Julie Brooke

Julie Brooke - Editor

Eastbourne, UK

I’m an editor with over 25 years' experience. I specialise in crafts and cookery, but have edited books about antiques and more too.

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Overview

Whether a book is about macramé or knitting, baking or mocktails, is based on a blog or a hobby, I love working with authors to turn their ideas and passions into print-ready pages.

Over the past 25 years I have worked on a wide range of books, the majority of them focused on crafts, cookery and antiques. From craft books for kids (Fiesty Felties by Missy Covington), to the English-language edition book of recipes by one of Germany’s top chefs (My Way by Tim Raue) to the annual Miller’s Antiques Price Guide, I have worked on projects of all sizes and with first-time and experienced authors.

The variety of authors, subjects and publications I work on mean I am uniquely placed to help you with your book. Whatever the topic, I’ll help you to refine your message by making sure the structure is clear and logical and the text is written in a clear and consistent way – especially if you’re explaining craft and cookery techniques.

I work for publishers in the US and UK and am used to tailoring content and language to one or both markets.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Design
DIY & Crafts
Home & Garden

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
May, 2010 – Present (over 12 years)

Copy-editing, writing, proofreading and other editorial services for book publishers, newspapers, magazines and websites using US and UK English.

Projects include:

*Craft books including Pure Wool, 100 Pin Loom Squares and Boho Crochet (Quantum Publishing); 30 Totes & Bags to Sew (Quintet Publishing); Crochet Yourself Calm, Proggy Menagerie, Simple Patchwork Projects, Feminist Felties, and 3D Quilling (Toucan Books).

*Cookery books including 1000 Sauces, Dips and Dressings, 200 Skills Every Cook Should Know and titles in the 500 series such as Stir-Fries, One-Pot Meals, Camping, Meals for Kids to Make, Burgers and Thai Meals (Quintet Publishing); The Home Cook’s Guide to Journaling, The Little Black Book of Gin Cocktails, Energy Balls and Power Bowls (Toucan Books).

*Reference books including From Trash to Treasure (Reader’s Digest and Miller’s); Laptops and Mobile Devices Made Easy (Which? Limited).

*Editing and proofreading translated text for the UK market including My Way – From the Gutter to the Stars by Tim Raue; Kimon’s Greek Table by Kimon Riefenstahl; You Deserve This by Pamela Reif; Playing the Game: The History of adidas by Rainer Karlsch, Christian Kleinschmidt, Jorg Lesczenski and Anne Sudrow; Porsche – From Engineering Office To Global Brand by Wolfram Pyta; African Wax Print Textiles by Anne Grosfilley; Hello Bavaria – The Taste of Home Cooking by Monika Schuster and Anna Cavelius; and Discover Germany’s Wine Regions by Claudia Weber.

*Copy-editing and proofreading art and antique, craft and cookery books for Octopus Publishing Group and Quarto Group imprints.

*Editing recipes for Disney Cakes & Sweets for Eaglemoss, and Americanising its Baked & Delicious series to ensure the recipes were relevant to the US market.

*Writing content for Arts & Crafts and Art Deco (Mitchell Beazley) and Vintage Home (Jacqui Small).

Publishing Manager

Octopus Publishing Group
April, 2007 – May, 2010 (about 3 years)

*Commissioned and managed the Miller’s Antiques list including the annuals Miller’s Antiques Price Guide and Colletables Price Guide; titles such as Costume Jewellery, and revisions of backlist titles including Miller’s Antiques Encyclopedia.
*Worked closely with authors and consultants to ensure content of books reflected UK and US markets. Developed an Antiques Price Guide for European co-edition partners.

Publishing Manager

The Price Guide Company (UK) Limited
September, 2001 – April, 2007 (over 5 years)

Assisted the publisher, Judith Miller, in starting up the joint venture company, producing books about antiques and collectables with Dorling Kindersley. Worked as part of a three-strong management team.
*Recruited all staff and managed all titles produced by the company: four to six price guides and up to five additional titles a year including Antiques Price Guides for the French and German markets and the first major comprehensive Encyclopedia of Furniture.
*Set up strategic partnerships with auction houses.

Managing Editor

Marshall Editions
January, 2000 – September, 2001 (over 1 year)

Managed the supply of editorial content to website. Later given additional responsibility for antiques books.
*Planned and managed content for the website to ensure a balance of subjects were covered.
*Sourced, commissioned and managed the editing and supply of 225 articles and 600 images a month to (one million words a year).

Project Editor

International Masters Publishers Ltd
September, 1994 – August, 1999 (almost 5 years)

*Developed Walking with Dinosaurs, a book and card product based on the BBC TV series.
*Managed two products for a market test, following six months as a freelance sub-editor.
*Edited Creative Homecrafts, a 91-edition continuity publication. Developed additional sections, organised step-by-step photography, commissioned projects and recruited consultants.

Journalist

Surrey Mirror, Reigate; Bucks Free Press, High Wycombe
July, 1986 – September, 1994 (about 8 years)

Worked as a local newspaper reporter.

500 Stir-Fry Dishes (500 Cooking)

Michelle Keogh, Sellers Publishing

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Vicky Grubb
Julie edited my second upholstery book. I was really pleased with the edits. Julie was very patient waiting for me to finish text. Thanks Julie!

Vicky Grubb, September 2021

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