Jess Bithrey

Jess Bithrey - Editor

Exeter, UK

Production Editor, copy editor and proofreader with experience working on non-fiction academic reference books on a wide variety of topics.

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Overview

Based in Exeter, I am a full-time Production Editor with experience copy editing and proofreading. I enjoy liaising with authors to get the best out of their manuscript, ensuring their finished book is written to a high standard and is suitable for the intended readership. I have experience working on academic and reference books that cover a wide variety of topics, including the sciences, education, history, geography, psychology and architecture, to name a few. My favourite books to work on are those involving the biological sciences, with education and history books coming a close second!

I understand it is key for authors to be a part of all stages of the book production process, and for this reason I place great importance on communication. As your copy editor or proofreader, I will work with you to ensure you are happy with the edited manuscript and are involved in the editing process as much or as little as you wish to be. If you have any particular requirements I will take these on board and ensure these are applied as necessary throughout your manuscript. I am also happy to complete a sample edit, should you want one, to ensure we will be a good fit for each other.

My aim is to make the copy editing and proofreading stages as easy as possible for authors. Having already done a huge amount of work to reach the point where you have a manuscript ready for production, I think you deserve this!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference
Geography
Health & wellbeing
History
Life Sciences
Nature
Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • Member of the CIEP (formerly the SfEP)

Work experience

Production Editor

Swales & Willis
June, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

As a Production Editor I project manage up to 25 books at any one time for an international publisher. I oversee the whole production process, from receiving the raw manuscript files, seeing the manuscript through the copy editing and proofreading stages, resolving any issues that may arise during the course of production, and finally sending off print-ready files to the publisher. As the project manager I communicate with all parties involved in the production process, from authors and the publisher to typesetters and freelancers, to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

I also project manage the production of a number of journals, working with the journal editor to get issues out to a schedule and in good shape.

Copy editing and proofreading are another part of my job role and I love getting a new project to work on and feeling that I can really improve it through close collaboration with the author.

Freelance copy-editor and proofreader

Freelance
January, 2017 – Present (over 3 years)

I have taken on a number of copy editing and proofreading jobs over the past few years, working on academic books that have covered a wide variety of subjects, including pedagogy, history, psychology, and also a health and safety booklet aimed at employees. I am very keen to do more freelance editing and proofreading and to expand my portfolio, and really enjoy this type of work.

Editorial Assistant

Florence Production
December, 2016 – June, 2018 (over 1 year)

As an Editorial Assistant I project managed academic and reference titles on behalf of an international publisher, seeing books through the production process from raw manuscript to print-ready files. I communicated with all the key players in the production process, including authors, the publisher, typesetters, artworkers and freelancers.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Third Reich (Seminar Studies)

David G. Williamson

The Third Reich is a succinct, comprehensive examination of the major debates surrounding this crucial period in modern German history. The character and operation of the Nazi state, and of its global consequences, have been discussed and disputed since 1933. David G. Williamson’s Seminar Studies text, now in its fifth edition, provides students with a lucid introduction to the Third Reich and... read more

The Third Reich is a succinct, comprehensive examination of the major debates surrounding this crucial period in modern German history. The character and operation of the Nazi state, and of its global consequences, have been discussed and disputed since 1933. David G. Williamson’s Seminar Studies text, now in its fifth edition, provides students with a lucid introduction to the Third Reich and... read more

Captured Landscape: Architecture and the Enclosed Garden

Kate Baker

The enclosed garden, or hortus conclusus, is a place where architecture and landscape come together. It has a long and varied history, ranging from the early paradise garden and cloister, the botanic garden and giardini segreto, the kitchen garden and as a stage for social display. The enclosed garden has continued to develop into its many modern forms: the city retreat, the redemptive garden,... read more

The enclosed garden, or hortus conclusus, is a place where architecture and landscape come together. It has a long and varied history, ranging from the early paradise garden and cloister, the botanic garden and giardini segreto, the kitchen garden and as a stage for social display. The enclosed garden has continued to develop into its many modern forms: the city retreat, the redemptive garden,... read more

Understanding Transitions in the Early Years

Anne O'Connor

There are many transitions that children experience before they are five, including the first major transition from home to an early years setting. Successive changes can have a serious impact on young children and stress, separation and insecure attachments can affect not only a child’s emotional health but also cognitive and intellectual development. Featuring new material on provision for t... read more

There are many transitions that children experience before they are five, including the first major transition from home to an early years setting. Successive changes can have a serious impact on young children and stress, separation and insecure attachments can affect not only a child’s emotional health but also cognitive and intellectual development. Featuring new material on provision for t... read more

Mindfulness for Coaches

Michael Chaskalson

Mindfulness for Coaches accessibly presents theory and research on the benefits of mindfulness training and explores how mindfulness can feature in coaching work. Michael Chaskalson and Mark McMordie explain how coaches can use mindfulness to become more deeply attuned to themselves and to clients, and to create transformational resonance. The authors present a systematic methodology to cultiv... read more

Mindfulness for Coaches accessibly presents theory and research on the benefits of mindfulness training and explores how mindfulness can feature in coaching work. Michael Chaskalson and Mark McMordie explain how coaches can use mindfulness to become more deeply attuned to themselves and to clients, and to create transformational resonance. The authors present a systematic methodology to cultiv... read more

Key Thinkers in Neuroscience

Andy Wickens

Key Thinkers in Neuroscience provides insight into the life and work of some of the most significant minds that have shaped the field. Studies of the human brain have been varied and complex, and the field is rich in pioneers whose endeavours have broken new ground in neuroscience. Adopting a chronological and multi-disciplinary approach to each Key Thinker, the book highlights their extraordi... read more

Key Thinkers in Neuroscience provides insight into the life and work of some of the most significant minds that have shaped the field. Studies of the human brain have been varied and complex, and the field is rich in pioneers whose endeavours have broken new ground in neuroscience. Adopting a chronological and multi-disciplinary approach to each Key Thinker, the book highlights their extraordi... read more

Using Formative Assessment to Support Student Learning Objectives

M. Christina Schneider, Robert L. Johnson

As student learning objectives become an increasingly prominent approach to setting goals and growth measures in schools, teachers’ competence in formative assessment is essential. Using Formative Assessment to Support Student Learning Objectives introduces current and future educators to SLOs as tools for shaping career- and college-ready students. Written in concise and straightforward langu... read more

As student learning objectives become an increasingly prominent approach to setting goals and growth measures in schools, teachers’ competence in formative assessment is essential. Using Formative Assessment to Support Student Learning Objectives introduces current and future educators to SLOs as tools for shaping career- and college-ready students. Written in concise and straightforward langu... read more

Global Concepts for Young People

Becky Hunt

Learn how to teach global concepts and use them to increase critical thinking across the curriculum. In this new book from popular consultant Becky Hunt, you’ll get ready-to-use lesson plans, stories, and activities to help you teach five key global concepts—Change, Interdependence, Culture, Scarcity, and Power. Aligned with both the C3 Social Studies Framework and the Common Core State Standa... read more

Learn how to teach global concepts and use them to increase critical thinking across the curriculum. In this new book from popular consultant Becky Hunt, you’ll get ready-to-use lesson plans, stories, and activities to help you teach five key global concepts—Change, Interdependence, Culture, Scarcity, and Power. Aligned with both the C3 Social Studies Framework and the Common Core State Standa... read more

How to Get Tenure

Michael S. Harris

Helping assistant professors and pre-tenure faculty balance competing obligations in teaching, research, and service, this comprehensive book explores the challenging path toward tenure. Drawing from research literature on faculty development, pedagogy, and psychology, How to Get Tenure covers topics such as productivity, research agendas, publication, service, and preparing a dossier. Whether... read more

Helping assistant professors and pre-tenure faculty balance competing obligations in teaching, research, and service, this comprehensive book explores the challenging path toward tenure. Drawing from research literature on faculty development, pedagogy, and psychology, How to Get Tenure covers topics such as productivity, research agendas, publication, service, and preparing a dossier. Whether... read more

Powerful Pedagogy

Ruth Powley

How can we teach better quicker? In Powerful Pedagogy, Ruth Powley, Love Learning Ideas blogger and experienced teacher and school leader, debunks teaching and learning myths and shows how the more we know about pedagogy, the more able we are to make informed and efficient choices about our practice, saving ourselves valuable time. Focusing on building sequences of learning rather than one-off... read more

How can we teach better quicker? In Powerful Pedagogy, Ruth Powley, Love Learning Ideas blogger and experienced teacher and school leader, debunks teaching and learning myths and shows how the more we know about pedagogy, the more able we are to make informed and efficient choices about our practice, saving ourselves valuable time. Focusing on building sequences of learning rather than one-off... read more

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