Becky Taylor

Becky Taylor - Editor

Exeter, UK

Freelance commissioning and development editor with 18 years’ experience in leading educational and academic publishers.

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Overview

I specialise in developing non-fiction content for publishers, authors and other organisations. I have 18 years' experience as an in-house editor / publisher in companies such as Pearson, Routledge and Sage Publishing.

During my career I have signed and published over 150 books, including many market-leading titles and series. I designed, commissioned and launched the popular ​Law Express ​revision series for law undergraduates, which quickly established itself as market-leader in a highly competitive market. I commissioned and launched the successful Essentials of Nursing​ textbook series. The lead title in the series was the only textbook nominated for a Bookseller FutureBook award in 2017. I developed the​ Transforming Nursing Practice series of over fifty titles, used by many student nurses. I have worked on content for innovative digital products including video, assessment banks, companion websites, interactive ebooks and a VR prototype.

As a freelance editor and consultant I offer full text development, market research and commissioning support for publishers, across digital and print products. I have worked with a wide range of companies both large and small, and offer a high level of attention to detail combined with my long experience in understanding how to help authors shape their material and meet deadlines. My subject experience spans a wide range of higher education subjects including:

-Law
-Psychology
-Nursing
-Health and Mental Health
-Business and Management
-Policing
-Major Works/ Reference Handbooks
-A-Level History, PE, Geography, Art & Design and Religious Studies

I can also help shape content for non-fiction authors and other organisations wishing to publish their own materials. As I've worked with so many authors in the past, I understand what pressures authors can face in their writing, and how a good editor can help the process go more smoothly by giving support, structure and realistic time planning and goal setting. I can also advise on what academic publishers are looking for, and how to develop a good concept and proposal.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
Law
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry
Philosophy
Psychology
Writing & Publishing

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Publishing Consultant

Self-employed
February, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

I offer the following services to publishers:

*Commissioning print and digital content
*Market analysis, concept creation and business case development
*Market research: surveys, questionnaires, telephone interviews, focus groups
*Expert sourcing: SME contacts in a range of higher educational subjects
*Textbook development: author briefs and writing templates, readability assessment, pedagogical development, competitor benchmarking
*Digital development: content commissioning, content assessment and editing, user research
*Project management: author support, scheduling

My clients include:
*McGraw Hill
*Pearson
*Sage Publishing
*Critical Publishing
*Fink Publishing

Publisher - Psychology, Nursing and Health

Sage Publishing
February, 2017 – January, 2019 (almost 2 years)

I managed a team covering three successful subject lists: Psychology, Nursing and Health. I set the list strategy and direction for both lists, achieving year-on-year growth. Publishing highlights include the Essentials of Nursing series of core textbooks (with integrated digital assets such as video, interactive ebooks and website resources), nomination for The Bookseller's FutureBook award 2017, integration of video content within our psychology textbooks programme, and development of a VR educational prototype for nursing.

Senior Commissioning Editor - Nursing and Health

Sage Publishing
January, 2012 – January, 2017 (about 5 years)

I managed a small team and set the list strategy, delivering year-on-year growth. I commissioned over eighty titles. I also ensured the successful integration of the Learning Matters Nursing list into the company.

Commissioning Editor - Nursing

Learning Matters
November, 2008 – December, 2011 (about 3 years)

I developed the successful Transforming Nursing Practice list for nursing students, building it from four to fifty titles. I also developed a new textbook list for medical students.

Senior Publisher - Edexcel GCE and GCSE Humanities & Social Sciences

Pearson Education
January, 2008 – October, 2008 (9 months)

I led a team that commissioned and delivered the Edexcel GCSE / GCE textbook and digital resources suite for History, PE, Geography, Art & Design and Religious Studies. I developed new digital products including collaboration with BBC Worldwide and filming of PE content within a school.

Senior Acquisitions Editor - Law

Pearson Education
June, 2004 – December, 2007 (over 3 years)

I co-managed a major higher education textbook list, shaping and delivering a growth list strategy. I commissioned and launched many successful new book and media products, including ​Law Express​, a market-leading revision series, and an online legal case reading tool with LexisNexis.

Development Editor - Reference

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
October, 2002 – June, 2004 (over 1 year)

I project managed the development of over fifty academic reference books across a range of subject areas in social sciences and humanities.

Editorial Assistant - Business and Management

Pearson Education
September, 2001 – September, 2002 (about 1 year)

I assisted in the management of a market-leading textbook list, with early responsibility for commissioning new editions and online content.

Portfolio (27 selected works)

Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses: Step by Step

This little book is an ideal clinical skills reference for nursing students and junior health care practitioners. Its easy to navigate design and step-by-step approach allows for information to be accessed quickly to help students review skills while on placement and prepare for their OSCE exams. Essential equipment tick lists helps ensure students know what they need to perform clinical skill... read more

This little book is an ideal clinical skills reference for nursing students and junior health care practitioners. Its easy to navigate design and step-by-step approach allows for information to be accessed quickly to help students review skills while on placement and prepare for their OSCE exams. Essential equipment tick lists helps ensure students know what they need to perform clinical skill... read more

Essentials of Nursing Children and Young People

This innovative and student-friendly textbook provides up-to-date information on the core content of child nursing courses and helps students understand how it applies to practice. Covering all settings throughout, including the acute and community ones, it focuses on the importance of child and family centred care, by having them directly involved through the use of voices and case studies. T... read more

This innovative and student-friendly textbook provides up-to-date information on the core content of child nursing courses and helps students understand how it applies to practice. Covering all settings throughout, including the acute and community ones, it focuses on the importance of child and family centred care, by having them directly involved through the use of voices and case studies. T... read more

Essentials of Mental Health Nursing

This ground-breaking textbook gathers contributions from service users, expert practitioners, and leading academics to help students develop the core knowledge and skills they need to qualify as mental health nurses. Focusing in particular on helping students apply person-centered, compassionate, and recovery-focused care, service-user voices and practical case studies are integrated throughou... read more

This ground-breaking textbook gathers contributions from service users, expert practitioners, and leading academics to help students develop the core knowledge and skills they need to qualify as mental health nurses. Focusing in particular on helping students apply person-centered, compassionate, and recovery-focused care, service-user voices and practical case studies are integrated throughou... read more

Critical Thinking and Writing in Nursing (Transforming Nursing Practice Series)

Bob Price, Anne Harrington

This book is a clear and practical guide to help students develop critical thinking, writing and reflection skills. It explains what critical thinking is and how students should use it throughout their nursing programme. This new edition also provides content on the reflective practice requirements for revalidation and is mapped to the new 2018 NMC standards. This text provides an innovative n... read more

This book is a clear and practical guide to help students develop critical thinking, writing and reflection skills. It explains what critical thinking is and how students should use it throughout their nursing programme. This new edition also provides content on the reflective practice requirements for revalidation and is mapped to the new 2018 NMC standards. This text provides an innovative n... read more

Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Nursing (Transforming Nursing Practice Series)

Alec Grant, Benny Goodman

The new edition of this well regarded book introduces the underpinning theory and concepts required for the development of first class communication and interpersonal skills in nursing. By providing a simple to read overview of the central topics, students are able to quickly gain a solid, evidence-based grounding in the subject. Topics covered include: empathy; building therapeutic relationsh... read more

The new edition of this well regarded book introduces the underpinning theory and concepts required for the development of first class communication and interpersonal skills in nursing. By providing a simple to read overview of the central topics, students are able to quickly gain a solid, evidence-based grounding in the subject. Topics covered include: empathy; building therapeutic relationsh... read more

Passing Calculations Tests in Nursing: Advice, Guidance and Over 400 Online Questions for Extra Revision and Practice (Transforming Nursing Practice Series)

Susan Starkings, Larry Krause

With an easy-to-use format, this book is all you need to face calculations tests with confidence and pass the first time. It teaches simple numeracy skills that will stand you in good stead, both during your initial nurse training and your career in practice. This new edition now includes tests for those students looking to undertake Continuing Professional Development to achieve Non-Medical P... read more

With an easy-to-use format, this book is all you need to face calculations tests with confidence and pass the first time. It teaches simple numeracy skills that will stand you in good stead, both during your initial nurse training and your career in practice. This new edition now includes tests for those students looking to undertake Continuing Professional Development to achieve Non-Medical P... read more

Understanding Research for Nursing Students (Transforming Nursing Practice Series)

Peter Ellis

Do your students find research difficult to engage with or want a textbook that is easy to read? Right from the start of their programme it is crucial for nursing students to be able to understand and evaluate current research to support their learning. This book helps students recognise what good research is by providing an introductory guide to the main research methodologies used in nursing... read more

Do your students find research difficult to engage with or want a textbook that is easy to read? Right from the start of their programme it is crucial for nursing students to be able to understand and evaluate current research to support their learning. This book helps students recognise what good research is by providing an introductory guide to the main research methodologies used in nursing... read more

Law Express: Land Law

John Duddington

Law Express: Criminal Law

Emily Finch, Stefan Fafinski

Criminal Law by Catherine Elliott (2007-06-19)

Catherine Elliott; Frances Quinn

Essential Social Psychology (Sage Edge)

Richard J. Crisp, Rhiannon Turner

From aggression to altruism, prejudice to persuasion, Essential Social Psychology 3e introduces students to the discoveries and debates that define social psychology today. It covers both classic and cutting edge research studies and provides plenty of real life examples and illustrations to help students to develop a good understanding of the subject whilst building the confidence to apply th... read more

From aggression to altruism, prejudice to persuasion, Essential Social Psychology 3e introduces students to the discoveries and debates that define social psychology today. It covers both classic and cutting edge research studies and provides plenty of real life examples and illustrations to help students to develop a good understanding of the subject whilst building the confidence to apply th... read more

Statistics for Psychology: A Guide for Beginners (and everyone else)

Roger Watt, Elizabeth Collins

This concise, easy-to-understand and highly visual book helps students to understand the principles behind the many statistical practices. This text helps students to build a mental map to enable them to work their way through tests and procedures with a better level of understanding (and ultimately feel more confident and get better grades). Statistical analysis will also be covered in the bo... read more

This concise, easy-to-understand and highly visual book helps students to understand the principles behind the many statistical practices. This text helps students to build a mental map to enable them to work their way through tests and procedures with a better level of understanding (and ultimately feel more confident and get better grades). Statistical analysis will also be covered in the bo... read more

Biological Psychology

Suzanne Higgs, Alison Cooper, Jonathan Lee

The challenge of teaching bio-psychology is first getting students up to speed with the basic brain functions and terminology, then applying this to psychology and finally developing critical thinking about the subject. This book uniquely addresses all three of these issues and provides a resource that supports students at each of these different levels of understanding. Key features include: ... read more

The challenge of teaching bio-psychology is first getting students up to speed with the basic brain functions and terminology, then applying this to psychology and finally developing critical thinking about the subject. This book uniquely addresses all three of these issues and provides a resource that supports students at each of these different levels of understanding. Key features include: ... read more

The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change

Gregory R. Maio, Geoffrey Haddock, Bas Verplanken

Key Concepts in Mental Health (SAGE Key Concepts series)

David Pilgrim

Now in its 4th edition, this text continues to give you a complete and concise overview of mental health and all the issues that surround it from a theoretical and practical perspective. Restructured into 4 sections, the book starts by defining mental health and mental abnormality before examining the mental health services and the place mental health takes in society.Fully updated, the book o... read more

Now in its 4th edition, this text continues to give you a complete and concise overview of mental health and all the issues that surround it from a theoretical and practical perspective. Restructured into 4 sections, the book starts by defining mental health and mental abnormality before examining the mental health services and the place mental health takes in society.Fully updated, the book o... read more

Leadership in Health Care

Jill Barr, Lesley Dowding

This bestselling textbook helps students understand how important leadership skills are, at whatever level they are working at, as well as how to develop into a leader themselves. It supports students in getting to grips with essential theories and thinking critically about how these can be used to improve practice for quality patient care. The new edition covers the whole spectrum of topics r... read more

This bestselling textbook helps students understand how important leadership skills are, at whatever level they are working at, as well as how to develop into a leader themselves. It supports students in getting to grips with essential theories and thinking critically about how these can be used to improve practice for quality patient care. The new edition covers the whole spectrum of topics r... read more

Leadership and Management in Healthcare

Neil Gopee, Jo Galloway

Now in its Third Edition, this best-selling textbook continues to support you on your journey from being an emerging registered healthcare professional through to becoming a competent care manager. Action points, case studies and strong practice guidelines enable you to understand how leadership and management theory applies to the care you deliver in a wide range of care settings.Fully update... read more

Now in its Third Edition, this best-selling textbook continues to support you on your journey from being an emerging registered healthcare professional through to becoming a competent care manager. Action points, case studies and strong practice guidelines enable you to understand how leadership and management theory applies to the care you deliver in a wide range of care settings.Fully update... read more

Clinical Skills for Nursing Adults: Step by Step

Wendy Wright et al

This pocket-sized book is a perfect companion for second and third year students, as it provides step-by-step instructions on how to carry out clinical skills such as medicine administration, giving transfusions, catheterisation and other advanced skills, and goes across both acute and community settings.It has been updated for the 2018 NMC standards and includes the most up-to-date evidence b... read more

This pocket-sized book is a perfect companion for second and third year students, as it provides step-by-step instructions on how to carry out clinical skills such as medicine administration, giving transfusions, catheterisation and other advanced skills, and goes across both acute and community settings.It has been updated for the 2018 NMC standards and includes the most up-to-date evidence b... read more

Communication in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide for Compassionate Practice

Iris Gault, Jean Shapcott, Armin Luthi, Graeme Reid

Communication is an essential skill for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals when delivering care to patients and their families. With its unique and practical approach, this new textbook will support students throughout the three years of their degree programme and on into practice, focussing on how to develop person-centredness and compassionate and collaborative care.Key feature... read more

Communication is an essential skill for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals when delivering care to patients and their families. With its unique and practical approach, this new textbook will support students throughout the three years of their degree programme and on into practice, focussing on how to develop person-centredness and compassionate and collaborative care.Key feature... read more

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