Sarah MacLeod

Sarah MacLeod - Editor

London, UK

Experienced editor and proofreader specialising in children's non-fiction and travel writing.

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Overview

I am a professional book editor with five years' experience project managing, editing, writing and proofreading children's fiction and non-fiction, with clients that include DK, Hachette, Scholastic, and The British Museum. Prior to working in the publishing industry, I spent three years as a secondary school English teacher, which has proven invaluable in children's book editing. I also edit and proofread travel writing, and have worked on a number of titles with DK Eyewitness.

I love helping authors to craft their text into something beautiful that children will love and come back to again and again, without losing their voice and vision in the editing process. I have a great eye for detail and, having worked on heavily illustrated books throughout my career, for making sure that text and images enhance one another rather than simply sitting alongside each other. I have enjoyed working across many subject areas, including nature, space, science and history, but am always keen to develop my knowledge in other areas, so please don't hesitate get in touch if you would like help polishing your final text.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
DIY & Crafts
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference
History
Nature
Travel
Fiction
Picture Books

Certifications

  • BA English and American Studies, University of Leicester
  • PGCE Secondary Teaching (English)

Work experience

Editor and proofreader

Self-employed
June, 2018 – Present (about 2 years)

I offer proofreading, editing, project management, indexing and fact-checking on a freelance basis. My clients have included a range of major publishing companies, including DK, Hachette, Scholastic and The British Museum.

Commissioning Editor

One Third Stories
January, 2018 – May, 2018 (4 months)

This role involved working closely with authors, illustrators, proofreaders and other industry professionals, and my role focused on developing and editing the company's rapidly-expanding list. During my employment with this company, I initiated story ideas and worked with new authors and illustrators to shape their text and images into exciting books for children that incorporated foreign language learning.

Editor

DK
September, 2014 – January, 2018 (over 3 years)

As a project editor at DK, I was involved in book development, editing, writing and project management of major children's reference books. My specialist subject areas during my time at DK included nature, history, space and science. I began working at DK as part of their graduate internship programme, quickly working my way up to manage projects of my own, such as StarFinder for Beginners (which I also wrote) and DK's Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia.

Teacher of English

Burgate School and Sixth Form
July, 2012 – August, 2014 (about 2 years)

At this secondary school, I was responsible for teaching English Language, English Literature and Media Studies to students aged 11 to 18.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

StarFinder for Beginners

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

With a foreword by Maggie Aderin-Pocock, budding astronomers will love this stunning, new approach to stargazing, featuring step-by-step guides to identifying the key constellations across the northern hemisphere, StarFinder for Beginners makes the night sky easier to navigate than ever before.From discovering the constellations of the Zodiac to learning about the real-life milky way, StarFind... read more

With a foreword by Maggie Aderin-Pocock, budding astronomers will love this stunning, new approach to stargazing, featuring step-by-step guides to identifying the key constellations across the northern hemisphere, StarFinder for Beginners makes the night sky easier to navigate than ever before.From discovering the constellations of the Zodiac to learning about the real-life milky way, StarFind... read more

Explanatorium of Nature

DK

Jaw-dropping, up-close photography shows the natural world and animals as you've never seen them before.From fruit to flowers, from shells to sharks, from ants to elephants, this extraordinary new encyclopedia will keep animal and nature enthusiasts from ages 9 to 109 utterly absorbed by amazing, close-up images. Did you know that baby foxes are born with blue eyes which later turn golden? Or ... read more

Jaw-dropping, up-close photography shows the natural world and animals as you've never seen them before.From fruit to flowers, from shells to sharks, from ants to elephants, this extraordinary new encyclopedia will keep animal and nature enthusiasts from ages 9 to 109 utterly absorbed by amazing, close-up images. Did you know that baby foxes are born with blue eyes which later turn golden? Or ... read more

Outdoor Maker Lab

Robert Winston

Picturepedia: An Encyclopedia on Every Page

DK

Explore the wonders of history, science, space, nature, and more with the ultimate encyclopedia for children. Packed with more than 10,000 stunning photographs, illustrations, and maps, it's a mini-encyclopedia for kids on every single page!From tiny insects and spy technology to the Big Bang theory and violent volcanoes, Picturepedia explains every subject under (and including) the Sun to fas... read more

Explore the wonders of history, science, space, nature, and more with the ultimate encyclopedia for children. Packed with more than 10,000 stunning photographs, illustrations, and maps, it's a mini-encyclopedia for kids on every single page!From tiny insects and spy technology to the Big Bang theory and violent volcanoes, Picturepedia explains every subject under (and including) the Sun to fas... read more

How to be Good at Maths: The Simplest-Ever Visual Guide

Carol Vorderman

Are you baffled by negative numbers? Need help rounding up or down? Or how to add fractions? Learn all this and more in How to be Good at Maths, the simplest-ever visual guide to maths. Find out how much you would weigh on Jupiter, calculate the average age of your football team and even use pizza to understand pesky fractions. Unlike other maths workbooks, How to be Good at Maths introduces e... read more

Are you baffled by negative numbers? Need help rounding up or down? Or how to add fractions? Learn all this and more in How to be Good at Maths, the simplest-ever visual guide to maths. Find out how much you would weigh on Jupiter, calculate the average age of your football team and even use pizza to understand pesky fractions. Unlike other maths workbooks, How to be Good at Maths introduces e... read more

Lost Species

Jess French

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