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Jo de Vries

Jo de Vries - Editor

United Kingdom

A passionate and dedicated publishing professional who enjoys collaborating closely with authors to realise their vision for their work.

Overview

Having worked in trade publishing for over 14 years, latterly as Head of Specialist Publishing for The History Press (the UK's largest independent history publisher), I have overseen the publication of hundreds of books from concept to completion.

I enjoy working closely with authors to ensure that their original idea is shaped into a commercially viable project and that their final manuscript is honed into a work that sings to its audience. I can offer close structural and developmental editing, as well as light-touch copyediting and proofreading. I have spent much of my career mentoring authors, whether first-timers or seasoned professionals, and love collaborating with my authors at all stages of the process, whether they are aiming for traditional publishing or looking to explore the opportunities of self-publishing. I have helped a number of authors publish works of non-fiction and fiction, whether for themselves or by representing them to other publishers and agents.

I have project managed a range of highly successful and critically acclaimed books from works of serious military to popular and cultural histories for diverse audiences. I have commissioned and developed strategies for lists producing up to 60 titles a year and have overseen busy publishing departments. I enjoy mentoring staff and authors, helping them to gain a better insight into their readership and how to ensure their work is of the highest quality. For publishers I can offer list and concept development, commissioning and authoring skills, as well as a full range of editorial and project management services. I have worked on custom and co-branded publications for institutions ranging from the Imperial War Museum to the National Trust. I am well used to running busy project teams, whether in-house or freelancers. I can work on individual tasks or take on project management of books, series, lists or apps.

So, whether you are an author looking for someone to champion your work and guide you through the publishing process or you are a publisher looking for a dedicated professional to help you deliver your publishing programme on time, to brief and on budget - please get in touch.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment History

Certifications

  • BA Hons Degree - First-Class Honours: Literature
  • Diploma in Literature & Creative Writing - Distinction

Work experience

Publishing Consultant

Self-employed

December, 2015 – Present (about 1 year)

Head of Specialist Publishing & Senior Commissioning Editor

The History Press

January, 2008 – March, 2015 (about 7 years)

Commissioning Editor, AQA History AS/A-Level

Nelson Thornes (now part of Oxford University Press)

March, 2005 – December, 2007 (almost 3 years)

Commissioning Editor

Osprey Publishing (now part of Bloomsbury, Inc.)

February, 2003 – March, 2005 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (26 selected works)

The First World War in 100 Objects

Peter Doyle

From the iconic to the intimate, each object is illustrated and accompanied by the story of its role within the war and its significance todayObjects allow us to reach out and touch the past and they play a living role in history today. Through them we can understand the experience of men and women during World War I. They bear witness to the stories of men whose only morning comfort in the tr... read more

From the iconic to the intimate, each object is illustrated and accompanied by the story of its role within the war and its significance todayObjects allow us to reach out and touch the past and they play a living role in history today. Through them we can understand the experience of men and women during World War I. They bear witness to the stories of men whose only morning comfort in the tr... read more

The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players

Stephen Cooper

In the years leading up to World War I, the rugby grounds of Britain became training grounds for war. This book plays tribute to the pivotal role rugby played in the Great War by following the poignant stories of 15 men who played for Rosslyn Park, London. They came from diverse backgrounds, with players from Australia, Ceylon, Columbia, Ireland, and South Africa, but they were united by their... read more

In the years leading up to World War I, the rugby grounds of Britain became training grounds for war. This book plays tribute to the pivotal role rugby played in the Great War by following the poignant stories of 15 men who played for Rosslyn Park, London. They came from diverse backgrounds, with players from Australia, Ceylon, Columbia, Ireland, and South Africa, but they were united by their... read more

After the Final Whistle: The First Rugby World Cup and the First World War

Stephen Cooper

The first book to tell the story of how the Great War inspired the greatest rugby tournament in the world As Britain’s Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the first to volunteer. They led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament: sevens teams at eight venues, playing 17 matches to declare a first "world cha... read more

The first book to tell the story of how the Great War inspired the greatest rugby tournament in the world As Britain’s Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the first to volunteer. They led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament: sevens teams at eight venues, playing 17 matches to declare a first "world cha... read more

Female Tommies: The Frontline Women of the First World War

Elisabeth Shipton

The extraordinary women who served in World War I, from the U.S., UK, and Canada Through their diaries, letters, and memoirs, this book tells the story of brave women at the front line of WWI. Readers will meet the women who defied convention and followed their convictions to defend the less fortunate and fight for their country. Follow British Flora Sandes as she joins the Serbian Army and ta... read more

The extraordinary women who served in World War I, from the U.S., UK, and Canada Through their diaries, letters, and memoirs, this book tells the story of brave women at the front line of WWI. Readers will meet the women who defied convention and followed their convictions to defend the less fortunate and fight for their country. Follow British Flora Sandes as she joins the Serbian Army and ta... read more

Most Secret: The Hidden History of Orford Ness

Paddy Heazell

Reveals the history of Britain's most hidden research and testing site for the militaryOrford Ness is so secret a place that most people have never even heard of it. Yet, the role it played in inventing and testing weapons over the course of the 20th century was far more significant and much longer than that of Bletchley Park. Nestled on a remote part of the Suffolk coast, Orford Ness operated... read more

Reveals the history of Britain's most hidden research and testing site for the militaryOrford Ness is so secret a place that most people have never even heard of it. Yet, the role it played in inventing and testing weapons over the course of the 20th century was far more significant and much longer than that of Bletchley Park. Nestled on a remote part of the Suffolk coast, Orford Ness operated... read more

Dirty Wars: A Century of Counterinsurgency

Simon Robbins

Twentieth and 21st century conflict is dominated by counterinsurgency operations, where the enemy is almost indistinguishable from innocent civilians. Battles are gunfights in jungles, deserts, and streets, and winning "hearts and minds" is as crucial as winning territory. From struggles in Ireland to Malaya; fighting the Viet Cong in Vietnam; operations in India, Yemen, Kenya, Aden, and Pales... read more

Twentieth and 21st century conflict is dominated by counterinsurgency operations, where the enemy is almost indistinguishable from innocent civilians. Battles are gunfights in jungles, deserts, and streets, and winning "hearts and minds" is as crucial as winning territory. From struggles in Ireland to Malaya; fighting the Viet Cong in Vietnam; operations in India, Yemen, Kenya, Aden, and Pales... read more

Ramones at 40

Martin Popoff

The Ramones helped kick-start the punk movement and change rock history. Now, on the 40th anniversary of their critically acclaimed debut album, comes the first fully illustrated color coffee-table book on the legendary band. Written by veteran music journalist Martin Popoff, The Ramones at 40 explodes with visuals and offers fresh, thoughtful writing, stand-alone features, interviews, and a f... read more

The Ramones helped kick-start the punk movement and change rock history. Now, on the 40th anniversary of their critically acclaimed debut album, comes the first fully illustrated color coffee-table book on the legendary band. Written by veteran music journalist Martin Popoff, The Ramones at 40 explodes with visuals and offers fresh, thoughtful writing, stand-alone features, interviews, and a f... read more

The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music's Golden Age

Bill Dahl

This stunning book charts the rich history of the blues, through the dazzling array of posters, album covers, and advertisements that have shaped its identity over the past hundred years. The blues have been one of the most ubiquitous but diverse elements of American popular music at large, and the visual art associated with this unique sound has been just as varied and dynamic. There is no be... read more

This stunning book charts the rich history of the blues, through the dazzling array of posters, album covers, and advertisements that have shaped its identity over the past hundred years. The blues have been one of the most ubiquitous but diverse elements of American popular music at large, and the visual art associated with this unique sound has been just as varied and dynamic. There is no be... read more

Banjo: An Illustrated History

Bob Carlin

(Book). The banjo is emblematic of American country music, and it is at the core of other important musical movements, including jazz and ragtime. The instrument has been adopted by many cultures and has been ingrained into many musical traditions, from Mento music in the Caribbean and dance music in Ireland. Virtuosos such as Bela Fleck have played Bach, African music, and Christmas tunes on ... read more

(Book). The banjo is emblematic of American country music, and it is at the core of other important musical movements, including jazz and ragtime. The instrument has been adopted by many cultures and has been ingrained into many musical traditions, from Mento music in the Caribbean and dance music in Ireland. Virtuosos such as Bela Fleck have played Bach, African music, and Christmas tunes on ... read more

The Death of Comrade Romanov

David Johnson

It is 1917 and the world is weary of war. At the heart of the conflict sits three cousins – the ruling monarchs of Britain, Germany and Russia. In the face of the devastation that the monarchs and politicians have wrought upon their countries, men and women rebel. Russia is in turmoil, the government is overthrown and Tsar Nicholas II is forced to end centuries of Tsarist rule. While the allie... read more

It is 1917 and the world is weary of war. At the heart of the conflict sits three cousins – the ruling monarchs of Britain, Germany and Russia. In the face of the devastation that the monarchs and politicians have wrought upon their countries, men and women rebel. Russia is in turmoil, the government is overthrown and Tsar Nicholas II is forced to end centuries of Tsarist rule. While the allie... read more

Great War Fashion: Tales from the History Wardrobe

Lucy Adlington

Author: Lucy AdlingtonHardbackThis book chronicles a revolution in British women's fashion, prompted by the extraordinary events before and during the Great War. Publisher: History PressISBN: 9780752493480

Author: Lucy AdlingtonHardbackThis book chronicles a revolution in British women's fashion, prompted by the extraordinary events before and during the Great War. Publisher: History PressISBN: 9780752493480

Great War Britain: The First World War at Home

Lucinda Gosling

The declaration of war in August 1914 was to change Britain and British society irrevocably as conflict came to dominate almost every aspect of civilian life for the next four years. Popular weekly magazines such as The Tatler, The Sketch and The Queen, recorded the national preoccupations of the time and in particular, the upper-class experience of war. Targeted at a well-heeled, largely fema... read more

The declaration of war in August 1914 was to change Britain and British society irrevocably as conflict came to dominate almost every aspect of civilian life for the next four years. Popular weekly magazines such as The Tatler, The Sketch and The Queen, recorded the national preoccupations of the time and in particular, the upper-class experience of war. Targeted at a well-heeled, largely fema... read more

It's All a Bit Heath Robinson: Re-inventing the First World War

Lucinda Gosling

It's All a Bit Heath Robinson

It's All a Bit Heath Robinson

A Better 'Ole: The Brilliant Bruce Bairnsfather and the First World War

Lucinda Gosling in association with Mary Evans Picture Library

Bruce Bairnsfather was the most loved and remains the most famous cartoonist of the First World War....

Bruce Bairnsfather was the most loved and remains the most famous cartoonist of the First World War....

Bon Jovi: The Story

Bryan Reesman

Frankly Kellie

Kellie Maloney

Not many people have been a unique a journey as Kellie Maloney. Born 'Frank Maloney' into a tough working class family in the 1950s, the young man gravitated towards the world of boxing, where he became a very well respected boxing promoter and worked with the likes of undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and world champions Paul Ingle and Scott Harrison. Decades later, Frank decided t... read more

Not many people have been a unique a journey as Kellie Maloney. Born 'Frank Maloney' into a tough working class family in the 1950s, the young man gravitated towards the world of boxing, where he became a very well respected boxing promoter and worked with the likes of undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and world champions Paul Ingle and Scott Harrison. Decades later, Frank decided t... read more

The Real Mary Kelly

Wynne Weston-Davies

Many researchers have tried over the decades to discover Mary Jane Kelly's true identity. She was the final and most brutally murdered victim of Jack the Ripper, but almost nothing is known about her family or her earlier life. In this thrilling book, author, qualified surgeon and Mary's great-nephew, Wynne Weston-Davies, explores the inscrutable circumstances behind the Ripper's fifth and fin... read more

Many researchers have tried over the decades to discover Mary Jane Kelly's true identity. She was the final and most brutally murdered victim of Jack the Ripper, but almost nothing is known about her family or her earlier life. In this thrilling book, author, qualified surgeon and Mary's great-nephew, Wynne Weston-Davies, explores the inscrutable circumstances behind the Ripper's fifth and fin... read more

The Forgotten Spy

Nick Barratt

Kelly's War

Jon Cooksey, Graham McKechnie

In this remarkable book, historians Jon Cooksey and Graham McKechnie present the extraordinary story of Frederick Kelly, the musician, composer and Olympic rower, killed in action during the Great War. Frederick Kelly's war diary, written between 1914 and 1916, is a unique document recording some of the most significant events of the 20th century. This is the story of a singular, brave and bri... read more

In this remarkable book, historians Jon Cooksey and Graham McKechnie present the extraordinary story of Frederick Kelly, the musician, composer and Olympic rower, killed in action during the Great War. Frederick Kelly's war diary, written between 1914 and 1916, is a unique document recording some of the most significant events of the 20th century. This is the story of a singular, brave and bri... read more

83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson

Matt Richards, Mark Langthorne

On June 25th, 2009, the world was rocked by the tragic, shocking news that Michael Jackson had died. The biggest and most influential music icon since Elvis Presley, Jackson was pronounced dead on arrival at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 50 years old. As the news reverberated around the world, it was soon accompanied by even more shocking and controversial information: that Jackson had died a... read more

On June 25th, 2009, the world was rocked by the tragic, shocking news that Michael Jackson had died. The biggest and most influential music icon since Elvis Presley, Jackson was pronounced dead on arrival at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 50 years old. As the news reverberated around the world, it was soon accompanied by even more shocking and controversial information: that Jackson had died a... read more

Boris Becker's Wimbledon

Boris Becker

Boris's story is almost without parallel in tennis, from astonishing teenage talent, to Wimbledon champion, to a renowned television commentator, manager, and coach of one of the world's greatest contemporary players, Novak Djokovic. In this wonderful illustrated autobiography, Boris shares his unique story, tracing his career through the many changes in the game but which has, at its heart, h... read more

Boris's story is almost without parallel in tennis, from astonishing teenage talent, to Wimbledon champion, to a renowned television commentator, manager, and coach of one of the world's greatest contemporary players, Novak Djokovic. In this wonderful illustrated autobiography, Boris shares his unique story, tracing his career through the many changes in the game but which has, at its heart, h... read more

Don't Tell the Bride

Renegade Pictures (UK) Ltd

The BBC's hit series Don't Tell the Bride has graced our screens for nearly a decade with stories of tasteless parties, disgruntled guests and dodgy ceremonies. Now, with exclusive access to the hit television show, including behind the scenes interviews look at how to plan a wedding and what not to do with that all-important budget.Don't Tell the Bride sees couples spend nearly three weeks ap... read more

The BBC's hit series Don't Tell the Bride has graced our screens for nearly a decade with stories of tasteless parties, disgruntled guests and dodgy ceremonies. Now, with exclusive access to the hit television show, including behind the scenes interviews look at how to plan a wedding and what not to do with that all-important budget.Don't Tell the Bride sees couples spend nearly three weeks ap... read more

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