Kate Mason

Kate Mason - Editor

London, UK

Editor and project manager with over 10 years' experience in the arts, culture and heritage sector.

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I am an experienced and flexible copyeditor, proofreader and project manager. I have worked for several major publishing companies on complex, high-spec illustrated titles.

Past projects include art history textbooks, technical guidelines, annual reports, exhibition catalogues, marketing material, and much more.

I have particular expertise in the following subject areas:
Art history
Ancient history and classics
Classical music
Ballet and dance
Museums and exhibitions
Maritime history and exploration
Polar expeditions

English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)

Work experience

Project Editor

Thames & Hudson
March, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

Project management of large-scale publications for the art history textbook market. This includes working closely with academic authors to develop and refine their chapters, meticulous editing and proof-reading, and preparing digital ancillary materials.

Publications Editor

Oil Companies International Marine Forum
March, 2018 – March, 2019 (about 1 year)

• Editing and project managing publications on safety in the shipping industry.
• Substantial copyediting to ensure content is unambiguous, consistent and correct.
• Ensuring technical or academic content is easily understandable to readers at all levels.
• Setting and maintaining publication schedules; liaising with internal and external stakeholders to complete publications on time and to budget.
• Revising house style guidelines so they are easier to use for all staff.
• Typesetting publications using InDesign and creating templates for new layouts and styles.
• Commissioning, briefing and negotiating fees for design, illustrations and technical drawings.
• Sourcing content for and designing monthly newsletter using MailChimp; managing subscriptions and distribution. I successfully managed the organisation’s GDPR compliance transition in spring 2018.
• Writing press releases and communications copy; preparing promotional material (blurbs, cover images, tables of contents and PowerPoint slides).

Project Editor

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
October, 2015 – March, 2018 (over 2 years)

• Leading on editorial project management of all Royal Museums Greenwich publications, including exhibition catalogues, complex illustrated titles, guidebooks, and children’s books.
• Editing and providing feedback to authors on manuscripts.
• Building image lists, carrying out picture and copyright research, and liaising with the museum’s photo studio.
• Providing feedback on design and layouts.
• Managing relationships with printers and overseeing print orders, pre-press checks, repro and delivery.
• Providing editorial support to other departments, including editing and proofreading gallery text, travel trade brochures and marketing material and writing copy for press releases.

Production Editor

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
March, 2014 – October, 2015 (over 1 year)

• Project management of approx. 50 titles a year, both mono and fully illustrated and across a range of humanities subjects.
• Commissioning freelance copyeditors, proofreaders and indexers, and checking their work. While in this role I refined the recruitment system for freelancers, devised new copyediting and proofreading tests, and recruited and trained a new team, leading to better value and higher-quality work.
• Managed relationships with authors and acted as first point of contact regarding the production schedule; resolving issues of copyright, permissions and image quality; collating amendments and resolving queries.
• Proofreading and copyediting in-house; collating corrections; working with design department on proof layouts; using Adobe InDesign to make corrections and adjust formatting.


Imperial College Press
April, 2013 – January, 2015 (almost 2 years)

Freelance copyeditor of scientific/technical/medical publications.

Visual Arts and Museums editor

One Stop Arts
November, 2011 – December, 2013 (about 2 years)

• Recruited and managed a team of 35 regular reviewers to cover London’s exhibitions
• Commissioned and edited over 600 exhibition reviews and articles.
• Wrote reviews and feature articles on arts content both in London and abroad.

Editorial Assistant

Lobster Press
January, 2010 – May, 2010 (4 months)

Copyediting, reviewing manuscript submissions, and working with authors at this Montreal-based publisher of childrens' and YA fiction.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History (Fifth Edition)

Eisenman, Stephen F., Crow, Thomas, Lukacher, Brian, Nochlin, Linda, Phillips, David L., Pohl, Frances K.

Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity

Colville, Quintin, Williams, Kate

The Great British Seaside

Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn, Martin Parr, and Simon Roberts, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn, Martin Parr, and Simon Roberts, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn, Martin Parr, and Simon Roberts


Royal Observatory Greenwich

South: The Race to the Pole (National Maritime Museum)

National Maritime Museum, Pieter van de Merwe with Jeremy Michell

The Cutty Sark Pocket Manual

National Maritime Museum, Hewett, Arron, Macfarlane, Louise

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