Jonathan Griffiths

Jonathan Griffiths - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Editor, publishing manager, and publishing consultant with international experience in book publishing and content development.

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Overview

Editor, Publishing Manager with global publishing experience: Travel Guides and Culture; Academic Press; Business; Biography and Memoir; Photographic; Fiction; Magazines.

Previous positions include Managing Editor (university press), General Manager (books), Director of Product Development (education), Production Editor, and Commissioning Editor (travel and culture).

I work on a wide variety of projects, including books and magazines, marketing and PR copy, and digital media content. I provide complete publishing services to authors, managing the entire process from manuscript development, publisher submissions, and editorial consultation, through to delivery of the finished book.

For authors interested in self publishing, I can assist throughout the entire process, from the first edit through to page layout and, if required, production and printing.

I also help academics and post-graduate writers prepare dissertations and theses for publication, assisting in the production of short print runs, including print on demand and e-book editions. I offer proofreading and editorial support to give students an edge in making their work easy to read and ensuring it delivers maximum impact.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Political Science & Current Affairs
Travel

Work experience

Director, Editorial Services

WST Content Solutions
October, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

WST Content is a creative content agency offering bespoke media and publishing solutions for our partners around the world.

Our managing partners bring over three decades of global experience in professional journalism, editing, and publishing across print and digital platforms. We take a hands-on, collaborative approach to every project, ensuring faultless results are delivered on time in the most cost-effective way.

Managing Editor

University of the South Pacific
January, 2012 – January, 2015 (about 3 years)

Developed and launched USP Press for the University of the South Pacific (USP), a regional university with twelve member nations across the Pacific region. Housed within the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies on the Suva campus, USP Press was officially launched in June 2012.

General Manager: Books

Motivate Media
August, 2006 – July, 2010 (almost 4 years)

Based in Dubai, I managed the book publishing division for Motivate Publishing, one of the region’s leading book and magazine publishers. Motivate’s list of more than 250 titles forms the most comprehensive collection of works published about the Arabian Gulf, in both English and Arabic.

Director, Product Development

Scholastic Inc., New York
August, 2000 – May, 2004 (over 3 years)

In this role I managed the development of software products, primarily related to literacy testing and strengthening reading skills, including online applications, product extensions and all editorial content. Prior to this, I was the Managing Editor at Scolastic Australia's Education division.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Mystery Islands: Discovering the Ancient Pacific

Tom Koppel

There are more than 20,000 islands in the Pacific; fewer than half of them are inhabited. Some are too small or too barren to sustain human life, others are subject to the vagaries of the tides or without fresh water. But many uninhabited Pacific islands have supported life, and been home to Pacific island cultures and societies only to disappear seemingly in an instant--the so-called Mystery ... read more

There are more than 20,000 islands in the Pacific; fewer than half of them are inhabited. Some are too small or too barren to sustain human life, others are subject to the vagaries of the tides or without fresh water. But many uninhabited Pacific islands have supported life, and been home to Pacific island cultures and societies only to disappear seemingly in an instant--the so-called Mystery ... read more

The Arab Business Code

Hornok, Judith

Lord, Here Comes the Flood: Investigating the Chains of Climate Change Discourses in Kiribati

Lasse Kolbjørn Anke Hansen

The author builds a theoretical and analytical framework from literature on accountability and responsiveness, I separate between four dimensions of discourses on climate change: the electoral channel, the state actor interactions, non-electoral citizen participation, and finally, the non-domestic interactions. This is supplemented by previous research on small and island states, cultural and ... read more

The author builds a theoretical and analytical framework from literature on accountability and responsiveness, I separate between four dimensions of discourses on climate change: the electoral channel, the state actor interactions, non-electoral citizen participation, and finally, the non-domestic interactions. This is supplemented by previous research on small and island states, cultural and ... read more

An Illustrated Guide to Dragonflies of Viti Levu, Fiji

Milen Marinov, Hilda Waqa-Sakiti

An Illustrated Guide to Dragonflies of Viti Levu, Fiji provides a detailed analysis of these fascinating insects, as well as a wonderful introduction to the techniques of identifying them in their natural state. Including full colour illustrations and maps, this book provides a rich source of information and instruction for anyone interested in the diverse world of Pacific insects.

An Illustrated Guide to Dragonflies of Viti Levu, Fiji provides a detailed analysis of these fascinating insects, as well as a wonderful introduction to the techniques of identifying them in their natural state. Including full colour illustrations and maps, this book provides a rich source of information and instruction for anyone interested in the diverse world of Pacific insects.

Ancestry

Albert Wendt

Over the past five decades, Albert Wendt has created a complex and unique fictional world inhabited by one of the richest assortments of characters in our literature. In this, his latest collection of short stories, he continues to explore the nature of love, family, and culture through the lives of people caught between the sometimes violent and destructive realities of modern contemporary li... read more

Over the past five decades, Albert Wendt has created a complex and unique fictional world inhabited by one of the richest assortments of characters in our literature. In this, his latest collection of short stories, he continues to explore the nature of love, family, and culture through the lives of people caught between the sometimes violent and destructive realities of modern contemporary li... read more

CultureShock! Germany (Culture Shock!)

Richard Lord

CultureShock! Germany dispels the stereotypes and explores the realities of unified Germany, giving readers an insight into its varied people and customs. Find out how a makler can help you locate the right accommodation, be aware of the importance of health insurance and prepare yourself for the short German work week that comes complete with an annual 30 days of holiday. Understand what it i... read more

CultureShock! Germany dispels the stereotypes and explores the realities of unified Germany, giving readers an insight into its varied people and customs. Find out how a makler can help you locate the right accommodation, be aware of the importance of health insurance and prepare yourself for the short German work week that comes complete with an annual 30 days of holiday. Understand what it i... read more

CultureShock! London

Orin Hargraves

CultureShock! London is the all-essential guide designed to immerse you in the real London. Full of practical information and settling-in tips, this book will help make your stay in this vibrant city as smooth as possible. Find out how to choose the right accommodation, the most effective way to get around the busy roads, and how you can do your banking efficiently in this fast-paced metropoli... read more

CultureShock! London is the all-essential guide designed to immerse you in the real London. Full of practical information and settling-in tips, this book will help make your stay in this vibrant city as smooth as possible. Find out how to choose the right accommodation, the most effective way to get around the busy roads, and how you can do your banking efficiently in this fast-paced metropoli... read more

Home After Dark

Kavita Nandan

A work of fiction that takes place in Fiji, Australia and India, Home After Dark is a personal story set against the backdrop of the first Fijian coup of 1987. As relationships crumble and individuals feel trapped and betrayed, more than a paradise is in turmoil. The novel traces the journey of a young woman's search for home through love, family and country. Her desire is foiled by a marriage... read more

A work of fiction that takes place in Fiji, Australia and India, Home After Dark is a personal story set against the backdrop of the first Fijian coup of 1987. As relationships crumble and individuals feel trapped and betrayed, more than a paradise is in turmoil. The novel traces the journey of a young woman's search for home through love, family and country. Her desire is foiled by a marriage... read more

Living in Qatar (Living in...)

Leslie Nicolas Nasr

The second title in the Living in... series, Living in...Qatar is a must for everybody planning to visit, conduct business or live in this extraordinary city. More than just a travel guide, the book opens windows about the country by outlining its deep-routed heritage and tradition, as well as its cities' modern outcomes. The jewel of the GCC economies is a small country with many unique featu... read more

The second title in the Living in... series, Living in...Qatar is a must for everybody planning to visit, conduct business or live in this extraordinary city. More than just a travel guide, the book opens windows about the country by outlining its deep-routed heritage and tradition, as well as its cities' modern outcomes. The jewel of the GCC economies is a small country with many unique featu... read more

Living in... Dubai

Leslie Nicolas Nasr

A complete directory and travel guide based around on-the-ground realities, informing the new resident and the business traveller of all aspects of life in Dubai. From the once quiet fishing village known for its pearl trade to the stunning city of today, Dubai proves anything is possible. Dubai has it all: the best in luxury resorts, modern amenities and attractions, a sublime landscape of be... read more

A complete directory and travel guide based around on-the-ground realities, informing the new resident and the business traveller of all aspects of life in Dubai. From the once quiet fishing village known for its pearl trade to the stunning city of today, Dubai proves anything is possible. Dubai has it all: the best in luxury resorts, modern amenities and attractions, a sublime landscape of be... read more

When Suzanne Cooks

Suzanne Husseini

Divided into five sections depicting breakfast , mezze, lunch , dinner and desert dishes, when Suzanne cooks presents recipes for traditional Arabic foods like falafel , Shawarma and stuffed vine leaves all with a modern twist. An entire chapter of the book is dedicated to mezze, delectable appetizers like meatballs with sour cherry sauce, flaky cheese and spinach filled pastries, and grilled ... read more

Divided into five sections depicting breakfast , mezze, lunch , dinner and desert dishes, when Suzanne cooks presents recipes for traditional Arabic foods like falafel , Shawarma and stuffed vine leaves all with a modern twist. An entire chapter of the book is dedicated to mezze, delectable appetizers like meatballs with sour cherry sauce, flaky cheese and spinach filled pastries, and grilled ... read more

Dubai 1962 by Photographer Yoshio Kawashima

Yoshio Kawashima

Dubai 1962 is a unique collection of black and white photographs by Yoshio Kawashima, a Japanese photographer who visited Dubai in 1962. Through these rare and fascinating images, he captures the essence of the emirate in its pre-oil era, providing an insider glimpse into the times gone by. The photos revive the spirit of old Dubai, reconnecting both Emiratis and expatriates to precious memori... read more

Dubai 1962 is a unique collection of black and white photographs by Yoshio Kawashima, a Japanese photographer who visited Dubai in 1962. Through these rare and fascinating images, he captures the essence of the emirate in its pre-oil era, providing an insider glimpse into the times gone by. The photos revive the spirit of old Dubai, reconnecting both Emiratis and expatriates to precious memori... read more

STRONGHOLDS OF HERITAGE: FORTS AND CASTLES OF OMAN

Patricia Groves and Jaap Croese

Well-researched, beautifully written, and illustrated with stunning photography, the book is a fascinating and definitive work on the character, role and legacy of these remarkable monuments. Nowhere is the Sultanate of Oman's rich heritage more evident than in its abundant forts and castles, many of which are set against backdrops of great natural splendour. These iconic edifices are a justif... read more

Well-researched, beautifully written, and illustrated with stunning photography, the book is a fascinating and definitive work on the character, role and legacy of these remarkable monuments. Nowhere is the Sultanate of Oman's rich heritage more evident than in its abundant forts and castles, many of which are set against backdrops of great natural splendour. These iconic edifices are a justif... read more

The New Gulf - How Modern Arabia is Changing the World for Good

edmund-o-sullivan

A new Gulf is rising - one that will be radically different to the one we know. This book is about the economic, social and political transformation sweeping the 6 Gulf states of the GCC... Now the fastest growing part of the world economy. This absorbing new publication provides a concise but complete description of the Arabian countries benefiting most from the affluence sweeping the Middle ... read more

A new Gulf is rising - one that will be radically different to the one we know. This book is about the economic, social and political transformation sweeping the 6 Gulf states of the GCC... Now the fastest growing part of the world economy. This absorbing new publication provides a concise but complete description of the Arabian countries benefiting most from the affluence sweeping the Middle ... read more

Czech Republic (CultureShock)

Tim Nollen

Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. "Culture Shock!" country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and etiquette. "Culture Shock!" practical guides offe... read more

Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. "Culture Shock!" country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and etiquette. "Culture Shock!" practical guides offe... read more

Scotland (Festivals of the World)

Jonathan Griffiths

Describes how the culture of Scotland is reflected in its many festivals, including Up-Helly-Aa, the Highland Games, and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Describes how the culture of Scotland is reflected in its many festivals, including Up-Helly-Aa, the Highland Games, and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

New Zealand (Festivals of the World)

Jonathan Griffiths

Describes how the culture of New Zealand is reflected in its many festivals and celebrations, including Waitangi Day, the Aotearoa Festival, and Golden Shears

Describes how the culture of New Zealand is reflected in its many festivals and celebrations, including Waitangi Day, the Aotearoa Festival, and Golden Shears

Equator Crossings: Travelogue Extraordinary

Paul Huygelen

Equator Crossings – Travelogue Extraordinary is set against a backdrop of nineteenth-century Africa, Zanzibar, Europe and Oman. An upstage American press magnate’s single three-letter-word telegram to his British competitor leads Henry Morton Stanley to 999 gruelling days of exploration in a quest to discover and define the watersheds of Africa’s two gigantic rivers, the Nile and the Congo. Th... read more

Equator Crossings – Travelogue Extraordinary is set against a backdrop of nineteenth-century Africa, Zanzibar, Europe and Oman. An upstage American press magnate’s single three-letter-word telegram to his British competitor leads Henry Morton Stanley to 999 gruelling days of exploration in a quest to discover and define the watersheds of Africa’s two gigantic rivers, the Nile and the Congo. Th... read more

Culture Shock! Bolivia (Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette)

Mark Cramer

Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. "Culture Shock!" country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and etiquette. "Culture Shock!" practical guides offe... read more

Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. "Culture Shock!" country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and etiquette. "Culture Shock!" practical guides offe... read more

Culture Shock! United Arab Emirates (Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette)

Gina L Crocetti

Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. "Culture Shock!" country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and etiquette. "Culture Shock!" practical guides offe... read more

Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. "Culture Shock!" country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and etiquette. "Culture Shock!" practical guides offe... read more

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Ace Alfalla
Jonathan was a joy to work with, this being my first book I was writing he was able to walk me through everything step by step and take the time needed to educated me along the way. I plan on working with him again on my next book. If you're looking for someone easy to work with, very very responsive, very professional, than he's your guy!

Ace Alfalla, June 2020

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