Mike Jones

Mike Jones – Editor

A publisher and editor with over 20 years of experience, helping authors craft the best manuscripts and proposals possible.

Overview

I've worked as an editor in publishing for over 20 years, and went freelance in 2016. I was Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing UK, then Publishing Director at Simon & Schuster UK and then at Profile Books.

During that time I commissioned and edited a wide range of bestselling non-fiction for a mainstream audience (history, science, pop culture, sport, music, economics, business, autobiography and memoir), as well as commissioning literary fiction and historical, comic and thriller titles for the fiction lists.

Since 2016 I have worked with authors, agents, literary scouts and publishers. I have structurally edited both fiction and non-fiction, as well as helping non-fiction writers with their publishing proposals. I have edited literary fiction, historical fiction, women's fiction, thrillers and adventure titles for a number of UK publishers including Amazon, Atlantic, Macmillan, Faber, Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster and Unbound. I have worked with authors such as George Saunders, John Kampfner, Gordon Brown, Andrew Smith, Doug Coupland, Fiona Valpy, James Barr and many others.

My experience means I am very aware of what publishers are looking for and what appeals to the reading public too. I am hugely experienced at working with authors and helping them in a collaborative and creative way. In working with authors on Reedsy I'd hope to bring this experience to the relationship and to be able to clear, honest and open with my thoughts about the work, providing constructive advice to improve any material and bring out the best in the writing.

I focus completely on the creative process working with authors and their manuscripts.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Philosophy Political Science & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Thriller & Suspense
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2016 — Present

Since working freelance I have provided detailed structural edits for both individual authors, literary agents and for publishing companies such as John Murray, Amazon, S&S, Bloomsbury, Atlantic, Profile Books and Unbound. I have worked on both fiction and non-fiction. I have worked with authors on pulling together their publishing pitches and proposals.

I also work with a literary scout, monitoring and reporting on the current non-fiction market, reading and assessing over 100 non-fiction proposals and manuscripts a year submitted by agents and publishers to foreign markets, keeping abreast of all the current publishing trends.

I work with authors in a very collaborative way. I am open and honest with my views, but sensitive too to the needs of the manuscript and the reading public. I have built incredibly strong relationships with authors over the years, relationships built on trust and honesty.

Profile Books

Oct, 2014 — Oct, 2015 (about 1 year)

I was Publishing Director for UK independent publisher, Profile Books. I ran this non-fiction list, commissioning titles such as 2015 Booker prize judge and prize-winning poet, John Burnside, to write a sweeping history of the poetry of the 20th century. Award-winning poet Fiona Sampson was commissioned to write a new biography of Mary Shelley. I acquired Being a Beast by Charles Foster, an authorized business and investment book on Warren Buffett, an examination of what music is, and a popular psychology title about what we can learn from animals.

Simon & Schuster UK

Jan, 2008 — Jun, 2014 (over 6 years)

Initially Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster UK, I eventual becoming Publishing Director of the non-fiction list. During a very successful period for that list I worked with authors such as Gordon Brown, Jeremy Bowen, Margaret Heffernan, Monty Don, Julie Summers, James Barr, David Reynolds, Ranulph Fiennes, Iain Martin, Jonathan Jones, Jonathan Fenby, Alex von Tunzelmann, Andrew Wilson, Gerard Russell and Ferdinand Mount. I published memoirs from Brian Moore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dannii Minogue, Tony Iommi and Peter Hook, as well as many successful biographies. I also published literary and historical fiction, from writers such as Lloyd Shepherd, Nicholson Baker, Jeremy Duns and David Kirk.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Jul, 1994 — Dec, 2008 (over 14 years)

I began my career at Bloomsbury Publishing in 1994. I started work in the post-room, progressing to the editorial department where as an assistant editor I helped to set up the Bloomsbury Paperbacks list.

I became a commissioning editor in my own right in 1998 and over the next 10 years commissioned and edited both fiction and non-fiction, working with authors such as George Saunders, Tobias Wolff, Richard Pryce, Colin Harrison, Douglas Coupland, Magnus Mills, Malcolm Pryce, David Winner, Patti Smith, Peter Biskind, Mick Brown, Ian Marchant, William Leith, Paul Morley, Julian Cope, Christopher Lloyd, The Happy Campers, Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. I re-issued the Dougal and the Magic Roundabout series of books by Eric Thompson to great success and published Andrew Smith's bestseller, Moondust.

Portfolio

What Was Rescued

Jane Bailey

In the autumn of 1940, four children meet on a train. Behind them is London, under heavy aerial attack; ahead of them is a ship bound for the safe shores of Canada. Arthur has promised his mother not to let his little brother, Philip, out of his sight. Pippa a... read more
London 1812: For forty years Britain has dreamed of the Pacific island of Tahiti, a dark paradise of bloody cults and beautiful natives. Now, decades after the first voyage of Captain Cook, a new ship returns to London, crammed with botanical specimens and, it... read more
Scholar. Warrior. Samurai. His name was Bennosuke, son of the great Munisai Shinmen, known throughout the empire as one of the greatest warriors who ever lived. His destiny was to become a great warrior like his father - a Samurai, one of the most feared and r... read more
A time of turbulence 1975. A summit has been arranged between the Rhodesian government and various nationalist leaders, and is due to take place in railway dining car 49, midway along Victoria Falls Bridge. But Matthew Charamba, a key player in the battle for ... read more
Aberystwyth Mon Amour
Not only is Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls the best book in recent memory on turn-of-the-70s film, it is beyond question the best book there'll ever be on the subject. Why? Because once the big names who spilled the beans to Biskind find out that ot... read more
Making it Happen
The compelling true story that inspired the forthcoming major ITV drama series HOME FIRES. The Second World War was the WI's finest hour. The whole of its previous history - two decades of educating, entertaining and supporting women and campaigning on women's... read more
Beware of the Dog
Being a Beast

Charles Foster

Samaritan

Richard Price

Published In 2004 : 1st. Paperback Edition : Bloomsbury Publishing : Light To Faint Face Rubbing + A Very Light Label Stain : Otherwise , As New Throughout : Overall, A Very Nice Book : Buy With Complete Confidence With Amazon's Excellent Refund & Returns Poli... read more
Road to Le Tholonet
Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive and strange faiths: one regards the Greek prophets as incarnations of God, another reveres Lucifer in the form of a peacock, and yet another believes that the... read more
Pub Date: 2012-02-02 Pages: 400 Language: English Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK In the 2006 case of the US Government vs Enron. the presiding judge instructed the jurors to take account of the concept of wilful blindness as they reached their verdict about wh... read more
Pub Date: 2011-04-08 Pages: 992 Language: English Publisher:. Simon & Schuster UK PETER WATSONS MAGISTERIAL SWEEP THROUGH MODERN GERMAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE CONFOUNDS STEREOTYPES THAT THE WORLD HAS OF GERMANY. AND GERMANY HAS OF ITSELF HOW DID THE GERMANS TRANS... read more
Edition Simon & Schuster, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-84739-457-6. PAPERBACK. 464 pages, size: 13.1 x 19.9 x 2.9 cm. Just light tan to paper edges. Other than that, the new and unread book remains in excellent condition throughout. Text all clean, neat and tight. Prompt... read more
The Tears of the Rajasis a sweeping history of the British in India, seen through the experiences of a single Scottish family. For a century the Lows of Clatto survived mutiny, siege, debt and disease, everywhere from the heat of Madras to the Afghan snows. Th... read more
In the east end of Regency London, two families lie butchered. Residents of the notorious Ratcliffe Highway, the victims bear the mark of unprecedented brutality. Panic sweeps the country as its public cries for justice. But these murders stem from an older ho... read more
Pastoralia

George Saunders

Pastoralia
Moondust

Mike has 4 reviews

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Arthur V.

Arthur V.

Jan, 2024

Mike performed the stellar task of structurally editing my manuscript and performing a close-up line edit as part of one big package, which went above and beyond the brief I had initially provided him. I am beholden to him for this colossal undertaking. Regarding the edit, the notes were concise, authoritative (but never in bad spirit) and did what a good edit should, providing objective input ...
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Gwilym M.

Gwilym M.

May, 2023

Really good service. Probably saved my book! Feeling much more confident about the whole project after some very good advice regarding structure and content. Worth every penny.
Mike J.
Gwilym is writing a fascinating book on a fascinating subject. He requested rigorous feedback and he responded brilliantly to the suggestions I made regarding structure. In the end all my points we...
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Skyler H.

Skyler H.

Mar, 2022

I really enjoyed working with Mike. He was friendly, positive, and encouraging and went above and beyond to help me with my manuscript. I would certainly recommend him.
Mike J.
Thanks Styler. Your novel was wonderful and it was a privilege to work on it with you.
Tom W.

Tom W.

May, 2021

I really enjoyed working with Mike. As a debut writer, he helped me clear up problems with POV, advised on character development, and made my prose more readable. He helped me with querying and delivered all his feedback clearly and honestly throughout. I was offered a three-book deal with a small publisher, which I attribute to Mike's guidance. Go Mike!

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