Tatiana Wilde

Tatiana Wilde - Editor

London, UK

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

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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, creative and authentic 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.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Political Science & Current Affairs
Travel
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Picture Books

Certifications

  • London School of Publishing - copy-editing and proofreading

Work experience

Senior Travel Editor

Rough Guides
September, 2018 – Present (about 2 years)

Senior Editor

I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd
September, 2001 – June, 2018 (over 16 years)

Senior Editor responsible for commissioning dozens of trade books a year.
Managing the trade paperback imprint.
Establishing and managing flagship series.
Working with authors to develop and prepare their manuscripts for publication. This involves 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.
Developing saleable and original ideas for new books.
Financial negotiations with authors and agents, execution of contracts.

Portfolio (27 selected works)

Out of Egypt: A Memoir

Andre Aciman

Set in Alexandria, this classic and much-loved memoir chronicles the exploits of Andre Aciman's colourful Sephardic Jewish family from its arrival in Egypt at the turn of the century to its forced departure three generations later. Aciman tells a story of childhood innocence, of intricate family life and the pain of exile from a place one loves. His memories are adorned with eccentric characte... read more

Set in Alexandria, this classic and much-loved memoir chronicles the exploits of Andre Aciman's colourful Sephardic Jewish family from its arrival in Egypt at the turn of the century to its forced departure three generations later. Aciman tells a story of childhood innocence, of intricate family life and the pain of exile from a place one loves. His memories are adorned with eccentric characte... read more

The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco

Richard Hamilton

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 unique chain of oral tradition that has passed seamlessly from generation to generation is teetering on the brink of extinction. The co... 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 unique chain of oral tradition that has passed seamlessly from generation to generation is teetering on the brink of extinction. The co... read more

Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria's Great Merchant City

Philip Mansel

'Every time gardens welcomed us, we said to them,Aleppo is our aim and you are merely the route.' Al-Mutanabbi Aleppo lies in ruins. Its streets are plunged in darkness, most of its population has fled. But this was once a vibrant world city, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded together in peace. Few places are as ancient and diverse as Aleppo - one of the oldest, continuously ... read more

'Every time gardens welcomed us, we said to them,Aleppo is our aim and you are merely the route.' Al-Mutanabbi Aleppo lies in ruins. Its streets are plunged in darkness, most of its population has fled. But this was once a vibrant world city, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded together in peace. Few places are as ancient and diverse as Aleppo - one of the oldest, continuously ... read more

A Dance with the Dragon: The Vanished World of Peking's Foreign Colony

Julia Boyd

With its fossil hunters and philosophers, diplomats, dropouts, writers and explorers, missionaries and refugees, Peking's foreign community in the early 20th century was as exotic as the city itself. Always a magnet for larger than life individuals, Peking attracted characters as diverse as Reginald Johnston (tutor to the last emperor), Bertrand Russell, Pierre Loti, Rabrindranath Tagore, Sven... read more

With its fossil hunters and philosophers, diplomats, dropouts, writers and explorers, missionaries and refugees, Peking's foreign community in the early 20th century was as exotic as the city itself. Always a magnet for larger than life individuals, Peking attracted characters as diverse as Reginald Johnston (tutor to the last emperor), Bertrand Russell, Pierre Loti, Rabrindranath Tagore, Sven... read more

By John Freely - Strolling through Istanbul: The Classic Guide to the City (Tauris Parke Paperbacks) (New Revised and Updated Edition) (10/31/12)

John Freely

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Please do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiry. Money back guarantee for every item in our inventory. Your order will be delivered in 2-10 business days. We will provide tracking information. If you order a used book, it may or may not have companion materials. Thank you for your interest.

Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers (The I.B.Tauris Literary Guides for Travellers)

Andrew Edwards, Suzanne Edwards

Sicilys violently beautiful landscapes are haunted by a vibrant mix of cultures and her soil has always been fertile ground for the literary and artistic imagination This guide uncovers the islands multifaceted personality through the experiences of those literary figures who have managed to get under her skin including Pindar Cicero Aeschylus Shakespeare Cervantes D H Lawrence Coleridge Oscar... read more

Sicilys violently beautiful landscapes are haunted by a vibrant mix of cultures and her soil has always been fertile ground for the literary and artistic imagination This guide uncovers the islands multifaceted personality through the experiences of those literary figures who have managed to get under her skin including Pindar Cicero Aeschylus Shakespeare Cervantes D H Lawrence Coleridge Oscar... read more

The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers (Tauris Parke Paperbacks)

Ted Jones

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 west to the Italian border in the east, Ted Jones introduces the lives and work of writers who passed this way, from distinguished Nobel la... 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 west to the Italian border in the east, Ted Jones introduces the lives and work of writers who passed this way, from distinguished Nobel la... read more

The Secret of Laughter: Magical Tales from Classical Persia (Tauris Parke Paperbacks)

Shusha Guppy

This magical collection of stories, gathered from the rich treasury of Persian folk and fairytales, tells of love and longing, fate and human ingenuity, loss and grace. Although sources of these tales have been lost over the ages, their memory runs through the collective psyche of the Iranian people. Handed down through generations, told by professional storytellers in bazaars and gatherings, ... read more

This magical collection of stories, gathered from the rich treasury of Persian folk and fairytales, tells of love and longing, fate and human ingenuity, loss and grace. Although sources of these tales have been lost over the ages, their memory runs through the collective psyche of the Iranian people. Handed down through generations, told by professional storytellers in bazaars and gatherings, ... read more

Vanessa Bell: Portrait of the Bloomsbury Artist (Tauris Parke Paperbacks)

Frances Spalding

Vanessa Bell is central to the history of the Bloomsbury Group, yet until this authorised biography was written, she largely remained a silent and inscrutable figure. Tantalising glimpses of her life appeared mainly in her sister, Virginia Woolf's, letters, diaries and biography. Frances Spalding here draws upon a mass of unpublished documents to reveal Bell's extraordinary achievements in bot... read more

Vanessa Bell is central to the history of the Bloomsbury Group, yet until this authorised biography was written, she largely remained a silent and inscrutable figure. Tantalising glimpses of her life appeared mainly in her sister, Virginia Woolf's, letters, diaries and biography. Frances Spalding here draws upon a mass of unpublished documents to reveal Bell's extraordinary achievements in bot... read more

Riviera Dreaming

Maureen Emerson

Finding Eden

Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Scattered Ghosts: One Family's Survival through War, Holocaust and Revolution

Nick Barlay

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 Ghosts combines memoir, investigation and travel to resurrect 200 years of wars and revolutions, from the Austro-Hungarian Empire via two ... 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 Ghosts combines memoir, investigation and travel to resurrect 200 years of wars and revolutions, from the Austro-Hungarian Empire via two ... read more

Babushka's Journey: The Dark Road to Stalin's Wartime Camps

Marcel Krueger

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 sights, sounds, and voices of past and present along this route, Krueger describes two different journeys that follow the same path. As he s... 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 sights, sounds, and voices of past and present along this route, Krueger describes two different journeys that follow the same path. As he s... read more

Under the Dragon: A Journey through Burma

Rory Maclean

After the brutal suppression of an unarmed national uprising, which cost thousands of lives, Rory MacLean seized the chance to visit Burma. Travelling from Rangoon to Mandalay and Pagan, into the heart of the Golden Triangle, he heard stories of freedom fighters, government censors, basket weavers, farmers and lovers -- ordinary people struggling to survive under one of the most brutal and rep... read more

After the brutal suppression of an unarmed national uprising, which cost thousands of lives, Rory MacLean seized the chance to visit Burma. Travelling from Rangoon to Mandalay and Pagan, into the heart of the Golden Triangle, he heard stories of freedom fighters, government censors, basket weavers, farmers and lovers -- ordinary people struggling to survive under one of the most brutal and rep... read more

Tatiana has 6 reviews

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Mark Moutarde
As a first-time author, I had a brilliant experience working with Tatiana. From the beginning of our collaboration, she completely understood the story I was trying to tell and helped me enormously to maintain my 'voice' throughout the writing. The editing was first-class. Thorough when needed, light and subtle when changing a word or two made something better. Equally impressive (and helpful...
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Mark Moutarde, September 2020

Tatiana Wilde
Working with Mark was such a pleasure. He was extremely enthusiastic and responsive to my edits and I felt that we worked very well together to ensure the best possible outcome for the book. I coul...
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Sunil Shinde
Tatiana recently finished editing my debut book to my utmost satisfaction. Never having worked with an editor before, she made the process incredibly easy and fun. Her prior experience with travel memoirs and her extensive knowledge of the Middle East made her feedback on-point and persuasive. My book is full of my handmade illustrations and Tatiana's adherence to a tight schedule helped me ...
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Sunil Shinde, August 2020

Tatiana Wilde
I have enjoyed working on Sunil's book immensely. Not only is he a talented artist, but a natural writer. Throughout our collaboration, he was kind, responsive, super helpful and a lot of fun. I fe...
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Gail Evans
My experience working with Tatiana Wilde exceeded all my expectations and was superb in every way. She clearly has many years of experience of editing that she drew upon, she was extremely professional and did exactly what she said she would do, and, very significantly, she was always very positive and accommodating. I recommend her highly to anyone who would like a superior job of editing don...
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Gail Evans, August 2020

Tatiana Wilde
Thank you so much, Gail, for your wonderful review. It was such a pleasure to work with you on your book and I hope we may get to work together again in the future. Good luck with this wonderful bo...
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Magdi Amin
Tatiana exceeded my expectations in delivering her editorial assessment and proofreading of my memoir. Her editorial assessment was very well organized, deeply insightful and actionable. She seemed to take a genuine interest in the quality of the resulting work and the storyline, and made many suggestions that made real improvements from the standpoint of the reader, in terms of character de...
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Magdi Amin, June 2020

Tatiana Wilde
It was such a pleasure to work on Magdi's book, which I enjoyed reading as much as editing it. Magdi was incredibly open to suggestion and change and is a wonderful writer. I felt that we worked re...
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Taruna Bodhi
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, I was forced to cancel the project less than half-way through. I am, therefore, unable to provide a review of Ms Wilde’s editorial skills. i chose three stars only because it's a middle value, and Reedsy wouldn't close my collaboration unless i completed the feedback. I can, however, vouch for her fast response to our communications, and her friendly understanding o...
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Taruna Bodhi, April 2020

Tatiana Wilde
I was very sad to hear about Taruna's struggles during the global pandemic as I had very much enjoyed working on the part of her manuscript I had before she needed to stop our collaboration. I wish...
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