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Jill Sawyer

Jill Sawyer - Editor

Letchworth Garden City, Herts, UK

Freelance digital and print packager, typesetter and editor, specialising in re-purposing and content conversion.

Overview

I am a freelance digital and print packager, editor and digital-publishing consultant.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Historical Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Health & wellbeing History Nature

Work experience

Freelance Publishing professional

Freelance

May, 2013 – Present (over 3 years)

I offer a range of services to a range of publishers and self-publishers.
Scholastic Children’s Books Reformatting Horrible Histories, Horrible Science and Murderous Maths series.
Editorial work on My Story and I Was There series. Ebook conversion and consultancy. Publicity support.
Nosy Crow Fixed-format ePub conversion with audio and text highlighting, consultancy and project development –
children’s picture books.
White Fox Ltd (Publishing services agency) Typesetting, ebook conversion, editorial – adult fiction, erotic fiction,
YA fiction and biography.
Mary Glasgow Magazines Consultancy, ebook development – language-learning magazines.
Jennifer Luithlen Agency Ebook conversion and consultancy – YA and children’s fiction.
Templar Publishing Project development – children’s illustrated non fiction.
Windmill Books Ltd Content conversion, digital-publishing consultancy and training – adult non fiction.
Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency Digitizing and typesetting – children’s fiction.
Colin West Reformatting and fixed-format ebook conversion – children’s picture books.
Terry Deary Ltd Ebook conversion and typesetting – children’s fiction.
Frilly Fish Editorial support – children’s activity books.
Hot Page Publishing Typesetting and ebook conversion – YA fiction.
Mad Notes Media Typesetting, ebook conversion, editorial and consultancy – YA fiction.
Ann Bryant Typesetting and ebook conversion – YA fiction.
Xbooksonline Typesetting and ebook conversion – erotic fiction.
The Bootleg Sixties Website maintenance, ebook conversion, photography – touring band and theatre show.
University of the West of England Occasional Visiting Lecturer Science Communication.

Desk Editor/Project Editor/Senior Editor/Editorial Director/Editorial Project Manager

Scholastic Children’s Books

March, 2000 – May, 2013 (about 13 years)

Various editorial roles in children's non fiction. Also edited the My Story series: historical fiction

Managing Editor (Freelance)

Dorling Kindersley

July, 1998 – March, 2000 (over 1 year)

Managing editor on the Hugo's Language Books list.

ELT proofreader (Freelance)

Pearson Education

July, 1998 – March, 2000 (over 1 year)

ELT proofreader

Portfolio (19 selected works)

My Story: The Blitz

Vince Cross

"As Dad went out for the evening shift, he looked up and said grimly 'If they're ever going to come, it'll be on a night like this.' And sure enough the first air raid warning came at a few minutes past nine." It's 1940. Edie Benson lives happily with her family in Lewisham, London. Little does she know that the summer will be one of air-raid sirens and bombs raining down, tearing the heart ou... read more

"As Dad went out for the evening shift, he looked up and said grimly 'If they're ever going to come, it'll be on a night like this.' And sure enough the first air raid warning came at a few minutes past nine." It's 1940. Edie Benson lives happily with her family in Lewisham, London. Little does she know that the summer will be one of air-raid sirens and bombs raining down, tearing the heart ou... read more

My Story: Nowhere to Run

Carol Drinkwater

Becky Mortkowicz's family are Jewish refugees from Poland, while Claudette leads a happy carefree life in Paris. Two girls from very different backgrounds, but the horrors of the Nazi occupation will bring them dramatically together. Becky's family have been forced to flee Warsaw for France and are offered a home by Claudette's father. The friendship between the two girls blossoms, but Becky's... read more

Becky Mortkowicz's family are Jewish refugees from Poland, while Claudette leads a happy carefree life in Paris. Two girls from very different backgrounds, but the horrors of the Nazi occupation will bring them dramatically together. Becky's family have been forced to flee Warsaw for France and are offered a home by Claudette's father. The friendship between the two girls blossoms, but Becky's... read more

Langdown Manor (My Story)

Sue Reid

When Penelope Fitzsimmons arrives at Langdown Manor to live with relatives she's never met, she feels desperately alone and unwanted - until she meets Fred. They are two of a kind: restless, unconventional and daring - wanting more from life than what's expected of them. But she's an upper-class girl and he's a servant. How can they ever be together when society keeps them apart?

When Penelope Fitzsimmons arrives at Langdown Manor to live with relatives she's never met, she feels desperately alone and unwanted - until she meets Fred. They are two of a kind: restless, unconventional and daring - wanting more from life than what's expected of them. But she's an upper-class girl and he's a servant. How can they ever be together when society keeps them apart?

Thomas Flintham's Marvellous Mazes

Thomas Flintham

From outstanding new graduate talent Thomas Flintham, this is a puzzle book with a difference. Beautifully rendered black-and-white intricate mazes will keep children absorbed for hours on end. Children can find their way through the fur of a great big bear, help squirrels reach nuts at the top of a tall tree, and aid a knight in his quest for the castle. Every child will find themselves delig... read more

From outstanding new graduate talent Thomas Flintham, this is a puzzle book with a difference. Beautifully rendered black-and-white intricate mazes will keep children absorbed for hours on end. Children can find their way through the fur of a great big bear, help squirrels reach nuts at the top of a tall tree, and aid a knight in his quest for the castle. Every child will find themselves delig... read more

Dr Christian's Guide to Growing Up

Dr Christian Jessen

No question is too cringey for Embarrassing Bodies expert Dr Christian! In this no-nonsense guide, he's here to answer all those awkward questions about puberty, your body and the process of growing up.

No question is too cringey for Embarrassing Bodies expert Dr Christian! In this no-nonsense guide, he's here to answer all those awkward questions about puberty, your body and the process of growing up.

Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries Book 1)

Jamie Scallion

The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries is an electrifying new series following the fortunes of a teenage rock band from London, The RockAteers. Their Mission: World Domination. When Burt decides he must start a rock band to win the love of Bex, the hottest girl in the school, he is forced to assemble a group who wouldn’t normally be seen dead together. The RockAteers are born. It must work, and not just fo... read more

The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries is an electrifying new series following the fortunes of a teenage rock band from London, The RockAteers. Their Mission: World Domination. When Burt decides he must start a rock band to win the love of Bex, the hottest girl in the school, he is forced to assemble a group who wouldn’t normally be seen dead together. The RockAteers are born. It must work, and not just fo... read more

The Bet (Perfect Lives Book 1)

Lorna Read

A drunken bet means that Rosie, Kelly and Serena have just one year in which to turn their lives around…One year to find the best job, the best boyfriend and most important of all, the best sex. But of course Fate always has other things in store!

A drunken bet means that Rosie, Kelly and Serena have just one year in which to turn their lives around…One year to find the best job, the best boyfriend and most important of all, the best sex. But of course Fate always has other things in store!

Space (Henry's House)

Philip Ardagh

Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house...Step inside Henry's House and join Henry, Jaggers the caretaker and a quirky cast of characters as they find out everything there is to know about space. Fact-packed, fun-packed, get packed ...and head for Henry's House!

Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house...Step inside Henry's House and join Henry, Jaggers the caretaker and a quirky cast of characters as they find out everything there is to know about space. Fact-packed, fun-packed, get packed ...and head for Henry's House!

Egyptians (Henry's House)

Philip Ardagh

Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house...There's a pyramid in the back garden and a pharaoh in the living room! Step inside Henry's House and join Henry, Jaggers the caretaker and a quirky cast of characters as they find out about ancient Egyptians. Fact-packed, fun-packed, get packed ...and head for Henry's House!

Meet Henry, an ordinary boy in an extraordinary house...There's a pyramid in the back garden and a pharaoh in the living room! Step inside Henry's House and join Henry, Jaggers the caretaker and a quirky cast of characters as they find out about ancient Egyptians. Fact-packed, fun-packed, get packed ...and head for Henry's House!

Planet in Peril (Horrible Geography Handbooks)

Anita Ganeri

This is the next title in the colour "Horrible Geography Handbooks" series. From climate change to carbon footprints "How to Save the Planet" is a Horribly useful guide the environmental issues children are most concerned about and offers oodles of ideas of things readers can do to help to save the planet.

This is the next title in the colour "Horrible Geography Handbooks" series. From climate change to carbon footprints "How to Save the Planet" is a Horribly useful guide the environmental issues children are most concerned about and offers oodles of ideas of things readers can do to help to save the planet.

Too Close

Ann Bryant

Two fourteen year old girls. Two secrets, which bubble and simmer and finally explode. Bethany is convinced she can make it work. Laurette is French. She is the perfect best friend. The sister replacement. Against a backdrop of a summer holiday in England, Laurette gradually becomes aware that Bethany is not all she seemed to be in France. Unable to contact her parents, Laurette feels increasi... read more

Two fourteen year old girls. Two secrets, which bubble and simmer and finally explode. Bethany is convinced she can make it work. Laurette is French. She is the perfect best friend. The sister replacement. Against a backdrop of a summer holiday in England, Laurette gradually becomes aware that Bethany is not all she seemed to be in France. Unable to contact her parents, Laurette feels increasi... read more

How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients: An Electrifying Guide to the Elements

Adrian Dingle

What do cars, stars, skyscrapers, and ice cream all have in common? They're all made from the same 92 ingredients...and so are we. And so is everything in the entire universe! How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients presents a unique and imaginative way for young readers to connect chemistry and science with their daily lives. By using dozens of familiar objects (trees, cell phones, the Sun... read more

What do cars, stars, skyscrapers, and ice cream all have in common? They're all made from the same 92 ingredients...and so are we. And so is everything in the entire universe! How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients presents a unique and imaginative way for young readers to connect chemistry and science with their daily lives. By using dozens of familiar objects (trees, cell phones, the Sun... read more

The Magic of Maths (Murderous Maths)

Kjartan Poskitt

Murderous Maths: The Magic of Maths is full of incredible tricks to wow children and teachers alike. Brand new for the relaunch of the primary national curriculum in autumn 2014, children can discover how to use the power of maths to beat the calculator, perform amazing card tricks and even read minds! Illustrated by Philip Reeve and presented in a bold, funky and accessible way so children ca... read more

Murderous Maths: The Magic of Maths is full of incredible tricks to wow children and teachers alike. Brand new for the relaunch of the primary national curriculum in autumn 2014, children can discover how to use the power of maths to beat the calculator, perform amazing card tricks and even read minds! Illustrated by Philip Reeve and presented in a bold, funky and accessible way so children ca... read more

House of Horrors (Horrible Science)

Nick Arnold

House of Horrors lifts the roof on the disgusting details of domestic life as only Horrible Science. Who lives in a house like this? Just about everyone. This book will have the cleanest of neat freaks running for cover when they discover what they'll never be able to get out of the carpet. House of Horrors dishes the dirt on the secret life of dust mites and parasitic pet poo. Shortlisted for... read more

House of Horrors lifts the roof on the disgusting details of domestic life as only Horrible Science. Who lives in a house like this? Just about everyone. This book will have the cleanest of neat freaks running for cover when they discover what they'll never be able to get out of the carpet. House of Horrors dishes the dirt on the secret life of dust mites and parasitic pet poo. Shortlisted for... read more

How to Draw Horrible Science

Tony De Saulles

This isn't about turning kids into artists; it's about turning them into HORRIBLE artists. The amazing Tony De Saulles shares the secrets of his uniquely 'squishy' style. For everyone who's ever dreamed of drawing mad scientists, farting cows and elephant poo. Definitely not for those who love to draw kittens, pretty flowers and fluffy bunnies...

This isn't about turning kids into artists; it's about turning them into HORRIBLE artists. The amazing Tony De Saulles shares the secrets of his uniquely 'squishy' style. For everyone who's ever dreamed of drawing mad scientists, farting cows and elephant poo. Definitely not for those who love to draw kittens, pretty flowers and fluffy bunnies...

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