Rona Skene

Rona Skene – Editor

Highly experienced, creative editor of books and other content for children and adults. Clients include DK, Scholastic, Pavilion, Hachette.

Overview

As an editor, I utilise my skills and experience to ensure content is always imaginative and innovative, fully meets the brief, respects style/brand requirements and fully engages with its intended audience. If you're publishing in any format, print or digital, and need editorial input, I can probably help you!


Recent work includes writing two quiz books for Kahoot!; senior editor on DK's official "Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee" book (commissioned by the UK government and gifted to millions of schoolchildren); editing three "Very Hungry Caterpillar" encyclopedias; copy-editing several biographies for Scholastic; conceiving contents and writing the text for best-selling, David Macaulay-illustrated title "Mammoth Maths".


What I bring to clients:

Proven success in developing and seeing through complex, high-profile projects; extensive experience of editing fiction, biography, history, and illustrated non-fiction for children, as well as practical, illustrated non-fiction for adults; skilled and meticulous editorial oversight of projects and sensitive, constructive guidance to authors; editorial experience and in-depth knowledge of a range of subject areas including history, human body, natural huistry, animals, STEM, maths, earth sciences, culture, and visual arts; experience of ensuring content is appropriate to Key Stage objectives and guidelines; proven track record working with design professionals to conceive and execute highly visual, integrated spreads and jackets.

Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction DIY & Crafts Education & Reference
Languages
English (UK)

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2005 — Present

Since 2005, DropCap has produced dozens of adult and children's non-fiction books and partworks for major publishers including Dorling Kindersley, Scholastic, Eaglemoss, Hachette, De Agostini, Pan Macmillan. Licensors include LEGO and Lucasfilm Ltd.

DK

Sep, 2015 — Feb, 2021 (over 5 years)

Various editorial/writing assignments and contracts in DK's Knowledge, Licensing and Life divisions. I was overseeing editor of Queen Elizabeth: A Platium Jubilee Celebration – commissioned by UK government and gifted to primary school children throughout the UK.

Selection of titles edited:
Queen Elizabeth: A Platinum Jubilee Celebration
King Charles III: Celebrating His Majesty's Coronation
Words of LOVE
Encyclopedia of Everything
The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Very First Encyclopedia of Animals
The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Very First Encyclopedia of Oceans
Picturepedia
How to be Good at Maths
How to be Good at English
LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book

Portfolio

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The Science of Living

Stuart Farrimond

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Goal!

D.K. Publishing

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