Catherine Jones

Catherine Jones - Editor

Bath, UK

I'm a children's fiction/non-fiction editor with 30 years' experience of putting together words and pictures to engage, amuse and inform.

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Overview

I've worked on a satisfying range of children's books including picture books and novelty books, but my particular interest is in using age-appropriate language to create interactive texts which work alongside great art and design. I have always tried to add value to anything I’ve worked on by including soft learning and humour wherever appropriate. One of my personal challenges is to produce books that will be bought by people who don't buy books. Those are the children I want to reach.

As you can see, my first editing language is UK English, but I have extensive experience in producing work that is suitable for both UK and US markets. I hope to bring a fresh eye, astute commentary and imaginative solutions to your project.


Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Picture Books

Certifications

  • BA (Hons) Humanities
  • Book Design Diploma
  • Print Production Diploma

Awards

  • Andre Deutsch/Francis Minns Memorial Award Book Design

Work experience

FREELANCE

Self-employed
June, 2008 – Present (about 14 years)

I work as a freelance commissioning editor and author. I have worked for a number of companies including Alligator Books, Arcturus, Egmont, Hometown World, Parragon, and QED. I've also edited independent third-party, self-published projects and presented seminars on the use of language in writing for children. Most recently, I've developed editorial for innovative novelty formats for Young Quarto and commissioned seasonal, regional and personalised books for Sourcebooks Kids/Hometown World.

PARRAGON BOOKS LTD, MANAGING EDITOR 2000-2008
Working across age groups from 6 months to 8+ years, I commissioned curriculum-linked workbooks, novelty books, fiction and nonfiction including, audio, paper engineering and gift sets.

READERS DIGEST ASSOCIATION, MANAGING EDITOR 1996-2000
At Readers Digest UK, I developed generic novelty, early-learning and non-fiction books, subsequently applying the formats to Fisher-Price, Barbie and Noddy licences.

VICTORIA HOUSE PUBLISHING, MANAGING EDITOR 1991-1996
During my time at Victoria House I worked on innovative novelty books and gained experience of labyrinthine approval systems on the Power Rangers licence.

WORLD BOOK INTERNATIONAL, PROJECT MANAGER 1987-1990
Working for World Book Encyclopaedia, I had the unique opportunity of setting up a team to create an entirely new 16-volume junior encyclopaedia for an international market.

JORDAN & SONS LTD, PRODUCTION EDITOR 1985-1987
When I moved from London to the West Country, I worked for two years with barristers and circuit judges producing the monthly legal journals Family Law and Family Law Reports. It was different!

A&C BLACK PUBLISHING, EDITOR 1983-1985
A&C Black was a family firm when I joined, publishing a multicultural list and I was privileged to work with the young authors Jeremy Strong and Terry Deary – before they were famous.

HART-DAVIS EDUCATIONAL, EDITORIAL ASSISTANT 1980-1983
Working on the 1,2,3 and Away! reading scheme, I developed an interest in the suitability of language for different age levels and reading abilities.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

My First Bible Stories

Katherine Sully

Give children the gift of spiritual foundation through the best-loved stories of the Old Testament. With colorful illustrations and child-friendly text, along with topics for discussion at the end of each story, My First Bible Stories is an ideal way to introduce young readers to the Bible's life lessons.

Give children the gift of spiritual foundation through the best-loved stories of the Old Testament. With colorful illustrations and child-friendly text, along with topics for discussion at the end of each story, My First Bible Stories is an ideal way to introduce young readers to the Bible's life lessons.

Where, Oh Where Is Huggle Buggle Bear? (Picture Books Large)

Katherine Sully

It's bedtime, but Huggle Buggle Bear is hiding, as usual! As we follow the hunt through every room of the house, each of the cuddly toys joins in the fun as they make their way to bed. With warm, soft illustrations, this picture book is a wonderful read-along story for first readers.

It's bedtime, but Huggle Buggle Bear is hiding, as usual! As we follow the hunt through every room of the house, each of the cuddly toys joins in the fun as they make their way to bed. With warm, soft illustrations, this picture book is a wonderful read-along story for first readers.

Night-Night Ohio (Night-night America)

Katherine Sully

It's bedtime in the Buckeye State! Say goodnight to all your favorite locations, including: • Greater Cleveland Aquarium • Franklin Park Conservatory • Quicken Loans Arena • Longaberger Building • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium • Ohio Stadium • Cedar Point • Cleveland Museum of Natural History • Eden Park • Great American Tower • Playhouse Square • Marblehead Lighthouse

It's bedtime in the Buckeye State! Say goodnight to all your favorite locations, including: • Greater Cleveland Aquarium • Franklin Park Conservatory • Quicken Loans Arena • Longaberger Building • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium • Ohio Stadium • Cedar Point • Cleveland Museum of Natural History • Eden Park • Great American Tower • Playhouse Square • Marblehead Lighthouse

The Littlest Bunny in Cleveland (An Easter Adventure)

Lily Jacobs

It's Easter morning, and the littlest bunny has a big secret: he's actually the Easter Bunny! He has a lot of work to do! Join him as he hides eggs high and low, with a final stop at your house!

It's Easter morning, and the littlest bunny has a big secret: he's actually the Easter Bunny! He has a lot of work to do! Join him as he hides eggs high and low, with a final stop at your house!

Santa Is Coming to Ohio

Steve Smallman

It's Christmas Eve, Have you been good? Santa's packed up all the presents and is headed your way! With the help of a certain red-nosed reindeer, Santa flies over: La Veque Tower, Columbus Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Longaberger Building, Newark Columbus Capitol building Ohio Stadium ('The Horseshoe') Dayton courthouse Cincinnati Union Terminal Scripps Center, Cincinnati Glass City S... read more

It's Christmas Eve, Have you been good? Santa's packed up all the presents and is headed your way! With the help of a certain red-nosed reindeer, Santa flies over: La Veque Tower, Columbus Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Longaberger Building, Newark Columbus Capitol building Ohio Stadium ('The Horseshoe') Dayton courthouse Cincinnati Union Terminal Scripps Center, Cincinnati Glass City S... read more

A Halloween Scare in Ohio

Eric James

A fun and funny Halloween romp for children and parents alike! It's Halloween night, and creatures and critters from near and far are starting to gather outside the front door. And now here comes a whole army of monsters, on broomsticks, buses, and bikes, all clamoring in the darkness. What is it they want? Are they coming for you? This humorous, creative story is the perfect Halloween adventu... read more

A fun and funny Halloween romp for children and parents alike! It's Halloween night, and creatures and critters from near and far are starting to gather outside the front door. And now here comes a whole army of monsters, on broomsticks, buses, and bikes, all clamoring in the darkness. What is it they want? Are they coming for you? This humorous, creative story is the perfect Halloween adventu... read more

Santa's Magic Key

Eric James

Unlock the magic with this book and special keepsake key to start a new family tradition.It's an age-old question. How does Santa get into every house around the world... no matter what doors, locks, chimneys, or windows exist?Find the answer to this question in Santa's Magic Key! In this unforgettable holiday story, a boy realizes on Christmas Eve that his new house does not have a chimney, a... read more

Unlock the magic with this book and special keepsake key to start a new family tradition.It's an age-old question. How does Santa get into every house around the world... no matter what doors, locks, chimneys, or windows exist?Find the answer to this question in Santa's Magic Key! In this unforgettable holiday story, a boy realizes on Christmas Eve that his new house does not have a chimney, a... read more

Noah - Santa's Secret Elf

You are about to star in your very own Christmas Story. It's Christmas Eve and you're tucked up in bed when you hear strange noises coming from downstairs...a calamity is unfolding in your living room! Your secret Christmas adventure is about to begin.

You are about to star in your very own Christmas Story. It's Christmas Eve and you're tucked up in bed when you hear strange noises coming from downstairs...a calamity is unfolding in your living room! Your secret Christmas adventure is about to begin.

Oliva - Santa's Secret Elf

You are about to star in your very own Christmas Story. It's Christmas Eve and you're tucked up in bed when you hear strange noises coming from downstairs...a calamity is unfolding in your living room! Your secret Christmas adventure is about to begin.

You are about to star in your very own Christmas Story. It's Christmas Eve and you're tucked up in bed when you hear strange noises coming from downstairs...a calamity is unfolding in your living room! Your secret Christmas adventure is about to begin.

Pig's Egg

Katherine Sully

Children's Book

Children's Book

Catherine has 1 review

Professionalism
Professionalism
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Quality
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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Fernanda Donovan
Catherine was supportive and professional. She helped me to improve my books in a careful way.

Fernanda Donovan, February 2022

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