James Robinson-Prior

James Robinson-Prior - Editor

London, UK

Experienced non-fiction editor and researcher with a decade's experience at large publishers. Focused on technology, politics and society.

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Overview

I am a pro-active editor and project manager with a passion for learning. Whether that's knowing more about medieval history, technology and artificial intelligence, socio-economic policy or space exploration, I want to know more about the world we live in.


I have solid experience in both trade and academic publishing, in large award-winning multinationals as well as smaller family run publishers too. I have worked with many companies and have nurtured great working relationships with the likes of Microsoft, Google and Amazon to the Times, the Independent, BBC, NASA, the Home Office and 10 Downing Street.


I have extensive experience in development editing and structural engineering from initial proposals, table of contents to extensive chapter copyediting. I have also conducted in depth research, editing and written long form copy for Whitaker’s Almanack, a yearbook all about British life which has been in publication since 1868.


I am also a keen playwright and have had several plays performed at regional theatre festivals in the south east of England and London and held a residency at The Lakeside Theatre in Colchester, UK with the Mossycoat Theatre Company and would be happy to accept any invitation to work on and edit scripts for stage and screen.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am a very approachable and hands-on editor and am very happy to discuss projects and your needs over a phone call or video meeting. I believe working closely with authors and clients always achieves the best results.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Computers & Internet
Political Science & Current Affairs
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sociology
Technology
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Plays & Screenplays

Certifications

  • MA Publishing - Books and Journals
  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Drama (2:1)
  • Screenwriting (Short Course)

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Copywriter

Self-employed
October, 2020 – Present (7 months)

I edit everything from books, monographs, textbooks and journal articles for academic and trade, mainly in STEM areas.

I am also have a keen interest in editing scripts for stage and screen as well as fantasy and science fiction books, particularly contemporary fantasy and dystopian fiction.

I also undertake copywriting, long or short, for print and digital. Whether that’s for websites, catalogues, advertisements or marketing copy, I am interested.

Book Producer, Acquisitions

Packt Publishing
March, 2020 – December, 2020 (9 months)

I produce and edit market leading books for software developers and IT professionals. My portfolio of original and licensed content is worth £1.75m and focuses on the areas of AI, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics. I work closely with my authors from initial proposal and vision, development, publication and further marketing and publicity.

I currently sit on the company editorial board, where we discuss overall editorial strategy for the company and were I have a vote as to the projects and proposals we take on and publish. I work very closely with my authors at every step of the publication process, I work closely with Microsoft professionals but also have authors and clients at other industry leading companies like Google and Amazon too.

Project Editor and Copywriter

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
February, 2017 – February, 2020 (about 3 years)

I edited, wrote and published long form copy for the presitgious Whitaker’s Almanack, the annual publication all about British life, first published in 1868.

I was in charge of large and diverse sections of the yearbook including UK and European politics, religion, conservation and heritage, education, arts and media as well as current affairs. I collaborated and worked very closely with an array of companies and institutions like the Times, the Guardian, BBC, the Church of England, Houses of Parliament and related government departments. I would research, edit and publish content online on a weekly basis as well as typeset copy for the printed book. I also wrote Whitaker’s weekly quizzes online as well as the much loved annual £500 quiz and the Christmas quiz which was published in the Independent and the i newspapers.

During my time, I also designed and edited all infographics, charts and country maps for the publication.

Senior Editorial Assistant

Springer Nature
April, 2014 – February, 2017 (almost 3 years)

During my time here, working in the Computer Science team, I worked on over 400 books, monographs and textbooks ranging from 100 pages to over 1,000 pages.

I was the main point of contact for authors, working with them to prepare their manuscripts for publication. I focused in areas like Hacking and Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Interactive Environments, Touch and Haptics, Software Engineering, Digital Cultures and Industrial Design. I undertook in-depth development and copy editing for every book, as well as working on legal issues like permissions and rights (even the odd patent) to ensure all content was ready to be published. I was also the proof editor during the production process.

During this time I managed the NASA Monographs in Software Engineering series and worked very closely with NASA, the wider US Government and aeronautical engineers and scientists.

Theatre Practitioner and Playwright

Mossycoat Theatre Company
January, 2008 – September, 2011 (over 3 years)

I was a member of this ensemble theatre company based at the Lakeside Theatre in Colchester, UK, which had a focus on new and innovative writing.

The play's I wrote and staged include 'Sid and Ruby', 'A Time Like This', 'Boxes' and '24 Hours Until Curtains' I also acted in 'Leading Lady', 'Three Bagels and Boy George' and stage managed for the play's 'Brace' and 'The Sausage Play'.
We held a residency at the Lakeside Theatre, but also performed at local theatre festivals like ROAR and Cliffs Pavilion Theatre Festival in Clacton-on-Sea, and collaborated with the University of Essex and East 15 Acting School.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Whitaker's 2020

Bloomsbury Yearbooks

Whitaker's 2019

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Whitaker's 2018

Bloomsbury

Whitaker's 2017

Bloomsbury

ACS Without an Attitude (NASA Monographs in Systems and Software Engineering)

Hallock, Harold L., Welter, Gary, Simpson, David G., Rouff, Christopher

Provably Correct Systems (NASA Monographs in Systems and Software Engineering)

Hinchey, Mike, Bowen, Jonathan P., Olderog, Ernst-Rüdiger

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