Deborah Murrell

Freelance Project Manager & Book Writer

Location:London, London, United Kingdom
2 Skills

Deborah Murrell

Author, Editor, Producer and Project Manager

Telephone: 020 8480 4359
Mobile: 07813 948696


Writer and editor with both project and team management experience.
Titles include children’s and adults’ titles, books, CD-ROMs and website content,
including many SEO-optimised articles.
Subject matter varied, fiction and non-fiction, highly illustrated, including history, natural history, literature, science, medical and English teaching materials.
Communications professional with excellent interpersonal and event management
skills, and highly competent at writing marketing and sales copy.

Employment history

January 2005 to present – freelance/contract work
Since March 2006 I have been mostly freelance. For Amber Books I wrote four children’s books on Medieval Warfare and an adult book, Superstitions, and edited books on Ancient Greece and aviation. I proofread and copy-edited a number of travel guides, self-help books and TEFL manuals for Cambridge Publishing Management. In early 2006 I wrote Knights and Castles for Kingfisher’s My Best… series. With MotivatEd I produced a website for the WWF, writing copy, devising games and editing content. I managed several series of story books for QED, proofread a thesis on Shakespeare, wrote four books in Ladybird’s Mad About series: Sharks, Bugs, Knights and Costume, a four-book series entitled Warriors for QED and a children’s encyclopedia, Everything You Need to Know, for Kingfisher, for whom I also managed My Best Book of the Human Body. Working in-house for Harper Collins, I managed brands such as Narnia, Dr. Seuss, Noddy, Roary the Racing Car and Shrek, writing new stories based on existing characters. From September 2009 to February 2010 I worked at Parragon Books as Group Editor covering maternity leave, leading a team of designers and editors producing trade and licensed books and ‘books plus’ products. In December 2010 I completed a revising and reformatting project for Kingfisher, entitled Nature Got There First, and in July revised their Geography Encyclopedia. I am currently writing and editing a lift-the-flap book and a number of interactive books for Kingfisher, and writing articles, including SEO ones, for an agency supplying commercial websites.

December 2004 to March 2006 – Pinwheel: Managing Editor
At Pinwheel, I managed the Pinwheel imprint, consisting of novelty and board books. I also oversaw the Andromeda imprint, which produces non-fiction books for older children. I resigned from Pinwheel in March 2006, but worked with the company on a freelance basis until August.

February 2004 to December 2004 – Creative Education: Head of Communication and Media
Creative Education provides training, personnel and other support services to Education Authorities and schools. My responsibilities included customer liaison, writing copy for advertising and recruitment purposes, overseeing website content and editing course materials.

January 2003 to April 2004 – Picthall & Gunzi: Managing Editor
For P&G I managed a variety of books for young children and wrote Ancient Rome, published by Kingfisher as part of the My Best Book of… series, and Mega Trucks, for pre-school children.

November 2001 to January 2003 – living abroad
For just over two years I lived in the USA, where my husband was working; unfortunately, I was unable to work due to visa restrictions, but began the first novel of a trilogy for teenagers.

May 2000 to November 2001 – Picthall & Gunzi: Senior Producer/Editor
I managed the production team, designed and wrote text for CD activities, and co-edited the text for a book and CD-ROM on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

August 1998 to April 2000 – Steiner: Fitness Instructor
Having taught part-time as a fitness instructor for two years, I took a year out to work on cruise ships. I then travelled in Europe for a further eight months.

August 1997 to July 1998 – Picthall & Gunzi: Senior Editor
On The Complete Encyclopedia of Manchester United and Mind, Body, Spirit, Earth I researched and wrote material as well as commissioning specialist authors. I was also involved in planning and developing future projects for the company.

February 1997 to April 1997 – Edward Twentyman Recruitment: Editor
I completed several short-term assignments, including proofreading Fathercare and A Word in Time for Colt Books and editing magazines at the Catholic Institute for International Relations.

January 1997 to July 1997 – Amaze Multimedia: Senior Producer
I headed a team of about 20 people, developing and producing intranet training software on CD-ROM for Allied Carpets.

December 1995 to December 1996 – Maris Multimedia: Senior Producer
I managed the overall design and functionality of a CD-ROM entitled Atlas of the Ancient World, with programming and design teams in Moscow and an editorial team in Cambridge. I worked closely with Sales and Marketing, overseeing press releases and producing showreels and demonstration software as required.

August 1992 to November 1995 – Dorling Kindersley Multimedia: Senior Editor/Producer
I produced The Family Medical Guide CD-ROM for the American Medical Association. My work involved deciding product functionality, style and interface, storyboarding animations, and liaising with the AMA, management and programming teams. I headed a team of 16 designers, editors and animators. On My First Amazing, Incredible Dictionary CD-ROM I led a team of editors, designers and animators. My work included storyboarding animations, organising photographic shoots, writing, commissioning and editing text, and otherwise managing the content and structure of the product.

January 1992 – European Guide Ventures: Writer
I revised and updated the brochure and guide to Euro Disneyland.

October 1989 to July 1992 – Dorling Kindersley: Editorial Assistant/Project Editor
My first job in publishing was as a research assistant on DK’s Children’s Encyclopedia. I went on to run the last four titles of the Look Closer series. This involved training and supervising a new editor, commissioning authors and photographers and managing budgets. I then project-managed Amazing Animal Facts, and wrote and edited Arts and Natural History pages for Factopedia.

July 1986 to October 1989: Various temporary positions
Prior to October 1989 I worked for a number of companies on a temporary basis, in fields such as computer support, sales, communications and customer relations.

1982-1986: University of Warwick
BA (Hons) Theatre Studies

1975-1982: Emerson Park School
‘A’ Level GCE passes: French, English and Spanish
‘O’ Level GCE passes: English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, French, Spanish, Biology, Physics and Chemistry

Computer Skills
Apple Macintosh and PC software including Word, WordPerfect, Pagemaker, QuarkXpress, Project, Excel, Director, Freehand, Photoshop, Jamba and Authorware.

Interests and hobbies
I am a sociable person, and enjoy spending time with friends. My hobbies are dance and fitness training, swimming, reading, badminton, music and theatre-going.
Skills (2) Rating
Project Management
Book Writing