Phil Hunt

Phil Hunt – Editor

I have more than 30 years’ experience of editing non-fiction reference books, specialising in travel/transportation and licensed titles.


I take on commissions ranging from copy editing children’s titles to developing and editing large-format illustrated reference books for international publishers. My areas of expertise are travel and transportation, history and popular culture, including extensive experience editing licensed books and magazines in collaboration with licensors ranging from Disney to Elvis Presley Enterprises, LEGO to the Ford Motor Company. I have edited numerous books for local markets, encompassing the Americanisation and Anglicisation of text.

I have worked closely and constructively with authors ranging from subject specialists to high-profile names including Sir Robert Winston, Sarah Beeny and Quentin Willson. Commendations include “Who’s edited my ******* text?! (from a rather grumpy Bruce Bernard, brother of Sir Jeffrey, while working on his Eyewitness Art – Van Gogh book) to “I couldn’t have done it without him” (Quentin Willson on his The Ultimate Classic Car Book) and “Special gratitude to Phil Hunt. You were very patient. I’ll get the drinks in” (Hugo Wilson on his Ultimate Harley-Davidson book).

I would summarise by saying that I am an editorial all-rounder, able to edit and manage projects on most subjects for all age ranges and always taking great pride in the work I produce. I have worked extensively for global publishers including Dorling Kindersley, Penguin Random House, Hachette, Channel 4 Books, Collins, Guinness Publishing and Eaglemoss (where I was the Editorial Manager of the Die-Cast Club team for three years until the company went into administration in July 2022).

Children’s Non-Fiction Entertainment Geography History Sports & Outdoors Transportation Travel
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Aug, 2022 — Present

I offer a complete range of editorial services for non-fiction publishing, including editing, writing, proofreading, project development and management, and book/magazine packaging.


Jul, 2019 — Aug, 2022 (about 3 years)

I oversaw a team of in-house editors and out-of-house packagers who produced magazines accompanying build-up scale models of cars, ships and other vehicles for markets around the world including the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan.

Dorling Kindersley

Jan, 2018 — Jun, 2019 (over 1 year)

I was an in-house Senior Editor for Dorling Kindersley, working for the Children's and Licensing teams. I worked alongside authors including Sir Robert Winston and with licensors including LEGO and Disney.

Edenco Creative

Feb, 2012 — Oct, 2017 (over 5 years)

I managed an editorial team that created a monthly 60-page direct mail catalogue, flyers, postcards and other promotional material for Laithwaites Wine. The role included liaising with the client's Campaign Manager, copywriting, editing and ensuring that the mailing hit the monthly print deadline.


Science Is Magic

Mould, Steve

Open Me Up

DK Publishing

Native American Weapons

Taylor, Colin F.

Erotic Massage

Hooper, Anne

Eyewitness: Manet

Wright, Patricia

Ultimate Bicycle Book

Ballantine, Richard

Classic American Cars

Willson, Quentin

Hot Bikes

Wilson, Hugo

Cool Cars

Willson, Quentin

Ultimate Sports Car

Willson, Quentin

Complete Bike Book

Sidwells, Chris

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