Mark Sapwell

Mark Sapwell - Editor

London

Experienced editor for history, art, and natural history nonfiction. I have a PhD in archaeology and work as a Commissioning Editor.

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Overview

As a Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson, I acquire and develop non-fiction books on archaeology and ancient history, working with some top archaeology authors such as Colin Renfrew, Brian Fagan, and Mike Coe. I moved into publishing after completing a PhD in archaeology at Cambridge. My favourite aspect of academic research was always telling a powerful story, so I love helping authors develop a strong, compelling narrative that speaks to readers.

I work with authors from their very first book proposal, to developing their book structure and first drafts, right down to copy-editing polished manuscripts.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
History
Law
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Life Sciences
Nature
Philosophy

Work experience

Commissioning Editor

Thames & Hudson
November, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

Commissioning and developing higher education textbooks in archaeology and ancient history for an international readership.
- Directing and collaborating with project editors, designers, and picture researchers to ensure all elements of each book follow market demand.
- Developing market knowledge by visiting campuses in UK and US, attending academic conferences.
- Advising on and commissioning trade archaeology, history and ancient history books.

Development Editor / Product Developer

McGraw-Hill Education
March, 2015 – October, 2015 (7 months)

- Developing content for key HE textbooks, ensuring the projects are leading the market for their design, accessibility, coverage and pedagogy.
- Forecasting the adoption of new titles as part of the textbook proposal process by initiating international market overviews and qualifying course-related details from academic institutions.
- Leading market development projects for textbooks, actioning feedback from key lecturers and course leaders.
- Managing the digital content of textbook titles, creating material including lecturer manuals, question banks, and supplements for Online Content Libraries, Virtual Learning Environments, and e-books.
- Demonstrating to course leaders the benefits of using digital content in teaching by guiding them through McGraw-Hill’s learning environment Connect and its adaptive learning suites Learnsmart and Smartbook.

Editorial Assistant

Routledge
January, 2013 – March, 2015 (about 2 years)

- Managing author relationships and manuscript submission timelines for a front-list of 68 books, including monographs, supplementary texts, and handbooks.
- Commissioning monographs in law research, involving initiating and maintaining contacts with potential authors, guiding authors through proposal process and proposing books to publishing Editorial Board.
- Managing and commissioning research monographs within the 'Biomedical Law and Ethics Library' series.
- Initiating market research projects to explore new commissioning opportunities in academic subjects.
- Coordinating peer review process for book proposals, and relaying appropriate feedback to authors.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Bigger than History: Why Archaeology Matters

Brian M. Fagan, Nadia Durrani

Why Archaeology Matters Today An exciting and much anticipated new archaeology title written by titan Brian Fagan and journalist Nadia Durrani, Bigger than History introduces students to archaeology’s contributions to many of today’s important debates of interest to students. Each chapter focuses on one of today’s important topics, such as gender equality, ethnicity and racism, climate change,... read more

Why Archaeology Matters Today An exciting and much anticipated new archaeology title written by titan Brian Fagan and journalist Nadia Durrani, Bigger than History introduces students to archaeology’s contributions to many of today’s important debates of interest to students. Each chapter focuses on one of today’s important topics, such as gender equality, ethnicity and racism, climate change,... read more

Greek Art and Archaeology (Second Edition)

Richard T. Neer

Visually stunning, now with wider context This is the text that set a new standard in its field with striking visuals, fascinating reconstructions, accessible prose, and coverage of the wider Greek world. The Second Edition extends student understanding of Greek art in history through richer archaeological context and expanded coverage of both the earliest Bronze Age and latest Hellenistic per... read more

Visually stunning, now with wider context This is the text that set a new standard in its field with striking visuals, fascinating reconstructions, accessible prose, and coverage of the wider Greek world. The Second Edition extends student understanding of Greek art in history through richer archaeological context and expanded coverage of both the earliest Bronze Age and latest Hellenistic per... read more

Ancient Greece: A New History (First Edition)

Jeremy McInerney

An extensively illustrated introduction to ancient Greek historyAncient Greece: A New History is a new, single-authored survey of the ancient Greek world that brings the past to life with a fresh narrative and vivid images. Drawing on the latest archaeological research and textual evidence, award-winning teacher and scholar Jeremy McInerney shows that many of the issues that concerned the anci... read more

An extensively illustrated introduction to ancient Greek historyAncient Greece: A New History is a new, single-authored survey of the ancient Greek world that brings the past to life with a fresh narrative and vivid images. Drawing on the latest archaeological research and textual evidence, award-winning teacher and scholar Jeremy McInerney shows that many of the issues that concerned the anci... read more

Principles of Archaeology (Second Edition)

T. Douglas Price, Kelly Knudson

An introduction to archaeology that helps students think like archaeologistsMethods can be difficult to teach in the classroom, with many instructors struggling to devise practical ways to help students understand how archaeologists work. Principles of Archaeology makes its mark by helping students learn by doing archaeological projects, by clear chapter-by chapter coverage of each archaeologi... read more

An introduction to archaeology that helps students think like archaeologistsMethods can be difficult to teach in the classroom, with many instructors struggling to devise practical ways to help students understand how archaeologists work. Principles of Archaeology makes its mark by helping students learn by doing archaeological projects, by clear chapter-by chapter coverage of each archaeologi... read more

The Human Past: World History & the Development of Human Societies (Fourth Edition)

Chris Scarre

A comprehensive and indispensable guide to world prehistory, now completely updatedThe Human Past has established itself as a thorough and authoritative survey of human prehistory and the development of civilizations. Written by an international team of respected experts in the field, it presents a streamlined overview that can be broken down into a series of chapters focusing on individual re... read more

A comprehensive and indispensable guide to world prehistory, now completely updatedThe Human Past has established itself as a thorough and authoritative survey of human prehistory and the development of civilizations. Written by an international team of respected experts in the field, it presents a streamlined overview that can be broken down into a series of chapters focusing on individual re... read more

Ancient North America: The Archaeology of a Continent (Fifth Edition)

Brian M. Fagan

The new gold standard in North American archaeology This highly anticipated revision delivers thoroughly updated coverage of sites and discoveries in a new, streamlined format. While retaining Brian Fagan’s hallmark, story-telling style, the Fifth Edition provides new features that engage and enlighten. “Enduring Theme” sections add to the region-by-region organization, helping students make c... read more

The new gold standard in North American archaeology This highly anticipated revision delivers thoroughly updated coverage of sites and discoveries in a new, streamlined format. While retaining Brian Fagan’s hallmark, story-telling style, the Fifth Edition provides new features that engage and enlighten. “Enduring Theme” sections add to the region-by-region organization, helping students make c... read more

Ancient Rome: A New History (Third Edition)

David Potter

The most historical coverage and images, now more student friendly Praised for its beautiful visuals, use of primary sources, and coverage into the early medieval period, Ancient Rome, Third Edition now includes a more student-friendly approach. With new chapter-opening maps, new family trees, more subheadings, and even more color images, the text is certain to increase student engagement. A n... read more

The most historical coverage and images, now more student friendly Praised for its beautiful visuals, use of primary sources, and coverage into the early medieval period, Ancient Rome, Third Edition now includes a more student-friendly approach. With new chapter-opening maps, new family trees, more subheadings, and even more color images, the text is certain to increase student engagement. A n... read more

Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods, and Practice (Fourth Edition)

Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn

Archaeology for today’s student Retaining its hallmark concision and authoritative presentation of the most recent breakthrough discoveries, methods, and interpretations, the Fourth Edition sets a new standard for learning support. To provide even greater student engagement, the book is supported by two new and important resources: an Active Archaeology Notebook with 20 class-tested activities... read more

Archaeology for today’s student Retaining its hallmark concision and authoritative presentation of the most recent breakthrough discoveries, methods, and interpretations, the Fourth Edition sets a new standard for learning support. To provide even greater student engagement, the book is supported by two new and important resources: an Active Archaeology Notebook with 20 class-tested activities... read more

Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs

Michael D. Coe, Javier Urcid, Rex Koontz

An extensive update to the authoritative introduction to Mexico’s ancient civilizations.“Masterly. . . . The complexities of Mexico’s ancient cultures are perceptively presented and interpreted.” ?Library Journal“A must for anyone interested in archaeology and history.” ―DIGMexico arrives in its eighth edition with a new look and the most recent discoveries. This is the story of the pre-Spanis... read more

An extensive update to the authoritative introduction to Mexico’s ancient civilizations.“Masterly. . . . The complexities of Mexico’s ancient cultures are perceptively presented and interpreted.” ?Library Journal“A must for anyone interested in archaeology and history.” ―DIGMexico arrives in its eighth edition with a new look and the most recent discoveries. This is the story of the pre-Spanis... read more

SERVICES MARKETING: INTEGRATING CUSTOMER FOCUS ACROSS THE FIRM

Alan Wilson, Valarie Zeithaml, Mary Jo Bitner

European economies are now dominated by services, and virtually all companies view service as critical to retaining their customers today and in the future. In its third European edition, Services Marketing: Integrating Customer Focus across the Firm provides full coverage of the foundations of services marketing, placing the distinctive gaps model at the center of this approach. Drawing on th... read more

European economies are now dominated by services, and virtually all companies view service as critical to retaining their customers today and in the future. In its third European edition, Services Marketing: Integrating Customer Focus across the Firm provides full coverage of the foundations of services marketing, placing the distinctive gaps model at the center of this approach. Drawing on th... read more

Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law

The Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law provides the definitive global survey of the discipline of international human rights law. Each chapter is written by a leading expert and provides a contemporary overview of a significant area within the field. As well as covering topics integral to the theory and practice of international human rights law the volume offers a broader pe... read more

The Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law provides the definitive global survey of the discipline of international human rights law. Each chapter is written by a leading expert and provides a contemporary overview of a significant area within the field. As well as covering topics integral to the theory and practice of international human rights law the volume offers a broader pe... read more

Routledge Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics (Routledge Handbooks)

This book explores the scope, application and role of medical law, regulatory norms and ethics, and addresses key challenges introduced by contemporary advances in biomedical research and healthcare. While mindful of national developments, the handbook supports a global perspective in its approach to medical law. Contributors include leading scholars in both medical law and ethics, who have de... read more

This book explores the scope, application and role of medical law, regulatory norms and ethics, and addresses key challenges introduced by contemporary advances in biomedical research and healthcare. While mindful of national developments, the handbook supports a global perspective in its approach to medical law. Contributors include leading scholars in both medical law and ethics, who have de... read more

Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict (Routledge Handbooks)

The law of armed conflict is a key element of the global legal order yet it finds itself in a state of flux created by the changing nature of warfare and the influences of other branches of international law. The Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict provides a unique perspective on the field covering all the key aspects of the law as well as identifying developing and often contenti... read more

The law of armed conflict is a key element of the global legal order yet it finds itself in a state of flux created by the changing nature of warfare and the influences of other branches of international law. The Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict provides a unique perspective on the field covering all the key aspects of the law as well as identifying developing and often contenti... read more

Art of Mesopotamia

Zainab Bahrani

This expert guide to the art of Mesopotamia, spanning more than 8000 years, is especially important as this ancient cultural legacy is threatened by contemporary conflictMesopotamia is considered the cradle of Western civilization, and the diverse societies that flourished there, nestled around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, were as culturally rich as this attribution would suggest. Spanning... read more

This expert guide to the art of Mesopotamia, spanning more than 8000 years, is especially important as this ancient cultural legacy is threatened by contemporary conflictMesopotamia is considered the cradle of Western civilization, and the diverse societies that flourished there, nestled around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, were as culturally rich as this attribution would suggest. Spanning... read more

Roman Art and Archaeology

Mark Fullerton

The art of the Roman empire, in social and political context This new survey makes sense of Roman art by placing works in their full historical context―showing students not only how but also why art was used in Roman society and politics (such as wealthy Romans sponsoring public projects to promote themselves). The book breaks new ground by devoting chapters to art from the provinces, rather t... read more

The art of the Roman empire, in social and political context This new survey makes sense of Roman art by placing works in their full historical context―showing students not only how but also why art was used in Roman society and politics (such as wealthy Romans sponsoring public projects to promote themselves). The book breaks new ground by devoting chapters to art from the provinces, rather t... read more

World Prehistory and the Anthropocene

Julie Field, Joy McCorriston

The Active Archaeology Notebook (First Edition)

The Active Archaeology Notebook offers effective and fun activities for the archaeology classroom. Conceived by a team of instructors from the SAA Curriculum Committee under the direction of Leah McCurdy (University of Texas at Arlington), every activity has been class tested and is designed to demonstrate key concepts in archaeology. The Notebook is ideal for instructors looking for diverse a... read more

The Active Archaeology Notebook offers effective and fun activities for the archaeology classroom. Conceived by a team of instructors from the SAA Curriculum Committee under the direction of Leah McCurdy (University of Texas at Arlington), every activity has been class tested and is designed to demonstrate key concepts in archaeology. The Notebook is ideal for instructors looking for diverse a... read more

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Ivana Vajdová
I cooperated with Mark 2 times already. Always helpful and really effective. For somebody like me who is not native English speaker it was big help.

Ivana Vajdová, October 2019

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