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Mike Jones

Mike Jones - Editor

Colchester, United Kingdom

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, and Publishing Director at Simon & Schuster UK and then at Profile Books. During that time I commissioned and edited a wide range of 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 and thrillers and adventure titles for a number of UK publishers including Amazon and Unbound.

Having worked in publishing for so long I think 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'm a husband, and father of three children between the ages of 19 and 3. I commuted 2 hours a day for 16 years, in and out of London, so I enjoy now the freedom and challenges of freelance working. Much of office based publishing is centred around meetings, with the editor as a catalyst for the success of a book inside the publishing building and hoping the energy and commitment they put into making the book work there transmits to the outside world. That was always enjoyable, but to be able to focus completely on the creative process again, and to working with authors and their manuscripts, where my heart always lay, is truly exciting.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Music Politics & Current Affairs Psychology Religion & Spirituality Sports & outdoor recreation
Fiction
Historical Fiction Literature Thriller

Work experience

Structural Editor and Consultant

Self-employed
January, 2016 – Present (almost 2 years)

Since working freelance I have provided detailed structural edits for both individual authors, literary agents and for publishing companies such as John Murray, Amazon, Simon & Schuster, 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.

Publishing Director

Profile Books
October, 2014 – October, 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.

Publishing Director

Simon & Schuster UK
January, 2008 – June, 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.

Commissioning Editor

Bloomsbury Publishing
July, 1994 – December, 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 (24 selected works)

Pastoralia

George Saunders

Pastoralia

Pastoralia

The English Monster (Charles Horton 1)

Lloyd Shepherd

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 horror, its source a sea voyage two centuries old. In a ship owned by Queen Elizabeth herself, a young man embarks on England's first vent... 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 horror, its source a sea voyage two centuries old. In a ship owned by Queen Elizabeth herself, a young man embarks on England's first vent... read more

The Tears of the Rajas: Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805-1905

Ferdinand Mount

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. They lived through the most appalling atrocities and retaliated with some of their own. Each of their lives, remarkable in itself, contrib... 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. They lived through the most appalling atrocities and retaliated with some of their own. Each of their lives, remarkable in itself, contrib... read more

A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the struggle that shaped the Middle East

James Barr

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 dispatch from UK.

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 dispatch from UK.

The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution and the Twentieth Century

Peter Watson

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 TRANSFORM THEIR COUNTRY SO AS TO ACHIEVE SUCH PRE-EMINENCE

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 TRANSFORM THEIR COUNTRY SO AS TO ACHIEVE SUCH PRE-EMINENCE

Wilful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious

Margaret Heffernan

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 whether the chief executives of the disgraced energy corporation were guilty It was not enough for the defendants to say that they did not... 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 whether the chief executives of the disgraced energy corporation were guilty It was not enough for the defendants to say that they did not... read more

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

Gerard Russell

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 their followers are reincarnated beings who have existed in various forms for thousands of years. These religions represent the last vestig... read more

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 their followers are reincarnated beings who have existed in various forms for thousands of years. These religions represent the last vestig... read more

Road to Le Tholonet

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 Policies + SAPPHIRE'S Famed 24 HR. UK & International Shipping ( AT NO EXTRA UK CHARGE ) Guarantee :

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 Policies + SAPPHIRE'S Famed 24 HR. UK & International Shipping ( AT NO EXTRA UK CHARGE ) Guarantee :

Being a Beast

Charles Foster

Beware of the Dog

Jambusters: The remarkable story which has inspired the ITV drama Home Fires

Julie Summers

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 issues - culminated in the enormous collective responsibility felt by the members to 'do their bit' for Britain. With all the vigour, e... read more

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 issues - culminated in the enormous collective responsibility felt by the members to 'do their bit' for Britain. With all the vigour, e... read more

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-drugs-and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Changed Hollywood

Peter Biskind

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 other people spilled an equally piquant quantity of beans, nobody will dare speak to another writer with such candor, humour and venom aga... read more

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 other people spilled an equally piquant quantity of beans, nobody will dare speak to another writer with such candor, humour and venom aga... read more

Aberystwyth Mon Amour

Malcolm Pryce

Aberystwyth Mon Amour

Aberystwyth Mon Amour

Spy Out The Land (Paul Dark 4)

Jeremy Duns

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 majority rule in Rhodesia, is hiding a deadly secret. A time of terror Claire and Erik are living in Stockholm, raising their son, Ben. ... 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 majority rule in Rhodesia, is hiding a deadly secret. A time of terror Claire and Erik are living in Stockholm, raising their son, Ben. ... read more

Child of Vengeance (Samurai 1)

David Kirk

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 respected in the world. But before fame comes action, and Bennosuke must prove himself on the battlefield before he can claim his inherit... 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 respected in the world. But before fame comes action, and Bennosuke must prove himself on the battlefield before he can claim his inherit... read more

The Poisoned Island (Charles Horton 2)

Lloyd Shepherd

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 seems, the mysteries of Tahiti. When, days after the Solander's arrival, some of its crew are found dead and their sea-chests ransacked... 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 seems, the mysteries of Tahiti. When, days after the Solander's arrival, some of its crew are found dead and their sea-chests ransacked... read more

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 and Dora are on their own: polar opposites, brought together by the adventure of a lifetime. But disaster strikes mid-Atlantic, and in th... read more

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 and Dora are on their own: polar opposites, brought together by the adventure of a lifetime. But disaster strikes mid-Atlantic, and in th... read more

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