Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Highly experienced academic and educational book editor, previously worked as Senior Book Production Editor for a leading publishing house.

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Overview

My specialties are editing business, health, sociology, psychology, education, history and politics books, and I have worked with some of the leading publishing houses as a freelancer in these areas over the last eight years, including Taylor & Francis, Bloomsbury, Routledge and Jessica Kingsley (see portfolio below). I have also liaised directly with authors editing blog posts, PhDs and self-published works, and have significant in-house experience as a Senior Books Production Editor at Sage Publications (2014-2017), working on bestselling titles such as Research in the Real World, 4th edn by David Gray.

All this experience means that I know what good publishing looks like, and my goal is to make your finished project as high-quality as possible. We can discuss what level of editing you would like - developmental (structuring / organising ideas), copyediting (a thorough edit without fundamentally changing the content) or a lighter proofread. Whatever level you choose you can be sure of a professional service, returned in the agreed timeframe with sensible changes and suggestions.

Having worked with lots of different house styles and authors I am a very flexible editor, so if there are any special requests you might have on a project, or any queries about the process, do feel free to ask.

I look forward to working together!



Testimonials

Rachael: Tom spotted errors I would have never expected someone without a PhD in psychology to spot. He was friendly, knowledgeable and clearly wanted to make sure the book was as high quality as possible. I still email him every now and again with grammar questions which he's always happy to answer!

Konstantin: I'm a non-native English speaker so I asked Tom to look at my thesis on computer security for language problems. He helped work out what I wanted to say and phrase it correctly. It's a complex subject with lots of technical words, but he did a great job in a very short space of time.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Education & Reference
History
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry
Political Science & Current Affairs
Psychology
Sociology

Certifications

  • Advanced Copy-Editing - Publishing Training Centre
  • Advanced Proofreading - Publishing Training Centre
  • Grammar at Work - Publishing Training Centre
  • Indexing for Editors - Society of Indexers

Work experience

Senior Books Production Editor

SAGE
March, 2014 – September, 2017 (over 3 years)

• Managed all aspects of pre-press production on the Education and Research Methods lists and various titles across other subjects, including high-profile full-colour textbooks.
• Juggled a long list of titles at any one time, with several key publishing windows throughout the year requiring excellent time management.
• Ensured books published on time and to budget, creating schedules and closely monitoring costs – never had a single late title, and published several books ahead of schedule when it was of benefit to the market.
• Hired freelancers and supervised their work; trialled new freelancers; worked with suppliers to improve quality control.
• Managed author relationships on a daily basis, handling queries, keeping them up to date on the progress of their book, and mediating between authors and freelancers.
• Liaised with editorial, design and post-press production to ensure deadlines were met, and communicated any potential issues that might need to be worked around.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
March, 2012 – Present (over 8 years)

I'm a fully qualified copyeditor and proofreader, certified by the Publishing Training Centre, and have worked with various major academic publishers including SAGE Publications, Taylor and Francis, Routledge, Bloomsbury and Jessica Kingsley. For some examples of the books I've worked on please see my portfolio below.

Portfolio (29 selected works)

Palliative Care in Nursing and Healthcare

Brown Michelle Brown

This book helps nursing and healthcare students to prepare for the challenges of working with the increasing number of patients requiring palliative care, so that they can work in partnership with patients and their carers, providing care that is compassionate, practical and backed up by the latest evidence. Delivering palliative care can be emotionally challenging and the book focuses on supp... read more

This book helps nursing and healthcare students to prepare for the challenges of working with the increasing number of patients requiring palliative care, so that they can work in partnership with patients and their carers, providing care that is compassionate, practical and backed up by the latest evidence. Delivering palliative care can be emotionally challenging and the book focuses on supp... read more

Assessment and Case Formulation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Sarah Corrie, Michael Townend, Adrian Cockx

Offering a unique philosophical, theoretical and process-focused introduction to one of the cornerstones of CBT: assessment and case formulation. Updated and expanded to take account of the vast developments in the field of CBT since its first publication, this second edition follows a clear two part structure: - Part One introduces trainees to the key theory, practice and processes of assessm... read more

Offering a unique philosophical, theoretical and process-focused introduction to one of the cornerstones of CBT: assessment and case formulation. Updated and expanded to take account of the vast developments in the field of CBT since its first publication, this second edition follows a clear two part structure: - Part One introduces trainees to the key theory, practice and processes of assessm... read more

The Politics of Migration and Immigration in Europe

Andrew Geddes, Peter Scholten

Migration and immigration are high on any nation’s agenda but have particular resonance in Europe in light of recent events. The new edition of this book has been fully updated in this respect and explores: Immigration policy in individual EU nations The treatment of migrants, including immigrant policies The development and effects of the Shengen agreement The movement towards common EU polic... read more

Migration and immigration are high on any nation’s agenda but have particular resonance in Europe in light of recent events. The new edition of this book has been fully updated in this respect and explores: Immigration policy in individual EU nations The treatment of migrants, including immigrant policies The development and effects of the Shengen agreement The movement towards common EU polic... read more

The Profitable Professional: The 10 key ingredients for building a highly profitable business coaching, consulting or advisory business.

Kelly Clifford

The rules have changed. Business clients are now expecting more growth focussed support than ever before and business support professionals must adapt to embrace this changing client paradigm or they will be left behind. This book is written to help business coaches, consultants, advisors and more forward thinking business accountants to embrace this new paradigm so they can build a highly pro... read more

The rules have changed. Business clients are now expecting more growth focussed support than ever before and business support professionals must adapt to embrace this changing client paradigm or they will be left behind. This book is written to help business coaches, consultants, advisors and more forward thinking business accountants to embrace this new paradigm so they can build a highly pro... read more

The Net Is Closing: birth of the e-police

Yair Cohen

The net is closing. The e-police are here. Bringing to the fore a powerful debate about the future policing of the internet; a platform from which the crying voices of victims of online crime can be loudly and clearly heard. Telling a painful truth about what really happens online, the net is closing: birth of the e-police calls out internet bullies and online anonymity, and shines a bright li... read more

The net is closing. The e-police are here. Bringing to the fore a powerful debate about the future policing of the internet; a platform from which the crying voices of victims of online crime can be loudly and clearly heard. Telling a painful truth about what really happens online, the net is closing: birth of the e-police calls out internet bullies and online anonymity, and shines a bright li... read more

First Class Support for College Students on the Autism Spectrum: Practical Advice for College Counselors and Educators

Michael W. Duggan

College students with autism can face many difficulties during the transition from high school to further education and beyond. Highlighting the various everyday issues that may arise, this book shares practical advice for supporting students on the autism spectrum and helping them to succeed not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.From supporting students with their relations... read more

College students with autism can face many difficulties during the transition from high school to further education and beyond. Highlighting the various everyday issues that may arise, this book shares practical advice for supporting students on the autism spectrum and helping them to succeed not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.From supporting students with their relations... read more

Returning to the Source: Han Dynasty Medical Classics in Modern Clinical Practice

Professor Z'ev Rosenberg

Chinese Medicine constantly refers back to its sources in order to initiate the new. Its source code is in the Han Dynasty medical classics, and in this handbook esteemed practitioner and educator Professor Z'ev Rosenberg shares the knowledge from his study of these classic texts and his experiences treating difficult cases.In the tradition of the scholar-physician commentaries, Z'ev Rosenberg... read more

Chinese Medicine constantly refers back to its sources in order to initiate the new. Its source code is in the Han Dynasty medical classics, and in this handbook esteemed practitioner and educator Professor Z'ev Rosenberg shares the knowledge from his study of these classic texts and his experiences treating difficult cases.In the tradition of the scholar-physician commentaries, Z'ev Rosenberg... read more

Forgiveness in Practice

Forgiveness has often viewed as a religious obligation but is increasingly being advocated as a means of healing, release and promoting wellbeing. Forgiveness is variously viewed as a duty, virtue or cure, but when it comes to practising forgiveness in real life we find it is always caught up in the complexity of the situation. This book shines a light on how we tend to think about forgiveness... read more

Forgiveness has often viewed as a religious obligation but is increasingly being advocated as a means of healing, release and promoting wellbeing. Forgiveness is variously viewed as a duty, virtue or cure, but when it comes to practising forgiveness in real life we find it is always caught up in the complexity of the situation. This book shines a light on how we tend to think about forgiveness... read more

Interreligious Dialogue and the Partition of India: Hindus and Muslims in Dialogue about Violence and Forced Migration (Studies in Religion and Theology)

Mario I. Aguilar

In a time of schism, violence and forced migration, how can God be understood? With his latest book, Catholic Benedictine hermit Mario Aguilar explores the religious identities of Hindus and Muslims in the aftermath of the 1947 partition of India. Looking at the experiences of the victims who were silenced, he reveals how out of this traumatic period has emerged a peaceful dialogue between fai... read more

In a time of schism, violence and forced migration, how can God be understood? With his latest book, Catholic Benedictine hermit Mario Aguilar explores the religious identities of Hindus and Muslims in the aftermath of the 1947 partition of India. Looking at the experiences of the victims who were silenced, he reveals how out of this traumatic period has emerged a peaceful dialogue between fai... read more

Using Restorative Circles in Schools: How to Build Strong Learning Communities and Positive Psychosocial Environments

Nina Wroldsen, Berit Follestad

Restorative circles are an effective way of implementing restorative justice, through starting a conversation wider than just the victim and the offender. Proven to be an effective way of healing and building relationships, tackling bullying within schools and providing a sense of community, this book gives everything needed for a school to start implementing restorative circles.Accompanied by... read more

Restorative circles are an effective way of implementing restorative justice, through starting a conversation wider than just the victim and the offender. Proven to be an effective way of healing and building relationships, tackling bullying within schools and providing a sense of community, this book gives everything needed for a school to start implementing restorative circles.Accompanied by... read more

Suicide Prevention Techniques: How a Suicide Crisis Service Saves Lives

Joy Hibbins

An unprecedented insight in to the approach used by the innovative Suicide Crisis charity, a crisis centre that has so far achieved a zero suicide rate amongst their clients. This book explains their ethos, how they work and the ways in which their services operate.The idea for the service grew out of the author's own lived experience of suicidal crisis, and her inability to find the right kin... read more

An unprecedented insight in to the approach used by the innovative Suicide Crisis charity, a crisis centre that has so far achieved a zero suicide rate amongst their clients. This book explains their ethos, how they work and the ways in which their services operate.The idea for the service grew out of the author's own lived experience of suicidal crisis, and her inability to find the right kin... read more

Autism Success: Helping Those On the Autism Spectrum Live Successful Lives

Paul Meier

A successful life with autism is being wholly autistic, while also living a full rewarding life in a world not set up for autism. This book answers the "why" behind autism: helping autism make sense. This book also provides autism-based solutions for autism-based problems. It bridges the gap between the autistic and non-autistic worlds. Paul Meier's approach to autism is less that of a therapi... read more

A successful life with autism is being wholly autistic, while also living a full rewarding life in a world not set up for autism. This book answers the "why" behind autism: helping autism make sense. This book also provides autism-based solutions for autism-based problems. It bridges the gap between the autistic and non-autistic worlds. Paul Meier's approach to autism is less that of a therapi... read more

Sociology of Education

Tomas Boronski, Nasima Hassan

This textbook explains the basic principles of sociology and how a sociological understanding is vital for understanding how ideas about education and schooling have developed over time and how these issues directly affect our own lives today. This fully updated second edition will encourage students to think critically about hotly contested debates in education and what has influenced differe... read more

This textbook explains the basic principles of sociology and how a sociological understanding is vital for understanding how ideas about education and schooling have developed over time and how these issues directly affect our own lives today. This fully updated second edition will encourage students to think critically about hotly contested debates in education and what has influenced differe... read more

Strategic Social Marketing: For Behaviour and Social Change

Jeff French, Ross Gordon

Adopting an international approach and offering a broader context, this second edition of Strategic Social Marketing presents social marketing principles in a strategic, critical and reflexive way, illustrating the value of applying marketing to solve social problems, including: • A brand new chapter on evaluation • Updated advances in relevant research and theorizing • New vignettes and short... read more

Adopting an international approach and offering a broader context, this second edition of Strategic Social Marketing presents social marketing principles in a strategic, critical and reflexive way, illustrating the value of applying marketing to solve social problems, including: • A brand new chapter on evaluation • Updated advances in relevant research and theorizing • New vignettes and short... read more

Building Soft Skills for Employability: Challenges and Practices in Vietnam (Routledge Research in Higher Education)

Tran Le Huu Nghia

This book is among the first of its kind to comprehensively examine the implementation of soft skills in universities in the developing country, Vietnam. The context is unique as the implementation is taking place within the distinctive socio-economic, cultural and political characteristics of the country, amidst several simultaneously-executed educational reforms.Tran lays down the foundation... read more

This book is among the first of its kind to comprehensively examine the implementation of soft skills in universities in the developing country, Vietnam. The context is unique as the implementation is taking place within the distinctive socio-economic, cultural and political characteristics of the country, amidst several simultaneously-executed educational reforms.Tran lays down the foundation... read more

The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama

The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama is the first new collection of the drama of Shakespeare’s contemporaries in over a century. This volume comprises seventeen accessible, thoroughly glossed, modernized play-texts, intermingling a wide range of unfamiliar works―including the anonymous Look About You, Massinger’s The Picture, Heminge’s The Fatal Contract, Heywood’s The Four Prentices ... read more

The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama is the first new collection of the drama of Shakespeare’s contemporaries in over a century. This volume comprises seventeen accessible, thoroughly glossed, modernized play-texts, intermingling a wide range of unfamiliar works―including the anonymous Look About You, Massinger’s The Picture, Heminge’s The Fatal Contract, Heywood’s The Four Prentices ... read more

James Mill's Utilitarian Logic and Politics (Routledge Studies in Modern British History)

Antis Loizides

James Mill’s (1773–1836) role in the development of utilitarian thought in the nineteenth century has been overshadowed both by John Stuart Mill (1806–1873) and by Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832). Of the three, the elder Mill is considered to be the least original and with the least important, if any, contributions to utilitarian theory. True as this statement may be, even those who have tried to c... read more

James Mill’s (1773–1836) role in the development of utilitarian thought in the nineteenth century has been overshadowed both by John Stuart Mill (1806–1873) and by Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832). Of the three, the elder Mill is considered to be the least original and with the least important, if any, contributions to utilitarian theory. True as this statement may be, even those who have tried to c... read more

Citizenship and Infrastructure: Practices and Identities of Citizens and the State (Routledge Studies in Urbanism and the City)

This book brings together insights from leading urban scholars and explicitly develops the connections between infrastructure and citizenship.It demonstrates the ways in which adopting an ‘infrastructural citizenship’ lens illuminates a broader understanding of the material and civic nature of urban life for both citizens and the state. Drawing on examples of housing, water, electricity and sa... read more

This book brings together insights from leading urban scholars and explicitly develops the connections between infrastructure and citizenship.It demonstrates the ways in which adopting an ‘infrastructural citizenship’ lens illuminates a broader understanding of the material and civic nature of urban life for both citizens and the state. Drawing on examples of housing, water, electricity and sa... read more

Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher: Lived Experiences, New Perspectives

Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher documents experiences and perspectives on the emerging concept of research impact from a range of disciplines and places them within an analytical and critical discursive framework. Combining personal reflections with research essays, it provides the reader with a multi-dimensional perspective on research impact and how it connects to the researc... read more

Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher documents experiences and perspectives on the emerging concept of research impact from a range of disciplines and places them within an analytical and critical discursive framework. Combining personal reflections with research essays, it provides the reader with a multi-dimensional perspective on research impact and how it connects to the researc... read more

Corporate Governance in India (Routledge Studies in Corporate Governance)

Arindam Das

This book looks at how we can promote better governance practices in business organizations of developing economies. It presents a mix of conceptual perspectives and observations on corporate governance practices in a concise manner and illustrates through empirical evidence drawn from the Indian business environment. The secondary data analysis provides insights into Indian firms' corporate g... read more

This book looks at how we can promote better governance practices in business organizations of developing economies. It presents a mix of conceptual perspectives and observations on corporate governance practices in a concise manner and illustrates through empirical evidence drawn from the Indian business environment. The secondary data analysis provides insights into Indian firms' corporate g... read more

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Francesca L
I really enjoyed working with Tom. He was very professional from the start and willing to adapt to flexible deadlines. This worked well for me since I was still finishing some parts of the book when I hired him. He carefully read all the book chapters and edited really well, while also retaining my writing style and voice as an author. I have recommended Tom to a couple of my colleagues alread...
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Francesca L, August 2020


Hannah Smith
A highly proficient and professional proofreader. Tom spotted small errors as well as noticing overarching stylistic inconsistencies throughout the textbook. He returned the work before the deadline and was a pleasure to work with.

Hannah Smith, April 2020


Jennifer Jones
Tom was wonderful to work with in every way: a fabulous editor, very professional, got it done before the deadline and even went above and beyond his copyediting role to provide general feedback. I will definitely work with him again and can't recommend him enough!

Jennifer Jones, October 2018


Cathy Balding
Thanks to Tom for an efficient and effective proofing - would be happy to use his services again.

Cathy Balding, September 2018


Michael Maher
Excellent work from Tom, would gladly use him again

Michael Maher, July 2018

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