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Nicola Lovick

Nicola Lovick - Editor

London

An editor with fifteen years’ industry experience; skilled in working on high-profile projects in a challenging commercial environment.

Overview

Particular strengths include structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading fiction and non-fiction titles. In 2014 I worked for: Orion, HarperCollins, Quercus, Little, Brown, Macmillan, Transworld, Penguin, Hodder, Elliott & Thompson, Titan, Hardie Grant, Carina, Carlton, Granta and Michael O’Mara.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Holiday Horror Humor & Comedy Literature Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Managing Editor

Constable & Robinson

June, 2010 – December, 2013 (over 3 years)

• Project-editing 60 titles per year from handover of manuscript to production on a wide range of titles, including the bestselling DEAR LUPIN and Chrissie Wellington’s autobiography, A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS
• Managing of a department which produces 250 titles a year
• Implementing of critical path to ensure deadlines met
• Devising procedure and systems as needed to ensure smooth-running of department
• Revision and supervising of editorial payment system to minimise unnecessary costs
• Sourcing of reliable, cost-effective freelancers
• Training and developing of editorial team

Managing Editor

Headline

January, 2006 – January, 2009 (about 3 years)

• Structural, line-editing and project-editing titles from handover of manuscript to production on a wide range of authors and titles including Martina Cole, James Patterson, Andrea Levy and Wendy Holden
• Briefed creative team on a range of design approaches and rebranding options for authors such as James Patterson and Jonathan Kellerman
• Oversaw pitch documents, covers, marketing material, website and intranet content to ensure quality standards met and Headline brand protected
• Negotiated editorial payments to ensure budgets met and editorial costs minimised
• Managed critical path activity to ensure deadlines met and all projects delivered to budget
• Trained and developed editorial assistants and implemented departmental procedure
• Negotiated new contract and working practices for freelancers through liaison with HR and senior members of publishing team

Editor

Transworld

January, 2004 – January, 2006 (about 2 years)

• Edited a range of fiction and narrative non-fiction titles
• Built and maintained good relationships with authors such as Claudia Carroll, Charlotte Bingham, Patricia Scanlan and Joanne Harris
• Wrote copy, checked covers and prepared Title Information Sheets

Assistant Editor

Orion

January, 2001 – January, 2004 (about 3 years)

• Ran list comprising of Harlan Coben, Ian Rankin and Roger Jon Ellory, among others, whilst Publishing Director was on sabbatical
• Monitored progress of covers through production process
• Edited commercial fiction for Jon Wood and Kate Mills
• Read agented and unsolicited submissions

Editorial Assistant

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

January, 2000 – January, 2001 (about 1 year)

Collated proofs
Wrote copy
Liaised with in-house departments, agents and authors

Portfolio (9 selected works)

One Night: Unveiled

Jodi Ellen Malpas

Dog About Town: How to Raise a Happy Dog in the City

Louise Glazebrook

A beautifully illustrated handbook on everything you need to know about owning and training a dog. So you’re thinking of bringing home an adorable puppy or dog to share your life with? A furry friend who will spend weekends accompanying you to brunches and lunches; who is just as comfortable on the subway as he is frolicking with children in the park; who is equal parts well-behaved, adorable,... read more

A beautifully illustrated handbook on everything you need to know about owning and training a dog. So you’re thinking of bringing home an adorable puppy or dog to share your life with? A furry friend who will spend weekends accompanying you to brunches and lunches; who is just as comfortable on the subway as he is frolicking with children in the park; who is equal parts well-behaved, adorable,... read more

Tsunami Kids: Our Journey from Survival to Success

Rob Forkan, Paul Forkan

The true story of four siblings who lost their parents in the devastating Sri Lankan tsunami and how they turned tragedy into inspiration On December 26, 2004, Rob, Paul, Matty, and Rosie Forkan tragically lost their parents in the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka. Aged from 8 to 17, they subsequently faced a harrowing and solitary 124 mile trek across the decimated country to get home to saf... read more

The true story of four siblings who lost their parents in the devastating Sri Lankan tsunami and how they turned tragedy into inspiration On December 26, 2004, Rob, Paul, Matty, and Rosie Forkan tragically lost their parents in the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka. Aged from 8 to 17, they subsequently faced a harrowing and solitary 124 mile trek across the decimated country to get home to saf... read more

Brigitte Bardot: The Life, the Legend, the Movies

Ginette Vincendeau

When Brigitte Bardot appeared in Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman in 1957, her beauty set the world alight. But Bardot was more than just a sex symbol: she was a daring actress who worked with some of cinema's most-revered directors, including Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle. Film critic Ginette Vincendeau delves into Bardot's career and life, including her four marriages, her decision to "... read more

When Brigitte Bardot appeared in Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman in 1957, her beauty set the world alight. But Bardot was more than just a sex symbol: she was a daring actress who worked with some of cinema's most-revered directors, including Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle. Film critic Ginette Vincendeau delves into Bardot's career and life, including her four marriages, her decision to "... read more

An Improper Proposal

Patricia Cabot, Meg Cabot

A delicious novel by Meg Cabot, originally writing under the name Patricia Cabot—released as an e-book for the first time! A stormy heart...Adventurous, outspoken, Payton Dixon has two passionate dreams...a clipper ship of her own and the love of Captain Connor Drake. But both seem impossibly out of reach, since her beloved captain is about to marry another, and worse, he's been given her ship... read more

A delicious novel by Meg Cabot, originally writing under the name Patricia Cabot—released as an e-book for the first time! A stormy heart...Adventurous, outspoken, Payton Dixon has two passionate dreams...a clipper ship of her own and the love of Captain Connor Drake. But both seem impossibly out of reach, since her beloved captain is about to marry another, and worse, he's been given her ship... read more

Have You Been Good?: A Memoir

Vanessa Nicolson

Vanessa Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. She was born to an illustrious name and an unhappy marriage. Her father, the art historian Ben Nicolson, was homosexual and his marriage to Vanessa's Italian mother fell apart when Vanessa was very young. In this powerful and meditative memoir she chronicles her disjointed childhood and reckless youth, including ... read more

Vanessa Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. She was born to an illustrious name and an unhappy marriage. Her father, the art historian Ben Nicolson, was homosexual and his marriage to Vanessa's Italian mother fell apart when Vanessa was very young. In this powerful and meditative memoir she chronicles her disjointed childhood and reckless youth, including ... read more

A Land More Kind Than Home

Wiley Cash

A New York Times bestseller and winner of the UK's John Creasey Award for Debut Crime Novel of the Year 'Mesmerizing. Intensely felt and beautifully told' New York TimesOne Sunday nine-year-old Jess Hall watches in horror as his autistic brother is smothered during a healing service in the mountains of North Carolina.Wiley Cash uses this haunting image - inspired by a horrific true event - to ... read more

A New York Times bestseller and winner of the UK's John Creasey Award for Debut Crime Novel of the Year 'Mesmerizing. Intensely felt and beautifully told' New York TimesOne Sunday nine-year-old Jess Hall watches in horror as his autistic brother is smothered during a healing service in the mountains of North Carolina.Wiley Cash uses this haunting image - inspired by a horrific true event - to ... read more

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