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Development editing, copy-editing and consultancy for organisations and authors.

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With many years of editorial experience, I have a wide range of skills with which to assist both organisations and authors. For organisations, I can offer development editing and copy-editing expertise for manuscripts, reports and grant applications; as well as consultancy expertise for those seeking advice on the world of book publishing. For authors, I can offer extensive structural, line-editing and consultancy assistance at both proposal and manuscript stage. I have particular expertise in heavy editing; sharpening a text to improve clarity of argument, accessibility of language, structure and flow. I have a broad range of interests, with specialist knowledge in international development, African politics and socio-economic issues. Since going freelance in November 2018, my clients have included the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Rift Valley Institute (RVI), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI),  Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Peace Direct, Profile Books and Hurst. Additionally, I have provided development editing services on a direct-to-author basis for manuscripts contracted to, amongst others, Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, I.B. Tauris and Birlinn.


My ten years prior to becoming freelance were spent at Zed Books, an independent publisher of contemporary political non-fiction. As editorial director responsible for the Politics, Economics and Africa lists, I commissioned and edited hundreds of books for a global readership of academics, students, researchers, policy makers and the general public. Additionally, I was a director of the company, giving me unique insight into the publishing landscape. Prior to this, I worked at Ebury Press, part of the Penguin Random House group, where I project managed and edited a variety of trade non-fiction for a mass-market audience. Aside from my freelance editorial work, I act as Consultant Publishing Manager for the African Leadership Centre (ALC) at King's College London, am an Associate Commissioning Editor for Pluto Press, and sit on the Board of Trustees for the International African Institute (IAI).

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'Editing is more than a career for Ken, it's a passion in which he has a gift.'

Steve Keen, author of Debunking Economics

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