Project Management

Guiding your print or digital project from start to finish

I project manage the production of books from submission of the final manuscript through the stages of copy editing, typesetting, proofreading, indexing and final proof correction to print files. I liaise with authors, production staff, designers, artists, typesetters and freelance contractors as necessary. As part of an extensive network of freelances in the UK and beyond I can find the perfect people to work on your project, be they copy editors with expert knowledge in your field, proofreaders who pay incredible attention to detail or meticulous indexers who will create an index that adds real value to your book. These people are all managed by me, and their work checked to ensure that it is of the right standard and that their services are provided on time and to budget. Problems are dealt with efficiently as they arise, keeping the final publication in mind at all times.

I am Managing Editor of a suite of medical training journals, including Orthopaedics and Trauma, published by Elsevier. The role involves liaising with the Editorial Board to set subject areas for forthcoming issues, managing commissioning, submission and editing of articles, and ensuring editors, authors, typesetters and freelance workers meet the deadlines necessary to publish the journal on time. Quality is of equal importance to meeting the schedule.

I am also the Editor of In Practice, the membership bulletin of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

I also offer pre-production management, chasing in submissions of chapters for newly commissioned books, working with the publisher, authors and editors to ensure that the manuscript is ready for production on time and has been prepared to the necessary standard. This type of job requires a lot of troubleshooting, tackling individual queries and requests as they arise, and also understanding and diplomacy, to help authors produce chapters on time in the midst of otherwise busy schedules.

Examples of topics covered by books I have managed include:

  • ecology
  • climate change and sea-level rise
  • media studies
  • dentistry
  • diseases of the liver
  • tourism
  • economic theory
  • gender and sexuality
  • child psychology and clinical psychology
  • democracy and politics
  • anthropology
  • statistics.

I have also successfully managed the production of several multi-volume reference works. Some of these and other recent projects are listed here:

  • Lindhe’s Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, 6th and 7th editions
  • Schiff’s Diseases of the Liver, 12th edition
  • International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology, 15 volumes, and its annual online updates
  • The Encyclopedia of Empire, 4 volumes
  • The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, 5 volumes

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