Rachel Warren Chadd

Rachel Warren Chadd - Editor

Purley, UK

Highly experienced non-fiction editor and writer in areas from natural history and health to children's books. I also translate from French.

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Overview

I'm an editor and writer with more than 25 years' experience in illustrated books. For the past six years, I have freelanced for publishers such as Bloomsbury, Dorling Kindersley, Ivy Press and Reader's Digest on topics including natural history, health, classical music, ecology and maths, and have worked on children's books, too. I have also translated several titles from French to English for Eddison Books. Previously I conceived, project-managed, wrote for and edited titles for Reader's Digest Books for almost 20 years and looked after their children's book business. Earlier, I developed excellent research skills as a freelance journalist for national titles in Amsterdam, New York and London.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement
Math & Science
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences
Humanities & Social Sciences
History

Certifications

  • BA Honours French

Work experience

Editor/writer

Rachel Warren Chadd
January, 2013 – Present (almost 7 years)

Full-time freelance editing and writing – initially for global Reader's Digest, then Quarto, Bloomsbury, Ivy Press, Dorling Kindersley on projects including books on natural history, maths, ecology, feminism, classical music, mythology, and the Bible, and have also translated and edited French health titles and completed a new children's history-as-news project.

Commissioning editor for general books and children's publishing

Reader's Digest (books)
March, 1994 – January, 2013 (almost 19 years)

Originally employed as staff writer, later became commissioning editor and ran the children's book publishing.

Since 2013, self-employed - writing, editing, and translating books from French.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Birds: Myth, Lore and Legend

Rachel Warren-Chadd, Marianne Taylor

Why are owls regarded either as wise or as harbingers of doom? What gave rise to the fanciful belief that storks bring babies? Why is the eagle associated with victory, or the hummingbird with paradise? The answers are here in this new and engaging book. By re-telling the many legends, beliefs, proverbs, and predictions associated with more than 80 birds from many nations, it brings into focus... read more

Why are owls regarded either as wise or as harbingers of doom? What gave rise to the fanciful belief that storks bring babies? Why is the eagle associated with victory, or the hummingbird with paradise? The answers are here in this new and engaging book. By re-telling the many legends, beliefs, proverbs, and predictions associated with more than 80 birds from many nations, it brings into focus... read more

The Feminism Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

DK

Discover more than 85 of the most important ideas, movements, and events that have defined feminism and feminist thought throughout history with this original, graphic-led book.Using the Big Ideas series' trademark combination of authoritative, accessible text and bold graphics, this book traces feminism and the feminist movement from its origins, through the suffragette movement of the 19th c... read more

Discover more than 85 of the most important ideas, movements, and events that have defined feminism and feminist thought throughout history with this original, graphic-led book.Using the Big Ideas series' trademark combination of authoritative, accessible text and bold graphics, this book traces feminism and the feminist movement from its origins, through the suffragette movement of the 19th c... read more

The Book of Caterpillars: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World

The weird and wonderful world of insects boasts some of the strangest creatures found in nature, and caterpillars are perhaps the most bizarre of all. While most of us picture caterpillars as cute fuzzballs munching on leaves, there is much more to them than we imagine. A caterpillar’s survival hinges on finding enough food and defending itself from the array of natural enemies lined up to pou... read more

The weird and wonderful world of insects boasts some of the strangest creatures found in nature, and caterpillars are perhaps the most bizarre of all. While most of us picture caterpillars as cute fuzzballs munching on leaves, there is much more to them than we imagine. A caterpillar’s survival hinges on finding enough food and defending itself from the array of natural enemies lined up to pou... read more

Rachel Carson: Environmental Crusader (Superheroes of Science)

Nancy Dickmann

Rachel Carson loved nature since childhood. It was only natural for her to become one of the first conservation advocates and environmental scientists in the United States. Through detailed biography, the main content introduces readers to Carson as well as her work, including Silent Spring and its incredible influence on the United States and the pesticide industry. Sidebars complement unders... read more

Rachel Carson loved nature since childhood. It was only natural for her to become one of the first conservation advocates and environmental scientists in the United States. Through detailed biography, the main content introduces readers to Carson as well as her work, including Silent Spring and its incredible influence on the United States and the pesticide industry. Sidebars complement unders... read more

Doctors' Favorite Natural Remedies: The Safest and Most Effective Natural Ways to Treat More Than 85 Everyday Ailments

This comprehensive A-Z guide covers 90 everyday health conditions and includes 170 natural remedies to combat them.Can Coenzyme Q10 really lower your blood pressure? Are chiropractors quacks? What is the Alexander Technique, anyway? How do you choose which herbs are most effective for treating anxiety and insomnia? Don’t worry – Doctors’ Favorite Natural Remedies will help. In recent times, do... read more

This comprehensive A-Z guide covers 90 everyday health conditions and includes 170 natural remedies to combat them.Can Coenzyme Q10 really lower your blood pressure? Are chiropractors quacks? What is the Alexander Technique, anyway? How do you choose which herbs are most effective for treating anxiety and insomnia? Don’t worry – Doctors’ Favorite Natural Remedies will help. In recent times, do... read more

The American Revolution: Frontline Soldiers and Their Families (Frontline Families)

Sara Howell

Without the American Revolution, there would be no United States. The impact of the war is undeniable. And yet studies of this conflict, essential in every elementary school, are often cursory. This valuable volume delivers a more complete look of the war, including the real experiences of soldiers on the frontlines as well as their families at home. Readers will be particularly interested in ... read more

Without the American Revolution, there would be no United States. The impact of the war is undeniable. And yet studies of this conflict, essential in every elementary school, are often cursory. This valuable volume delivers a more complete look of the war, including the real experiences of soldiers on the frontlines as well as their families at home. Readers will be particularly interested in ... read more

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