Wrote copy for back covers, catalogues and corporate website, according to SEO briefs.
• Presented titles at sales conferences, briefing reps on key features ahead of publication.

SAGE Publications

Nov, 2011 — Jul, 2015 (over 3 years)

• Assistant Editor for academic textbooks on media and cultural studies, politics, criminology and sociology.
• Prepared and formatted manuscripts for handover to production.
• Sourced and cleared permissions for images.
• Wrote and copy-edited blurbs for back cover copy, catalogues and corporate website.
• Supported authors throughout writing process and provided feedback on draft content.
• Developed book proposals with authors and commissioning editors.
• Presented book proposals to editorial board.


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