Tim Cooke

Tim Cooke - Editor Tick

London, UK

Specialist nonfiction editor with 30+ years experience. I've worked on everything from gardening to fashion and children's education.

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Overview

I'm a copy editor and managing editor with nearly 30 years' experience in nonfiction publishing for both adults and children in the UK and US markets. I'm easy to work with, but have rigorous standards. I'm comfortable with all stages of the editorial process, from structural organization to copy-editing and editing in layout, and have particular experience of highly illustrated books. I'm happy to work in either British and US English as required. I can cover most subjects apart from the pure sciences, but my expertise is in ancient and modern history, art, fashion, gardening, and culture. Having written dozens of reference books, under my own name and pseudonyms, I'm aware of the potential pitfalls and problems – and therefore well equipped to help others overcome them.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Education & Reference
Fashion & Textiles
Geography
History
Home & Garden
Photography

Work experience

Managing Editor

Brown Reference Group/Windmill Books
October, 1998 – August, 2011 (almost 13 years)

I ran a large department creating school and library reference books and encyclopaedias, primarily for the US market, on a wide range of subjects but specialising in history, culture and the arts. These books were published by leading US educational publishers, including Marshall Cavendish, Grolier, Scholastic, Gareth Stevens, Crabtree, Rosen, Cavendish Square, World Book, National Geographic and Routledge. My role involved planning encyclopaedias and reference sets and overseeing the editorial process to bring them to completion. This involved commissioning authors and working to help them fulfil the specific brief for the project, so that their contributions slotted into the overall work and that the work of dozens of contributors had a similar tone.

Managing Editor

Marshall Cavendish
October, 1995 – June, 1998 (over 2 years)

Oversaw a team producing reference books and partworks on a range of subjects.

Freelance writer and editor

Self-employed
January, 1995 – Present (over 24 years)

I have written more than 250 nonfiction books listed in the Library of Congress catalogue on a wide range of subjects under my own name and various pen names (Charlie Samuels, Enzo George, Ellis Roxburgh). Most are relatively short, as they are aimed at school libraries, but they're well written, accurate, and accessible, and the vast majority of the words are spelled correctly. I have also helped name authors by ghostwriting or effectively rewriting longer books and articles. It's difficult to get any of them to say so publicly, of course, but I'm sure I can get at least one to write a testimonial. I've also written TV and radio documentaries on various subjects.

I think that even the best authors find themselves struggling with specific projects for a variety of reasons – and that authors who are far from being the best may find that the struggle to get their words out overwhelms the story they have to tell or the wisdom they have to share. I believe that it's for those of us who find story telling and fluency relatively easy to help others find their authentic voices.

Essentially I'm a history, culture, and visual arts specialist, and I've either written or rewritten texts on a whole range of subjects. I can master most subjects quickly, pick out the important parts of a story, spin sentences in an entertaining but informative way, and adapt easily to an author's own voice.

Subeditor

Time Life
September, 1990 – October, 1992 (about 2 years)

I worked in the copy room at Time-Life Books, gaining a solid grounding in subediting skills.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Japanese Garden

Sophie Walker

Map: Exploring The World

Phaidon Editors, John Hessler

The History of Fashion Journalism

Kate Nelson Best

The History of Fashion Journalism is a uniquely comprehensive study of the development of the industry from its origins to the present day, and including professionals' such as Dylan Jones's vision of the future. Covering everything from early tailor's catalogues through to contemporary publications such as LOVE, together with blogs such as StyleBubble, and countries from France through to the... read more

The History of Fashion Journalism is a uniquely comprehensive study of the development of the industry from its origins to the present day, and including professionals' such as Dylan Jones's vision of the future. Covering everything from early tailor's catalogues through to contemporary publications such as LOVE, together with blogs such as StyleBubble, and countries from France through to the... read more

The Anatomy of Fashion: Why We Dress the Way We Do

Colin McDowell

HardCover. Pub Date :2013-09-30 Pages: 358 Language: English Publisher: Phaidon Press Why do we dress the way we do Why has fashion changed and evolved over the centuries How did the 3-piece suit come about Why have hemlines risen and fallen over time In The Anatomy of Fashion. respected fashion commentator Colin McDowell goes beyond standard fashion histories and narrative surveys to answer t... read more

HardCover. Pub Date :2013-09-30 Pages: 358 Language: English Publisher: Phaidon Press Why do we dress the way we do Why has fashion changed and evolved over the centuries How did the 3-piece suit come about Why have hemlines risen and fallen over time In The Anatomy of Fashion. respected fashion commentator Colin McDowell goes beyond standard fashion histories and narrative surveys to answer t... read more

Failed it!: How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing up

Erik Kessels

A fun and fabulous take on the art of making mistakes. Erik Kessels celebrates imperfection and failure and shows why they are an essential part of the creative process. Failed it! celebrates the power of mistakes and shows how they can enrich the creative process. This is part photobook and part guide to loosening up and making mistakes to take the fear out of failure and encourage experiment... read more

A fun and fabulous take on the art of making mistakes. Erik Kessels celebrates imperfection and failure and shows why they are an essential part of the creative process. Failed it! celebrates the power of mistakes and shows how they can enrich the creative process. This is part photobook and part guide to loosening up and making mistakes to take the fear out of failure and encourage experiment... read more

How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients: An Electrifying Guide to the Elements

Adrian Dingle

What do cars, stars, skyscrapers, and ice cream all have in common? They're all made from the same 92 ingredients...and so are we. And so is everything in the entire universe! "How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients" presents a unique and imaginative way for young readers to connect chemistry and science with their daily lives. By using dozens of familiar objects (trees, cell phones, the S... read more

What do cars, stars, skyscrapers, and ice cream all have in common? They're all made from the same 92 ingredients...and so are we. And so is everything in the entire universe! "How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients" presents a unique and imaginative way for young readers to connect chemistry and science with their daily lives. By using dozens of familiar objects (trees, cell phones, the S... read more

How to Change the World with a Ball of String

Tim Cooke

How to Change the World with a Ball of String From the team who created the award-winning title HOW TO MAKE A UNIVERSE WITH 92 INGREDIENTS, HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH A BALL OF STRING is a completely unique and imaginative take on history for children. Using examples from the past to show how you can start your own empire, conquer your neighbours or stage your own industrial revolution. Full... read more

How to Change the World with a Ball of String From the team who created the award-winning title HOW TO MAKE A UNIVERSE WITH 92 INGREDIENTS, HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH A BALL OF STRING is a completely unique and imaginative take on history for children. Using examples from the past to show how you can start your own empire, conquer your neighbours or stage your own industrial revolution. Full... read more

Diana Style

Colin McDowell

Émigrés: The Transformation of Art Publishing in Britain

Anna Nyburg

Examines the impact on the British illustrated publishing industry of emigres from Germany and Austria in the first half of the twentieth century, looking in particular at the art publishing houses of Phaidon Press and Thames & Hudson.

Examines the impact on the British illustrated publishing industry of emigres from Germany and Austria in the first half of the twentieth century, looking in particular at the art publishing houses of Phaidon Press and Thames & Hudson.

The Gardener's Garden

Madison Cox, Ruth Chivers, Toby Musgrave

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Title: The Gardener's Garden <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: MadisonCox <>Publisher: PhaidonPress

The Documentary Impulse

Stuart Franklin

Body of Art

The first book to celebrate the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries. Body of Art is the first book to explore the various ways the human body has been both an inspiration and a medium for artists over hundreds of thousands of years. Unprecedented in its scope, it examines the many different manifestations of the body in art,... read more

The first book to celebrate the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries. Body of Art is the first book to explore the various ways the human body has been both an inspiration and a medium for artists over hundreds of thousands of years. Unprecedented in its scope, it examines the many different manifestations of the body in art,... read more

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