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Experience

Freelance Content and Publishing Services

Cecile Berbesi
Since April 2016
  • An occasional freelancer since 2007, I became fully self-employed in April 2016.

    My professional expertise covers the following duties:
    - project management
    - copy-writing (digital & print)
    - copy-editing/proofreading (digital & print)
    - translating English to French
    - typesetting
    - reader's report

    Subject areas include among others French, History, Education, Middle East, Travel Writing, Politics & International Relations, Business, Technical Engineering.

    Clients include:
    - American University of Cairo
    - Biteback Publishing
    - Bourchier Ltd
    - Boydell & Brewer
    - Brilliant Publications
    - Eland Publishers
    - Hermes Science Publishing
    - Icon Books
    - ISTE Editions
    - UCL IOE Press
    - Wiley-ISTE

    Fees are negotiated on a per-project basis.

    For an exhaustive list of my freelance works between now and 2007, please visit my portfolio on Google+: https://goo.gl/photos/gUqSLE5zZLQ7a6V86
    The works display on this website's portfolio are from 2016 onwards.

Production Manager

I.B.Tauris
September 2010 to March 2016
  • Controlling quality of 150 titles/year: ensuring content is standard to and in tone with house style/industry standard, checking for plagiarism, copyediting and proofreading all 150 books (Adobe Acrobat Pro and on paper)
  • Budgeting: tracking variance to budget performance, negotiating suppliers' fees, monitoring suppliers' payments and follow-ups
  • Scheduling: implementing production planning spreadsheet, updating internal project management database
  • Managing workforce and authors: briefing every project, outsourcing UK and Indian-based suppliers, tracking the production planner and chasing-up when delays, mediating between the supplier and the author, recruiting new suppliers, answering authors and suppliers’ queries
  • Designing: typesetting ebooks and layouts (Adobe InDesign), enhancing pictures quality (Adobe Photoshop), drawing book series logos and internal maps (Adobe Illustrator)

Assistant Commissioning Editor

John Wiley and Sons
October 2007 to September 2010
  • Building up publisher's list of titles on 3-year forecast
  • Reading and evaluating book proposals and manuscripts submitted by authors and agents, and assessing their suitability for the list
  • Contracting electronic and book publication rights
  • Releasing up to 10 packaging and text handovers/month to production: assessing manuscript content and image quality control, liaising with external suppliers and authors
  • Preparing marketing materials: selecting cover images, writing blurbs, securing endorsements, designing flyers and yearly catalogue

Artworker / Typesetter

ISTE
September 2005 to October 2007
  • Formatting all 50 book layouts using templates or as per briefing
  • Compiling contents and making indexes from scratch
  • Redrawing formulas using MathMagic (Adobe InDesign) and MathType (Word 2007)
  • Designing ratios, charts, graphs and maps in Adobe Illustrator
  • Assessing technical content of PDF files and tweaking final PDF files using PitStop

Education

BA Publishing Studies

Paris West University Nanterre La Défense
June 2004

History of Books, Cultural Affairs, Management, Marketing, Design (InDesign layout), Manufacturing, Copyediting-Proofreading

MA English

Paris West University Nanterre La Défense
September 2003

English History, Literature and Linguistics

Thesis on ‘Witch-Hunt in England in the 16th and 17th centuries’

A-levels

Lycée Charles de Gaulle
June 1999

Economics, Social Sciences and English

Interests

  • Blogging (www.lestitchenfolie.com) and learning more about coding
  • Textile crafting; currently focusing on hand-dyeing and spinning yarn to sell on Etsy (http://corolaine.etsy.com)
  • Gardening, upcycling, DIY
  • Videogames (mobile and console)
  • Travelling (at least three times a year)

Skills

  • InDesign
    • Typesetting books, catalogues and flyers
    • Creating styles and templates from scratch, following a brief or based on predefined styles
    • Generating print-ready PDFs with press quality settings on
  • Acrobat Pro
    • Amending text and images using advanced editing tools directly in unlocked PDFs
    • Tagging PDF files with comments and queries
    • Transforming Adobe PDF files into ebooks and slide presentations
    • Combining PDF files to reveal text amendments
    • Extracting, replacing, adding pages to PDF files
  • Photoshop
    • Optimising images for press
    • Tweaking images
    • Manipulating and amending scanned or PDF text
  • Illustrator
    • Converting graphs, timelines and other numerical-type of illustrations (png, excel or pdf files) into high-quality eps files
    • Drawing maps and graphs from screen grabs, pictures or scans
    • Designing logos and banners
  • Wordpress, Blogger
    http://lestitchenfolie.blogspot.co.uk

    • Writing posts as regularly as possible
    • Branding by designing bespoke banner/logo and web layout using HTML or template
    • Retouching/refocusing, optimising pictures to improve fast streaming
  • Google Analytics, Statcounter
    • Analysing followers flow data using Statcounter and Google Analytics
    • Increasing blog visibility by participating in forums, tagging keywords, linking to other social websites
  • Social media
    Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Ravelry, Tumblr, Twitter
  • Word
    • Formatting layouts using styles and templates
    • Using track changes and including comments and queries
    • Compiling mathematical formulas, table of contents, indexes, glossary
    • Comparing and merging Word documents
  • Excel,
    • Creating production planning schedules and budget tracking spreadsheets
    • Generating graphs
  • Powerpoint
    • Designing dynamic presentations