Selina Wood

Selina Wood – Editor

A book editor with over 25 years’ experience in the London publishing industry, specialising in children's illustrated titles.

Overview

I've worked as a senior editor at Dorling Kindersley, Carlton Books and Little Tiger, and freelanced for many publishers, including Pan Macmillan and Hachette. Areas of expertise include illustrated non-fiction and educational books, young children's activity titles, novelty books (e.g. titles with flaps and pop-ups) and well-known brands (such as Disney and LEGO). I have also edited museum guides, board and picture books, classic story retellings and titles with digital tie-ins. Versatile and conscientious, I am well versed in book project-management, structural editing, copyediting, proofreading, researching and fact-checking, while always adapting my style for different genres, formats, subjects and age groups. I am also a published author and well aware of what it feels like to be in a writer's shoes. I take great pleasure in collaborating with talented authors, designers and illustrators to create inspirational books that are informative but accessible and beautiful yet fun.


Subjects I have commissioned and/ or edited include history, geography, nature and the environment, STEM, politics, cultures, mythology, crafts, write-in activities, arts. Board and picture book topics, such as bedtime, numbers, love, Halloween and Christmas.


I have written children's books published by Little Tiger, Dorling Kindersley (DK), Noodle Fuel, Franklin Watts (Hachette), National Geographic, Welbeck – on subjects ranging from pets to time travel.


Brand licensors and other publishing partners I have collaborated with include Royal Museums Greenwich (London, UK), LEGO, Disney, Universal, Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit), Maths – No Problem!, Hasbro (My Little Pony), Science Museum (London, UK), Thomas & Friends, Griffith Institute – Egyptology (Oxford, UK).

Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

LIttle Tiger

Jun, 2022 — Mar, 2023 (10 months)

Editing and writing young children's activity books, picture books and board books with novelties, such as lift-the-flaps.

DK (Dorling Kindersley)

Sep, 2018 — Jun, 2022 (over 3 years)

Project-managing, editing and writing children's titles, especially those featuring major brands, such as LEGO, Disney, Jurassic World, and Thomas and Friends. Also a contributing editor on non-fiction books for young people, on subjects including politics, climate change and the oceans.

Self-employed working for various companies

Aug, 2020 — Jan, 2021 (5 months)

Writing accessible children's titles about maths and engineering for Noodle Fuel – "Smash Facts – Maths is Weird!". Editorial project management for Dorling Kindersley (DK) reference titles.

Carlton Books Ltd

Dec, 2006 — May, 2018 (over 11 years)

Commissioning and editing a wide range of non-fiction, licensed, activity and novelty titles. Sourcing and briefing expert authors and consultants. Working with publishing partners such as Aardman Animations, Disney, the Royal Museums Greenwich and Science Museum.

Portfolio

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