Illustrated publishing is about making books that celebrate creativity, passion and knowledge. These are books to browse, imagine, journey or cook from. Simply put, they’re books with pictures but their power lies in the balance of words and images - both carry equal weight. When words and pictures work together they tell a much more meaningful story.
With more than 20 years experience in illustrated publishing, I can help you take a book from an idea to a beautiful object in your hands. You might be an expert in your field but not a confident writer. You might be wondering how to get a book published. Perhaps your work needs clarity or polish. Or you might be a publisher needing someone to manage the creative team. If there is a project you think I can help with, please get in touch.
I’m a publisher, project manager, editor and writer who specialises in illustrated books. I have worked with the very best authors and creatives during five years as Publishing Manager at food and lifestyle imprint Penguin Lantern, where I was responsible for managing a large team to produce 25 books a year to the highest standard of excellence. Some of the books I managed include The Cook’s Table by Stephanie Alexander, Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden by Janet Hawley, Shelter by Kara Rosenlund, Obsessive Creative by Collette Dinnigan, Greek by George Calombaris and Living Design by Jamie Durie and Nadine Bush. Before that I was Managing Editor at Murdoch Books for three years, working on the food and lifestyle titles, editing or managing titles including Etcetera by Sibella Court and One by Victoria Alexander.
Earlier in my career I worked at Hachette, McGraw-Hill and Parragon Books (UK). I’m also the author of Australia’s bestselling walking guide, Sydney’s Best Harbour & Coastal Walks (60,000 sold), and travel guides Footprint Australia Travel Guide and Footprint West Coast Australia Handbook.
Direct a book from idea to printed copies
Collaborate with authors to create a strong concept
Prepare a proposal for presentation to publishers
Brief and review photoshoots, moodboards, design concepts and page proofs
Manage every creative and practical aspect of producing a book
Commission a team of talented creatives tailored to suit each project
Develop and maintain budgets and schedules
Plan and manage photoshoots
Step in at any stage of the project when help is needed
Structural editing to bring clarity and focus to manuscripts
Create content for websites or blogs
Write book blurbs, catalogue copy, press releases, newsletters
Ghost write book introductions, narrative features or articles
Surry Hills, Sydney