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The following is a list of some (but not all) of the members of Nibweb. It’s quite a long list – so it’s worth scrolling down to the end when you’re looking for a writer and, if you still can’t find the kind of person you’re looking for, send a general email to the website (see the ‘Contact us’ page) and we’ll pass it on to everyone in the group.
At the very end of this page, we have included some helpful hints for commissioners. If you’re an old hand, you won’t need to read them, but we hope they’ll be useful to anyone who hasn’t much experience of commissioning non-fiction.
Simon Adams is a long-standing author of children’s reference, education and entertainment books, specialising in history, politics, world affairs, exploration and biography. He has written for Dorling Kindersley, Franklin Watts, Carlton, QED, the Discovery Channel, Kingfisher and OUP, among many other publishers. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.simon-adams.co.uk
Jenny Alexander has written eight funny self-help books for children about topics such as bullying, stress and self-esteem; one unfunny self-help book for parents about bullying, and books for both children and adults about creative writing, which she also teaches. Her other published works include two trade-published fiction series for children, one YA novel and about a hundred fiction and non-fiction titles for educational publishers, ranging across the primary curriculum. She has also written articles for Mslexia, The Author, Writers’ Forum, Junior Education, Children and Young People Now and various regional publications, and she blogs about creative dreaming and writing here: www.writinginthehouseofdreams.com
Lionel Bender is a freelance author and editor (often working with Nibweb members). He is the Editorial Partner and Co-Founder of book packager Bender Richardson White (BRW), producing illustrated information books and educational materials (currently, exclusively for North America). Lionel often speaks to authors’ organisations (e.g SCBWI and Children’s Book Circle) about children’s nonfiction publishing. In June 2013, he initiated and helped organise the first annual 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference in the USA. BRW: www.brw.co.uk; The NF conference: www.21cnfc.com
Moira Butterfield is the author of books on wide-ranging non-fiction topics as well as practical books and fiction. She is particularly strong working with visually complicated or lively design-led projects. Her work covers all ages from under-5s, 5-7 year olds or 7-12 year olds. She is especially well-known for history and natural history, and for taking on projects which mix non-fiction, practical projects and even fiction. For a more information, visit www.moirabutterfield.com Contact email@example.com
Sean Callery is a children’s writer and primary school teacher. He has researched and written more than 50 books, published by Scholastic, HarperCollins, Pearson among many others. He writes on a wide variety of subjects, especially history and sport, and is also the author of several story-books. Website: seancallery.co.uk
Anna Claybourne is an experienced, reliable and engaging writer for children. She works with a wide range of clients, writing for all ages from preschool to teenage, and has published more than 150 books including award-winning titles. She writes on many topics, specialising in science, nature and wildlife, art and craft, and Shakespeare. She also writes children’s retellings of myths, legends and literature, as well as school reading scheme books and early years rhyming fiction. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.annaclaybourne.co.uk
Ian Douglas is an author, journalist and teacher. He writes non-fiction for children with an emphasis on British history and visits schools with his History Road Show. This includes fun, interactive activities, storytelling and creative writing workshops. Ian is also a fiction author for children, including the Zeke Hailey series of sci-fi adventures for mid-grade. Find out more about Zeke’s escapades on Mars at zekehailey.com . Ian is the writer behind the Snowpo the Bear iTune apps for early readers and his writing has been exhibited at London’s Museum of Childhood. He also scripts graphic stories and computer games. Website: http://www.iandouglas-writer.com/ email: email@example.com
Anita Ganeri is an award-winning author of children’s information books, specialising in geography, religion and natural history. She has written the best-selling ‘Horrible Geography’ series for Scholastic Children’s Books. The title ‘Planet in Peril’ won the Blue Peter Book Award for the Best Book with Facts in 2009. Anita is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and, in 2010, was awarded the Tivy Education Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for an outstanding contribution to geographical education. Website: www.anitaganeri.co.uk Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m an author of popular science, technology, biography and history books, specialising in space, aviation, transport, energy, electronics, inventions and military technology. After studying applied physics and journalism, I worked in magazines before switching to books. I have written and co-written more than 260 titles, mainly for children and teens. I was the joint winner of the 2012 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize. I’ve also written graphic novels re-telling classic tales. Adult non-fiction includes ‘The Ultimate Book of Impostors’. Website: www.ian-graham.co.uk.
Green, Dr Jen
I’m a highly experienced writer of non-fiction, e-books and audiobooks, mainly for children for trade and school/library markets, and also adult reference. I have over 350 books in print: mainly on history, geography, nature and environment; also on science, social issues, biography, survival and the arts. Much of my writing is for 7-11s (KS2), but I’ve also written for under-7s (KS1) and 11-14s (KS3). Publishers include Dorling Kindersley, Watts, Wayland, Quarto, National Geographic, Harcourt/Raintree, Grolier and Lorenz. I undertake editorial, website consultancy and series development. (Full list of published titles available.) Contact: email@example.com
I have more than 20 years’ experience writing and editing information books for under-12s, in both trade and school-and-library markets. As an author, I have 200+ titles published; I’ve been shortlisted for the Aventis Junior Science Prize, highly commended by the Geographical Association, commended by NASEN and won Practical Pre-School Gold Awards. History and natural history are favourite areas, but I’m a reliable all-rounder. As an editor, I provide total project management, copyediting, proofreading, indexing and picture research. Clients have included DK, Watts, Wayland, Evans, Ladybird, Kingfisher, Red Lemon, OUP and Scholastic. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leach, Dr Michael
Dr Michael Leach specialises in writing about wildlife, particularly mammals and birds. He spent six years as a cameraman filming natural history documentaries for the BBC and Independent TV. An experienced field naturalist he has worked with animals on all seven continents. His 28 books cover subjects ranging from apes to owls and big cats to hippos and have been translated into 10 languages. Publishers include Random House, Blandford, Hatchette and A & C Black. Michael has written for both children and adults, often illustrated with his own wildlife photographs. Website: www.michael-leach.co.uk. Contact: email@example.com
Mark Levesley is a science textbook author, working primarily on books that match the specifications of the UK National Curriculum. He is a biochemist by training, and writes biology and chemistry content as well as working as series editor for some of the UK’s most successful courses used in lower secondary education (11 – 16 year olds). These include Exploring Science (now in its fourth edition), GCSE courses for all three ‘awarding bodies’ in England (Edexcel, AQA, OCR) and books focusing on the mathematical and literacy skills needed in science. He is published by Pearson, Hodder Education and HarperCollins. Website: www.levesley.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Loughrey writes children’s fiction and non-fiction for ages 2 -14 years. She has an educational background and extensive knowledge of the national curriculum. Her specialisms include primary science and technology, history, mythology, fairy tales, banded reading scheme books and writing for reluctant and struggling readers. She has over seventy-five books published with a wide variety of publishers and toy companies, under her own name and the pseudonym Cathy West. Anita teaches ‘Writing for Children’ workshops to adults at a variety of residential courses. She also has a regular column in the national magazine, Writers’ Forum, about authors’ research secrets.
Claudia Martin is an author, web writer and project editor. Recent books as an author include ‘Malala Yousafzai’ and ‘Tim Berners-Lee’ in the ‘Inspirational Lives’ series (Wayland, 2015), ‘My Little Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes’ (QED, 2015) and ‘The Indus Valley’ and ‘Early Islamic Civilization’ (Wayland, 2014). Work on the web includes geography, history, current affairs and science articles for www.q-files.com, the online children’s encyclopaedia. Claudia is an experienced editor and project manager of both children’s and adults’ non-fiction. Please contact at email@example.com.
Neil is an experienced writer of information books, and his published work covers a wide range of themes, from simple guides to complex encyclopaedias. He also offers the following services: editing, proofreading, and fact-checking; German–English translation; and compiling, editing, and proofreading dictionaries. Website: www.neilmorris.co.uk
I started out as an editor, working in-house for publishers including Macmillan Education, DK and Kingfisher (where I managed the young non-fiction and activity book list). Now freelance, I take on both writing and editorial commissions. Skills include the editorial project management of highly illustrated books and working with backlist artwork/photographs or licensed character assets to generate new titles. I’ve written books for all ages on a wide variety of subjects, including history, natural history, hobbies and crafts, but my particular interest and expertise is in producing material for the under-5s and early readers – writing original fiction and non-fiction, re-telling and adapting stories and scripts and devising integrated age-appropriate activities. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve is the author, editor or consultant of more than 300 books and 100 websites in the areas of nature and science. His workshops and other events are hosted in schools, libraries, bookstores and similar centres, usually as part of a book week, literacy programme or science celebration. Latest titles include A Journey Through … Space, The Body, etc. – a charming series for younger readers with acclaimed illustrator John Haslam. For older readers, Kill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine achieved the New York Times Bestseller Top 10 2014 and received the British Medical Association Book Award 2014. The recent eight-title Animal Diaries series in particular is ideal for primary school events. Travel to most parts of the UK is no problem, after all, it broadens the mind. Website: http://www.steveparker.co.uk
Anne Rooney writes non-fiction for children and adults, and fiction for children. She specialises in science and technology, and philosophy/ethics, and also in books for less confident readers (lower reading age than chronological age). She has published around 200 books with a wide variety of publishers. Originally a medievalist, she is also happy to write about literature and history. She is Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge and Chair of the Educational Writers Group of the Society of Authors. Website: www.annerooney.com email: email@example.com
Prize-winning author Stewart Ross taught in various countries before, inspired by his great-grandfather, a vast Scotsman with a spreading beard, becoming a full-time author in 1989. He has written some 270 books, fiction and non-fiction, for children and adults, plays and lyrics and other bits and pieces, and teaches writing in England and France. Stewart lives near Canterbury with his wife, four occasional children and an ageing sheepdog. He commutes daily to work in a large hut in the garden. Website: www.stewartross.com
Dr Kristina Routh is a medical doctor and freelance non-fiction writer, medical consultant and editor. She has written six health-related books for teenagers as well as several hundred popular articles on all aspects of health and the human body. Kristina also provides a wide range of medical consultancy for publishers – from initial concepts through to final fact-checking of text and illustrations. Current and previous clients include include Heinemann, Usborne Publishing, Miles Kelly, Midsummer Books and TickTock Media. Please contact Kristina via her website: www.kristinarouth.co.uk
Andy Seed is a writer of a number of successful non-fiction series for both children and adults. He specialises in mixing humour with facts and in 2015 won the Blue Peter Book Award (best Book with Facts) for one of his Bloomsbury titles. Andy is a former teacher and educational consultant who has written extensively for organisations, companies and government bodies including BBC, Google, Boots, DTI, NSPCC, The Premier League and BP. Andy has worked with many of the UK’s leading publishers and has written over 40 books which bring subjects alive from Science to Sport and Natural History. http://www.andyseed.com
Cath Senker is the author of more than 120 children’s non-fiction books. Specialising in modern history, her titles include ‘Who Travelled the Underground Railroad?’ (Raintree, 2014), ‘Mandela and Truth and Reconciliation’ (Raintree, 2013) and ‘Our World Divided: North and South Korea’ (Wayland, 2011). She has a keen interest in global issues such as migration and the environment, writing titles including ‘Mapping Global Issues: Immigrants and Refugees’ (Arcturus, 2011) and ‘A Teen Guide to Being Eco in Your Community’ (Raintree, 2013). Cath aims to highlight individuals’ experiences and to present different viewpoints in a non-judgemental way. Website: www.cathsenker.co.uk
Robert Snedden has worked in publishing for over thirty years as an editor and writer. He is an insatiable autodidact in the grand Scottish tradition and delights in learning new things, particularly concerning science, and in passing on that knowledge via the books he writes. His books for children and young adults have so far ranged across such diverse topics as medical ethics, space exploration and the technology of ancient civilisations. When not stuck in front of the computer he is generally to be found whipping up something or other in the kitchen or talking nonsense with anyone daft enough to listen. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I write lively and accurate children’s non-fiction for all age groups, for schools, libraries, general trade and international markets. I have worked on all sides of publishing for many years and know the score. I enjoy planning, visualisation, research, consultancy. My main subject areas include history; lands, peoples and cultures; junior biography; current affairs; social issues; geography; and the natural world. Clients include: Wayland, Franklin Watts, Carlton, Quarto Children’s, Talltree, Macmillan Children’s, Dorling Kindersley, Templar, Miles Kelly, Discovery, Walker Books, Harper Collins. I also write adult non-fiction, chiefly relating to North Wales. Website: http://www.philipsteele.co.uk
John Townsend has taught in primary and secondary schools, and is experienced in engaging children with reading and writing (often via the weird and wonderful). He specialises in books for reluctant readers. John regularly visits schools and libraries to encourage interest in books, stories and fascinating information. He has written over 200 books (many non-fiction) for young people on history, geography, science, natural history, medicine, crime and more. The Literacy Trust includes him among their ‘Author Reading Champions’: www.johntownsend.co.uk
I’ve written for children of all ages on subjects ranging from juvenile crime, press freedom, genetics, evolution and the weather, along with broadcasting support material (mostly for adults) for the BBC and Channel 4. My experience has also included editing and writing social studies books, books about health education (HIV and AIDS) and reading books for African schools. I currently edit The Zimbabwe Review, the journal of the Britain-Zimbabwe Society. For more information, see www.jennypvaughan.co.uk
Ruth is an author and illustrator specialising in non-fiction books for children. She has written and illustrated seven books, with a focus on where things come from and how things are made. Ruth has a particular interest in teaching children about ethical issues. Her latest book is ‘Juliana’s Bananas’ (published by New Internationalist), which explores issues of food production and fair trade through the story of a family in the Windward Islands. Ruth studied design and illustration at Bath Spa University College and Brighton University. Her colourful scrapbook style of design combines collaged illustrations with quirky typography. Website: www.ruthwalton.co.uk
Philip Wilkinson writes for children and adults, and has produced a wide range of publications from simple guides to encyclopedias, from retellings of myths and legends to TV tie-ins. He covers a wide range of subjects including history, art, architecture, religion, mythology, and biography. His work has been published by Dorling Kindersley, Quarto, Scholastic, Carlton, Kingfisher, Templar, Franklin Watts, and OUP, among others. For more information, see http://englishbuildings.blogspot.co.uk/p/childrens-books.html or email email@example.com
Brian is the author of more than 200 non-fiction books, some co-written with his partner, Brenda Williams. Based in Sussex, he is a teacher, football fan, old plane enthusiast, gardener, verse-writer, and novelist. He has edited for Britannica and World Book, and is the author of biographies, history titles, heritage guides and information books for young readers. A consultant/writer for the BBC (primary history, famous people, school assemblies), Brian is passionate about treating past and present with respect, and giving readers (especially children) facts as well as fun. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.williamsbooks.co.uk
Alex Woolf has written well over 100 works of non-fiction and fiction since 2001, for publishers including Watts, Wayland, Salariya, Raintree, OUP, Arcturus, Badger Learning, ReadZone and Fiction Express. His passions are history and science, but he has also written on geography, social issues and politics. Although he specialises in writing for 9-14s, he has written for all ages from 5 to adult. He can adapt to different styles including traditional information, high/low, design-led, humorous, graphic and narrative non-fiction. Alex particularly enjoys quirky topics and his bibliography includes titles on chocolate, asteroids, flying reptiles and acne. Contact: email@example.com Website: alexwoolf.co.uk
Helpful hints (if you’re new to commissioning non-fiction)
• Be clear about what you want and when you want it by! It really helps not to have a brief changed after we’ve started work.
• Do remember that, often, the planning and synopsis constitute the bulk of creative work on any book. So do allow enough time in the schedule for this as well as for writing.
• If plans change, or if, for some other reason, the project turns out to involve more work than was anticipated, do check that we can manage it in the time allotted (and for the fee offered). Bringing in new ideas and material can be time-consuming!
• We’re professionals, and we like to get everything right and presented in the best way we can. If you want to make changes, do check with the author first – their name is on the cover, and it’s their reputation that’s involved.