Tatiana Wilde

Tatiana Wilde – Editor

Book editor with 20 years' experience in non-fiction, literary fiction, autobiography, history, travel, current affairs and biography.

Overview

A book editor with over 20 years' experience in the industry, I specialise in literary fiction and non-fiction, memoir, biography, current affairs, travel and history. Having worked with highly successful, established authors as well as rising stars and first-time authors I am passionate about helping writers attain their best work in a collaborative and creative way.


I work with writers at all stages of their projects – from initial concept to printed book. The comprehensive editing and consulting services I offer include editorial assessments, tailored advice on how to submit proposals and manuscripts to agents and publishers, direction on profile enhancement, as well as intensive line-editing, restructuring, plot development, copy-editing and proofreading.

As the author of four books, I am lucky to have experience from 'the other side', which I find invaluable in being able to connect with and support writers starting out on their own paths to becoming published authors.

I know how daunting the process of handing your book over to an editor can be and I am very mindful of the concerns you may have. I take great care to approach your work in a respectful and honest way and to ensure the whole experience is as pain-free, positive and fun as possible.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Political Science & Current Affairs Travel
Fiction
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Women's Fiction
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • London School of Publishing - copy-editing and proofreading

Work experience

Self-employed

Feb, 2020 — Present

Freelance editor and consultant offering a range of services for writers: from editing to advice on how to get published and everything in between.

Rough Guides

Sep, 2018 — Oct, 2020 (about 2 years)

Editing guidebooks across the Rough Guides brand, including Insight Guides and Berlitz.
Working on flagship titles from The Rough Guide to India and The Rough Guide to Namibia to Berlitz Pocket Guides to Barcelona and Paris.

I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd

Sep, 2001 — Jun, 2018 (over 16 years)

Senior Editor responsible for commissioning dozens of trade books a year.
Managing the trade paperback imprint.
Working with authors to develop and prepare their manuscripts for publication. Working on the structure, style and content, as well as developmental editing, intensive line-editing, copy-editing, proofreading and occasionally re-writing.
Evaluating and re-shaping projects in line with readership and market expectations.
Advising authors on personal brand and profile enhancement.
Cover design research, blurb-writing.
Producing content and copy for sales, marketing and promotion.

Portfolio

Tangier in the 1960s and '70s was a fabled place. This edge city, the 'Interzone', became muse and escapist's dream for artists, writers, millionaires and socialites, who wrote, painted, partied and experienced life with an intensity and freedom that they neve... read more
Marrakech is the heart and lifeblood of Morocco's ancient storytelling tradition. For nearly a thousand years, storytellers have gathered in the Jemaa el Fna, the legendary square of the city, to recount ancient folktales and fables to rapt audiences. But this... read more
Tangier

Richard Hamilton

In Tangier, the Moroccan novelist Mohamed Choukri wrote, 'everything is surreal and everything is possible.' In this intimate portrait of a city, the former BBC North Africa correspondent, Richard Hamilton, explores its hotels, cafés, alleyways and darkest sec... read more
In a mist-shrouded valley on China's invisible border with Tibet is a place known as the 'Kingdom of Women', where a small tribe called the Mosuo lives in a cluster of villages that have changed little in centuries. This is one of the last matrilineal societie... read more
House of Secrets

Allison Levy

When Italian Renaissance professor Allison Levy takes up residency in the palazzo of her dreams – the Palazzo Rucellai in Florence – she finds herself consumed by the space and swept into the vortex of its history. She spends every waking moment in dusty Flore... read more
When two Hungarian Jewish refugees landed by accident in Britain in the winter of 1956, they had little idea what the future would hold. But they carried with them the traces of their turbulent past, just enough to provide the clues to their past. Scattered Gh... read more
Babushka's Journey is the record of Marcel Krueger's grandmother Cilly's journey from the snow-covered battlefields of East Prussia in January 1945 to the Soviet labor camps in the Urals, where she spent five years before returning to Germany. Chasing the sigh... read more
And Breathe

Leonora Meriel

A "grippingly intense... yet beautiful" novel – Emma CarmichaelWhat if your life was spinning out of control? Where would you turn?A silent meditation retreat in the Thai jungle promises to deliver peace and prosperity to its visitors.Lured by this tantalising... read more
Vanessa Bell

Frances Spalding

Even through the lens of the twenty-first century, the story of Vanessa Bell's life is unorthodox. A powerful magnetic figure, Bell lived at the heart of the Bloomsbury Group and was often the core figure around which the disparate individuals of the movement ... read more
The Nomad's Path

Alistair Carr

The Manga is one of Africa's most wild and remote regions: a hostile and unforgiving landscape inhabited by nomads. Situated in south-eastern Niger, in the shadow of the Old Salt Road, it has been mislaid by the modern world; no westerner had been seen there i... read more
It all began at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, New York, in 1961 - Two Princeton graduates - John Hopkins and Joe McPhillips - have returned from Peru. Loathe to return to a life of work, marriage and mortgages, they are tempted by a mysterious lette... read more
Sicily

Andrew Edwards

Rising up from the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily has a rich and ancient history spanning over 2,000 years. A bounty prized by invaders from the Greeks, Romans and Vandals to the Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Sicily's violently beautiful landscapes are ha... read more
Tangier

Josh Shoemake

An edge city, poised at the northernmost tip of Africa but just nine miles from Europe, Tangier is more than a destination, it is an escape. The Interzone, as William Burroughs called it, has attracted spies, outlaws, outcasts and writers for centuries – men a... read more
Berlin

Paul Sullivan

"Berlin is a city forever in the process of becoming, never being, and so it lives more powerfully in the imagination." Rory Maclean, 'Berlin - Imagine a City'.Located at the epicentre of some of modern Europe's most significant and turbulent events, Berlin ha... read more
Under the Dragon

Rory Maclean

Twenty-five years ago the Burmese people rose up against their military government. The unarmed demonstrators were cut down, leaving more than 5,000 dead. In 'Under the Dragon', Rory MacLean meets the victims and perpetrators of the uprising, unraveling a para... read more
The Land Beyond

Leon McCarron

Shortlisted for the Adventure Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it. From Jerusale... read more
Riviera Dreaming

Maureen Emerson

In 1926 Barry Dierks, a young American architect, arrived in Paris and fell in love with France... With his partner, an ex-officer in the British Army, he built a white, flat-roofed Modernist masterpiece that rested on the rocks below the Esterel, with views a... read more
Rome, the Eternal City - birthplace of western civilisation and soul of the ancient world - has a history that stretches back two thousand five hundred years. It is also one of the most-visited places in the world, but where does one begin to delve into two mi... read more
The Art of Exile

John Freely

By the time he was six, John Freely had crossed the Atlantic four times. His childhood was spent on the mean streets of 1930s Brooklyn, where he scavenged for junk to sell and borrowed money for books; his first love being Homer's Odyssey. He was 15 when Japan... read more
Strolling Through Istanbul

Hilary Sumner-Boyd

This classic guide to Istanbul by Hilary Summer-Boyd and John Freely - the 'best travel guide to Istanbul' ("The Times"), 'a guide book that reads like a novel' ("New York Times") - is here, for the first time since its original publication thirty-seven years ... read more
'An energy, a pulse form of quantum physics perhaps, alive at the margins of sleep or madness, and more often in the whispering of a single unwelcome thought.'The EconomistAccording to Islamic tradition, Allah created three types of beings: angels, made of lig... read more
Jimi Fritz takes us on a journey both geographical and philosophical, while sharing a half-century of adventures in buying, selling and consuming psychedelic drugs. Along the way we learn the difference between smart drugs and dumb drugs, the truth about relig... read more
The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers is a reader's journey along the fabled coast which has provided the inspiration and setting for some of the greatest literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From Hyères and St. Tropez in the wes... read more

Tatiana has 62 reviews

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Oladoke D.

Oladoke D.

May, 2024

I had the pleasure of working with Tatiana on my first book, and I can confidently say that she brought depth and direction to my ideas. I was looking for someone I could trust with the project, and who could guide my thoughts clearly, and Tatiana went above and beyond. She patiently explained her suggestions, which allowed me to trust the feedback and write with confidence. I highly recommend ...
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Thomas R.

Thomas R.

Mar, 2024

Tatiana was a tremendous help throughout the process of developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading my memoir. As my first commercial book, her critique was especially useful in not only catching so many things I missed, but also for helping me to describe my experience abroad in China more fully. I would highly recommend her to any professional who might be an aspiring first time auth...
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Andrew S.

Andrew S.

Jan, 2024

This was my first time hiring an editor, which felt like a huge decision. I am glad I went with Tatiana. Since our first call, I felt we were sharing the same vision and goal for my manuscript, a travel memoir. Tatiana provided solid developmental suggestions, which improved the story and flushed out the book's theme. Afterward, she did a copy edit. I found her pricing affordable and am happy w...
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Lisa W.

Lisa W.

Sep, 2023

Tatiana is a gem. She was thorough, timely and insightful in reviewing and editing my memoir. It is the second time I hired Tatiana, and I would hire her again in a heartbeat.
Lisa W.

Lisa W.

Aug, 2023

Very intuitive and wise with her assessment. Extremely helpul! I will hire again as my project progresses.

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