As a freelance editor, I have worked for HarperCollins, Constable (Little, Brown), Omnibus Press Ltd, Elwin Street Productions and the United Nations Development Programme.
Across these my work has ranged from commissioning new authors to outlining new titles, from structural editing to copy-editing.
I was responsible for editing children's illustrated non-fiction. Responsibilities included:
- Commissioning authors
- grading text for the correct language level
- rewriting text
- mapping out a choose-your-own-adventure book
- Briefing designers
- Picture research
At Amber Books Ltd, I edited a number of illustrated non-fiction books, as well as becoming the company's in-house publicist.
As an editor, I helped writers through the editorial process, from commissioning them to checking their drafts, from alerting them to inconsistencies to drawing their attention to where further clarification was needed and on to final layouts and proofreading. Through this, we always came out with a better book.
I was also responsible for devising books, writing hundreds of pitches for prospective titles, writing blurbs, conducting picture research, and writing quizzes on history and pop music for apps.
Topics ranged from travel, such as Coast or the Visual Explorer Guide: Canada, to illustrated history with Abandoned Sacred Places and Amazing Churches of the World to Tai Chi and the I Ching.
As the publisher's publicist, I placed features or extracts with the Guardian, Observer, Daily Mail, Daily Express and MailOnline, as well as reviews in monthly magazines.
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The names of dinosaurs are some of the first impressively long words that children learn. From Apatosaurus to Tyrannosaurus rex to Zephyrosaurus, The A-Z of Dinosaurs presents 26 fun dinosaurs to learn the names of. Each dinosaur is illustrated with an outstanding colour artwork, while a short description outlines the animal’s main characteristics. Also, there is a guide to the pronunciation o... read more
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I'm a New York Times best-selling author, historian, and editor and a specialist in memoirs and corporate/organizational publications.
Two decades as a top US nonfiction copy and line editor on technology, business and travel at HarperCollins, Intellectual Ventures and more.