I’ve edited books ranging from high-profile sports books for major publishers to self-published works.
I worked as series production editor across VSP's Pocket Books range, reading and editing raw copy, liaising with authors and researching pictures. I also helped with the editing and preparation of a number of other books for VSP's summer 2010 list, including The Vision Book of Football Records, Henry Olonga's Blood, Sweat and Treason; Superfan by Morris Keston and Get in There, the Tommy Lawton story. I read the original manuscript for Big Chiv! My Goals in Life and liaised with Martin Chivers and writer Paolo Hewitt. I did similar jobs with the manuscripts for Glory Glory... Man Utd in the '90s, liaising with author Andy Mitten, and Happy Birthday Dear Celtic, liaising with author Douglas Beattie. On all these books I assisted with picture research, and was responsible for taking in the copy editor's marks for final proofs. Finally, I read the manuscript containing four chapters updating Alex Fynn and Kevin Whitcher's best-selling book Arsènal, The Making of a Modern Superclub.
Author Matt Rogan approached me to help structure and edit a book he'd written with his father on Britain and the Olympic Games, the story of the social, political and cultural background behind London's three Olympic Games. Matt drew heavily on his experience in sports marketing for the book, and his father has been involved in sport for over 50 years. I read and edited the manuscript and also provided advice on marketing. The book went on to take the number one spot in the Amazon Olympic book rankings in early 2011 and has been well-received.
Martin and Erica's Journey is an educational pamphlet aimed at children aged nine years old and upwards and intended for use in history lessons, literary hours and citizenship sessions. The text is a first person account by Holocaust survivor Dr Martin Stern of his experiences as a child arrested by the Nazis. I was asked to construct a clear narrative in age-appropriate language from notes which Dr Stern had drawn up, and worked closely with colleagues from the NUT and HET to ensure the quality of the material as a teaching tool. I also helped draw up a list of appropriate images to illustrate the pamphlet. The subject matter and target audience meant this was an extremely complex project that required great sensitivity.
Working with Steve Perryman and the 1981 FA Cup Final squad players' committee, I planned, wrote and commissioned material for a brochure issued at a gala anniversary dinner, alongside my colleague Adam Powley. I wrote a history of the FA Cup campaign and interviewed the team's manager, Keith Burkinshaw, and the pioneering sports psychologist John Syer. Contributions also came from John Motson, Harry Harris, Steve Stammers, Joel Miller and Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy. I edited and proofread the publication to final pass and liaised with the printers.