Christopher Pitts

Christopher Pitts – Editor

Twenty years of experience as an editor (University of California Press, Columbia University Press) and writer (Lonely Planet, Nat Geo).


I've been in the book business since 2000. I spent the first five years of my career as an in-house editor (North Atlantic Books, Auralog Paris) before making the jump to freelancer. I’ve worked on a variety of projects, from coffee table and photography books (La Martinière Groupe, Flammarion) to travel and children's titles (Lonely Planet, La Martinière) to textbooks and thought-provoking academic studies (University of California Press, Columbia University Press, Georgetown University Press).

As a published author, I have been on both sides of an editor's query—I always try to collaborate in a way that allows you to best realize your vision without sacrificing editorial integrity. My background in languages (Chinese, French) has provided me with many opportunities to work with writers from around the world.

More about my personal life: I spent four years in the PRC and Taiwan memorizing Chinese characters and ten years in Paris eating croissants. During this time, I authored guides to Paris, Provence, the French Alps, Dordogne, Shanghai, and China for Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveler, and Fodor's.

In these days of reduced travel, I usually spend my free time outdoors: I love rock climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, and skiing, and have written several audio scripts and bestselling travel guides to US national parks for Lonely Planet and Guide Along.

Biographies & Memoirs Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality Sports & Outdoors Travel
Historical Fiction Historical Mysteries
English (US)
  • British Travel Press Award for Lonely Planet Paris

Work experience


Jan, 2005 — Present

● Services: developmental editing, copyediting, project management, proofreading
● Media: nonfiction, textbooks, guidebooks, journals, content management systems (CMS), corporate communications
● Selected clients: Lonely Planet, University of California Press, Columbia University Press, Éditions de la Martinière, Paris Aéroport Magazine, Institute of East Asian Studies

Christopher has 2 reviews





Louis V.

Louis V.

Apr, 2023

Christoper was thorough in his assessment, he explained his conclusions well, and was punctual, I think he gave me a good sense of the value of my work, and how to move forward if I choose to. Louis Vanrenen
Lee W.

Lee W.

Mar, 2021

Chris has helped me tremendously. Out of the gate, he responded to my quote request quickly and we hopped on a phone call. I felt comfortable immediately that we were on the same page and I’d learn much more from him than I had from my previous editor. He completed a terrific edit assessment of my 60k manuscript (in just 5 days) which gave me a document I can refer back to as I rewrite, develop...
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