Robin Thompson

Robin Thompson - Editor

London, UK

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

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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.

English (UK)
English (US)
Literary Fiction


  • Trinity College, London TESOL Certificate
  • Editing & Proofreading Certificate - Maple Publishing
  • Comprehensive Writing - The Writing School

Work experience

Professional Freelance Editor, Proofreader and Writer

October, 1998 – Present (over 24 years)

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.

Development Editor

Pearson Education
July, 2013 – June, 2015 (almost 2 years)

Development Editor of educational material for Primary and Secondary levels.

Development Editor

Richmond (Santillana Group)
July, 2011 – June, 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.

The Dirty Dozen: The Real Story of the Rise and Fall of London's Most Feared Armed Robbery Gang

Noel 'Razor' Smith, Karl Jenkinson, Noel 'Razor' Smith, John Blake

Amanda Holden

Maloney, Jim

Robert Downey, Jr.: The Biography

Martin Howden, Philip Ormond, Prospero Media

Diana's Secret London

Saunders, Mark, Harvey, Glenn

Roger the Dodger

Ford, Roger

Robin has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

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

Samantha Rawlings, November 2021

Stephen Oberheu
Robin has been most excellent to work with! His quality, depth, and punctuality of communication is outstanding. His broad knowledge of clear and effective writing, along with his high level of professional flexibility, made the experience of writing my first book a much more enjoyable process than I expected. I have learned a lot from working with him!

Stephen Oberheu, October 2021

Robin Thompson
Thanks Steve! It's been an absolute pleasure to work with you. I wish you every success with your outstanding biography. Here's hoping we can work together again in the future!

Reply from Robin Thompson

John Bingaman
Rob was excellent to work with. The methods he used for his work were clear and demonstrated his skills immediately. His quality of work was very evident in every aspect. In addition, he is very fast. His communication was prompt and courteous as he met every deadline. I would definitely recommend Rob Thompson for any work that you might need.

John Bingaman, August 2021

Robin Thompson
John, thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure working with you, and I wish you every success with your book - excellent work! I hope we have the chance to work together again in the future.

Reply from Robin Thompson

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