Monica Woods

Monica Woods - Editor Tick

London, UK

Calm and creative travel and arts editor and project manager with extensive experience gained at Rough Guides and V&A Publishing.

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Overview

I'm a freelance editor and writer with almost twenty years' experience in travel and arts publishing. I simply love working with words, be it writing, editing or proofreading.

During my time at V&A Publishing (the publishing department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the world's leading museums of art and design), I project-managed major exhibition catalogues, specialist collections-based books and high-profile designer retrospectives. At travel publisher Rough Guides, I managed the mainland Europe list, encompassing bestselling guides such as France, Italy and Croatia, brand new series, ebooks and one-off coffee table tomes. I've also worked for Lonely Planet, editing, fact-checking and proofreading titles such as Wine Trails: Australia & New Zealand and The Travel Atlas. More recently, I've been turning my hand to writing with regular contributions to travel inspiration website Love Exploring.

My experience covers all aspects of the publishing process – assessing pitches, commissioning, structural editing, copy-editing, picture research, project-management, proofreading and promotion. I can help guide you through the process from start to finish, or assist along the way – do get in touch to discuss your next project.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Design
Fashion & Textiles
Photography
Travel

Work experience

Editor/writer

Self-employed
January, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

• Freelance writer/editor with regular editing work for Lonely Planet and contributions to travel inspiration website Love Exploring.

Managing Editor

Rough Guides
January, 2008 – December, 2017 (almost 10 years)

• Commissioning, scheduling and budgeting 25+ travel guides per year (see a selection below)
• Managing mainland Europe list, including city, country, regional, Pocket and Budget guides
• Managing London editorial team, leading recruitment and training new editors
• Commissioning and supervising remote freelance writers and editors
• Overseeing digital publishing programme, including ebook design and user-testing
• Developing new book and online article ideas
• Regular contributor to Rough Guides website on a freelance basis

Managing Editor

V&A Publishing
June, 2006 – December, 2007 (over 1 year)

• Managing Editorial department of Victoria and Albert Museum’s publishing division
• Project-management of 8–10 high-profile books per year
• Critical input into early drafts, copy-editing and proofreading
• Commissioning and supervising freelance editors and designers
• Overseeing image collection and copyright clearance
• Titles included: The Golden Age of Couture (2007); Modernism: Designing a New World
(2006); Swinging Sixties (2006); Vivienne Westwood (2004); Black Style (2004); Art Deco Fashion (2003)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

The Rough Guide to Italy (Rough Guides)

Celia Woolfrey, Jonathan Buckley, Jules Brown, Mark Ellingham, Martin Dunford, Robert Andrews, Ros Belford, Rough Guides, Tim Jepson

Now in its twelfth edition, The Rough Guide to Italy is full of painstakingly researched information and inspiration to help you enjoy every moment of your Italian adventure. Whether you're after action or relaxation, Italy won't disappoint - from touring Tuscan hill towns to wine-tasting your way around Friuli-Venezia Giulia, lazing on the Amalfi Coast to shopping till you drop in Milan, brus... read more

Now in its twelfth edition, The Rough Guide to Italy is full of painstakingly researched information and inspiration to help you enjoy every moment of your Italian adventure. Whether you're after action or relaxation, Italy won't disappoint - from touring Tuscan hill towns to wine-tasting your way around Friuli-Venezia Giulia, lazing on the Amalfi Coast to shopping till you drop in Milan, brus... read more

Vivienne Westwood (VA)

Claire Wilcox

Vivienne Westwood is a global icon whose career has successfully spanned three decades from the early days of punk to the establishment of her own fashion house. Published to accompany the hugely popular Vivienne Westwood exhibition at the V&A, this book is the first in-depth Vivienne Westwood retrospective. It studies her work as a groundbreaking fashion designer and celebrates her visual imp... read more

Vivienne Westwood is a global icon whose career has successfully spanned three decades from the early days of punk to the establishment of her own fashion house. Published to accompany the hugely popular Vivienne Westwood exhibition at the V&A, this book is the first in-depth Vivienne Westwood retrospective. It studies her work as a groundbreaking fashion designer and celebrates her visual imp... read more

The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957

Claire Wilcox

This lavish book focuses on Parisian and British couture between 1947 and 1957, a decade that Christian Dior described as fashion's 'golden age'. Dior's 'New Look' collection of 1947 shocked and delighted the fashion world, creating a style that symbolised a new femininity. The full skirts and hour glass silhouettes were considered highly decadent, synonymous with luxury and extravagance, in m... read more

This lavish book focuses on Parisian and British couture between 1947 and 1957, a decade that Christian Dior described as fashion's 'golden age'. Dior's 'New Look' collection of 1947 shocked and delighted the fashion world, creating a style that symbolised a new femininity. The full skirts and hour glass silhouettes were considered highly decadent, synonymous with luxury and extravagance, in m... read more

Modernism: Designing a New World : 1914-1939

Christopher Wilk

Modernism: Designing a New World is the first book to explore Modernism in the designed world from a truly international perspective, and across all the arts. It offers a reassessment of the idea of Modernism and reveals the fundamental ways in which it has shaped our own world and its visual culture. Modernism flourished during the years 1914 to 1939. As a movement it was the key point of ref... read more

Modernism: Designing a New World is the first book to explore Modernism in the designed world from a truly international perspective, and across all the arts. It offers a reassessment of the idea of Modernism and reveals the fundamental ways in which it has shaped our own world and its visual culture. Modernism flourished during the years 1914 to 1939. As a movement it was the key point of ref... read more

Black Style

Originally published to accompany the Black British Style exhibition in the Contemporary space at the V&A in Autumn 2004. The highly distinctive styles adopted by black men and women over the last fifty years have their origins in the African diaspora but they have also been moulded by politics, cultural exchange and the desire of different social groups to forge a distinctive identity. A mix ... read more

Originally published to accompany the Black British Style exhibition in the Contemporary space at the V&A in Autumn 2004. The highly distinctive styles adopted by black men and women over the last fifty years have their origins in the African diaspora but they have also been moulded by politics, cultural exchange and the desire of different social groups to forge a distinctive identity. A mix ... read more

Swinging Sixties: Fashion in London and Beyond 1955-1970

A fascinating study of fashion in London and beyond from 1955 to 1970. High quality photography throughout. 128pp

A fascinating study of fashion in London and beyond from 1955 to 1970. High quality photography throughout. 128pp

The Rough Guide to Paris (Rough Guides)

Rough Guides, Ruth Blackmore, Samantha Cook

Discover Paris with the most incisive and in-the-know guidebook on the market.Whether you plan to stroll alongthe Seine, sip aperitifs at classy left-bank cafes or browse modern art at the Palais de Tokyo, The Rough Guide to Paris will show you ideal places to sleep, eat, drinkand shop along the way. Inside The Rough Guide to Paris - Independent, trusted reviews written in Rough Guides' tradem... read more

Discover Paris with the most incisive and in-the-know guidebook on the market.Whether you plan to stroll alongthe Seine, sip aperitifs at classy left-bank cafes or browse modern art at the Palais de Tokyo, The Rough Guide to Paris will show you ideal places to sleep, eat, drinkand shop along the way. Inside The Rough Guide to Paris - Independent, trusted reviews written in Rough Guides' tradem... read more

The Rough Guide to Languedoc & Roussillon (Rough Guides)

Brian Catlos, Rough Guides

The Rough Guide to Languedoc & Roussillon is the ultimate travel guide to this rich and rewarding region of France.Discover the highlights of both Languedoc and Roussillon with stunning photography, colour-coded maps, candid reviews and indispensable practical information. You'll find detailed advice on what to see and do - from visiting breathtaking hilltop villages and Cathar castles to lazi... read more

The Rough Guide to Languedoc & Roussillon is the ultimate travel guide to this rich and rewarding region of France.Discover the highlights of both Languedoc and Roussillon with stunning photography, colour-coded maps, candid reviews and indispensable practical information. You'll find detailed advice on what to see and do - from visiting breathtaking hilltop villages and Cathar castles to lazi... read more

The Rough Guide to Romania (Rough Guides)

Dan Richardson, Darren (Norm) Longley, Rough Guides, Tim Burford

Whether you're tracking wild bears, dancing with Gypsies or braving Dracula's lair, you won't set a foot wrong with The Rough Guide to Romania. From the folk customs of Maramure? and painted monasteries of Bucovina to Bucharest's thriving gastronomic scene, Rough Guides' freshly updated seventh edition takes you on a time-travelling trip around this most diverse of destinations. With a section... read more

Whether you're tracking wild bears, dancing with Gypsies or braving Dracula's lair, you won't set a foot wrong with The Rough Guide to Romania. From the folk customs of Maramure? and painted monasteries of Bucovina to Bucharest's thriving gastronomic scene, Rough Guides' freshly updated seventh edition takes you on a time-travelling trip around this most diverse of destinations. With a section... read more

Pocket Rough Guide Berlin (Pocket Rough Guides)

Paul Sullivan, Rough Guides

Discover Berlin with the most incisive and in-the-knowguidebook on the market. Whether you plan to meander across Museum Island,admire the view from the Fernsehturm followed by cutting-edge art at HamburgerBahnhof, or simply join the locals for Kaffee und Kuchen, Pocket Rough Guide Berlin will show you the ideal places to sleep,eat, drink and shop along the way. Inside Pocket Rough Guide Berli... read more

Discover Berlin with the most incisive and in-the-knowguidebook on the market. Whether you plan to meander across Museum Island,admire the view from the Fernsehturm followed by cutting-edge art at HamburgerBahnhof, or simply join the locals for Kaffee und Kuchen, Pocket Rough Guide Berlin will show you the ideal places to sleep,eat, drink and shop along the way. Inside Pocket Rough Guide Berli... read more

Rough Guides You Are Here: A Travel Photobook

Rough Guides

See the world through the eyes of real travellers with over 300 photographs from across the globe. From the quirky and the curious to the simply stunning, the sheer variety of images in Rough Guides' unique and exciting new photobook is a joyous celebration of travel today.It is also a beautiful testament to modern photography. With the rise of Instagram, a million travel images a day float in... read more

See the world through the eyes of real travellers with over 300 photographs from across the globe. From the quirky and the curious to the simply stunning, the sheer variety of images in Rough Guides' unique and exciting new photobook is a joyous celebration of travel today.It is also a beautiful testament to modern photography. With the rise of Instagram, a million travel images a day float in... read more

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