Jim Barker

Jim Barker - Editor

Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Drawing on more than 20 years of editorial experience, I offer proof-reading, copy editing and copy writing services. Let's work together.

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Overview

I am an experienced editor and proof reader. For more than 20 years I worked in travel guides, but now I'm more interested in editing fiction and long-form non-fiction. I'm particularly looking forward to getting my editorial teeth into your science fiction, horror or crime novels, but I'm happy to help out with whatever you're working on and hoping to publish. I'm an avid reader, and a collector of vintage paperbacks and comics. Other interests include cinema, music, walking, and gaming (console and board).
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Travel
Fiction
Historical Fiction

Certifications

  • BA (Hons.) American Studies, 2:1, Reading University, Berkshire, 1996

Work experience

Editor and writer

Self-employed
February, 2018 – Present (over 3 years)

Freelancing is a new project for me. After 20 years at the AA, I am trying my hand at something more adventurous. I hope I can help you with your latest project.

Editor, Senior Editor

Automobile Association
July, 1996 – February, 2018 (over 21 years)

At the AA I did editorial work on all the Lifestyle Guides publications. These include the Hotel Guide, B and B Guide, Restaurant Guide, Days Out Guide, Pub Guide and various guides to the UK. I also worked on the AA's website content. Work on the guides included proofreading, copy writing, copy editing, commissioning features and content providers, as well as working with the AA inspectors and various other third parties. I also did some picture research, quite a lot of InDesign work, and created solutions to generate complete guides from a database.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

West of Prescott

B.D. Crum

Riker Morgan, praised gunsmith of Copper Creek has everything a man could want. Loyal friends, a beautiful lady at his side, and peaceful existence high in the mountains of the Northeastern Territory of Arizona. Meanwhile the ever present threat of Carlo Montana, and his vicious band of goons mercilessly seek to bring an end to all of which Riker holds dear. Will the gunsmith and the townsfolk... read more

Riker Morgan, praised gunsmith of Copper Creek has everything a man could want. Loyal friends, a beautiful lady at his side, and peaceful existence high in the mountains of the Northeastern Territory of Arizona. Meanwhile the ever present threat of Carlo Montana, and his vicious band of goons mercilessly seek to bring an end to all of which Riker holds dear. Will the gunsmith and the townsfolk... read more

The AA Guide to Cornwall (Travel Guide)

AA Publishing

The stereotypical image of Cornwall is captivating enough: craggy cliffs, smugglers' coves and surfers hanging ten offshore. But peek behind the nautical bunting and popular tourist resorts and you'll discover the real Cornwall - a compelling land of myth, legend, dramatic scenery and rich culture - The AA Guide to Cornwall gives you all you need to know to get the most out of your visit to th... read more

The stereotypical image of Cornwall is captivating enough: craggy cliffs, smugglers' coves and surfers hanging ten offshore. But peek behind the nautical bunting and popular tourist resorts and you'll discover the real Cornwall - a compelling land of myth, legend, dramatic scenery and rich culture - The AA Guide to Cornwall gives you all you need to know to get the most out of your visit to th... read more

Bikers' Britain: Great Motorbike Rides (AA)

Simon Weir, AA Publishing

The best motorcycle riding routes in Britain, tried and tested by RiDE magazine. Written by RiDE Magazine's Simon Weir and with introduction by Charlie Boorman, Bikers' Britain is all about the best roads for motorcyclists in the UK, from open throttle straights to expert curves, from soaring mountains to windswept coastlines. It's for the five million native riders and the tens of thousands w... read more

The best motorcycle riding routes in Britain, tried and tested by RiDE magazine. Written by RiDE Magazine's Simon Weir and with introduction by Charlie Boorman, Bikers' Britain is all about the best roads for motorcyclists in the UK, from open throttle straights to expert curves, from soaring mountains to windswept coastlines. It's for the five million native riders and the tens of thousands w... read more

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Michelle Zdyb
Thoroughly enjoyed working with Jim. I think I stretched him a bit by having him work on a paranormal romance. I loved the feedback he gave and I have taken on board all the comments made. The links he provided were very helpful.

Michelle Zdyb, April 2021

Jim Barker
Thanks, Michelle. Very nice of you to say so. Glad to be of help, and I hope to work with you again soon.

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