Lisa Findley

Lisa Findley - Editor

London, UK

15 years' experience working on literature & nonfiction. Gentle & encouraging approach appreciated by first-time authors.

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Overview

I started my career as an in-house editor for Sourcebooks, one of the leading independent publishers in the US, where I copy edited and proofread legal self-help books, forging strong relationships with authors, designers, typesetters, and marketing professionals. I then worked for a newswire company while building my freelance base. After a move across the Atlantic, I edited and marketed books for Free Association Books, a London-based house, and expanded my freelance work to Europe. Two of my most popular fiction works are In Defense of Guilt and Against My Will, both by Benjamin Berkley.

My approach is always collaborative--this is your work, and my job is to enhance your unique voice while correcting and clarifying where necessary. When you send me your manuscript, I edit in Track Changes, so that you can see every single change I make and decide if it's right for you. This also allows me to make comments and queries right in the text, so you can see the exact spot I'm talking about. For fiction, I like to have a short conversation with you before diving into the text, to get a better understanding of your overall vision and any particular style choices you want to preserve. I'm happy to answer any and all questions, so do please get in touch.

In fiction, I've worked in both realistic and speculative genres. In nonfiction, I specialize in social sciences and legal writing. Some of my work has been with people completing PhDs, so I am used to a high level of academic rigor. I work in both American and British English.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Legal Thriller
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Humanities & Social Sciences
Law

Certifications

  • Denver Publishing Institute
  • Kalamazoo College (BA, Hons, 4 year university)

Work experience

Editor and Transcriber

Self-employed
October, 2005 – Present (over 15 years)

Marketing Manager and Editor

Free Association Books
November, 2014 – September, 2019 (almost 5 years)

Senior Editor

Marketwire
July, 2007 – August, 2012 (about 5 years)

Assistant Editor

Sourcebooks, Inc.
October, 2005 – July, 2007 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Against My Will: A story of survival, self-discovery, justice, and ultimately about love.

Benjamin Berkley

Danielle Landau knows she should feel lucky, but she can't feel anything but dread. Not only did she pass the New York Bar, but she married the man her father says is just right for her and lives in a fashionable new loft in Queens. But the man who seems like the perfect catch is a perfect nightmare at home. Jacob tries to control her career, her daily routine, and even when she eats. He ignor... read more

Danielle Landau knows she should feel lucky, but she can't feel anything but dread. Not only did she pass the New York Bar, but she married the man her father says is just right for her and lives in a fashionable new loft in Queens. But the man who seems like the perfect catch is a perfect nightmare at home. Jacob tries to control her career, her daily routine, and even when she eats. He ignor... read more

In Defense of Guilt

Benjamin H Berkley

"In Defense of Guilt is a fast-paced legal thriller with a spiritual twist. Well written and highly recommended." --Melanie Bragg, Author of Crosstown ParkRepresenting a man accused of throwing his wife overboard, chic attorney Lauren Hill begins to artfully present her case. But when Judge Howell seems to morph into God, Lauren's life of infidelity, poor parenthood, and self-absorption is que... read more

"In Defense of Guilt is a fast-paced legal thriller with a spiritual twist. Well written and highly recommended." --Melanie Bragg, Author of Crosstown ParkRepresenting a man accused of throwing his wife overboard, chic attorney Lauren Hill begins to artfully present her case. But when Judge Howell seems to morph into God, Lauren's life of infidelity, poor parenthood, and self-absorption is que... read more

Judicial Dialogue and Human Rights (Studies on International Courts and Tribunals)

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the extent, method, purpose and effects of domestic and international courts' judicial dialogue on human rights. The analysis covers national courts' judicial dialogue from different regions of the world, including Eastern Europe, Latin America, Canada, Nigeria and Malaysia. The text is complemented by studies on specific subject matters such as LGT... read more

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the extent, method, purpose and effects of domestic and international courts' judicial dialogue on human rights. The analysis covers national courts' judicial dialogue from different regions of the world, including Eastern Europe, Latin America, Canada, Nigeria and Malaysia. The text is complemented by studies on specific subject matters such as LGT... read more

REACH and the Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology: Preventing and Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Nanomaterials (Routledge Studies in Environment and Health)

Nertila Kuraj

REACH and the Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology presents a thorough and comprehensive legal analysis on the status of nanoscale chemicals under the EU’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction) regulation, asking whether it effectively safeguards human health and environmental protection. This book examines the European Commission’s claim that REACH offers the ... read more

REACH and the Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology presents a thorough and comprehensive legal analysis on the status of nanoscale chemicals under the EU’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction) regulation, asking whether it effectively safeguards human health and environmental protection. This book examines the European Commission’s claim that REACH offers the ... read more

Reading Phinehas, Watching Slashers: Horror Theory and Numbers 25

Brandon R. Grafius

The tale of the “zeal” of Phineas, expressed when he killed an Israelite man and a Midianite woman having sex and thus stopped a “plague” of consorting with idolatrous neighbors in the Israelite camp (Numbers 25), has long attracted both interest and revulsion. Scholars have sought to defend the account, to explain it as pious fiction, or to protest its horrific violence. Brandon R. Grafius se... read more

The tale of the “zeal” of Phineas, expressed when he killed an Israelite man and a Midianite woman having sex and thus stopped a “plague” of consorting with idolatrous neighbors in the Israelite camp (Numbers 25), has long attracted both interest and revulsion. Scholars have sought to defend the account, to explain it as pious fiction, or to protest its horrific violence. Brandon R. Grafius se... read more

What They Don't Teach You in College: A Graduate's Guide to Life on Your Own

James Kramon

You're finally free-so now what?You've passed the last final, and suddenly you're expected to know how to do all sorts of grown-up things-get a job, rent an apartment, pay for health insurance. The only problem is, no one ever told you how to do these things. Take a deep breath, because What They Don't Teach You in College is a crash course in Life 101.Your Job- soar through all the new-hire p... read more

You're finally free-so now what?You've passed the last final, and suddenly you're expected to know how to do all sorts of grown-up things-get a job, rent an apartment, pay for health insurance. The only problem is, no one ever told you how to do these things. Take a deep breath, because What They Don't Teach You in College is a crash course in Life 101.Your Job- soar through all the new-hire p... read more

Start Your Own Medical Practice: A Guide to All the Things They Don't Teach You in Medical School about Starting Your Own Practice (Open for Business Book 0)

Judge William Huss, Marlene M Coleman

After years of school and maybe even after some years of practice, you are ready to do it on your own.Running a profitable business takes more than just being a great doctor. Start Your Own Medical Practice provides you with the knowledge to be both a great doctor and a successful business owner. Whether you are looking to open a single practice office or wanting to go into partnership with ot... read more

After years of school and maybe even after some years of practice, you are ready to do it on your own.Running a profitable business takes more than just being a great doctor. Start Your Own Medical Practice provides you with the knowledge to be both a great doctor and a successful business owner. Whether you are looking to open a single practice office or wanting to go into partnership with ot... read more

Help Your Children Succeed in High School and Go to College: (A Special Guide for Latino Parents) (Guias Practicas Book 0)

Mariela Dabbah

Help Your Children Succeed in High School and Go to College is a guide for Latino parents that stresses the importance of education and provides a framework for parents to put their children on a college-bound path. It explains the American educational system, how parents can get involved, how to help children stay focused and motivated, scholarships available for Latino children, student loan... read more

Help Your Children Succeed in High School and Go to College is a guide for Latino parents that stresses the importance of education and provides a framework for parents to put their children on a college-bound path. It explains the American educational system, how parents can get involved, how to help children stay focused and motivated, scholarships available for Latino children, student loan... read more

Dads Don't Babysit: Towards Equal Parenting

David Freed

By turns informative and irreverent this book takes a new approach to tackling gender inequality in the home and at work, focusing on dads being entitled to a bigger role in parenting. It presents the barriers men face to being active dads - from sexist security guards to Tory MPs and even Homer Simpson - and, crucially, it outlines how to tackle them for the good of men, women and children. I... read more

By turns informative and irreverent this book takes a new approach to tackling gender inequality in the home and at work, focusing on dads being entitled to a bigger role in parenting. It presents the barriers men face to being active dads - from sexist security guards to Tory MPs and even Homer Simpson - and, crucially, it outlines how to tackle them for the good of men, women and children. I... read more

A Wedding In The Family: Mothers Tell Their Stories Of Joy, Conflict and Loss

Annette Byford

A Wedding In The Family offers a fascinating insight into the wedding experience from the mother's point of view. The author draws on her own research as a psychotherapist and psychologist to explore the complexities of family relationships that this rite of passage can expose. The book offers the reader the chance to follow several women from different cultural backgrounds through the time le... read more

A Wedding In The Family offers a fascinating insight into the wedding experience from the mother's point of view. The author draws on her own research as a psychotherapist and psychologist to explore the complexities of family relationships that this rite of passage can expose. The book offers the reader the chance to follow several women from different cultural backgrounds through the time le... read more

Lisa has 6 reviews

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Mary McClarey
I really enjoyed working with Lisa. She was approachable, flexible and did a really good job. I will have no hesitation in recommending her to writer colleagues and if I ever get around to writing a fourth novel I will come looking for her!

Mary McClarey, April 2021


Rebecca Seeley Harris
Lisa was very easy to work with and turned the work around in good time. She is very accurate and even did a last read through and spotted more errors, so a very good job week done.

Rebecca Seeley Harris, March 2021

Lisa Findley
Thanks so much for the feedback, Rebecca. I know your book will be helpful to business owners throughout the UK.

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Karen Rossow
Lisa is pleasant and astute. Her edits were sensible and good advice. She has a thorough knowledge of the publishing business which is very helpful, as I do not!

Karen Rossow, February 2021


Janet Chelliah
Lisa has been great at helping me get my first book to the level it needed to be for publication. It's a non fiction book . Lisa edited and proof read my book. I agreed with all her suggestions. The process was a smooth one and I trusted her work. I recommend Lisa to anyone who is needing an editor and proof reader for their non fiction books.

Janet Chelliah, September 2020

Lisa Findley
Thanks, Janet! Good luck with the next steps in the process, and I look forward to seeing your book in the world!

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Nicole Malczan
Working with Lisa was an amazing experience from start to finish. She was super interested in my project from the get-go, which encouraged me to give her work a shot. Her timeline of completion was faster than what I asked for, and she even finished her edits two days early. Her editing work is comprehensive, as she's thorough and helpful. The edits she provided were just the kind I was hopin...
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Nicole Malczan, February 2020

Lisa Findley
Thank you, Nicole! It was a pleasure working on your manuscript, and easy to communicate with you as well. Good luck in the next stages!

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