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Cecile Berbesi

Cecile Berbesi

Freelance Content and Publishing Services

Media & Communication Industry
Content Services
Porto Portugal
Freelancer Available
A fast, reliable freelance editor with 15 years' experience in the UK trade and academic publishing industry. Whether you are an author, publishing house, academic or else, I can help you to ready your content for publication.

Freelance Content and Publishing Services

Cecile Berbesi
Since April 2016
Freelancer
London
United Kingdom
  • Having freelanced as a side hustle since 2007, I became full-time self-employed in 2016. My professional expertise covers the following duties:

    • project management
    • proofreading (English, French, Portuguese)
    • typesetting
    • xml/pdf check for digital publications
    • pre-production coordination
    • peer-review management
    • reader's report
    • translation (English/French)

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

    Fees are negotiated on a per-project basis.

    For a detailed CV, please click on the 'Experience' tab of this website. The works displayed in the 'Portfolios' are from 2020 onwards.
  • 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)
Company Description
I.B.Tauris is a publishing company founded in 1983 whose strategy is to publish serious but accessible works in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Company website
  • 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
Company Description
A global publishing company that specialises in academic non-fictions, especially in the Science Technical and Medical subject area
  • 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
Company Description
ISTE Ltd is a privately-owned IT & Engineering Sciences and Technology publisher based in London and founded in 2005.
Company website