Lusana Taylor

Lusana Taylor - Editor

Blackwater, UK

Versatile, experienced UK-based copy editor. Diverse repertoire but specialise in contemporary romance and non-fiction humanities titles.

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Overview

I'm a versatile copy editor with 8+ years' editorial experience in romance fiction (with some crime fiction), academic writing and feminist journalism. I currently work for an independent British romance fiction publishing house, but I am also a freelance editor, with my main client being an academic publisher (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). In addition, I do voluntary editorial work for a UK feminist website, which currently involves publishing “weekly round-ups” of important feminism-related news and views and also proof reading pieces for publication on the site. Due to my experience in multiple areas of publishing, I have a diverse set of editorial skills and am able to turn my hand to most copy editing projects - from romance to 500-page tomes on medieval history! I have worked on close to 100 fiction titles in a range of genres in copy/developmental editing and proof reading capacities. I have worked on over 50 academic titles in copy editing and proof reading capacities. A couple of the fiction books I have worked on have been nominated for UK industry awards.

In regards to my working style, I am friendly, approachable yet professional and I believe in good communication from the beginning of the editorial process. I am outstanding at replying to emails (if I do say so myself!) and am always happy to offer prompt updates on progress. I have an eye for detail and prioritise consistency and accuracy due to my years editing academic texts: a process which often requires stringent fact-checking as well as standard editorial checks. I will assess a project when I first receive it and give an honest estimate of timeline, but I will do all I can to accommodate an author's own schedule or deadline. If necessary I will generate a style guide for use by an author or future proof reader to ensure that all is in order down to the last hyphen even after my time working on the project has come to an end.


Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Romantic Comedy
Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences

Certifications

  • Copy Editing Skills, The Publishing Training Centre
  • Publishing MA, UCL, PASS (2011/12)
  • English Literature and Creative Writing BA, Royal Holloway, FIRST CLASS HONOURS (2010)

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Taylor & Francis/Routledge
January, 2016 – Present (about 5 years)

I have carried out copy editing and proof reading projects for Routledge since 2016. To date, I have worked on around 50 projects for this publisher. Responsibilities include: copy editing academic texts on everything from medieval history to film-making (sometimes for authors who have English as a second language), liaising with authors regarding edits, preparing raw manuscripts for typesetting and also checking figures/tables.

Regular Content Editor (voluntary)

The F-Word
March, 2015 – Present (almost 6 years)

I have carried out voluntary work for UK feminist website The F-Word since 2015. I began there as a regular content editor and was in charge of updating the events page and posting “weekly round-ups” of important feminism-related news and views. I then progressed to become non-fiction books editor and commissioned and edited book reviews. I subsequently completed a year-long stint as rotating editor and had the responsibility of ensuring the whole site retained a certain editorial standard, both in regards to consistency of style and suitability of content. As of 2020, I still volunteer for the site in a regular content editing role.

Publishing Assistant/Production Editor

An independent British fiction publisher
July, 2012 – Present (over 8 years)

I began work for my current company as an intern in 2012 but now work in a predominantly editorial capacity. Responsibilities include: structural editing and copy editing, proof reading, writing blurb copy and author care during editorial processes.

Please note, whilst I work in publishing, I can only offer editorial services and not advice on getting published.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

A Secret Rose

Kirsty Ferry

A fabulous new story from Kirsty Ferry set in Cornwall. Perfect summer reading!“Wherever you go, I will follow …” Merryn Burton is excited to travel down to Cornwall to start her first big job for the London art dealers she works for. But as soon as she arrives at Pencradoc, a beautiful old mansion, she realises this will be no ordinary commission. Not only is Pencradoc filled with fascinating... read more

A fabulous new story from Kirsty Ferry set in Cornwall. Perfect summer reading!“Wherever you go, I will follow …” Merryn Burton is excited to travel down to Cornwall to start her first big job for the London art dealers she works for. But as soon as she arrives at Pencradoc, a beautiful old mansion, she realises this will be no ordinary commission. Not only is Pencradoc filled with fascinating... read more

The Art of Christmas (Choc Lit): Fabulously, funny, feel good Christmas story

Jane Lovering

What if the memories of Christmas past were getting in the way of Christmas future?It’s been nearly two years since Harriet lost Jonno, but she’s finally decided that it’s time to celebrate Christmas again. Then she finds a stash of graphic novels belonging to her comic book-loving husband in the attic, and suddenly her world is turned upside down once more. With the help of eccentric comic bo... read more

What if the memories of Christmas past were getting in the way of Christmas future?It’s been nearly two years since Harriet lost Jonno, but she’s finally decided that it’s time to celebrate Christmas again. Then she finds a stash of graphic novels belonging to her comic book-loving husband in the attic, and suddenly her world is turned upside down once more. With the help of eccentric comic bo... read more

Where the Snow Bleeds: A compelling crime thriller

Wendy Dranfield

A gripping thriller you won't want to miss this Autumn“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here …”Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a job that Dean can’t resist.... read more

A gripping thriller you won't want to miss this Autumn“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here …”Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a job that Dean can’t resist.... read more

A Little Christmas Faith (Choc Lit): The perfect cozy feel good Christmas story (Christmas Wishes Book 1)

Kathryn Freeman

A fabulous heartwarming Christmas story to curl up with this winter. Highly recommended. Is it time to love Christmas again?Faith Watkins loves Christmas, which is why she’s thrilled that her new hotel in the Lake District will be open in time for the festive season. And Faith has gone all out; huge Christmas tree, fairy lights, an entire family of decorative reindeer. Now all she needs are th... read more

A fabulous heartwarming Christmas story to curl up with this winter. Highly recommended. Is it time to love Christmas again?Faith Watkins loves Christmas, which is why she’s thrilled that her new hotel in the Lake District will be open in time for the festive season. And Faith has gone all out; huge Christmas tree, fairy lights, an entire family of decorative reindeer. Now all she needs are th... read more

Please Release Me

Rhoda Baxter

“A deeper, more mature love story . . . written with the deft characterization and emotional richness which are already a hallmark of Ms. Baxter’s books” (Home on Deranged). Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband, Peter, on her perfect wedding day, it se... read more

“A deeper, more mature love story . . . written with the deft characterization and emotional richness which are already a hallmark of Ms. Baxter’s books” (Home on Deranged). Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband, Peter, on her perfect wedding day, it se... read more

You're the One That I Want (Nashville Connections Book 6)

Angela Britnell

Two strangers touring seven European countries in ten days make for one perfectly unexpected love story in this charming vacation romance. When Sarah Agnoli, a schoolteacher from Cornwall, wins an all-expense paid European coach tour, it’s the perfect chance to show her cheating ex-husband that she’s fine without him. She even convinces a handsome American stranger to play the role of boyfrien... read more

Two strangers touring seven European countries in ten days make for one perfectly unexpected love story in this charming vacation romance. When Sarah Agnoli, a schoolteacher from Cornwall, wins an all-expense paid European coach tour, it’s the perfect chance to show her cheating ex-husband that she’s fine without him. She even convinces a handsome American stranger to play the role of boyfrien... read more

Daisy's Christmas Gift Shop

Hannah Pearl

A fabulous heart-warming Christmas story from this award-winning author.Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze … Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for the... read more

A fabulous heart-warming Christmas story from this award-winning author.Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze … Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for the... read more

Watch for Me at Christmas (Choc Lit): A heartwarming, feel good Christmas romance to fall in love with (Hartsford Mysteries Book 4)

Kirsty Ferry

A fabulous new Christmas story for 2018 from Kirsty Ferry. Highly recommended. Part of the Hartsford Mysteries series but can be read in any order.When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas … When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life. Then a freak blizzard leaves... read more

A fabulous new Christmas story for 2018 from Kirsty Ferry. Highly recommended. Part of the Hartsford Mysteries series but can be read in any order.When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas … When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life. Then a freak blizzard leaves... read more

Death and Digital Media

Michael Arnold, Martin Gibbs, Tamara Kohn, James Meese, Bjorn Nansen

Death and Digital Media provides a critical overview of how people mourn, commemorate and interact with the dead through digital media. It maps the historical and shifting landscape of digital death, considering a wide range of social, commercial and institutional responses to technological innovations. The authors examine multiple digital platforms and offer a series of case studies drawn fro... read more

Death and Digital Media provides a critical overview of how people mourn, commemorate and interact with the dead through digital media. It maps the historical and shifting landscape of digital death, considering a wide range of social, commercial and institutional responses to technological innovations. The authors examine multiple digital platforms and offer a series of case studies drawn fro... read more

The Cold War in East Asia

Xiaobing Li

This textbook provides a survey of East Asia during the Cold War from 1945 to 1991. Focusing on the persistence and flexibility of its culture and tradition when confronted by the West and the US, this book investigates how they intermesh to establish the nations that have entered the modern world.Through the use of newly declassified Communist sources, the narrative helps students form a bett... read more

This textbook provides a survey of East Asia during the Cold War from 1945 to 1991. Focusing on the persistence and flexibility of its culture and tradition when confronted by the West and the US, this book investigates how they intermesh to establish the nations that have entered the modern world.Through the use of newly declassified Communist sources, the narrative helps students form a bett... read more

An Introduction to Applied Linguistics

An Introduction to Applied Linguistics provides a complete, authoritative and up-to-date overview of the state of the field. Divided into three sections covering: a description of language and language use; essential areas of enquiry; and language skills and assessment, the third edition of this highly successful textbook provides:• an introductory chapter which familiarises readers with key i... read more

An Introduction to Applied Linguistics provides a complete, authoritative and up-to-date overview of the state of the field. Divided into three sections covering: a description of language and language use; essential areas of enquiry; and language skills and assessment, the third edition of this highly successful textbook provides:• an introductory chapter which familiarises readers with key i... read more

Rural Development (Routledge Perspectives on Development)

Adam Pain, Kjell Hansen

Rural Development is a textbook that critically examines economic, social and cultural aspects of rural development efforts both in the global north and in the global south. By consistently using examples from the north and the south the book highlights similarities of processes as well as differences in contexts.The authors’ knowledge of Afghanistan and Sweden respectively creates a core for ... read more

Rural Development is a textbook that critically examines economic, social and cultural aspects of rural development efforts both in the global north and in the global south. By consistently using examples from the north and the south the book highlights similarities of processes as well as differences in contexts.The authors’ knowledge of Afghanistan and Sweden respectively creates a core for ... read more

Autonomy, Accountability and Social Justice: Stories of English Schooling

Amanda Keddie, Martin Mills

Autonomy, Accountability and Social Justice provides an account of recent developments in English state education, with a particular focus on the ‘academisation’ of schooling. It examines how head teachers, teachers and others working in diverse education settings navigate the current policy environment. The authors provide readers with insight into the complex decision-making processes that s... read more

Autonomy, Accountability and Social Justice provides an account of recent developments in English state education, with a particular focus on the ‘academisation’ of schooling. It examines how head teachers, teachers and others working in diverse education settings navigate the current policy environment. The authors provide readers with insight into the complex decision-making processes that s... read more

Ideologies of American Foreign Policy (Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy)

John Callaghan, Brendon O'Connor, Mark Phythian

A comprehensive account of ideology and its role in the foreign policy of the United States of America, this book investigates the way United States foreign policy has been understood, debated and explained in the period since the US emerged as a global force, on its way to becoming the world power.Starting from the premise that ideologies facilitate understanding by providing explanatory patt... read more

A comprehensive account of ideology and its role in the foreign policy of the United States of America, this book investigates the way United States foreign policy has been understood, debated and explained in the period since the US emerged as a global force, on its way to becoming the world power.Starting from the premise that ideologies facilitate understanding by providing explanatory patt... read more

Every Witch Way

Kirsty Ferry

On this romantic Halloween romp through the scariest places in Scotland, a young woman discovers that true love can weave a spell all its own. Young and pretty Nessa hates her full name—Agnes—which she inherited from her great-great grandmother. It makes her feel even more awkward than she already is. But she’s starting to think she’s inherited something much more interesting from her namesake... read more

On this romantic Halloween romp through the scariest places in Scotland, a young woman discovers that true love can weave a spell all its own. Young and pretty Nessa hates her full name—Agnes—which she inherited from her great-great grandmother. It makes her feel even more awkward than she already is. But she’s starting to think she’s inherited something much more interesting from her namesake... read more

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