EDITORIAL DIRECTOR + BOOK EDITOR + GHOSTWRITER + AUTHOR
I like to think of what I do as 'creative auditing' - unleashing the author's story with snappish and rigorous editorial observations, diction dieting, faultless research, and an acute eye for angling for the market - be that content or copy, the macro or the micro. I understand the commercial market, world of agents, and this informs my editing.
That said, the types of things I look to ensure a manuscript is brimming with are all the things the reader of that genre wants to read about. So, whether that be 'movie picture' scene transitions for thrillers; credible conflict between complex characters of lit-fiction; 'fleshy' subplots for that slow burning romance; or touchable, textured world-building in fantasy fiction and sci-fi -- I'll tailor it accordingly.
From starting out in London publishing houses, editing books that have been published and distributed by large publishers including Bloomsbury, I am now the Editorial Director of Arcadian Library imprint White Mountain Books. Alongside this, I am a ghostwriter of over fifteen published books, many of them novels, founder of a book packaging press, and advanced register professional with the Society of Editors and Proofreaders. Editing, however, is my main passion. I have experience across a range of publications: from the memoirs of notable bankers and oil men; to literary, YA, sci-fi, fantasy and historical fiction; to academic texts, as well as collections of poetry and children's stories.
I can also quote for a range of slimmed down packages: from polishing up prose, to a dialogue package focussing only on speech, to character clean-ups. If you decide that I might be the fellow to ensure you're doing that, what you'll also receive is a vibrant and dynamic working relationship, and a shared goal of reaching your endgame. All of my relationships with writers I have worked with in the past have been built on a lot of energy, no lack of humour, and a great slice of passion into whatever the project entails.
• Promoted to the position of Editorial Director after two years in previous position as Book Editor. Entrusted with the general running of Arcadian Lifestyle Publishing; this includes leading a team of writers, editors, proofreaders and more.
• Main duties comprise liaising - and maintaining good relations - with authors, editors, designers, proofreaders, printers, typesetters, marketers, legal advisors, and distributors to chart and navigate a book along the full publication spectrum: from manuscript through to international release.
• To ensure that strict deadlines set by our publishing partners and distributors Bloomsbury and Macmillan are met for delivery to distributing warehouse. This trickles down to every element of a book's creation. Because of this, it is my duty to set - and meet - tight deadlines to maintain annual publishing schedule.
• More specific roles include the following: book editing; formatting for typesetters; contributing to, and signing off on, book cover design; scheduling administration; drafting marketing components for books such as blurbs, dedications, summaries, and introductions.
A fascinating mixture of history, religion and recipes, God's Cook Book explores the spiritual traditions of the ancient Levant and how they influenced culinary development. It offers a unique insight into the holy books of the three Abrahamic faiths, (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), and their prescriptions for human nutrition, as well as practical guides allowing the modern-day cook to recr... read more
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Soul Guide is a reflective consolidation that sets in motion a journey of self-love, told in pairs of poems that parallel each other. It shadows misadventure, chronicles the bittersweet effects of love in different forms, and offers solidarity within oneself. Soul Guide is a perceptive narrative about loss, wandering, and eventually reigniting your own soul.
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