Richard Fletcher

Richard Fletcher – Editor

I'm a diligent publishing professional with an extensive background in writing and editing. I have edited 44 sports books in five years.

Overview

I'm a conscientious, attentive editor with 25 years' experience in publishing. I spent more than 20 years in newspapers, including shifts on nationals such as the Daily Mail and the Daily Express, before switching to sports books in 2016. Since then, I have meticulously edited over three million words for Pitch Publishing, one of the most innovative sports book publishers in the UK. Until March 2020, I also sub-edited Boxing Monthly magazine, for which I was previously a reporter, and have supplied written content for American networks HBO and ESPN.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Sports & Outdoors
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Pitch Publishing

May, 2016 — Present

I edit books and biographies covering a wide variety of sports, including football, rugby, squash and boxing. I handle works by well-known journalists and first-time authors with equal care and attention. I work remotely and am available year-round.

Newsquest Essex (UK)

Jun, 1996 — Mar, 2016 (over 19 years)

I sub-edited news, features and sports pages for all north Essex newspaper titles, daily and weekly, covering Colchester, Clacton, Maldon, Braintree, Halstead and Harwich. Subject areas included crime, health, education and local government.

Boxing Monthly

May, 1995 — Jul, 2011 (about 16 years)

Reported on all aspects of professional boxing, writing ringside reports, previews and features. Interviewed many of the sport’s biggest personalities, including fighters, managers, promoters and referees.

Portfolio

Ronnie O'Sullivan's status as one of snooker's all-time greats was cemented in 2017 by adding to his five world titles, a seventh Masters and sixth UK, thus equalling Stephen Hendry's 18 'triple crown' triumphs. Now is the perfect time for his story to be told... read more
In 1985, a much younger Ian Salmon wanted to become a Liverpool FC season-ticket holder, and a regular at Anfield - but life had other plans in store. Finally, in 2015 he inherited his late father's season ticket and took ownership of his seat, one which had b... read more
Sweet Fighting Man is based on a collection of interviews with British boxers, from journeymen to champions. The book covers a timespan of over 50 years and features some classic personalities, such as Dave 'Boy' Green, the ever-popular British and European ch... read more
Nipper Pat Daly was boxing's most amazing prodigy. Extraordinary but tragic, his was a career like no other in sports history. Born in Wales in 1913, he became a professional boxer at age ten after moving to London. With his exceptional talent, by age 14 he wa... read more
Into the Woods provides a sharp insight into the true motivations of fighting men. Rather than dealing in clich, hype or the myth of the 'noble art', former world light heavyweight champion, Clinton Woods, lays bare the culture that surrounds his sport. From m... read more
Few cities in the world have as many professional football clubs as London and none have the history explored in this book by journalist and broadcaster Steve Tongue. It was in the English capital that the Football Association - the first of its kind anywhere ... read more
Million Dollar Crolla tells the rollercoaster story of 'the nicest man in boxing' and his remarkable path from prospect to has-been, from victim to world champion. Written off by many, an office job beckoned for Anthony Crolla before a devastating but defining... read more
An ironman triathlon is seen as the hardest one-day endurance event in the world. Consisting of a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride, followed by a full marathon, it is a huge undertaking for anyone, never mind a rookie with chronic kidney disease. Transplant Triat... read more
Say hello to the world's only undefeated heavyweight champion, a guy called Rocky Marciano, who defied physical limitations - 'He's too small, too short, too light, too old.' With just a 67-inch reach, two left feet and under six feet tall, tough, hard-hitting... read more
Budge Rogers: A Rugby Life is the long overdue biography of one of rugby's most iconic players, Derek Prior Budge Rogers. The story of the wing forward who lit up rugby grounds around the world in the 1960s and 1970s with dazzling and determined wing play, Rog... read more
Boxing has always had its wacky warriors and masters of menace. Eight-times married conman Kid McCoy took his own life. The fearless Stanley Ketchel was shot dead by a jealous farm worker. The enigmatic Battling Siki used to parade a lioness down the boulevard... read more
From 1981 to 1986, Pakistani squash great Jahangir Khan went undefeated to herald the longest unbeaten run in world sport until his streak came to an end at the 1986 World Championships. In the 30th anniversary year to mark his unmatched run, Jahangir Khan 555... read more
The 1966 World Cup triumph put England at the pinnacle of the game. But how did it help the English game to develop, both at international and club level? Did it help the game to develop at all? When England Ruled the World charts the progress of our national ... read more

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Gary R.

Gary R.

Sep, 2021

Richard's professionalism, insight and editing skills have significantly improved my manuscript. Throughout the process, he has also provided encouragement and positive feedback. I would have no hesitation in using him again. Highly recommended.
Richard F.
Thanks Gary, I appreciate the feedback. Hope the book does well. It's as good as any I've handled, and I've worked with some prominent authors. All the best. Richard

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