Tasha Percy-Baxter

Tasha Percy-Baxter - Editor

London, UK

I have 6+ years of working in editorial, most recently as a Senior Editor for Bonnier Books. I love reading non-fiction, rugby and tea.

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Overview

I grew up with a great passion for reading, which led to me studying English Literature at university, followed by a Masters in Publishing. I have worked in editorial for over six years across three publishing houses - QED, Carlton Books and Bonnier. For the latter I worked across two imprints Templar Publishing and Big Picture Press. I've always worked in children's publishing and greatly enjoy non-fiction, in particular space, dinosaurs and sharks.

I am greatly experienced in editorial assessment, project managing, researching, developmental editing, copy editing and proofreading. I love working with authors, from discussing early ideas to fine tuning their final work. In my most recent role I project managed award-winning titles including Great Adventurers and Planetarium. The success of these titles was achieved through developing creative ideas into high quality products and establishing and maintaining excellent communication with the authors as well as copy editing and proofreading their work. I also enjoyed performing research on titles such as the Animal Diaries series.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Children's
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction

Certifications

  • MA in Publishing
  • BA in English Literature

Work experience

Senior Editor

Templar Publishing & Big Picture Press
March, 2016 – January, 2018 (almost 2 years)

Worked across the two imprints Templar Books and Big Picture Press, focusing primarily on non-fiction for middle grade, pre-school and novelty.

Project managed over twenty titles, including the four most popular titles at Frankfurt Book Fair 2016, which had a predicted total sales quantity of 200,000 copies.

Worked with high profile contributors, such as Chris Wormell, illustrator for award-winning title H is for Hawk, and Alastair Humphreys, author of Microadventures and Grand Adventures, which together have sold over 15k copies.

Editor

Carlton Books
September, 2014 – February, 2016 (over 1 year)

Project managed and edited 10 books with prestigious licensors including Rugby World Cup, Rugby Football Union, UEFA, the Science Museum and 20th Century Fox. Co-ordinated the entire origination process from creating and updating costings, commissioning authors and obtaining assets to chasing licensor approvals and signing off proofs and plotters for the finished books.

Wrote and edited The Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Activity Book, which was Amazon’s #1 New Release and #1 Best Seller in the General Sport & Outdoors for Young Adults category around the time of release.

Helped develop new editions, brainstormed and researched new ideas as well as creating exciting and informative presentations for internal and external use.

Edited and contributed ideas to two Augmented Reality books, which utilize new digital technology to allow dual player interaction, among other features.

Proven eye for detail through maintaining a high standard of quality for all projects, whilst acknowledging budget and schedule constraints.

Editor

QED
September, 2011 – September, 2014 (about 3 years)

Project managed over 70 children's illustrated fiction and non-fiction series, from commissioning authors and creating schedules to final proofreading and plotter approval.

Developed excellent communication skills with in house design team and freelance agents, authors, designers and illustrators.

Skills include - copyediting, creating back cover copy, designing flat plans, assisting on photo shoots, drawing up and maintaining schedules, Americanising, Anglicising, fact checking, picture research, proofreading, developing new ideas, updating co-edition titles, creating company catalogue, commissioning authors and making AIs.

Portfolio (38 selected works)

Planetarium (Welcome To The Museum)

Prinja, Raman, Wormell, Chris

Alastair Humphreys' Great Adventurers

Humphreys, Alastair, Ward, Kevin

Bear in a Square

Faliere, Amélie

123 in a Tree

Faliere, Amélie

A Day at the Dinosaur Museum

Adams, Tom, Lewis, Josh

Digger to the Rescue (Busy Wheels)

Archer, Mandy, Lightfoot, Martha

Fire Truck is Flashing (Busy Wheels)

Archer, Mandy, Lightfoot, Martha

Tractor Saves the Day (Busy Wheels)

Archer, Mandy, Lightfoot, Martha

Monster Truck Mountain Rescue (Busy Wheels)

Bently, Peter, Lightfoot, Martha

Little Explorers: Bugs

Little Bee Books

Little Explorers: The Farm

Little Bee Books

Hidden Nature

Anna Brett

Dracula (Classic Collection)

Stoker, Bram, Rooney, Anne, Love, Mike

Under Water, Under Earth

Mizielinska, Aleksandra, Mizielinski, Daniel

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