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CV, Editorial Assistant seeks role with a UK publishing house

I am currently available for work
Serial No: 9330

List top 5 skills: administration, editing and proofreading, indesign, picture research, production
Short Bio:

Graduated with a BA History of Art and then an MA Publishing. Gained over two years' experience as an Editorial Assistant and Production Editor for Carnegie Publishing and LUP. Oversaw more than thirty books (including history, cookery, industry, fiction, and local interest)and ten academic humanities and social science journals from conception through to publication. Also have three years' experience as a literacy mentor at special schools and nine years' experience working for the world-renowned art and craft company ColArt.

Current location: 

England, United Kingdom - View on map

Spoken languages: 

A little of French

Locations I am interested in working:

United Kingdom



Career History

Freelance, Publisher, 2013–

Responsible for various roles in the production cycle

• Currently overseeing (on an ad hoc basis) a factual and highly illustrated book about legendary rock club JBs (the UK’s longest-running live-music venue which kick-started the careers of the likes of U2, The Police and Dire Straits) from conception to production, sourcing the written and illustrative material, undertaking copy-editing, proofreading, design and layout, and typesetting

• Invited by Harper Collins’ bestselling author Miranda Dickinson to do a talk about the publishing process at her weekly writers’ group

• Copy-editing and proofreading adult humour and horror fiction with excellent feedback on thoroughness and consistency of work.

LUP/Carnegie Publishing, Assistant Editor, 2011–2013

Responsible for various roles in the production cycle

• Oversaw the production of six scholarly humanities and languages journals, communicating with authors, freelancers and senior editors from LUP to ensure deadlines were met and texts were of the highest possible standard

• Used editorial, administrative, design and layout, picture research and marketing skills, efficiently swapping between each role when needed and prioritizing workload during the production of adults’ and children’s fiction and non-fiction books (disciplines included science, languages, history, industry, humour, wildlife, walking, local interest and mystery)

• Proofread/copy-edited books and journals from several imprints and outside companies, following individual house-styles and briefs; this often avoided the need for more than one proofing cycle by careful attention to detail and accuracy

• Wrote blurbs, captions for images, advance information sheets and press releases when needed and compiled and checked bibliographies, indexes and contents and copyright pages

• Sourced photographic and illustrated material from major image libraries, and organized creation of original content from freelance artists and photographers, negotiating massively reduced or waived fees due to limited company budgets

• Regularly consulted by the design manager about choices for front-cover design and inside layout, taking into account the book’s subject matter, target audience and current marketing trends

• Organized a series of book launches across Britain for Dr Barrie Trinder’s new history book – negotiating room-hire costs, liaising with the author about suitable dates and venues and producing marketing and promotional material (such as AIs, leaflets, bookmarks and press releases) using InDesign.

BBC WM Radio, Production Assistant, 2009

Voluntary Position

• Positive feedback from production manager when dealing with callers during radio show (polite, informative and good use of initiative)

• Greeted radio guests, ensuring they knew what to expect on the show, which questions would be asked, and discussing their slot in order to be more prepared to answer listeners’ questions

• Scoured newspapers and websites for news which could be discussed on the live radio show.

Stourminster Special School, Teaching Assistant, 2008–2010

Specialized in Literacy Mentoring

• Undertook one-to-one or group mentoring with children displaying challenging behaviour, quickly earning their trust and making lessons inspiring and fun – responsible for guided reading, phonics practice and assisting children while taking online literacy tests

• Covered lessons when class teacher was absent, planning innovative lessons, including practical demonstrations and online visual aids, and drawing on the observation of her behavioural techniques to keep control in the classroom

• Contributed to a 5–10% improvement in the literacy abilities of students, proven by monthly assessments.

Penguin Press, Picture Researcher, 2008

Voluntary Position

• Researched image sources and conversed with picture libraries – including Getty and Corbis – in order to establish/negotiate costs and reproduction rights

• Read brief for John Buchan’s The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn & Other Stories in order to source a suitable front-cover illustration (which was used on the finished book), communicating with the design and marketing teams to ensure the image met Penguin’s style and current market trends.

St Mary’s R.C. Primary, Teaching Assistant, 2007–2008

Specialized in Literacy Mentoring

• Planned one-to-one and group lessons for children in lower-ability literacy groups and recorded progress in order to feedback to learning co-ordinator each month

• Coached groups of children for whom English is a second language in order to improve their confidence and communication in school

• Asked by head teacher to proofread all teachers’ reports to ensure accuracy in spelling, grammar and punctuation, and to design and create artwork and material for several teachers’ termly displays because of demonstrated creative abilities.

ColArt, Art Co-ordinator, 2001–2011

Responsible for overseeing (ad hoc basis) various stages of the production cycle

• Originally one of several line-conversion artists, became the main one because of accuracy, precision and intricacy of line-work

• Designed over fifty line-conversions while aiding product development by liaising with marketing team to ensure artwork was suitable for target audience and current market trends

• Completed work well within deadlines to ensure products came out in time to coincide with seasonal periods throughout the year, and affected changes to art products which resulted in lower output costs.

Qualifications

University of Central Lancashire, MA Publishing (merit), 2010–2011

University of Birmingham, BA (Hons) History of Art (2:1), 2004–2007

Software/Networking

• Adobe InDesign (intermediate), Photoshop (basic), Bridge (basic); Microsoft Word (intermediate), Excel (basic), PowerPoint (intermediate); basic understanding of electronic file formats

• Experience of using data input systems, including Nielsen, InfoSource and Lotus