Paul Martin

Advanced Professional Member
Location Silsoe
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Skills

  • Developmental/substantive editing
  • Copy-editing
  • Proofreading
  • Plain/clear English
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Picture research
  • Copyright clearance
  • Project management
  • Consultancy (editorial)
  • Editorial training

Media

  • Educational materials
  • Books
  • Multi-author books
  • Illustrated books
  • Digital learning resources

Experience

  • Freelance since 2017
  • Senior Content & Learning Specialist, Pearson UK, 2008-2016
  • Editor, Badger Learning, 2002-2008
  • Published poet and author

Clients

  • Pearson/Edexcel
  • The Historical Association
  • The Standards and Testing Agency
  • Scholastic
  • Just Content
  • Hart McLeod
  • Surrigo
  • QBS Learning
  • Out of House
  • Elektra Media
  • Phoenix Photosetting
  • Kube Publishing
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Wearset (academic, for Taylor & Francis)
  • Spi Global (academic, for CUP)
  • Kognity: intelligent textbooks
  • Authorhelp.uk
  • Educake
  • ALCS
  • Oriel Square
  • Global Blended Learning
  • Open University

Subjects

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 written revision guides for AQA Conflict and Tension (Cold War) and Edexcel Weimar & Nazi Germany, online revision quizzes on Edexcel History of Warfare, and resource lists for ACLS on female leaders in Early Modern Britain and female participation in British politics pre-1900.

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.

Qualifications

  • MA in Religious and Social History
  • BA in Renaissance and Modern History

Courses

  • Historical Association Online Conference 2021
  • Historical Association Online Conference 2020
  • SfEP North-East Mini-Conference 2019
  • Educational Publishing Update: SfEP Professional Development Day 2018
  • Inside Bloomsbury: Bloomsbury Institute panel on freelancers 2018

Testimonials

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

Paul was very meticulous and definitely improved the accuracy and readability of my book. Excellent lines of communication from the start. Paul was always very clear on what was needed from me and would also check that I was okay with certain suggestions. A joy to work with! Would thoroughly recommend Paul!

Author, Wearset academic text, Taylor & Francis

I’m very happy with how thoroughly you’ve gone through the text, and with how much attention you have also given to the bibliography, in which there were quite a few mistakes on my part. Your approach has been very thorough and consistent throughout, and the text has been much improved by your work.

Author, Wearset academic text, Taylor & Francis

Paul edited my text thoroughly and made suggestions and corrections that were very pertinent and helpful. On top of that, he later offered further suggestions on how to improve the manuscript. I valued his comments and the manuscript became considerably better for it.

After a while he contacted me and put me in touch with a very good publisher. I sent a few chapters to the publisher, they accepted the manuscript, I signed the contract with them and the process of having my memoir in print has started.  Paul did for me much more than just copy-editing work.

Independent author, memoir

I would like to thank you for making such a masterly job of editing such a huge manuscript and at warp speed. Although the majority was copy-editing, you helpfully identified important oversights and lapses of continuity in the process... you also made valuable suggestions for two problem areas in my manuscript. I'm very happy to give my recommendations for your service.

Independent novelist