Louise Tucker

Louise Tucker - Editor

London, UK

Editor of illustrated books for children and adults in art, history and travel. International clients: Lund Humphries, DK, and Scholastic.

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Overview

Searching for an expert editor with an eye for art as well as detail?

I combine words and pictures for impact and insight in illustrated books for children and adults. My close partnerships with authors and publishers, produce books with fascinating ideas and captivating pictures.

I approach each editing project as a collaborative, creative process. Authors enjoy working with me because I grasp complex ideas quickly and make sure the reader will too. My empathy and sense of humour help projects to run smoothly, even under deadline pressure.


My main areas of interest are history, art, travel, architecture, archaeology and psychology, but I am always ready to try something new and have edited theses, academic articles, novels, memoirs and brochures.


During my publishing career, I have worked for major companies including DK, Time-Life and Philip Wilson. I set up a UK company for a German publisher to create co-edition books, with simultaneous German translation. Also, I founded my own company to create high-quality, illustrated books for a Reader’s Digest travel series.

More recently, I have edited three books in the Lund Humphries Spring 2021 Catalogue.

The renown art historian, Martin Kemp wrote the lead title, Visions of Heaven: Dante and the Art of Divine Light, for Dante’s 700th death anniversary. We formed a friendly working relationship as I edited and checked this beautiful book.

Also, I edited a US catalogue, Paolo Veneziano: The Art of Painting in 14th-Century Venice for an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Frick Collection.

The founder of the Jericho Book Prize, a new prize for Black-British children’s book writers, invited me to help her develop this exciting project backed by leading publishers. As a trustee of Aurora Metro Arts and Media, I help with funding bids, for projects such as creating a statue of Virginia Woolf on Richmond Riverside

Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Business & Management
Children's - Non-fiction
Education & Reference
History
Psychology
Travel

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
March, 2012 – Present (almost 9 years)

I project manage, edit and write for major book publishers, specialising in illustrated non-fiction. Also, I edit and proofread theses, dissertations and academic articles.
Recent projects include the renowned art historian, Martin Kemp’s book, Visions of Heaven: Dante and the Art of Divine Light, produced for Dante’s 700th death anniversary. I used InDesign to edit contemporary layouts for Visual Memoranda: Selections from the IBM Poster Program 1969–1979, by US academics.
I edited a US catalogue, Paolo Veneziano: The Art of Painting in 14th-Century Venice for an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Frick Collection.
At DK books I worked on projects for children and adults, including History of the World in 1000 Objects with the Smithsonian Institute. I sent photographers across the world to photograph families for Children Just Like Me. At the same time, I wrote pre- school books and online articles for the Find Out! educational website. Also, I revised six books in six months for the Essential Managers series.

Editorial Director

Team Media
July, 1997 – December, 2001 (over 4 years)

Co-owner and Editorial Director (1999-2001)
I founded a company to create high-quality, illustrated books for a Reader’s Digest travel series. I managed freelancers and wrote and edited copy to RD’s style and exacting standards. Also, my business skills ensured the company’s success.

Editorial Director (1997-1999)
I set up a UK company for a German publisher to create co-edition books, with simultaneous German translation. As well as devising a varied list, I calculated schedules and budgets, commissioned authors, hired staff and negotiated contracts

Early Publishing Career

Various
February, 1984 – June, 1997 (over 13 years)

From my first job after graduating, I worked in publishing, starting as a researcher I progressed to become an assistant editor within two years. Illustrated book publishing in London went through many changes when I worked for international co-edition companies, including Time-Life Books, Reader's Digest and DK. My roles increased in responsibility and I managed multiple titles at the same time for Philip Wilson Publishers and became an editorial director for a German company.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The IBM Poster Program: Visual Memoranda

Finkel, Robert, Tillman, Shea

History of the World in 1000 Objects

Smithsonian Institution

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