Rachel Bridgewater

Rachel Bridgewater - Editor

London, UK

Experienced editor, with Publishing Training Centre training and with particular expertise in History and Literature.

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I am an experienced editor, with over 10 years of experience across a range of non-fiction subjects including History, Area Studies, Creative Writing, Literature, Business & Management, Energy & Environment and Museums & Heritage. Having cut my teeth working on a business-to-business sewerage magazine, I can be guaranteed to get excited by any topic!

My main subject specialisms are History, Literature and Creative Writing. On the History side, I've worked on a broad range of books and topics, from medieval to contemporary, from British to global, and from emotions to medicine. In Literature and Creative Writing, I've worked on books ranging from literary criticism to practical how-to guides designed to stimulate the aspiring creative writer. I have primarily worked on books aimed at readers who are new to the subject, whether students or general readers, so have considerable experience in ensuring that a book is as accessible and engaging as possible for those readerships.

I love working with authors to develop ideas and content that will meet the needs of their target audience, and that will engage that audience from the outset. I am skilled in offering a balanced assessment of proposals, chapters and manuscripts, and advising on tone, level, clarity and structure. I'm a firm believer in clear, friendly and responsive communication, and am sure that you will enjoy working with me!

English (UK)
English (US)
Education & Reference
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Political Science & Current Affairs
Writing & Publishing


  • Publishing Training Centre - Advanced Copy-Editing Skills

Work experience

Senior Commissioning Editor

Macmillan International Higher Education
September, 2013 – Present (over 7 years)

Working within a higher education company on books ranging from 4-colour illustrated textbooks, to research-led, academic books, to concise narrative texts aimed at students and the general reader. I have worked at the company for over 6 years in editorial roles across the History, Literature & Creative Writing and Business & Management lists.

Assistant Editor

June, 2011 – September, 2013 (over 2 years)

Worked within the Yearbooks department of Bloomsbury Publishing.

Editorial Researcher

Ten Alps Publishing
March, 2009 – September, 2010 (over 1 year)

Researching, commissioning and editing articles for inclusion in a portfolio of business-to-business magazines.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Technology in America: A Brief History

Marcus, Alan I., Segal, Howard P.

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