Kirsty Ridge

Kirsty Ridge - Editor Tick

Leicester, UK

Former Senior Copy-editor at Walker Books, UK. Over 20 years' experience as an editor on children's books and educational materials.

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Overview

I am an experienced editor and proofreader, with a background of over 20 years in publishing. I am a Provisional Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and have worked mainly on children's fiction and educational materials for leading authors and publishers.

Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Adventure
Children's - Middle Grade
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Education & Reference

Certifications

  • Provisional Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
June, 2006 – Present (over 12 years)

I am a highly experienced editor and proofreader, with a background of over 20 years in children's fiction and non-fiction, as well as educational materials, management and healthcare publications.

I have worked for major publishers in the field, including Walker Books Ltd, Cambridge University Press, National Extension College, B.T. Batsford and Cambridge International Examinations.

I can provide content editing and copy-editing, and will do a meticulous job to help you shape your book into the best that it can be.

Editor

National Extension College, Cambridge
November, 2005 – June, 2006 (7 months)

Desk editing
Proofreading
Commissioning authors, consultants and freelancers
Managing budgets and schedules
Tracking sector developments
Creating product proposals
Developing internal processes

Assistant Editor

National Extension College, Cambridge
July, 2005 – November, 2005 (4 months)

Copy-editing
Proofreading
Project managing small lists
Co-ordinating updates and revisions

Senior Copy-editor

Walker Books Ltd, London
January, 2004 – August, 2004 (7 months)

Copy-editing
Proofreading
Training copy-editors
Managing department workflow
Signing off material for printing
Co-ordinating with American office on joint titles
Project managing paperback reissues list

Senior Copy-editor

Walker Books Ltd, London
October, 2000 – July, 2001 (9 months)

Copy-editing
Proofreading
Training copy-editors
Managing department workflow
Signing off material for printing
Co-ordinating with American office on joint titles
Project managing paperback reissues list

Copy-editor

Walker Books Ltd, London
October, 1998 – October, 2000 (about 2 years)

Copy-editing
Proofreading
Checking reprints and reissues
Liaising with in- and out-of-house project team members
Checking reprints and reissues

Editorial Secretary

B.T. Batsford, London
July, 1997 – March, 1998 (8 months)

Providing secretarial and administrative support to the editorial director and other members of the editorial team

Editorial Assistant

B.T. Batsford, London
July, 1996 – July, 1997 (about 1 year)

Editing
Proofreading
Writing copy
Liaising with in- and out-of-house project team members
Providing administrative support

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Dyan Sheldon

Everything I'm about to tell you occurred exactly as I say. And I don't just mean the stuff about "Deadwood" High, and my fight with Carla Santini over the school play. I mean everything. Even the things that seem so totally out of this solar system that you think I must have made them up - like crashing the party after Sidartha's farewell concert in New York - they're true too. And nothing's ... read more

Everything I'm about to tell you occurred exactly as I say. And I don't just mean the stuff about "Deadwood" High, and my fight with Carla Santini over the school play. I mean everything. Even the things that seem so totally out of this solar system that you think I must have made them up - like crashing the party after Sidartha's farewell concert in New York - they're true too. And nothing's ... read more

Hank Zipzer: The Cow Poo Treasure Hunt

Theo Baker

A hilarious book based on the top-rated CBBC TV show Hank Zipzer about the adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. Love the CBBC series of Hank Zipzer? Then this is the book for you. Perfect for readers aged 8 + and also reluctant readers. Based on the New York Times bestselling series by Henry "the Fonz" Winkler and Lin Oliver. The school camping trips are legendary for all the wrong reasons. ... read more

A hilarious book based on the top-rated CBBC TV show Hank Zipzer about the adventures of a cheeky, loveable hero. Love the CBBC series of Hank Zipzer? Then this is the book for you. Perfect for readers aged 8 + and also reluctant readers. Based on the New York Times bestselling series by Henry "the Fonz" Winkler and Lin Oliver. The school camping trips are legendary for all the wrong reasons. ... read more

Hank Zipzer: The Pizza Party and the Plague of Locusts

Theo Baker (author)

In this third book in the Hank Zipzer TV tie-in fiction series, the disasters pile up as Hank's impromptu history project goes on the run. In this third book of the series based on the hit CBBC TV show, Hank hatches plans for the world's greatest parent-free pizza party ever ... at the expense of getting his World War I history project done. Will a last-minute solution involving his sister's l... read more

In this third book in the Hank Zipzer TV tie-in fiction series, the disasters pile up as Hank's impromptu history project goes on the run. In this third book of the series based on the hit CBBC TV show, Hank hatches plans for the world's greatest parent-free pizza party ever ... at the expense of getting his World War I history project done. Will a last-minute solution involving his sister's l... read more

Shaun the Sheep: Blast to the Past (Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm)

Martin Howard

KEER-AAASSSH! Did Shaun’s overloaded go-kart propel the Flock into . . . the past? A wry and rollicking new episode featuring the charming stars of Shaun the Sheep.Shaun has a great idea! Take a wonky stroller wheel, an old car seat, a flimsy parachute, and other pieces of rubbish, and the Mossy Bottom Flyer is ready to go. But when the rest of the Flock leaps on and they all careen into a wal... read more

KEER-AAASSSH! Did Shaun’s overloaded go-kart propel the Flock into . . . the past? A wry and rollicking new episode featuring the charming stars of Shaun the Sheep.Shaun has a great idea! Take a wonky stroller wheel, an old car seat, a flimsy parachute, and other pieces of rubbish, and the Mossy Bottom Flyer is ready to go. But when the rest of the Flock leaps on and they all careen into a wal... read more

Shaun the Sheep: Flock to the Seaside (Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm)

Martin Howard

When a seaside carnival lures the whole flock away from a herding competition, will Bitzer the sheepdog be forced to turn in his clipboard?Bitzer the sheepdog is looking, well, sheepish. Not only is Top Dog, his sniggering rival, flaunting the latest eHerder device, now Bitzer can’t find his flock! Even if a madcap chase with Shaun uncovers their woolly friends amid a frenzy of cotton candy, f... read more

When a seaside carnival lures the whole flock away from a herding competition, will Bitzer the sheepdog be forced to turn in his clipboard?Bitzer the sheepdog is looking, well, sheepish. Not only is Top Dog, his sniggering rival, flaunting the latest eHerder device, now Bitzer can’t find his flock! Even if a madcap chase with Shaun uncovers their woolly friends amid a frenzy of cotton candy, f... read more

Shaun the Sheep: The Beast of Soggy Moor (Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm)

Martin Howard

AAARRROOOooo! What’s making that hair-raising howl? Can Bitzer the sheepdog and his flock find the beast — before it finds them?One dark, misty night at Mossy Bottom Farm, a starving creature creeps silently through the farmyard, waiting to feed. Well, actually, it’s just Bitzer the sheepdog with a growling stomach, holding his clipboard as he checks on the flock and chickens. But wait—what’s ... read more

AAARRROOOooo! What’s making that hair-raising howl? Can Bitzer the sheepdog and his flock find the beast — before it finds them?One dark, misty night at Mossy Bottom Farm, a starving creature creeps silently through the farmyard, waiting to feed. Well, actually, it’s just Bitzer the sheepdog with a growling stomach, holding his clipboard as he checks on the flock and chickens. But wait—what’s ... read more

Shaun the Sheep: Pranks a Lot! (Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm)

Martin Howard

Inspired by the popular TV series Shaun the Sheep, this tale of tricks and tomfoolery is sure to get readers giggling.Why does Bitzer the sheepdog suddenly have a mustache? What could turn Shaun the Sheep bright pink? A series of pranks punctuated by a paranoid truce pits Shaun and Bitzer against each other in an increasingly hilarious battle of wits. Of course, it’s all fun and games until so... read more

Inspired by the popular TV series Shaun the Sheep, this tale of tricks and tomfoolery is sure to get readers giggling.Why does Bitzer the sheepdog suddenly have a mustache? What could turn Shaun the Sheep bright pink? A series of pranks punctuated by a paranoid truce pits Shaun and Bitzer against each other in an increasingly hilarious battle of wits. Of course, it’s all fun and games until so... read more

Shaun the Sheep: The Flock Factor (Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm)

Martin Howard

Who will rock the talent show, chickens or sheep? Characters from Shaun the Sheep step from screen to page in the first of an original illustrated fiction series.It’s talent-show time on the farm, and the roosters and chickens are banding together in hopes of beating out their rivals, the sheep. Meanwhile, Shirley, a sheep whose flair for singing is as large as her frame, has a big problem — a... read more

Who will rock the talent show, chickens or sheep? Characters from Shaun the Sheep step from screen to page in the first of an original illustrated fiction series.It’s talent-show time on the farm, and the roosters and chickens are banding together in hopes of beating out their rivals, the sheep. Meanwhile, Shirley, a sheep whose flair for singing is as large as her frame, has a big problem — a... read more

Cairo Jim and the Chaos from Crete: A Tale of Underground Uncertainty (The Cairo Jim Chronicles Book 10)

Geoffrey McSkimming

Strange, toxic gases are spreading through the ruins of the ancient Palace of Knossos in Crete, forcing tourists and visitors to abandon the site. Where are these gases coming from? Who is the rambunctious man in gas mask and rubber suit who appears amid these foul odours? And what extraordinary secret lies beneath the ruins of Knossos -- a secret that many have believed was, until now, a mere... read more

Strange, toxic gases are spreading through the ruins of the ancient Palace of Knossos in Crete, forcing tourists and visitors to abandon the site. Where are these gases coming from? Who is the rambunctious man in gas mask and rubber suit who appears amid these foul odours? And what extraordinary secret lies beneath the ruins of Knossos -- a secret that many have believed was, until now, a mere... read more

Cairo Jim and the Secret Sepulchre of the Sphinx: A Tale of Incalculable Inversion (The Cairo Jim Chronicles Book 6)

Geoffrey McSkimming

When that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, and his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel, and Jocelyn Osgood make the ‘find of the century’, a new enemy on the scene sets out to discredit Jim and destroy his hard-won reputation … Another mind-blowing mystery of history from the master of archaeological humour and suspense, Geoffrey McSkimming. The BIGGES... read more

When that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, and his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel, and Jocelyn Osgood make the ‘find of the century’, a new enemy on the scene sets out to discredit Jim and destroy his hard-won reputation … Another mind-blowing mystery of history from the master of archaeological humour and suspense, Geoffrey McSkimming. The BIGGES... read more

Cairo Jim and the Quest for the Quetzal Queen: A Mayan Tale of Marvels (The Cairo Jim Chronicles Book 5)

Geoffrey McSkimming

Strange paintings have come to light in ancient Mexican pyramids and temples. Is the mysterious woman depicted in the paintings the actual Quetzal Queen? Did she really reign for almost 800 years? And if so, how?What has the sudden disappearance of Mademoiselle Fifi Glusac (the famous contortionist and harmonica player) got to do with it?Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-know... read more

Strange paintings have come to light in ancient Mexican pyramids and temples. Is the mysterious woman depicted in the paintings the actual Quetzal Queen? Did she really reign for almost 800 years? And if so, how?What has the sudden disappearance of Mademoiselle Fifi Glusac (the famous contortionist and harmonica player) got to do with it?Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-know... read more

Cairo Jim and the Tyrannical Bauble of Tiberius: A Tale of Ancient Atrocity (The Cairo Jim Chronicles Book 9)

Geoffrey McSkimming

Strange happenings are afoot in Rome, where a priceless and mysterious artefact—the Imperishable Bauble of the ancient emperor Tiberius—has gone missing! Cairo Jim—that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet— and his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel are sent to Rome to try to get to the bottom of this act of felony. They soon discover that the Bauble has terrifying p... read more

Strange happenings are afoot in Rome, where a priceless and mysterious artefact—the Imperishable Bauble of the ancient emperor Tiberius—has gone missing! Cairo Jim—that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet— and his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel are sent to Rome to try to get to the bottom of this act of felony. They soon discover that the Bauble has terrifying p... read more

Hidden Among Us

Katy Moran

Folktale and thriller are brilliantly interwoven in this fast-paced novel. The mysterious boy who Lissy encounters at a deserted train station acts like he has known her all her life. Unnerved by his unnatural beauty, she sets about uncovering the dark secret of the village of Hopesay Edge. The boy, Larkspur, is a member of the Hidden, an ancient group of elven people and Lissy quickly finds h... read more

Folktale and thriller are brilliantly interwoven in this fast-paced novel. The mysterious boy who Lissy encounters at a deserted train station acts like he has known her all her life. Unnerved by his unnatural beauty, she sets about uncovering the dark secret of the village of Hopesay Edge. The boy, Larkspur, is a member of the Hidden, an ancient group of elven people and Lissy quickly finds h... read more

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments)

Cassandra Clare

What price is too high to pay, even for love? Plunge into fifth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly)—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content! City of Lost Souls is a Shadowhunters novel.When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lili... read more

What price is too high to pay, even for love? Plunge into fifth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly)—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content! City of Lost Souls is a Shadowhunters novel.When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lili... read more

Being Ben (Walker Racing Reads)

Jacqueline Roy

A quirky Racing Read featuring a British Jamaican family in a contemporary setting. Ben is a boy with a lively imagination and a tendency to worry. He's scared of lots of things - the new baby (it will have green hair and yellow eyes and poo and scream all the time), nasty stripes (they're everywhere) and the class bully (although it turns out he's scared of a few things himself...) When a nei... read more

A quirky Racing Read featuring a British Jamaican family in a contemporary setting. Ben is a boy with a lively imagination and a tendency to worry. He's scared of lots of things - the new baby (it will have green hair and yellow eyes and poo and scream all the time), nasty stripes (they're everywhere) and the class bully (although it turns out he's scared of a few things himself...) When a nei... read more

Daisy Dawson and the Big Freeze

Steve Voake

Cozy up to this enticing new adventure starring Daisy Dawson, an ordinary girl with an extraordinary gift: she can talk to and understand animals! (Ages 6-9)It’s snowing! And Daisy Dawson couldn’t be happier enjoying the winter weather with all of her animal friends. There are even newborn lambs to meet, including Woolverton, whose curiosity about the world beyond the farmer’s field soon gets ... read more

Cozy up to this enticing new adventure starring Daisy Dawson, an ordinary girl with an extraordinary gift: she can talk to and understand animals! (Ages 6-9)It’s snowing! And Daisy Dawson couldn’t be happier enjoying the winter weather with all of her animal friends. There are even newborn lambs to meet, including Woolverton, whose curiosity about the world beyond the farmer’s field soon gets ... read more

English B for the IB Diploma Coursebook

Brad Philpot

A practical and accessible course covering the English B syllabus (from 2011) for the IB Diploma. Suitable for standard and higher level students, this resource is written by an experienced IB English teacher following the English B syllabus.Features include activities and authentic texts to develop reading and comprehension, integrated study ideas for IB central core, featuring LP (Learner pr... read more

A practical and accessible course covering the English B syllabus (from 2011) for the IB Diploma. Suitable for standard and higher level students, this resource is written by an experienced IB English teacher following the English B syllabus.Features include activities and authentic texts to develop reading and comprehension, integrated study ideas for IB central core, featuring LP (Learner pr... read more

Vango: Between Sky and Earth

Timothee De Fombelle

A gripping mystery-adventure about a desperate search for identity by critically acclaimed author, Timothee de Fombelle. In a world between wars, Vango is on the cusp of taking priestly vows when he is suddenly made a fugitive. Fleeing from the police who blame him for murder, as well as more sinister forces with darker intentions, Vango attempts to trace the secrets of his shrouded past and p... read more

A gripping mystery-adventure about a desperate search for identity by critically acclaimed author, Timothee de Fombelle. In a world between wars, Vango is on the cusp of taking priestly vows when he is suddenly made a fugitive. Fleeing from the police who blame him for murder, as well as more sinister forces with darker intentions, Vango attempts to trace the secrets of his shrouded past and p... read more

Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English (Cambridge International IGCSE)

Russell Carey

Provides full support for students and teachers of the Cambridge IGCSE® Literature in English syllabus. This coursebook is a lively introduction to the study of literature in English at IGCSE level, encouraging both the enjoyment of literature and rigorous academic study. It provides a comprehensive overview of the various components of the Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English syllabus (0486 ... read more

Provides full support for students and teachers of the Cambridge IGCSE® Literature in English syllabus. This coursebook is a lively introduction to the study of literature in English at IGCSE level, encouraging both the enjoyment of literature and rigorous academic study. It provides a comprehensive overview of the various components of the Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English syllabus (0486 ... read more

Cambridge Global English Stage 9 Coursebook with Audio CD: for Cambridge Secondary 1 English as a Second Language (Cambridge International Examinations)

Chris Barker, Libby Mitchell

Cambridge Global English Stages 7-9 follow the Cambridge Lower Secondary English as a Second Language (ESL) Curriculum Framework. Coursebook 9 includes eighteen thematic units based on the Cambridge International Examinations Scheme of Work for Stage 9. Our Stage 9 Coursebook lays the foundation for learners who may go on to the Cambridge IGCSE ESL qualification. The topics and situations in C... read more

Cambridge Global English Stages 7-9 follow the Cambridge Lower Secondary English as a Second Language (ESL) Curriculum Framework. Coursebook 9 includes eighteen thematic units based on the Cambridge International Examinations Scheme of Work for Stage 9. Our Stage 9 Coursebook lays the foundation for learners who may go on to the Cambridge IGCSE ESL qualification. The topics and situations in C... read more

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Alices Adventures in Wonderland

Alices Adventures in Wonderland

Beep, Beep, Maisy!

Lucy Cousins

Kids who love vehicles and the sounds they make will steer toward this interactive book featuring dozens of flaps.Maisy is going for a ride in her car. Who will she meet as she goes? There’s Dotty driving her tractor (Chug, chug!), Peacock on his bicycle (Ding, ding!), Ostrich waving from his train (Choo, choo!), Eddie flying his helicopter (Chop, chop!), Tallulah in her fire engine (Nee-nah, ... read more

Kids who love vehicles and the sounds they make will steer toward this interactive book featuring dozens of flaps.Maisy is going for a ride in her car. Who will she meet as she goes? There’s Dotty driving her tractor (Chug, chug!), Peacock on his bicycle (Ding, ding!), Ostrich waving from his train (Choo, choo!), Eddie flying his helicopter (Chop, chop!), Tallulah in her fire engine (Nee-nah, ... read more

Let's Talk About Sex

Robie H. Harris

A completely updated 20th anniversary edition of the definitive book on childrens' sexual health.Now with expanded information on internet and texting safety, birth control, LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) issues and more - this universally acclaimed classic by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley is a cutting-edge resource for children, parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else... read more

A completely updated 20th anniversary edition of the definitive book on childrens' sexual health.Now with expanded information on internet and texting safety, birth control, LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) issues and more - this universally acclaimed classic by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley is a cutting-edge resource for children, parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else... read more

75 QUICK & EASY BOBBIN LACE

Veronica Sorenson

Original and wide ranging collection of inspiring lace designs. Very well illustrated throughout. 144pp.

Original and wide ranging collection of inspiring lace designs. Very well illustrated throughout. 144pp.

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