Michael Britton

Michael Britton - Editor

Deanshanger, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, UK

I have many years experience of editing Open University materials - Spanish, education, history, music and ELT. I now edit fiction as well.

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Overview

My editorial career started with Oxford University Press, translating and editing for their major new Spanish dictionary and ensuing Spanish and English learner dictionaries. I later worked freelance for Collins new dictionary project.

I then worked for 20 years at the Open University editing courses in Spanish, French, Italian, Education, Linguistics, Childhood Studies and more. This involved working closely with academic authors, doing substantive editing and course design, and collaborating with all production stakeholders on images, graphics and online interactivities.

My language-learning editing also includes an International Baccalaureat Spanish textbook (Cambridge University Press) and a PhD thesis.
I have also edited a book on dance theory and practice, and a biography - and am now editing fiction.

I will help you to determine clearly what it is you want to say and how best to arrange that thought or those ideas into an effective, readable shape. This can be done either from a written draft or before that has been developed. With an existing draft, I will work both from the detail and the broad picture at the same time, to see that there is a continuum of expression from high level to user-interface level.

So, I do development editing, or development edit with copyedit, or I can limit my input to a copyedit if desired. Or I also enjoy doing editorial assessment, to give you a steer on the direction and quality of what you have written or are in the process of writing.

My areas are Humanities: languages and language teaching, music (I am a classical musician), history and art; and Education. And fiction.
Much of my work has involved editing text written by non-native-English speakers, so I am used to rewording academic or educational writing into natural English.

Colleagues and clients have always found me reliable, responsive, good-humoured and motivating.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Education & Reference
ELT
History
Music
Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction

Certifications

  • MA in Spanish and Latin Amerian Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College, 2005
  • Diploma in Translation, Institute of Linguists, 1989
  • Intermediate Translator's Exam, Institute of Linguists, 1988
  • Final Diploma in Spanish, Institute of Linguists, 1987
  • Certificate in Copyediting and Proofreading, Book House, 1990
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Royal Society of Arts, 1983

Work experience

Digital Development Editor

The Open University
January, 1999 – July, 2019 (over 20 years)

(As described in Overview above.)

Editor and Senior Editor

Oxford University Press
June, 1989 – October, 1997 (over 8 years)

(As described in Overview above.)

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language

International House, Madrid
January, 1984 – October, 1986 (over 2 years)

Press Assistant

Museum of London
March, 1982 – April, 1983 (about 1 year)

Giving onsite talks to the public and schools about progress of the Billingsgate archaeological excavations, as 2000 years of history was being revealed.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Expression in the Performing Arts

Inma Álvarez, Héctor J. Pérez, Francisca Pérez-Carreño

The performing arts represent a significant part of the artistic production in our culture. Correspondingly the fields of drama, film, music, opera, dance and performance studies are expanding. However, these arts remain an underexplored territory for aesthetics and the philosophy of art. 'Expression in the Performing Arts' tries to contribute to this area. The volume collects essays written b... read more

The performing arts represent a significant part of the artistic production in our culture. Correspondingly the fields of drama, film, music, opera, dance and performance studies are expanding. However, these arts remain an underexplored territory for aesthetics and the philosophy of art. 'Expression in the Performing Arts' tries to contribute to this area. The volume collects essays written b... read more

A Buen Puerto: Travesias

The Open University Course Team

The Art of English: Everyday Creativity

Janet Maybin, Joan Swann

This volume examines ideas about creativity and various approaches to its study. It explores the argument that we use language creatively and the link between creativity and literary language. Chapters examine poetic language, narrative and performance in conversation, and a range of written genres (from graffiti and text messages to online chat).

This volume examines ideas about creativity and various approaches to its study. It explores the argument that we use language creatively and the link between creativity and literary language. Chapters examine poetic language, narrative and performance in conversation, and a range of written genres (from graffiti and text messages to online chat).

The Art of English: Literary Creativity

Sharon Goodman, Kieran O'Halloran

What distinguishes some texts as 'art'? This book critically examines texts which can be considered 'literary', ranging from poetry, drama and fiction to performance art and online literature. It provides a lively and accessible introduction to stylistic, semiotic and multimodal analysis, drawing on literature, performance and linguistic studies.

What distinguishes some texts as 'art'? This book critically examines texts which can be considered 'literary', ranging from poetry, drama and fiction to performance art and online literature. It provides a lively and accessible introduction to stylistic, semiotic and multimodal analysis, drawing on literature, performance and linguistic studies.

A Buen Puerto: Palabras

Palabras is a vocabulary book designed to give students the opportunity to learn vocabulary in a structured way. It provides activities to help develop specialised vocabulary as well as understand differences in register, and nuances of meaning among other things. It includes an answer key for all activities. This text is designed for advanced students.

Palabras is a vocabulary book designed to give students the opportunity to learn vocabulary in a structured way. It provides activities to help develop specialised vocabulary as well as understand differences in register, and nuances of meaning among other things. It includes an answer key for all activities. This text is designed for advanced students.

Oxford Spanish Dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries

This internationally acclaimed dictionary is widely used as a key reference tool by language professionals. With over 300,000 words and phrases, and half a million translations, and packed full of grammatical and usage information for both languages, it is the most authoritative Spanish bilingual dictionary available. Developed through consultation with academic advisors, its editors have used... read more

This internationally acclaimed dictionary is widely used as a key reference tool by language professionals. With over 300,000 words and phrases, and half a million translations, and packed full of grammatical and usage information for both languages, it is the most authoritative Spanish bilingual dictionary available. Developed through consultation with academic advisors, its editors have used... read more

Mañana Libro del alumno (IB Diploma) (Spanish Edition)

Rosa Parra Contreras, Marina Durañona, Carlos Valentini

Tailored to the 2013 IB Language B syllabus, our full-colour coursebook, Mañana, contains everything you need to succeed in your two-year Spanish B course. This coursebook prepares students for the 2013 Spanish Language B syllabus (first examination 2015), at both Standard and Higher Level. It is totally international, offering authentic materials from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries. ... read more

Tailored to the 2013 IB Language B syllabus, our full-colour coursebook, Mañana, contains everything you need to succeed in your two-year Spanish B course. This coursebook prepares students for the 2013 Spanish Language B syllabus (first examination 2015), at both Standard and Higher Level. It is totally international, offering authentic materials from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries. ... read more

Portales 6

The Open University

Michael has 4 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Ruth McCracken
Thanks Mike for making this experience such a positive and supportive one. This was the first time a professional editor had read a draft of my novel, and I appreciated your constructive and encouraging approach. Your empathy towards the creative process and your patience and flexibility were very welcome. But best of all your insightful comments about how to improve the telling of my story wil...
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Ruth McCracken, May 2020

Michael Britton
Thank you very much for your kind comments, Ruth. I have greatly enjoyed working on your first novel, with all the excitement and expectation that entails. You have a really good thing here, and I ...
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Yimin Ren
Michael is an amazing editor. He is knowledgeable and understands exactly what I am trying to say in the book. He guided me through the whole process of the transformation of my draft. I cannot expect any better editing experience than this.

Yimin Ren, March 2020

Michael Britton
Dear Yimin, Thank you very much for your kind words. I am delighted that this was a good experience for you. You have been a patient, considerate and very thoughtful client to work with, and I hav...
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Josey De Rossi
This was an adjustment of our project which Michael fulfilled with the highest professionalism

Josey De Rossi, November 2019


Josey De Rossi
I have said in my discussions with Michael that I value his input into my writing. I hope this will be the first of many collaborations.

Josey De Rossi, October 2019

Michael Britton
Thank you for your kind feedback, Josey. It has been a pleasure working with you, with your passion and enthusiasm for really making a difference in education, and your thoughtfulness throughout th...
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