How I help publishers

Project management. You can hand the entire project over to me. From concept to final files, I help to keep schedules on track through all stages of the publishing process. I know how important it is to communicate if problems arise. And if they do, I'll work with you to resolve them. 

Proofreading and copyediting. I edit straight into InDesign, or supply formatted copyedits using tracked changes in Word. All proofreading is completed in Acrobat, and I return annotated PDFs following style guides. I am a member of CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading).

Writing and consulting. When writing for children, I make sure that style and vocabulary have clarity for the intended age group. I also write artwork briefs, sales and catalogue copy, and instructions for design. I am happy to consult on a wide range of non-fiction topics to check content for readability and suitability.

Commissioning external contributors. I liaise directly with illustrators, authors, designers and indexers. I have lots of experience in preparing pages for design and illustration. 

Researching and fact-checking. I've edited many subjects that need careful research and fact-checking – from natural history to detailed science projects. I have a special interest in palaeontology, so if you need help with any prehistoric titles, please do get in touch!

Picture research and design preparation. I provide detailed briefs and references for designers to enable them to produce creative page layouts.

Updating and reformatting. A fresh pair of eyes can rejuvenate an old book. This may involve replanning content, text updates and fact-checking. I also repaginate indexes and Americanize text by working directly into InDesign or Acrobat.

Picture book projects

As well as non-fiction, I can help with artwork commissioning and project-management of picture books.