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Freelance Content and Publishing Services

Cecile Berbesi
Since April 2016
Responsibilities completed
  • 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
Responsibilities completed
  • 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

http://www.ibtauris.com

Assistant Commissioning Editor

John Wiley and Sons
October 2007 to September 2010
Responsibilities completed
  • 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

Artworker / Typesetter

ISTE
September 2005 to October 2007
Responsibilities completed
  • 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

http://www.iste.co.uk