Miranda Harrison ~ m.harrison@wlcreative.co.uk -
BOOK PUBLISHING CV





 
 
 
 




EDITORIAL / PRODUCTION
 
After 13 years in-house publishing illustrated books, I became a freelance editor and publishing consultant in 2003. Drawing on my combined in-house/freelance experience and contacts, I offer the following:
 
•  Editorial project management – alongside editorial and design-related tasks, this often includes budget control, scheduling, flatplan development and team management
•  Commissioning/development – I provide script development services for authors and publishers. In addition, I source authors, editors, designers, translators, indexers, illustrators, photographers and cartographers from a wide range of expert contacts
•  Copy-editing and proofreading – I work on screen, using Word, InDesign or Quark
(and do hardcopy checks before final delivery)
•  Picture research – together with an in-depth knowledge of many collections, I am extremely experienced in tracking permissions and negotiating fees
•  Production project management – services include accurate hi-res proof correction and print buying. I have strong links with repro houses and printers in the UK, Italy, Spain, China and Singapore. I also have extensive experience of managing limited editions, working with high-end print studios, sourcing slipcase manufacturers etc.
 
 
SELECTED FREELANCE ROLES (ARTS AND POPULAR CULTURE TITLES)
 
Editor
Open-Space Learning (drama workshops as a teaching resource across disciplines) – Bloomsbury Academic
Robert Lepage (part of the Performance Practitioners series) – Routledge
Atlas of History’s Greatest Heroes and Villains (quirky reference) – Quantum Publishing
Stephen Jones: An Anthology of Hats (funky fashion title) – V&A Publications
In Fine Style (sumptuous exploration of Tudor and Stuart fashion) – Royal CollectionPublishing
Wyndham Lewis Portraits (gallery exhibition catalogue) – National Portrait Gallery
Birmingham Town Hall (architectural and social history) – Lund Humphries
Medals of Dishonour (anti-establishment decorative arts) – British Museum Press
 
Proofreader 
Barrett: The Definitive Visual Companion to the Life of Syd Barrett – Essential Works
Gaga (illustrated biography of Lady Gaga) – Essential Works for Sterling Publishing
Mrs Hudson’s Diaries (gift book for Sherlock Holmes fans, by Barry Cryer) – Robson Press
The Greatest Race (design-led story of the Tour de France) – Octopus
The Music of Painting (arts reference) – Phaidon Press
 
Commissioning Editor
Lund Humphries: Tasks included script development with authors prior to final delivery; assembling proposals (complete with costs); research trips to potential key markets
Cassell Illustrated: Responsible for the first two volumes – Draw Like Da Vinci and Paint Like Monet – of a new practical art series. The biggest challenge was finding skilled author/artists, but the job also included managing designers, compiling flatplans, structuring and editing the texts, sourcing images and negotiating costs.
 
Project Manager 
• Imperial War Museum: Part-time role, managing publication of new titles and airshow programmes
• The British Library: Part-time role, managing publication of fiction (crime classics) and non-fiction titles
Tate Publishing: 11-month in-house contract, overseeing the edit and design of a range of art-related titles for adults and children
National Portrait Gallery: 21-Century Portraits (design-led introduction to contemporary art). Oversaw edit and design; undertook extensive picture research
Constable & Robinson: Renaissance Popes and Stonehenge (two general-level history titles). Edited, undertook picture research on very tight budgets, managed design and production
Dorling Kindersley: DIY: Know-how with show-how (DIY manual). Managed complex scheduling of authors, models, photographers, editors and designers
 
Picture Researcher (short-term projects in 2009 and 2011) 
• British Museum Press: Employed on a freelance basis to provide in-house picture research for the publishing team.
 

WRITING
 
I am also a published author:
English Eccentric Interiors (WileyAcademy, 2006) *
Picasso: Guernica (Scala Publishers, 2003)
Ancient Egypt and the Afterlife (Scala Publishers, 2002)
 
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* Review for English Eccentric Interiors, taken from the RIBA bookshop website:

Alan Clark MP once famously accused Michael Heseltine of 'having bought his own furniture'. This rather sums up the attitude of the British towards interiors - one collects or inherits a bizarre collection of paraphanalia and puts it all together in a seemingly careless way with wit, irony and often informed theatrical style. In English Eccentric Interiors, Miranda Harrison has identified some flamboyantly extreme forms of self expression, with one style described as ‘English puddings become hotel decor’. Under three chapter headings, Eccentric Entertainment, Historic Originality and Contemporary Passions, all the delicious vices and virtues that make for Britishness are revealed in superb photographs and intelligent text. It makes white walls look rather unimaginative.

Reviewed by Diana Yakeley, Chairman, British Interior Design Association and Partner, Yakeley Associates Ltd.



THE BOOK TRADE CHARITY (BTBS)

Founded as the Book Trade Benevolent Society (BTBS) in 1837, and now named The Book Trade Charity, this is a small charity that does a huge amount of work for people working in the book trade who need assistance.


To celebrate their 175th anniversary they made a video, outlining the work of the charity and using case studies to show how they had impacted on people's lives. I was asked to tell one person's story for her, as she didn't wish to be filmed. To see the video, please click on the image.




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