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Sophie Nickelson

Sophie Nickelson - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Freelance editor, ghost writer and copy writer with experience in STM, trade, memoir, history and academic publishing.

Overview

Reviews (2)

My name is Sophie, a freelance publisher with a zest for all things creative. A talented and experienced editor, I strive to deliver high-quality, pristine, engaging copy for print and online media. With a sharp eye for detail, I ensure factual accuracy and conformity to house style. I am a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and offer a range of editorial services including project management, copy-editing, proofreading, researching, writing and re-writing. My experience includes titles from a range of leading, international publishers, spanning genres including memoir, young adults, self help, heritage, travel and texts that focus on different periods in history. I specialise in editing and writing memoirs, academic journals, articles, reports, books, booklets, leaflets and web content. I am confident working with texts written by non-native English speakers.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference History Publishing Travel

Work experience

Senior Editor

LifeBook Ltd

August, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

LifeBook is the experience of telling your story in an autobiography to provide a timeless gift for friends and family. I am part of a team of editors who ensure each story is flawless and naturally retains the author’s voice. I proofread the publications and project-manage the publishing process from beginning to end. Other responsibilities include:
o Coordinating and managing typesetting and printing of 40 stories simultaneously.
o Approval of publications for print and chief liaison with printers.
o Project management and organisation of ghostwriters and interviewers.
o Editing, proofreading and confidently anglicising and Americanising texts.
o Creating a grammatical style guide for both authors and ghost writers.
o Providing training in the Adobe Creative Suite to new staff members.
o Providing design, layout and typesetting support.
o Providing ghostwriting support when required having passed the written test.

Commissioning Editor / Managing Editor

Touch Medical Media

June, 2010 – August, 2014 (about 4 years)

Of the six commissioning editors at Touch Medical Media I was promoted to managing editor, responsible for an editorial and production team of permanent staff and freelancers, providing the appropriate training together with building a portfolio of freelancers. My duty was also to create the initial publishing process and annual schedules. Other responsibilities included:
o Management of the publishing process for eight bi-annual, online and print journals, from author commissioning, peer review, typesetting, final sign-off and sending to press.
o Coordinating all editorial and production teams and freelancers.
o Maintaining a strong relationship with an editorial board of leading key opinion leaders.
o The main point of contact between freelancers, authors, clients and in-house teams.
o Leading international conference calls between international healthcare experts.
o Working alongside sales and marketing teams, ensuring my team maximise revenue in the initial commissioning process.
o Management of quality assurance and sign-off article proofs prior to press.
o Management of all online content across two websites and therapy areas.
o Representing the company at international medical congresses and meetings.

Freelance book publisher

www.sn-media.co.uk

June, 2009 – Present (over 7 years)

I have been working as a freelance book publisher throughout my publishing career, sometimes to enable me to travel alongside work. I adore the chance to utilise all my creative skills whether it editorial, graphic design, writing, photography, photo-editing, converting current print titles to eBooks and sub-editing.

Commissioning Editor

The History Press | Pitkin Publishing | Phillimore & Co

June, 2009 – July, 2010 (about 1 year)

My role was project management of bespoke trade history and English heritage titles from initial commissioning to marketing the printed product. Publications ranged from 36-page, image-heavy booklets aimed at children to 400-page bespoke, high-quality history books and biographies for academics and historians. Publications were both hardback and limp. My responsibilities included:
o Researching and identifying gaps in the market for history topics and commissioning well-known authors.
o Design and layout of the entire publication including prelims, bibliography and dust-jacket using QuarkXpress and the Adobe Suite.
o Photo sourcing, re-touching and editing to company standards alongside art-working and redrawing of images.
o Final proofreading and creating press-ready PDFs.
o Marketing the book once printed including contacting online and store bookshops and organisation of book signings and author interviews.
o Designing marketing material, newsletters, press releases, monthly emails, posters and display boards.
o Representing the company at national conferences and publishing events.

I have worked for The History Press on a freelance basis since 2010 working on book design, cover design and editorial.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Life in a Victorian Workhouse: From 1834 to 1930

Peter Higginbotham

The word 'workhouse' has a grim resonance even today, conjuring up a vision of the darker side of Victorian Britain. Almost every town had at least one workshouse, and most people dreaded ending up there. Here we examine how workhouses came into being, what life was like for men, women and children on the wrong side of the poverty line, and how social attitudes evolved through the momentous ev... read more

The word 'workhouse' has a grim resonance even today, conjuring up a vision of the darker side of Victorian Britain. Almost every town had at least one workshouse, and most people dreaded ending up there. Here we examine how workhouses came into being, what life was like for men, women and children on the wrong side of the poverty line, and how social attitudes evolved through the momentous ev... read more

Life in a Wartime House

Brian Williams

Life in a wartime house

Life in a wartime house

Life in a Medieval Castle: From 1066 to the 1500s

Brian Williams

Life in a Medieval castle

Life in a Medieval castle

Life in a Roman Villa: From the 1st to the 5th Centuries AD

Brenda Williams

When the Romans came to Britain in AD 43, they brought a new style of domestic life, one that better-off Britons soon copied. This informative guide looks at how villas were built, and at the accommodation and daily life villa residents enjoyed - their living rooms and bedrooms, kitchens and baths, gardens and courtyards, furniture and food, and the servants and slaves who kept the villa runni... read more

When the Romans came to Britain in AD 43, they brought a new style of domestic life, one that better-off Britons soon copied. This informative guide looks at how villas were built, and at the accommodation and daily life villa residents enjoyed - their living rooms and bedrooms, kitchens and baths, gardens and courtyards, furniture and food, and the servants and slaves who kept the villa runni... read more

Life in Tudor Palaces and Houses: From 1485 to 1603

Alison Sim

Our nation is a treasury of outstanding palaces and fine merchant houses from this rich period in our past. Here we uncover what these remarkable buildings can tell us about Tudor lives and times: what life was like for the masters and the ordinary people; how they cared for their homes; their daily routines; their diet and health; how they entertained themselves. This is an informative and en... read more

Our nation is a treasury of outstanding palaces and fine merchant houses from this rich period in our past. Here we uncover what these remarkable buildings can tell us about Tudor lives and times: what life was like for the masters and the ordinary people; how they cared for their homes; their daily routines; their diet and health; how they entertained themselves. This is an informative and en... read more

Cathedrals & Abbeys of England (Pitkin Cathedral Guide)

Stephen Platten

Organised geographically, this illustrated guide to the cathedrals and abbeys of England is the definitive reference to over 60 of England's oldest and most beautiful buildings. The guide enables everyone to experince the enduring appeal of these great monuments to the Christian tradition, and includes 6 regional locator maps, over 130 specially commissioned colour photographs and a glossary o... read more

Organised geographically, this illustrated guide to the cathedrals and abbeys of England is the definitive reference to over 60 of England's oldest and most beautiful buildings. The guide enables everyone to experince the enduring appeal of these great monuments to the Christian tradition, and includes 6 regional locator maps, over 130 specially commissioned colour photographs and a glossary o... read more

A Miraculous Survival: The History of a Unique City within a City

C. Douglas Woodward

This study of the City of London is something of a eulogy. Using the great events of England's history and its Kings as a backcloth, it describes how London - which became the inner enclave of the City of London - withstood constant attack from invaders, kings, governments and politicians, while jealously guarding its quite separate and unique identity; and why the City turned down every invit... read more

This study of the City of London is something of a eulogy. Using the great events of England's history and its Kings as a backcloth, it describes how London - which became the inner enclave of the City of London - withstood constant attack from invaders, kings, governments and politicians, while jealously guarding its quite separate and unique identity; and why the City turned down every invit... read more

Metropolitan Police Images 1: Motor Vehicles

Eleanor Fletcher

Metropolitan Police images

Metropolitan Police images

Masters' Badges of the City of London Livery Companies

Richard Goddard

Masters' Badges of the City of London Livery Companies by Richard Goddard traces the history of the badges of office worn by the Masters, Prime Wardens and Upper Bailiff of the City's Livery Companies. Each of the 108 Livery Company badges plus the Parish Clerks and the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames is described and pictured.

Masters' Badges of the City of London Livery Companies by Richard Goddard traces the history of the badges of office worn by the Masters, Prime Wardens and Upper Bailiff of the City's Livery Companies. Each of the 108 Livery Company badges plus the Parish Clerks and the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames is described and pictured.

Dreaming A Nation: Sir Frederick Smith and the Barbados Journey

Sir Frederick Smith, Alan Smith

Few nation builders, men that craft countries at their outset, live long enough to write their own story. Sir Frederick "Sleepy" Smith is one. In the award winning "Dreaming a Nation", Sir Frederick, now 91, and co-author Alan Smith, reflect on the journey to nationhood of Barbados, a Caribbean and Commonwealth country which consistently ranks as one of the highest rated developing countries i... read more

Few nation builders, men that craft countries at their outset, live long enough to write their own story. Sir Frederick "Sleepy" Smith is one. In the award winning "Dreaming a Nation", Sir Frederick, now 91, and co-author Alan Smith, reflect on the journey to nationhood of Barbados, a Caribbean and Commonwealth country which consistently ranks as one of the highest rated developing countries i... read more

East Anglian Rood Screens

Paul Hurst, Jeremy Haselock

Sophie has 2 reviews

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David Sopher

I made an excellent choice when I collaborated with Sophie. We are halfway done with the editing process and her feedback is spot on. I will update with a more thorough review once we finish with the text, but so far I am confident the final product will be polished and professional. I highly recommend her.

David Sopher, October 2016


Barry Arthur Cotton

Sophie was a delight to work with and provided timely feedback.​ Sophie was considerate and thoughtful in her review of my nonfiction biography work and I recommend her to anyone working in historical nonfiction or fiction.

Barry Arthur Cotton, October 2016

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