Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby – Editor

Innovative editor and coach with 18 years' experience in publishing, specialising in business, career guides, psychology and self-help.


After 18 years in the publishing industry, I understand what the audience is looking for and the importance of shaping content for the market segment. With a background as a dedicated development editor before becoming a commissioning editor, I specialise in nurturing authors, their ideas and their manuscripts to ensure they reach their potential. I will ensure your book is polished, fit for market and will catch the reader's eye.

I have experience in a wide variety of topic areas including business and marketing, career guides, self-help and psychology, health and nursing, sociology, design, architecture, politics and criminology. I have also worked across many book types and audience levels including general readership and professional titles, pedagogically-rich textbooks, research titles and edited collections. More importantly, I have a proven track record with esteemed publishers such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins and Palgrave Macmillan as well as in smaller, institutional publishers such as the Royal Institute of British Architects.

I can provide tailor-made services from a high-level critique of your manuscript and its path to publication, to a 'deep', line-by-line development edit, tackling structure, style and scope and including a list of key recommendations. Alternatively, you may just need a consultation on how to approach publishers.

Most importantly, I will be there to guide you through the stresses and strains of writing your first book! It can be a tough but incredibly rewarding and unique experience and I'd like to be there every step of the way to make sure you achieve your goals.

Business & Management Career Guides Design Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Life Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Aug, 2015 — Present

As a freelancer, I have worked regularly with the top publishers including Pearson Education, Palgrave Macmillan and HarperCollins as a commissioning editor and development editor.

Royal Institute of British Architects

Apr, 2013 — Jul, 2015 (over 2 years)

As commissioning editor, I was responsible for titles in architectural history, architectural technology, career guides, health and safety and project management. I brought new authors to the press and helped to nurture and develop their ideas into fully fledged book projects.

Facet Publishing

May, 2010 — Dec, 2011 (over 1 year)

I was responsible for commissioning and developing titles in information and library science for a professional audience. This included a wide variety of topics including teaching methods, digital preservation, legal issues, design, museums and heritage, management and information literacy.

Pearson Education

Feb, 2008 — Apr, 2010 (about 2 years)

As a development editor, I worked on prestige titles across a wide variety of topics including business, marketing, psychology, law and health. I worked closely with authors to define their concept and aims and develop each chapter for their intended audience with an eye on marketability and accessibility.

Pearson Education

Sep, 2005 — Jan, 2008 (over 2 years)


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What are the most important things a 21st-century library should do with its space? Each chapter in this cutting-edge text addresses this critical question, capturing the insights and practical ideas of leading international librarians, educators and designers... read more
This practical, hands on introduction guides you through the basics of undertaking research in day-to-day architectural practice helping you to exploit the growing opportunities on offer. It explores how developing a research specialism can improve the quality... read more
This is the designer's essential guide to implementing the new CDM 2015 regulations. It provides both a straightforward overview of the key changes and new duty holders, including the Principal Designer, as well as full colour diagrams and annotated plans whic... read more
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Sarah has 52 reviews





Ben B.

Ben B.

May, 2024

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Sarah. She was transparent and thorough about pricing and service in her initial response, which helped me make a hiring decision. She then communicated with me clearly as we went through the project. Finally, the output was of a very high quality; not only did she edit my book, but she gave explanations for many of her edits, which helped me learn too. ...
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Sarah B.
Thank you Ben! I really look forward to working with you again.
Aldrin G.

Aldrin G.

Apr, 2024

Sarah was fantastic. She was easy to communicate with and helped enhance my book in many ways. I look forward to working with Sarah again in the future.
Sarah B.
Thanks Aldrin! It was fantastic working with you.


Jan, 2024

AMAZING! I recently had the pleasure of working closely with Sarah on my nonfiction book, and I cannot recommend her services enough. From start to finish, the experience was nothing short of exceptional. The level of expertise Sarah brought to the table was truly impressive. She not only corrected grammatical errors and polished prose but also provided really insightful feedback that elevated ...
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Sarah B.
Thank you DC! It's such a fantastic book, and it was a real pleasure working with you.
Richard M.

Richard M.

Nov, 2023

Sarah was professional and made the manuscript a better product than the original. She completed the project on time and was responsive to all my questions. I would definitely work with her again.
Sarah B.
Thanks Richard! I really enjoyed working with you on this.
Marni S.

Marni S.

Nov, 2023

I worked with Sarah on copy editing, and it was my second collaboration with Sarah. As with my first book, she was a true professional who didn't miss a beat! Not a comma or a quote, and she has a fantastic way of improving phrasing so everything flows perfectly. She can add one single sentence that gives permission to the entire following chapter. It's wizardry! Now I can feel confident that m...
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