This is What I Do
I've worked in creative industries since 'Let It Be' by Ferry Aid was number one, and have been producing books since 1993. I've met some great people and wonderful organisations, but still retain a passion for creating high-quality publications that exceed my clients' expectations.
Sometimes I go in-house to work with a publisher — for instance, their Production Department may need help during a busy time. (I've done this with companies like HarperCollins, Walker Books, DBP and Pavilion.) I also handle projects for organisations perhaps lacking an in-house publishing team — organisations like The Pony Club, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead. Let me tell you a little more:
I was the Publishing Consultant for The Pony Club between 2010 and 2016. The Pony Club is a national treasure, with over 340 Branches and 540 Centres in the UK alone, and a worldwide membership of over 110,000. My role was to look after the editorial, design and production side of their publications, including The Manual of Horsemanship, Training Starts Early, The Instructor's Handbook and many more.
Hickstead is one of the greatest British sporting venues, and the story of how Douglas Bunn built it up from nothing — and of the competitors (both human and equine) who forged the legend — is told in this lavish coffee-table book, Hickstead: A Golden Celebration which I designed and produced in conjunction with the fantastic people at The All England Jumping Course, renowned equestrian journalist Alan Smith, and publishing legend Barbara Cooper. Buy a copy online (and tickets for forthcoming events) by visiting the Hickstead website.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust was founded in 1946 by the great artist, ornithologist and 'father of conservation', Sir Peter Scott. With 200,000 members and ten Wetland Centres spread across the UK, the WWT publish books to raise funds and awareness of their great work. Working closely with Barbara Cooper, I have created numerous publications for them including a brand new edition of the classic 1946 Peter Scott-illustrated edition of Paul Gallico's WW2 novella The Snow Goose, and a collection of writings by Sir Peter Scott — Collected Writings, both of which are available from the WWT website.
In 2012, I worked directly with the author, Major W.G. Clarke and long-time collaborator Barbara Cooper to publish a book — Royal Salute — which told the story of the Queen's Saluting Battery (now the King's Troop RHA) and their ancient barracks at St. John's Wood in London. I would recommend it to even those normally apathetic to military history. Visit the RHAA's website now to find out more.
In 2017, I co-founded eQn Publishing — a new e-first publisher with a mission to produce high-quality equestrian books that are affordable to buy and eye-catching, up-to-date and compelling to read. The first four titles are available now: What to Wear for Riding; How to Approach Horses; Simple and Effective Grooming; and The New Horse Notebook.