Lisa Cordaro

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Cambridge, UK

A seasoned non-fiction editor with 27 years' experience in the publishing industry, 11 of which in-house before going freelance.

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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, academics, publishers, businesses and organisations. Friendly, accurate and expert editing, proofreading and advice.

In addition to copy-editing and proofreading, I coach non-fiction writing, and offer manuscript critique, development and structural editing to authors planning to self-publish, or who are looking to submit to agents and/or publishers for a book deal.

My approach is supportive, sensitive and honest. At the start of a project I take time to talk it over with you to learn about your needs and outline the process. It's important that author and editor are compatible and comfortable with each other, and my aim every time is to make sure the creative mix is right.

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

My vocation is to help your project succeed.

Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Career Guides
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Health & wellbeing
Photography
Self-help & Self-improvement
Travel
Works with
WordPress

Certifications

  • BA (Hons) English and European Literature, University of Essex, 2:1
  • Editing with Word, SfEP, 2018
  • Travel Writing, Arvon, 2011
  • Food Writing, Arvon, 2011
  • 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

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
July, 2000 – Present (over 18 years)

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, Pearson Business and Professional, Sage Publications, Directory of Social Change, Routledge, Zed Books, Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan, I.B. Tauris, Manchester University Press and Intellect Books.

Major authors include food writer Anna Del Conte and travel writer Alan Whelan.

Project Manager (Contract)

Sage Publications (London EC2)
July, 2000 – June, 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.

Publications Editor

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (London EC1)
February, 2000 – July, 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.

Senior Editor

Kluwer Law International (Wolters Kluwer plc) (London SW1)
September, 1992 – December, 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.

Compositor/Layout artist

Cambridge Newspapers
September, 1991 – September, 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.

Production Account Executive

Hobsons Publishing PLC
April, 1989 – April, 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 (18 selected works)

Empire Road - Lake Victoria by Motorcycle

Alan Whelan

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 resonates from the days of empire. After acquiring a boda-boda motorcycle taxi in Nairobi, he undertakes a thrilling ride around Africa's... 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 resonates from the days of empire. After acquiring a boda-boda motorcycle taxi in Nairobi, he undertakes a thrilling ride around Africa's... read more

Are You Chasing Rainbows?: A Practical Insight into Emotional Maturity and Why Adults Sometimes Behave Like Children

Alison R Russell

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 about it? This book is a personal and practical insight into emotional maturity, using personal observations of adult and child behaviour... read more

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 about it? This book is a personal and practical insight into emotional maturity, using personal observations of adult and child behaviour... read more

Robert Frank's 'The Americans': The Art of Documentary Photography

Jonathan Day

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 moment in both photography and in America's emerging understanding of itself. To mark the book's fiftieth anniversary, Jonathan Day revi... read more

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 moment in both photography and in America's emerging understanding of itself. To mark the book's fiftieth anniversary, Jonathan Day revi... read more

Swedish Cops: From Sjöwall and Wahlöö to Stieg Larsson

Michael Tapper

Michael Tapper considers Swedish culture and ideas from the period 1965 to 2012 as expressed in detective fiction and film in the tradition of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Believing the Swedish police narrative tradition to be part and parcel of the European history of ideas and culture, Tapper argues that, from being feared and despised, the police emerged as heroes and part of the modern soci... read more

Michael Tapper considers Swedish culture and ideas from the period 1965 to 2012 as expressed in detective fiction and film in the tradition of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Believing the Swedish police narrative tradition to be part and parcel of the European history of ideas and culture, Tapper argues that, from being feared and despised, the police emerged as heroes and part of the modern soci... read more

Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

David Coghlan, Teresa Brannick

Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

Presentation Now: Prepare a perfect presentation in less than 3 hours

Andrew Lightheart

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.

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.

The Black Stars of Ghana

Alan Whelan

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 generations of independent rule within his lifetime, he rides optimistically on a continent that has had its fair share of trauma. On t... 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 generations of independent rule within his lifetime, he rides optimistically on a continent that has had its fair share of trauma. On t... read more

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 local. her close Spanish friends and her favourite restaurants and bars. Sophie has added her own personal touch to each recipe to crea... read more

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 local. her close Spanish friends and her favourite restaurants and bars. Sophie has added her own personal touch to each recipe to crea... read more

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Woodcraft: A practical celebration of the tree

John Rhyder

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 woodcraft, the naturalist, and the practitioner of bushcraft skills. If you have ever wanted to make your own bow and arrow, make fire u... 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 woodcraft, the naturalist, and the practitioner of bushcraft skills. If you have ever wanted to make your own bow and arrow, make fire u... read more

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Kate Minchin

It has been a joy working with Lisa. She is extremely approachable and very knowledgeable. Communication with Lisa was swift and friendly yet professional. Her feedback was invaluable and our discussions informative and helpful. I am a first-time author and Lisa has been extremely understanding. I highly recommend Lisa and her work.

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Kate Minchin, August 2018

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