Sarah Doughty

Sarah Doughty - Editor

Littlehampton, UK

Editor with 20+ years’ freelance experience in children’s books and non-fiction for adults. Specialist areas: cookery, sailing and craft

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Overview

I started my career in children’s non-fiction, editing a wide variety of fun, illustrated titles for schools and libraries. The titles supported the national curriculum, particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

Since then I have broadened my range into adult non-fiction, working freelance for publishers such as Ivy Press, Godsfield, Anness, Adlard Coles, Parragon and the Guild of Master Craftsmen. I have project managed a wide variety of subjects – including mind, body and spirit titles, illustrated encyclopaedias, practical sailing guides and cookery books.

I have also had experience working in fiction, including stories with the Book Guild, helping new authors with their most exciting projects – their first novels.

Having worked in-house for many years, I now work mainly from my home on the south coast. I work on books and also work as a subeditor and proofreader on a variety of craft magazines.

Overall, I have sound editorial skills and have worked on many projects from concept through to publication. I am passionate about books and like to use my long experience in the industry to help others produce their best work. Having worked for many years in illustrated non-fiction I believe it is important to make books as accessible as possible with clear language (no jargon please!) – as well as visually appealing.

I am a supportive, reliable and adaptable editor, who enjoys bringing together words and images on a page and working with authors, designers and illustrators on a project.
Services
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Fiction
Picture Books
Poetry

Certifications

  • Diploma in Printing and Publishing Studies
  • BA Hons in Educational Studies (Warwick)

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
May, 1999 – Present (over 23 years)

I have worked for over 20 years as a freelancer for publishers on a freelance basis. These are some of the titles I have edited/project managed:
Godsfield (Hamlyn): The Bhagavad Gita, Natural Well Woman, The Yoga Bible, The Spells Bible, Natural Facelift, The Feminine Face of Christianity, There's a Little Witch in Every Woman, Natural Facelift, 365 Meditations.
Adlard Coles (Bloomsbury): The Sailing Bible, The Boat Maintenance Bible, The Boat Improvement Bible, Occupation Circumnavigator.
Parragon: Cooking for Christmas, 6-Minute Upper Body/Core Training (series), Bikini Fit, Fortune Cookie Pack, Everyday Baking/Vegetarian/Indian, Wok/Cupcakes/Pasta/Chicken/Potatoes (series), 100 Recipes/Student/Fast and Simple/Slow Cooker/Cakes/Meat/Sauces/Vegan (series).
Anness Publishing: The Practical Encyclopaedia of Calligraphy, The Secret History of Freemasonry,
How to Play Winning Bridge [now combined with Chess], The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Knives, Swords, Spears and Daggers, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Pistols, Revolvers and SMGs.
Guild of Master Craftsmen: The New City of London Cookbook, Creative Lampwork. Also subeditor for Making Jewellery and Superfood magazines.
Button Books: Nature Activities, Seaside Activities (developing content).
Lion Hudson: Stop the Traffik/People Shouldn't Be Bought and Sold.
Natural History Museum: Dinosaur Sticker Book, Dinosaur Dot-to-Dot.
Hamlyn: Top Ten of Everything (research for listings, 2010-13)
Book Guild: Carina, Practical Business ABC, Many a Flower, Jacqueline's Story, Blackwater, The Pipsqueak Tails.
Igloo Books (Bonnier); Golf Techniques.
I have also contributed to titles for Top That, Miles Kelly, Quarto USA, Quid and Penguin (Ladybird).

Senior Editor

Wayland Publishers
April, 1987 – May, 1999 (about 12 years)

Wayland was an independent children's book publisher producing illustrated educational books for schools and libraries. I was responsible for about 20 titles per year, managing authors, artists and illustrators and seeing the books through to publication.

These titles include: Houses and Homes (series), Seasonal Weather (series), Seasonal Crafts (series), History of (series), Poemotions (series), Young Citizen (series), Countries of the World (series), World War II Photopack, Values (series), First Poems about (series), Let's Visit a Farm (series), Mathswork 1 and 2, Salvage Art (series), What's Special to Me? (series), Links (series), Animals Can't (series), Rainforests (series), Worksheets (series), Spinning through Space (series), How do they Grow? (series).

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Yoga Bible

Christina Brown

Yoga brings not only a suppleness to the body but also a sense of spiritual and physical well-being to those who practice it. Featuring over 170 postures from the main schools of yoga, The Yoga Bible is the ultimate, comprehensive guide to practicing yoga and finding a mental and physical balance in life. The book encourages yoga beginners and experts alike to find a yoga sequence that suits t... read more

Yoga brings not only a suppleness to the body but also a sense of spiritual and physical well-being to those who practice it. Featuring over 170 postures from the main schools of yoga, The Yoga Bible is the ultimate, comprehensive guide to practicing yoga and finding a mental and physical balance in life. The book encourages yoga beginners and experts alike to find a yoga sequence that suits t... read more

The Sailing Bible: The Complete Guide for All Sailors from Novice to Experienced Skipper 2nd edition

Get the most out of sailing regardless of your level with this manual packed with step by step diagrams and helpful advice. Whether you are a dinghy or yacht sailor, or are just looking to pick up some tips, this book will provide all the answers to your questions. This second edition has been completely revised, including new techniques and new approaches to communication, first aid and navig... read more

Get the most out of sailing regardless of your level with this manual packed with step by step diagrams and helpful advice. Whether you are a dinghy or yacht sailor, or are just looking to pick up some tips, this book will provide all the answers to your questions. This second edition has been completely revised, including new techniques and new approaches to communication, first aid and navig... read more

Natural History Museum Dinosaur Dot-to-Dot by Natural History Museum (2008-01-11)

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

The Secret History of Freemasonry

Jeremy Harwood

A full and fascinating account of the signs and symbols behind the beliefs and hisotry of the freemasons.

A full and fascinating account of the signs and symbols behind the beliefs and hisotry of the freemasons.

New City of London Cookbook: From Treacle Toffee to The Lord Mayor's Banquet

Peter Gladwin

With over 40 years of experience catering for high-society events, including state banquets for the royal family, Peter Gladwin knows a thing or two about putting together a great menu. Here, he shares an array of his own gastronomic delights plus a host of delicious recipes submitted by notable figures and celebrities, all of which can be cooked at home. Recipes are separated into the followi... read more

With over 40 years of experience catering for high-society events, including state banquets for the royal family, Peter Gladwin knows a thing or two about putting together a great menu. Here, he shares an array of his own gastronomic delights plus a host of delicious recipes submitted by notable figures and celebrities, all of which can be cooked at home. Recipes are separated into the followi... read more

Vegan (100 Recipes)

Parragon Books, Love Food Editors

Live your vegan lifestyle to the full with this delicious and diverse collection of recipes! Whether you are thinking of becoming a vegan or are already dedicated to a meat and dairy free lifestyle, this collection offers a wealth of tasty, accessible recipes, covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and snacks. Catering for any craving, this collection contains comforting classics such as... read more

Live your vegan lifestyle to the full with this delicious and diverse collection of recipes! Whether you are thinking of becoming a vegan or are already dedicated to a meat and dairy free lifestyle, this collection offers a wealth of tasty, accessible recipes, covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and snacks. Catering for any craving, this collection contains comforting classics such as... read more

Stop The Traffik: People Shouldn't Be Bought & Sold

Steve Chalke, Cherie Blair

Have you ever wondered how your morning coffee got to your breakfast table? Or where your kids' sneakers were before they were on their feet? The answer might be much more horrifying than you could imagine. Human trafficking is one of the most horrendous crimes imaginable. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common worldwide. Cherie Blair and Steve Chalke explore this dark world, how peo... read more

Have you ever wondered how your morning coffee got to your breakfast table? Or where your kids' sneakers were before they were on their feet? The answer might be much more horrifying than you could imagine. Human trafficking is one of the most horrendous crimes imaginable. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common worldwide. Cherie Blair and Steve Chalke explore this dark world, how peo... read more

Creative Lampwork: Techniques and Projects for the Art of Melting Glass

Joan Gordon

Lampwork-the art of crafting glass beads and jewelry-is surprisingly easy and increasingly popular. Joan Gordon, former editor of Making Jewellery magazine, has gathered 14 of the world's top glassmakers to teach you the techniques, from safety and materials to bead shapes and adornment. With their expert advice, you'll quickly master the skills needed to create 26 stunning projects.

Lampwork-the art of crafting glass beads and jewelry-is surprisingly easy and increasingly popular. Joan Gordon, former editor of Making Jewellery magazine, has gathered 14 of the world's top glassmakers to teach you the techniques, from safety and materials to bead shapes and adornment. With their expert advice, you'll quickly master the skills needed to create 26 stunning projects.

Bird House Make and Makeover: Mix and Match to Make a Unique Project

Alan Goodsell

Turn your garden into a haven for your feathered friends with this book of simple and attractive bird houses to make and make over. Setting up a bird house in your garden will provide birds with a place to rest and raise their young, and will also add a touch of color and style. Only basic woodworking and crafting skills, materials and tools are needed. There are easy-to-follow step-by-step ph... read more

Turn your garden into a haven for your feathered friends with this book of simple and attractive bird houses to make and make over. Setting up a bird house in your garden will provide birds with a place to rest and raise their young, and will also add a touch of color and style. Only basic woodworking and crafting skills, materials and tools are needed. There are easy-to-follow step-by-step ph... read more

Cooking for Christmas: A Cook's Countdown to Planning the Perfect Christmas

Linda Doeser

A Cook's Countdown to Planning the Perfect Christmas. How to entertain and delight your guests over the Christmas period with these traditional and fabulous ideas. From Perfect Preparations to The Day AFter Christmas: Luxury Leftovers. Recipes and Beautiful Illustrations.

A Cook's Countdown to Planning the Perfect Christmas. How to entertain and delight your guests over the Christmas period with these traditional and fabulous ideas. From Perfect Preparations to The Day AFter Christmas: Luxury Leftovers. Recipes and Beautiful Illustrations.

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