Highly experienced education resource developer, copy-editor and proofreader; a history specialist with experience across a wide range of subjects for the UK and International Schools markets. Formerly a Senior Content and Learning Specialist (Development Editor) and project lead at Pearson UK, I am now a full-time freelance editor, consultant and author.
A History post-graduate from Warwick University, I have been working in educational publishing since 2002. I have worked across a range of Humanities, English, Science and BTEC subjects at Key Stages 1-5. My History specialisms are Religion and Warfare, in particular England 1450-1650, but I am well-versed in a wide range of topics - including 20th-century world history. I am also comfortable working on projects outside of educational publishing. I have a wide range of satisfied clients who highly value my work and am always keen to expand my project base.
I can offer:
- content development and author management
- editorial/project management
- copy-editing, proofreading, fact-checking
- content reversioning and authoring
- experience with picture research, photography, text and media permissions clearance
- market and competitor research, product trialling.
I am also an Edexcel History tour reviewer and consultant, and am very familiar with their endorsement process.
I authored a revision guide on the Cold War for Pearson's AQA Revise series and am the series editor (and author, Edexcel Germany) for the forthcoming Scholastic GCSE History Revision Guide series.
- Developmental/substantive editing
- Plain/clear English
- Picture research
- Copyright clearance
- Project management
- Consultancy (editorial)
- Editorial training
- Educational materials
- Multi-author books
- Illustrated books
- Digital learning resources
- Freelance since 2017
- Senior Content & Learning Specialist, Pearson UK, 2008-2016
- Editor, Badger Learning, 2002-2008
- Published poet and author
- The Historical Association
- The Standards and Testing Agency
- Just Content
- Hart McLeod
- QBS Learning
- Out of House
- Elektra Media
- Phoenix Photosetting
- Kube Publishing
- Borough Press (HarperCollins)
- Simon & Schuster
- Cambridge University Press
- Wearset (academic, for Taylor & Francis)
- Spi Global (academic, for CUP)
- Kognity: intelligent textbooks
I have experience working on subjects across the full school curriculum from primary up to A-Level for the UK and International Schools markets. My primary focus is History (general, early modern, church, military, religious, English, European, 15th-20th century, Wars of the Roses, Tudor, American, WW1, WW2, Cold War, communism, fascism), Education (resources, secondary, primary), but I am also comfortable working on Humanities, English, Science, BTEC and also non-educational titles.
I have also worked on fiction and non-fiction readers for reluctant readers, children's picture books, and academic texts. Additionally, I have supported a number of independent self-publishing authors with consultancy and editorial work, and offer a student editorial service for theses and dissertations.
Finally, I am a published poet and keen photographer, and an avid reader of fantasy novels and historical fiction.
- MA in Religious and Social History
- BA in Renaissance and Modern History
- SfEP North-East Mini-Conference 2019
- Educational Publishing Update: SfEP Professional Development Day 2018
- Inside Bloomsbury: Bloomsbury Institute panel on freelancers 2018
Paul has been my editor on a number of GCSE History titles and his attention to detail, historical knowledge and (most importantly) ability to skilfully improve my work without making me feel too inept about my errors are second to none. I always know my work will be far better for having been edited by Paul.
Author, Edexcel GCSE and KS3 History
I worked with Paul in-house for many years so when it came to publishing our new International GCSE History series, his name was top of my list for freelancers. His years of experience of development editing, copy-editing and proofreading, combined with his passion for and knowledge of the subject meant that I knew the project would be in great hands. He comes highly recommended.
Commissioning Editor, Pearson iGCSE History
I must say, this was a master copy-edit and [we] are very grateful for your efforts with our text.
Author, Wearset academic text, Taylor & Francis
Paul was an excellent development editor... well organised and always quick to respond, working at short notice to tight deadlines to a high standard. He was thorough and professional in all areas, including retroactive standardisation of different authors and historical fact-checking and research. In addition, Paul was always enthusiastic and extremely accommodating - it was a pleasure working with him and I would highly recommend him.
Project Lead, Historical Association