Lisa Cordaro

Lisa Cordaro – Editor

A seasoned non-fiction editor with more than 30 years' experience in the publishing industry, 11 of which in-house before going freelance.

Overview

I help people to achieve clear and engaging communication. Your writing is your legacy, and it matters.


I work with independent non-fiction authors and self-publishers, publishers, businesses and organisations. Friendly, accurate and expert editing and advice.


I'm an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), the UK industry professional society. The CIEP's Code of Conduct binds its members to ethical standards and excellence. I'm also a full member of ACES (American Copy Editors Society).


As well as line and copy-editing and proofreading, I provide manuscript critique, development and structural editing to authors planning to self-publish, or who are looking to query agents and/or publishers for a book deal.


I also help authors repurpose content. If you have content that you would like to publish in book format, I can support you through the process, shaping and editing it to create a great product.


WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY:


‘My wonderful editor, Lisa, shaped this into the helpful guide it was always meant to be: her insights and experience have been invaluable.’


Julia Elliott Brown, author

RAISE: The Female Founder’s Guide to Securing Investment

Shortlisted, Business Book Awards 2023

Amazon bestseller


‘I would like to pay special thanks to my editor, Lisa. Writing a book for the first time and handing it over to someone else for scrutiny is a daunting prospect.


From the very first communication we had, Lisa was able to grasp the vision I had for the project. Her encouragement, professionalism and sharp business acumen have helped to make this book far better than it otherwise would have been.’


Dave Holloway, author

Wonder Leads: Remarkable Lead Generation for Positive Small Businesses

Axiom Business Book Awards 2021 – Silver Medal

Shortlisted, Business Book Awards 2021

2x Amazon bestseller


My approach is supportive, sensitive and honest. At the start of a project I talk it over with you to learn about your needs and outline the process. Both author and editor should be compatible, so my aim every time is to get the creative mix right.


Every project is bespoke, because every author and their manuscript have their own needs. I understand just how much work goes into your writing, because I write too.


My vocation is to help your project succeed.


Content warning: Please note I DO NOT take on scripts containing the following:


• PTSD, trauma and dissociation

• bereavement and grief

• abuse and survival

• self-harm

• alcohol or substance dependence/ abuse

• addiction and recovery

• rape and sexual violence

• domestic violence

• violence

• BDSM

• horror and gore

• eating disorders

• body dysmorphia

• phobias and treatment

• suicide

• murder

• tragic or traumatic accident

• abduction or internment

• crime and prison stories

• war stories

• terrorism

• gun violence, shooter attacks

• animal cruelty or abuse

• hypnosis/hypnotherapy

• mind control, cults

• New World Order and conspiracy theories

• extremist political texts and activism

• extremist religious practice or activism.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Photography Self-Help & Self-Improvement Travel
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Works with
WordPress
Certifications
  • BA (Hons) English and European Literature, University of Essex, 2:1
  • Editing with Word, SfEP, 2018
  • Travel Writing, Arvon, 2011 (tutored by award-winning travel writers: Rory MacLean and Jay Griffiths)
  • Food Writing, Arvon, 2011 (tutored by chef and food writers: Sophie Grigson and Alastair Hendy)
  • Training for Trainers, SfEP, 2005
  • Web Editing and Proofreading, SfEP, 2003
  • Working for Non-Publishers, SfEP, 2002
  • Managing Projects, Publishing Training Centre, 1996
  • Managing Editorial Freelancers, Publishing Training Centre, 1995
  • Typography, Publishing Training Centre, 1994
  • On-Screen Editing, Publishing Training Centre, 1994
  • Book Production, Publishing Training Centre, 1992
  • BPIF Introduction to Print Technology, CCHE Cambridge (now Anglia Ruskin University), 1989-1990
  • Specialist copy-editing: Law, Publishing Training Centre, 1993
  • PerfectIt 3 Introduction and Advanced, Cadman Training Services, 2018

Work experience

Self-employed

Jul, 2000 — Present

Providing editorial solutions to a portfolio of independent authors, private clients and traditional publishers, corporate organisations, business (B2B, B2C), research institutes, chartered institutions, academics, training organisations, communications agencies and charities.

Major publisher clients I've edited for include: Bloomsbury Professional, Pearson Business and Professional, Sage Publications, Directory of Social Change, Routledge, Zed Books, Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan, I.B. Tauris, Manchester University Press, Rethink Press, Sue Richardson Associates, Practical Inspiration Publishing and Intellect Books.

Major authors include Italian food expert and writer Anna Del Conte (endorsed by Nigella Lawson), and travel writer Alan Whelan.

Sage Publications (London EC2)

Jul, 2000 — Jun, 2003 (almost 3 years)

Full-time (and later part-time) in-house project management of a portfolio of social science journal titles to schedule and budget, including new start-up titles. Providing editorial support to colleagues in the Journals Production Department. Attending journal editorial board meetings. Copy-editing, proofreading and proof collation.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (London EC1)

Feb, 2000 — Jul, 2000 (5 months)

Editorial and production management of a wide range of four-colour publications from manuscript to bound copies, marketing materials and general ad hoc publication projects for a magic circle international law firm.

Copy and on-screen editing, advertisement copywriting, writing internal house style and publications guidelines, editing and setting newsletters in Quark Xpress. Extensive internal client and external supplier liaison.

Kluwer Law International (Wolters Kluwer plc) (London SW1)

Sep, 1992 — Dec, 1999 (about 7 years)

Supervision of a substantial team of freelance project managers working in-house and externally. Project assessment and allocation to editors. Recruitment and training of project managers; recruitment, testing and management of individual function freelancers. Project management of book, journal and looseleaf titles to schedule and budget.

Special project management: initiating and developing House Style between London and The Hague, and creating author guidelines.

Representing KLI at editorial board meetings.

Commissioning artwork from designers; producing typespecs for book designs; cover design. Production control including liaison with typesetters, repro and printers, backlist management and reprints.

Cambridge Newspapers

Sep, 1991 — Sep, 1992 (about 1 year)

Paste up of galleys to final pages from subs’ layouts, checking and passing for press to daily deadlines on Cambridge Evening News and sister paper Weekly News series.

Drawing layouts for advertising pages. Designing advertisements and other notices to CRC on Quark Xpress.

Hobsons Publishing PLC

Apr, 1989 — Apr, 1990 (about 1 year)

Editorial production control of profiles and entries in a variety of academic guides, educational/career yearbooks, trade yearbooks, directories and magazines. Advertising production control on France magazine (trade, shelf, still in publication).

Copy chasing, client liaison and advice; liaison with designers and advertising agencies; control of copy-editing, typesetting, proofing, corrections and passing to CRC and press.

Handling a wide variety of b/w and colour originals and artwork, commissioning photography, checking colour separations and proofs, passing to press. Liaison with repro houses, printers and mailing houses.

Portfolio

Are you a frontline manager, team leader or supervisor with big responsibilities?Do you have a low budget, little autonomy, or haven’t had the training you think you need? Whether you are new to management or have been in management roles for years, this book ... read more
When Charlie Barrett decided to explore Madagascar independently, he had two problems. The roads are terrible. And so little information is known about the remoter parts of the country that they are not even mapped. Undeterred, Charlie embarked on an epic, thr... read more
Does the thought of public speaking make you go weak at the knees?Are you an effective presenter in your day-to-day work, but shudder at the prospect of taking your knowledge and ideas to a wider audience and a bigger stage?Do you tell yourself that you don’t ... read more
Core Coaching

Sheridan Maguire

Hard to Find book
Today’s workplace is fast paced, highly complex, and sometimes even life-threatening. Yet it is possible to thrive in the ‘pressure-cooker’ of modern work life. We all have the right to enjoy rather than just endure work. In the unpredictability of even the mo... read more
A book for managers leading remote teams and for employees who want to make a difference.As more companies adopt remote, flexible or office optional practices, managers and team leaders realise that the transition to a new way of working involves more than mak... read more
In 1989, Carolyn Daniels and her mother Joan embarked on a journey of 5,000 miles through India in a bogie: a specially converted train carriage.Little do they anticipate the culture shock waiting for them on arrival in Delhi. Encounters with Gandhi’s daughter... read more
This book takes the reader on a very practical learning journey about the safe use of tools and the safe harvesting of wood to the subsequent uses for roots bark and timber. A step by step account with colour photographs this book is suitable for a student of ... read more
Mastering Services Pricing
My Barcelona Kitchen

Sophie Ruggles

Paperback. Pub Date :2012-09-13 Pages: 240 Language: English Publisher: Murdoch Books My Barcelona Kitchen is a vibrant collection of 140 recipes gathered by cook and food writer Sophie Ruggles while living in the lively Spanish city. Inspired by her life as a... read more
The Black Stars of Ghana Travelling against the backdrop of Ghana's Black Stars' thrilling performance in the 2010 World Cup, Alan Whelan sets off on a motorcycle adventure into the heart of West Africa. Curious to discover the current state of Ghana after two... read more
Plan a first rate presentation in three hours or less, quickly produce slides and handouts, and discover ways to deliver it calmly, confidently and capably.
Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization
In the mid 50s, Swiss-born New Yorker Robert Frank embarked on a ten-thousand-mile road trip across post-war America, capturing thousands of photographs of all levels of a rapidly changing society. The resultant photo-book, The Americans, represents a seminal ... read more
Being Agile in Business
A personal and practical insight into emotional maturity and why adults sometimes behave like children. Have you ever looked at an adult and thought, Oh grow up ? Why do adults sometimes behave like children? What do they gain from doing so? What can they do a... read more
On his third solo African motorcycle journey, Alan Whelan turns to one of the defining features of the continent: Lake Victoria. Using the lake as a hub, Empire Road reveals the beauty and the tragedy, the inspiration and the ingenuity of a region that still r... read more

Lisa has 7 reviews

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James H.

James H.

Oct, 2023

As a first time author, and having not written anything of any length, ever, I needed a lot of help through the process. Lisa is thorough, patient and skilled. I suspect i tested that patience several times, but we achieved a great result together and my book is very much improved by our collaboration. Thank you Lisa!
Marina C.

Marina C.

Mar, 2021

Great working with Lisa. Extremely knowledgeable, fast and thorough.
Yoav T.

Yoav T.

Aug, 2020

extremely knowledgeable and very detailed insights and detail provided, highly recommended
Omar L.

Omar L.

Apr, 2020

Lisa did a wonderful job on my new bookThe Servant Leader's Manifesto. She really made the book pop and brought out the best from my drafting!
Barbara K.

Barbara K.

Feb, 2020

First of all my experience using Reedsy has been really good and I am confident in saying that if I had to source an editor without Reedsy’s help, it would have taken me a lot longer to finish my book, a project I have been working on for two years and is now finally done. When you reach the stage of finalising the manuscript, you just want to get the rest done as soon as you can to finally see...
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