Lydia Dugand

Lydia Dugand – Editor

Experienced editor of humour and novelty, history, children's middle-grade and cookery books for major publishers in London.


Over 7 years of editorial experience working in-house and freelance for major publishers, including: Allison & Busby, Watkins Publishing and Michael O'Mara. I'm at my happiest when collaborating with authors, working with them to develop their ideas into bestselling books or suggesting ways we could tighten copy to make it the best it can be. Whether you're looking for help to further develop an idea, editorial feedback on your manuscript, or just a second set of eyes to give your writing a final swoop of pedantry, I'd love to help you shape up your work ready for publishing.
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing History
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Middle Grade
English (UK) English (US)
  • Copy-Editing Skills, The Publishing Training Centre, 2013
  • MA with Merit in Journalism (NCTJ accredited), 2012
  • BA with First Class Honours in English Literature, 2009

Work experience

Epigram Books, Singapore

Jan, 2017 — Apr, 2018 (about 1 year)

● Project development, meeting with restaurant owners, chefs, food bloggers to source new authors for our cookery and children’s list
● Budgeting, scheduling and liaising with freelancers and authors
● Manuscript development, copy-editing and proofreading
● Briefing design on layouts and cover
● Writing sales copy for cover blurbs and catalogues
● Published titles include: Ken Kwek’s ​Timothy and the Phubbers (currently in the ​Straits Times​’ Top 10 Children’s Bestsellers list) and Diana Gale’s ​The Domestic Goddess Wannabe Bakes​.

Michael O'Mara Books, London

Mar, 2015 — Aug, 2016 (over 1 year)

● Freelance proofreading for a number of projects, including: ​Lost Britain: An A-Z of Forgotten Landmarks and Lost Traditions ​and ​The Adventures of a Wimpy Superhero

Allison and Busby, London

Jun, 2014 — Jun, 2015 (about 1 year)

●Book acquisitions and developing new areas of publishing, conducting deals with agents and presenting proposals to Publishing Director
● Managing the editorial process from acquisition to files ready for print, including budgets and schedules for freelancers
● Re-writing, copy-editing, and proofreading manuscripts
● Supervising the Editorial Administrator (whose role included
typesetting, collation of proofs for freelancers and authors)
● Author care and liaison

Nourish Books & Watkins Publishing, London

Nov, 2013 — Jun, 2014 (7 months)

● Managing a list of 20 titles per year from acquisition, including scheduling, briefing freelancers on budget and style
● Re-writing, copy-editing, and proofreading manuscripts
● Writing sales and marketing copy
● Market research to develop new book ideas

Nourish Books & Watkins Publishing, London

Apr, 2012 — Nov, 2013 (over 1 year)

● Managing the production of book covers and reprints for over 100 titles per year, and producing the twice yearly catalogue


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