Rowena Millar

Rowena Millar - Editor

Callington, UK

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Overview

I'm a conscientious editor and proofreader motivated by a love of words and wildlife. With over three decades of experience in nature publishing, my vocation is to help authors share their knowledge in a way that delights and enlightens their readers.

I began my career at Blackwell Scientific Publications (now Wiley-Blackwell), specialising in ecology books, including the Symposia of the British Ecological Society and Brian Moss's Ecology of Fresh Waters: Man and Medium. At NatureBureau (imprint Pisces Publications), I worked on titles including The Wiltshire Flora, Parks Journal, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee's Directory of the North Sea Coastal Margin and the RSPB's A practical guide to the restoration and management of Lowland Heathland, as well as a personal memoir, Reminiscences of Indian Wildlife. Early in my career, I was Publicity Officer at the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, responsible for publications, press, broadcast media and events. During this time, I wrote wildlife articles for local and national magazines including The Lady, The Countryman and Natural World magazine.

As my freelance career began, I was awarded 'runner-up' in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Awards for Nature Writing and was commissioned by Natural England to write and oversee design and production of Hidden Beneath the Tides – UK Marine Special Areas of Conservation, a lyrical book extolling the wonders of Britain's coastal habitats for the UK Marine Special Areas of Conservation Project.

I edited 50 editions of Wild Cornwall magazine for Cornwall Wildlife Trust from 2003 to 2019, as well as several editions of The Valley newsletter for the Tamar Valley AONB. From 2003 to 2017 I wrote 45 editions of Pawprint magazine for the younger members of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, which led to the publication of a book, The Wildlife Adventures of Super Fox, illustrated by Sarah McCartney – a compilation of wildlife cartoons, activities, crafts, puzzles and facts for children to enjoy. During this time, I contributed to Wildlife in Trust: a hundred years of nature conservation, published by The Wildlife Trusts, and was part of the editorial team for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment for UNEP-WCMC (The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and copy edited the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan: Sharks, rays and chimaeras: the status of the chondrichthyan fishes.

Now based in the scenic Tamar Valley on the Cornwall-Devon border surrounded by plants and animals, I enjoy immersing myself in informative volumes such as Exploring Britain's Hidden World: a natural history of seabed habitats, illustrated handbooks like The Essential Guide to Rockpooling, rollicking exploits and memoirs such as A Sea Monster's Tale: in search of the basking shark, and amazing facts for young readers in books like RHS Spectacular Plants & how to grow them (all published by Wild Nature Press). I also edit publications by organisations such as The Marine Biological Association.

My eye for rhythm, flow and good sentence structure will enable you to communicate clearly to your readers, whether you are a scientist, a conservationist or a keen naturalist with a story to tell.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Nature

Work experience

Proprietor

Self-employed
January, 1994 – Present (about 26 years)

Freelance copy editor, proofreader and writer working primarily for nature publishers and organisations working in environmental science and wildlife conservation.

Publications Manager

NatureBureau
September, 1992 – September, 1993 (about 1 year)

Editor of books and journals published by Pisces Publications; writer of promotional materials including interpretative signage and leaflets for Wildlife Trusts and NGOs.

Publicity Officer

BBOWT
November, 1989 – September, 1992 (almost 3 years)

Sub-editor (Books)

Blackwell Scientific Publications
July, 1986 – November, 1989 (over 3 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Amazing Pets and how to keep them

Stewart McPherson

Designed specifically for the 8-12 year old age group, Amazing Pets and how to keep them showcases the world's most exciting small creatures suitable for children to easily and ethically rear at home! All of the groups of pets included in this work (listed below) are easy to keep, harmless, fast growing and fascinating. The diverse range of small creatures included here is specifically selecte... read more

Designed specifically for the 8-12 year old age group, Amazing Pets and how to keep them showcases the world's most exciting small creatures suitable for children to easily and ethically rear at home! All of the groups of pets included in this work (listed below) are easy to keep, harmless, fast growing and fascinating. The diverse range of small creatures included here is specifically selecte... read more

RHS Spectacular Plants and how to grow them

Stewart McPherson

RHS Spectacular Plants and how to grow them showcases the world's most bizarre, surprising, weird and wonderful plants, and reveals how many can be easily grown at home! Aimed at enthralling readers in the 8-12 year old age range, RHS Spectacular Plants and how to grow them reveals an incredible range of plants that truly defy belief: from deadly insect-eating sundews, to sensitive plants with... read more

RHS Spectacular Plants and how to grow them showcases the world's most bizarre, surprising, weird and wonderful plants, and reveals how many can be easily grown at home! Aimed at enthralling readers in the 8-12 year old age range, RHS Spectacular Plants and how to grow them reveals an incredible range of plants that truly defy belief: from deadly insect-eating sundews, to sensitive plants with... read more

The Diver's Guide to Marine Life of Britain and Ireland

This completely revised and greatly expanded Second Edition of the popular Diver's Guide to Marine Life of Britain and Ireland, covers almost 300 individual species and groups of species seen underwater, from tiny fragile sea spiders to the massive plankton-feeding Basking Shark. This guide aims to introduce divers and snorkellers to the most common and identifiable animals and plants they wil... read more

This completely revised and greatly expanded Second Edition of the popular Diver's Guide to Marine Life of Britain and Ireland, covers almost 300 individual species and groups of species seen underwater, from tiny fragile sea spiders to the massive plankton-feeding Basking Shark. This guide aims to introduce divers and snorkellers to the most common and identifiable animals and plants they wil... read more

The Wiltshire Flora

Beatrice Gillam

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