Paul Baillie-Lane

Paul Baillie-Lane - Designer

London, UK

Book and e-book layout designer, typesetter and editorial project manager with over 10 years' experience in the publishing industry.

Request a quote
Verified identity

Overview

I believe that the text design and content of a book should be carefully matched – like food and fine wine – to give the reader the most pleasurable reading experience. To bring your story to life, I will create a beautiful page design and typeset your work in a print-ready format, incorporating eye-catching typography, images and layout.

About me:

I'm a friendly, versatile and energetic publishing professional with over 10 years' experience in the industry, collaborating with publishers and authors to create bespoke book layouts. I spent 3 years at UK publisher Faber & Faber, with the company winning the Nobel Prize in Literature (Ishiguro), the Booker Prize (Milkman) and Independent Publisher of the Year (2018 and 2019) during my time.

From simple to complex designs and typography, to collating and inputting text and image corrections, and from unedited manuscript to print-ready files, I worked closely with some of the best authors in the world.

I provide full project management, page design and typesetting services, and can work to any genre, design or budget.
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Photography

Work experience

Project Editor

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (almost 3 years)

– Project management, from unedited manuscript to print-ready files
– Creating bespoke book layouts
– Typesetting and proof/corrections collation
– Copy-editing
– Copywriting book blurbs and marketing materials
– Proofreading

Project Editor

Vision Sports Publishing
April, 2014 – December, 2016 (over 2 years)

– Typography and book design
– Copy-editing
– Proofreading
– Project management
– Picture research

Freelance designer and typesetter

Self-employed
June, 2013 – Present (about 7 years)

– Project management, from unedited manuscript to print-ready files
– Creating bespoke book layouts
– Typesetting and proof/corrections collation
– Copy-editing
– Copywriting book blurbs and marketing materials
– Proofreading

Senior Editor

The History Press
January, 2013 – December, 2013 (11 months)

– Assisting Commissioning Editor in ensuring the team's agreed annual programme is delivered in a timely manner and on budget by monitoring the progress of – Project managing a list of titles, prioritising an extensive workload
– Publishing a wide range of series and standalone books, including highly illustrated titles
– Commissioning external freelance suppliers, writing briefs and negotiating fees
– Creating and maintaining professional working relationships with authors, external companies and freelancers
– Maintaining relationships with colleagues through frequent communication and meetings with design, production, marketing and sales departments
– Picture research and negotiating of rights for print and digital platforms
– Preparing print-ready files for digital conversion
– Copy-editing and proofreading
– Typography and page design
– Copywriting for cover blurbs and marketing materials

Project Editor

The History Press
June, 2012 – February, 2013 (8 months)

– Assisting Commissioning Editor in ensuring the team's agreed annual programme is delivered in a timely manner and on budget by monitoring the progress of titles
– Project managing two publishing lists simultaneously, prioritising an extensive workload
– Publishing a wide range of series and standalone books, including highly illustrated titles
– Commissioning external freelance suppliers, writing briefs and negotiating fees
– Creating and maintaining professional working relationships with authors, external companies and freelancers
– Maintaining relationships with colleagues through frequent communication and meetings with design, production, marketing and sales departments
– Picture research and negotiating of rights for print and digital platforms
– Preparing print-ready files for digital conversion
– Copy-editing and proofreading
– Typography and page design
– Copywriting for cover blurbs and marketing materials

Portfolio (20 selected works)

World Rugby Yearbook 2016

Karen Bond, Paul Baillie-Lane, John Griffiths

Bumper Rugby World Cup 2015 review edition of the acclaimed World Rugby Yearbook, the ever-popular and utterly comprehensive review of the rugby year. The World Rugby Yearbook 2016 is the largest edition of the book to date. It includes a comprehensive review of Rugby World Cup 2015 - the biggest and best tournament to date with more than 2.4 million fans attending the matches and watched in 7... read more

Bumper Rugby World Cup 2015 review edition of the acclaimed World Rugby Yearbook, the ever-popular and utterly comprehensive review of the rugby year. The World Rugby Yearbook 2016 is the largest edition of the book to date. It includes a comprehensive review of Rugby World Cup 2015 - the biggest and best tournament to date with more than 2.4 million fans attending the matches and watched in 7... read more

Lane, The

Martin Cloake, Adam Powley, Steve Perryman

In 1899 Spurs had a problem. The football club formed as 'Hotspur FC' just 17 years previously was now so popular that their 14,000 capacity ground at Northumberland Park was unable to cope with the growing crowds. So, in the summer of that year a former nursery for growing fruit and veg located on land behind the nearby White Hart pub was purchased, the stands from the old ground dismantled a... read more

In 1899 Spurs had a problem. The football club formed as 'Hotspur FC' just 17 years previously was now so popular that their 14,000 capacity ground at Northumberland Park was unable to cope with the growing crowds. So, in the summer of that year a former nursery for growing fruit and veg located on land behind the nearby White Hart pub was purchased, the stands from the old ground dismantled a... read more

The Elegant Lie

Sam Eastland

Under the Night

Alan Glynn

Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express.

Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express.

The Shrouded Path

Sarah Ward

Kismet

Luke Tredget

Leila

Prayaag Akbar

Beastie Boys Book

Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz

Before She Knew Him

Peter Swanson

Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times

Professor Alan Walker

Cold Desert Sky (Charlie Yates 3)

Rod Reynolds

Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express.

Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express.

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House

Luke Harding

MOSCOW, July 1987. Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump visits Soviet Russia for the first time at the invitation of the government. LONDON, December 2016. Luke Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elects connections with Russia. Harding follows two leads; money and sex. WASHINGTON, January 2017. Steeles explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been 'cu... read more

MOSCOW, July 1987. Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump visits Soviet Russia for the first time at the invitation of the government. LONDON, December 2016. Luke Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elects connections with Russia. Harding follows two leads; money and sex. WASHINGTON, January 2017. Steeles explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been 'cu... read more

Death Is Hard Work

Khaled Khalifa

The Happy Brain: The Science of Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

Dean Burnett

Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express.

Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express.

Tunnel Vision

Kevin Breathnach

Paul has 6 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Cassandra Yorke
I really got the sense that Paul *knew* I was a debut author and wanted to see me succeed. Other experts on my shortlist acted like I wasn't enough of a big deal, but Paul jumped right in, knew what I wanted and needed, and did everything he could to help me. I always remember how others treat me - and I'd happily hire Paul again in an instant - or recommend him to anyone.

Cassandra Yorke, May 2020


Joyce Murphy
Paul produced a print book and an eBook for me to upload to Amazon. During this time, he was polite, reasonable, offered assistance where my own knowledge was lacking and made helpful suggestions. I cannot recommend him highly enough. I feel so lucky to have chosen such a talented and kind professional to work with during this nervous and tense time (it is my first book). Paul was always patien...
Read more

Joyce Murphy, January 2020


Jordan Clayden-Lewis
Paul is a clear, concise creative who did a great job in typesetting my first novel. Would reccomend him

Jordan Clayden-Lewis, September 2019


Russell Martin
Five stars all the way! Paul delivers quality work, is very easy to communicate with; is kind, professional and patient with our feedback and change requests. Highly recommend this designer!

Russell Martin, August 2019

Paul Baillie-Lane
Thanks, Russell and Laura! A pleasure to work with, and again wishing you all the best with Books 1 & 2 in the series. Looking forward to Book 3! Look after each other. Paul

Reply from Paul Baillie-Lane


Russell Martin
Paul Baille-Lane is not only extremely professional, but is also very kind and easy to work with. He has surpassed my expectations on this project. His work is superb and I highly recommend his talent for your consideration! I am a very pleased client!

Russell Martin, May 2019

Paul Baillie-Lane
Thanks guys! Best of luck with The Portal Series.

Reply from Paul Baillie-Lane

Read more reviews

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Jeff Huang

Jeff is an Art Director from NYC. He specializes in the Fantasy, YA, and Sci-Fi genre. Known for creating cover for Snow Like Ashes series.

New York, NY, USA

Domini Dragoone

Cover and interior designer with 20 years experience. I use passion and precision to create volumes readers love to spend time with.

San Francisco, United States

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy