Toby M

Toby M - Editor

Auckland, New Zealand

Editor for five years at Dorling Kindersley, I have experience in illustrated publishing, particularly on gardening, and food and drink.

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I have copyediting, copywriting, and proofreading skills from my time at Dorling Kindersley. Particular interest and experience in visual publishing on the theme of gardening and sustainability, food and drink, crafts, and health and wellbeing. I also spent a bit of time working on branded books, (eg. LEGO and Star Wars).

I was involved in book creation from concept to print, producing marketing material in the concept stage, researching and hiring authors, editors, and proofreaders, and then managing the project of the book through the production stage.

I have a good knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office, and Google Docs/Sheets.

After five years at DK I decided to go on an adventure and moved to New Zealand (exploring a large chunk of South America en route). I'm currently picking up casual work as a means of supporting myself during travels.
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Health & Wellbeing
Home & Garden

Work experience


Dorling Kindersley
September, 2014 – December, 2019 (about 5 years)

I worked on a variety of books mostly within the lifestyle remit – gardening, food and drink, health and wellbeing. Projects I led include Veg in One Bed and Grow Food for Free (Huw Richards), How Not to Kill Your Houseplant (Veronica Peerless), World Whisky (Gavin Smith), Home Brew Beer (Greg Hughes), and The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine (Andrew Chevallier).

Toby has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Eva Erhardt
It was easy to communicate with Toby, as he provided detailed feedback with suggestions and asked for clarifications when required. I am very pleased to have found an editor who is not only interested in gardening but also have previous editing expereince with such a broad topic. I will certainly contact Toby with my next book.

Eva Erhardt, September 2020

Eva Erhardt
Tobys suggestion to meet over Skype to discuss the project was a great idea, creating a good working relationship from the onset. Toby's gardening background contributed to his editing skills when working on my book. I have already asked him to edit my second gardening book.

Eva Erhardt, September 2020

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