Robin Thompson

Robin Thompson – Editor

Editor, Proofreader and Writer with over 20 years' experience in the publishing industry - biographies, fiction, music & education.

Overview

My passion for literature has taken me on a long and interesting path that has crossed borders. From the gritty backstreets of south London, editing the exploits of the gangsters and criminals who walked the same streets where I grew up (words often written from a prison cell or in the years after a long spell inside, and later appearing on the shelves of bookstores around the country) to the sunnier climes of Mexico and the world of education. During the latter spell, I was lucky enough (and still am) to work for some of the biggest and best editorial companies in the business.

I'm a professional editor, proofreader and published writer from the UK with over 20 years' experience both in house and as a freelancer. I have undertaken assignments for a wide range of clients, including OUP, CUP, Richmond, Pearson Education, Virgin Books, Walker Books, John Blake Publishing, and Welbeck Publishing (formerly Carlton Books), alongside editing and proofing work for individual authors.

I've had the pleasure of following the lives of my own musical heroes, the misfortune of following the lives of some infamous characters I'd rather forget, and the pride of working on a few bestsellers too! But perhaps the most memorable feeling I've had during my publishing career is seeing my own words in print. That's why we're all here at the end of the day, and that's something I can help you with too. I've also been on the receiving end of an editor's comments and I know how important the relationship is between author and editor. I can promise honesty, professionalism and, arguably most important of all, the encouragement every author needs, no matter what their level of experience.

I won't bore you here with specific info about the books I've worked on over the years but there's a small selection of titles below if you fancy a browse.

On a personal note, I'm as passionate about music as I am about literature (to the point where, even as the lines creep unforgivingly around my eyes, I still can't walk away from the lure of the stage and that beautiful wall of sound that makes my heart beat way too fast on occasion). And, returning to the literary theme, I still also read for fun!

Drop me a line at any time and let's see what we can do together.


Services
Non-Fiction
ELT
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • Trinity College, London TESOL Certificate
  • Editing & Proofreading Certificate - Maple Publishing
  • Comprehensive Writing - The Writing School

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 1998 — Present

Editing, proofreading, authoring and project management for a wide range of clients, including the following titles:
Power Up: Cambridge University Press (CUP) - Adaptation of UK series for the Saudi Arabian market, including edition, additional writing and online adaptation of activities using the Avallain digital platform.

Cambridge Primary Path: CUP - Editor for Student Books and Workbooks, plus online supplementary material.

Cambridge Primary Reader Anthology: CUP - Author of fiction & non-fiction texts.

Learning Destinations: Pearson Education - Lead editor and coordinator for a team of international freelance editors working on the Learning Journeys adaptation. Included work on all components: student books, teacher's guides and digital platform, including writing and editing of exams.

Step Inside: Oxford University Press - author of fiction and non-fiction material, and accompanying reading strategies.

Going Live: Progreso Publishing, Mexico - author of two levels of Student Book and one level of Teacher's Guide.

Edition and proofreading of a wide range of titles for Virgin Books, Walker Books, John Blake Publishing, Welbeck Publishing (formerly Carlton Books), Richmond, Dayton University and Anglo Publishing, among others.

Editing and proofreading for individual authors.

Pearson Education

Jul, 2013 — Jun, 2015 (almost 2 years)

Development Editor of educational material for Primary and Secondary levels.

Richmond (Santillana Group)

Jul, 2011 — Jun, 2013 (almost 2 years)

Development Editor of educational material from Elementary to Secondary levels, including work on literary readers and national SEP program for English in Mexico.

Portfolio

Roger the Dodger

Ford, Roger

Amanda Holden

Maloney, Jim

Robin has 7 reviews

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Phillip L.

Phillip L.

Feb, 2024

Working with Rob was a pleasure. I employed him specifically because of his connections with the music industry, which are historic, current and overall very interesting to the point where I'm still following his current musical projects. I very much liked the fact that when we set a deadline for delivery Rob hit it. There was one misunderstanding with a deadline, which Rob apologized for and s...
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Robin T.
Thanks for the feedback Phil. And I'd be happy to chat again at some point to find out how I can work towards that elusive five (also, thanks again for taking and interest in the current musical pr...
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John F.

John F.

Jan, 2024

Robin was very professional and answered all my questions when asked. He took the correct steps with my manuscript and helped create it to the professional standards I needed. I would highly recommend Robin for any future assignments.
Robin T.
It was a pleasure for me to collaborate with John on his manuscript. He is a great writer and was professional and courteous throughout the project. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the material and wo...
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Joseph A.

Joseph A.

Aug, 2023

My collaboration with Robin was excellent. Robin was very responsive and thorough.
Robin T.
Thank you for the review Joseph. Likewise, it was a pleasure to work with you. Thank you for your professionalism and reliability. Everything clearly marked and answered. I wish you all the best.
Scott K.

Scott K.

Aug, 2023

Rob is meticulous and a constructive coach, sensitive to a beginner like me who is still learning.
Robin T.
Thanks for the review Scott. I'm glad you had a positive experience with the collaboration. I certainly did. Thanks again for your hard work and professionalism, and for the great storytelling. I'l...
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Samantha R.

Samantha R.

Nov, 2021

Absolute pleasure working with Robin. Extremely professional and prompt. Very accessible and affordable.

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