WHAT WE DO
At Just Content, we deliver external expertise and outsourced resource to publishers and content providers – for all aspects of content strategy, concept evaluation, acquisition, development, production and management. With our agile, on-demand structure, we can support with any single element of the publishing process or provide a full end-to-end service, as required.
Just Content specialises in education, academic and ELT publishing (although we work in other areas too), for both print and digital formats. We are proud to bring our many years of experience in publishing and producing content for a substantial range of markets and sectors to every Just Content assignment.
Offering a range of services, Just Content can help you with specific projects or provide interim cover, in-house or remotely, to suit your business needs. We can offer you the services of our expert Associate Team and have access to a wide network of tried and tested expert freelancers and suppliers too. Whatever your requirement, we will be able to carefully curate a bespoke team or resource, in synergy with your in-house operations.
Get in touch now to find out more or to book one of our expert publishing freelancers or consultants.
COMMISSIONING& LIST MANAGEMENT
To get commissioning projects underway when in-house resources are stretched or when a list would benefit from some dedicated additional resource, we can help. We offer everything from pre-commissioning research (desk and field-based) to competitor and market analysis, author selection, setting up advisory panels and peer review to building the robust business cases and rigorous financial and investment appraisals you will need to support your publishing decisions.
We have the confidence and experience to offer you clear recommendations, supported by the data and insight you and your decision makers will want to see.
CONTENT DEVELOPMENT & AUTHOR MANAGEMENT
We have a wealth of editorial experience between us, so are able to provide first rate content development and author management services. We can align to your existing processes and/or share our established ways of working – whatever works for you. Having developed texts and digital products for all educational sectors and a range of UK and international markets, we would be delighted to apply our editorial skills to your content and work with your in-house and external resource as you need.
We can provide end to end project management including the full range of editorial services required throughout the process, from briefing your authors and writers right up to providing finished content for press or final output. Or we can help you to work smarter too, by clearing some of those more time-consuming tasks from your Editorial Team’s desks, such as securing permissions, commissioning and collating reviews, image research etc.
Our highly experienced freelance copyeditors, proof-readers and project managers are dedicated to ensuring the highest possible quality for all of the content that we work with. We can take content and manuscripts from first draft to final output or support with separate pre-press or other editorial activities as you need. We are comfortable with working on digital content and hard copy and happy to liaise directly with authors or suppliers if that would help you too, including creating briefs and providing quality assurance, checks and balances as needed.
We are pleased to have our expert design associate on-board for covers and text design services. This enables us to share over 20 years of specialist book design experience (for a huge range of publishing houses) with Just Content clients. We also work closely with other partners, for print and digital projects alike and can offer a full range of design services from the simple to the complex and all at competitive prices.
Working with our partner suppliers, on and offshore, we can provide full publishing packager services where additional capacity is needed to deliver on a project, or as an outsourced provider for any area of a publishing programme. We are experienced in end-to-end packaging for all kinds of projects, simple to complex and well placed to deploy the expert resource needed to deliver to time and budget, always with quality in mind.
IMAGE RESEARCH & SELECTION
Our team are all experienced in working with highly illustrated content and ideally placed to undertake image research on your behalf. We have accounts with a number of image banks and are used to working with briefs that require both technical and aesthetic expertise and accuracy. We know how much time image research can take and are happy to help reduce the strain on your internal teams by supporting with image research and selection.
We have all worked in-house and know how much time permissions clearance can take! For those projects where your team’s time would be better spent elsewhere, or when time is short before the pre-press or production process must begin, let us help. We can provide our own templates for permissions applications and tracking or use yours, whatever is better for you. We can also assess content for third party usage, providing you with a detailed report and recommendations or liaise directly with your authors and writing teams, as you prefer.
Want to explore a new business or product proposition, or perhaps you are looking at entry to a new sector or subject area? Or would you just like some initial feedback from teachers or educators? We can help with your research needs and help you to scope requirements from full reports to smaller scale qualitative or quantitative information gathering. We love to talk to educators and learners to translate their needs in to viable product and customer value propositions. We are experienced in desk-based research and fieldwork and are connected to a number of educators that we can reach out to on your behalf. We can provide our findings in whatever output suits you and support you with presentations to stakeholders if that would be helpful.
Need an external view on a publishing decision or new business proposition? Or is it time to review your ways of working? Or to evaluate your strategy or direction of travel? You may be thinking about how best to optimise your organisational design to drive your business needs? Or perhaps you need some help with your transition to digital? Just Content has both the experience and additional capacity to help with all of these, for new business, change and transition or to optimise business as usual. Get in touch for a confidential chat. We’d love to explore how we might be able to work with you.
We can bring a combination of confident leadership skills and experience to provide interim management for your vacant positions or during times of transition and change. We can ensure that you maintain business activity and momentum, perhaps for maternity cover or while succession plans for vacant roles are developed. We can help you with your recruitment processes too, as well as inductions and handovers for returning or new staff.
PERM OR LONG TERM RESOURCE REQUIRED?
Just Content is proud to be partnered with Redwood Publishing Recruitment. This means we can support our clients to secure permanent or longer term resource. For times when such a solution is needed, feel free to contact the friendly team at Redwood Publishing Recruitment to take advantage of our special partnership offer and make sure you quote the discount code JUSTCONTENT.
An announcement on the Just Content and Redwood Publishing Recruitment Partnership from Melody Dawes, Just Content’s Managing Director:
“I am delighted to announce that Just Content and Redwood Publishing Recruitment have formed a partnership. I have worked with Theresa Duncan, Managing Director at Redwood Publishing Recruitment for many years now, having used Redwood’s services to build high-performing teams on more than occasion and to fill many other vacancies along the way.
Theresa has not only always been 100% committed to finding the best possible fit for any role that I have ever talked to her about but her level of experience and knowledge of the publishing industry is unrivalled and has always proved invaluable too. Because Theresa and Redwood have helped me to shape the best recruitment plans and ensure the best outcomes time and time again, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Redwood’s services to any of our clients and contacts, hence the Just Content-Redwood Recruitment Partnership.”
WHO WE ARE
Just Content delivers timely and effective freelance editorial services and publishing consultancy via a high performing team of dedicated publishing industry professionals. We thrive on the opportunity to apply our unique combinations of expertise with our energy and enthusiasm for all-things content and publishing. We all enjoy the freedom of working independently and the variety and pace of meeting the needs of our clients.
Our team are located around the UK and internationally and can work remotely or in-house as required. We work with other freelancers too, when additional capacity is required. We are all well connected with established networks, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think we could help you to find the right person for a project or perhaps for something longer term.
Melody is the Founder of Just Content and brings over 15 years of publishing experience to every assignment, having hand-picked associates from her network to support her in delivering high quality services through Just Content.
A confident leader and dedicated publishing professional, Melody has a proven successful background in content acquisition for print and digital formats. She has expertise in all editorial workflows from concept and strategy to the nuts and bolts of demonstrably effective product development. With deep sector knowledge of the educational markets, Melody is passionate about creating content that truly accelerates the learner journey and that supports lifelong learning. Melody is equally as comfortable in delivering on projects and activities as she is in overseeing or leading them. She has a proven and successful track record in interim management, particularly in driving change and leading during transition periods.
Melody is known amongst her network for her strategic and leadership skills, her success in change management and for her vision and commissioning expertise and welcomes the opportunity to apply this skillset to Just Content projects.
LOUISE LE BAS
Louise is a Senior Associate at Just Content, with 12 years of experience in the publishing industry across the broad range of formats, media and sectors spanning academic (books and journals), professional and education. Louise specializes in the latter with a focus on teaching, learning and assessment resource strategy, commissioning and product development. She has worked on and overseen the development of a full range of products, both print and digital (basic and more advanced e-learning and online products) and is an experienced and confident Publisher with excellent portfolio strategy, commissioning, instructional design, content development, author management, project and budget management, market research, strategic partnerships and business development skills. She has managed large projects and consulted on and developed content for international awarding organizations, publishing houses and specialist e-learning companies developing e-learning courses for professional training. She has a strong interest in digital innovation, how people learn, how learning is supported, delivered and assessed, and works with clients to help support them in this whilst balancing commercial and strategic objectives.
Chris is an Associate of Just Content. With over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry, Chris has worked on a variety of print and digital products at all stages of the publishing process from commissioning through to development editorial and production. Chris first worked as a Senior Development Editor at Nelson Thornes before moving on to an electronic production role at the company. In recent years Chris has worked in a freelance capacity for various educational publishers in roles that range from discrete, specialist tasks to full overall project management. Chris is talented and versatile; his electronic experience extends to e-learning content creation and instructional design.
Sarah is an Associate of Just Content. After 11 years' working in the academic publishing industry, Sarah is experienced in all aspects of journal management and acquisition. She has a deep understanding of all of the elements required to publish world leading journals. From effective editorial office management to strategic management of portfolios of journals including commissioning new titles, working with subscription and open access models. She thrives on researching and winning new contracts. A specialist in contract publishing, she has developed and delivered a full range of products, both print and digital, on behalf of learned societies, ensuring excellence across their whole publishing portfolio in a changing landscape. A motivated and confident Publisher with a broad range of skills to contribute to any aspect of the journal publishing process that you require support with.
Fiona is an Associate of Just Content. As an experienced publishing and multimedia professional she has commissioned and developed educational books, journals, multi-volume reference works, remote learning materials, ebooks, content-rich apps and online experiences for a variety of academic, publishing and museum clients. Fiona has experience of managing complex projects in languages from Gaelic to Arabic and Mandarin and over 25 years she has worked with clients in America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East to design, develop and deliver educational content for their audiences. She is as comfortable working closely with authors on their scripts as running diverse project teams and managing complex budgets.
Anna is an Associate of Just Content. An accomplished editor with over 16 years’ experience in educational publishing, Anna has an in-depth working knowledge of the educational markets within Europe and Australia. Anna, has worked as a Commissioning Editor, managed a team of Development Editors and carried out consultancy and freelance roles for a large number of educational publishers. She has proficient market research and project management skills, competence in budget management and business development and is able to plan strategically working across both print and electronic products.
Emily is an Associate of Just Content. As a Director of Corbas Consultancy (www.corbas.co.uk), she also runs courses for The Publishing Training Centre and Imago Training. Emily has over 15 years’ publishing experience, mostly in editorial, print and digital production and works as a publishing consultant and trainer, bringing together her expertise and enthusiasm for ebooks, project management and business analysis, training and digital content delivery. Emily works with Just Content to help our clients with training, ebooks, analysing and rationalising digital/pre-press workflows, authoring and building specifications and guidelines, ebook/XML/PDF QA, vendor analysis and supplier due diligence, writing and developing digital content, project management and business analysis, Emily is a talented editor and content specialist.
Tom is an Associate of Just Content. He has worked as an editor for more than 12 years, building up a wealth of experience in project management, consultancy, commissioning, development and copy editing. Tom worked full time in travel publishing for several years, and has contributed editorially to companies and titles including Bradt Travel Guides, Berlitz, Michelin Guides, Explorer Publishing, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, National Geographic Traveller and CNN. Since becoming freelance in 2010 he has also worked for a variety of educational publishers, including Cambridge University Press and Pearson, as well as on digital projects and for commercial clients. Tom is a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.
Claire is a Senior Associate at Just Content. A talented editor with over six years' experience in education publishing, Claire’s work has focused on both print and digital products, including ebooks, student and tutor websites and complex blended e-learning solutions. She is meticulously organised, resourceful, with a strong eye for detail and adept at prioritising and problem solving in order to hit tight deadlines. Claire is highly experienced in author management, market research, project management, commissioning, coordinating photo/video shoots and overseeing content delivery for a range of educational learning resources.
Bruno is an Associate of Just Content. His areas of expertise are ELT, world languages and undergraduate education, with solid experience of educational and trade publishing for all age groups, from primary through university. His publishing career began in sales with International Thomson (now Cengage) in the USA and progressed to international marketing roles for the Americas, EMEA and Asia with Pearson, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press. These experiences gave him a strong voice in product development and led him to pre-and post-pub research with users, as well as teacher training. Since 2006, Bruno has been working as a Freelance Editor and Publishing Consultant, handling a diversity of projects involving content/ copy editing for print and online, project management, briefing writers, and authoring content.
Liz is a Senior Associate at Just Content. An accomplished publishing professional with over six years of experience in the education sector, her hallmark as an editor is her depth of experience in research and development across print and digital media. Highly versatile, Liz has led many publishing ventures for both domestic and global markets across higher education, trade, custom and qualifications publishing. By applying her strong project management skills she has consistently ensured high quality project delivery, on time and within budget. Her portfolio includes expertise in business development and consultancy and over the course of her career she has driven the development of various market leading titles. Liz balances her editorial career with work in politics where her areas of specialism include policy research, media management, and campaigning.
Rachel started her publishing career in 2002 after a brief stint as a journalist. She cut her teeth at Routledge, has worked as a Development Editor for McGraw Hill and was Senior Commissioning Editor for Nursing and Health at Open University Press for 9 years. She works as an associate for Just Content and also has a part time role at online course provider Epigeum (part of Oxford University Press) where she develops online courses for Undergraduate students.
Rachel’s passion is making educational resources accessible to all, and working closely with authors to develop the best possible content. She prides herself on providing the best possible author care, while delivering products that are commercially successful and academically credible. Her commissioning expertise covers textbooks, revision guides, research texts and online products.
With over 11 years of experience in Educational publishing, ranging from primary ELT to Higher Education, Alissa is an expert in all areas of print and digital production. She has a special interest in workflow planning and team building and mentoring, and has been responsible for producing high quality textbooks and multicomponent series, and companion and standalone digital resources, both as an editor and as the Head of department. She has extensive experience in proofreading, freelance management, vendor management, vendor selection, photo research, rights management , file conversions and QA and project management.
Melinda is an Associate of Just Content. As an in-house designer in the US, she worked for Holt Rinehart Winston, Harcourt, The Dryden Press and Thomson before setting up Design Deluxe (designdeluxe.com) in the UK. Design Deluxe are book design specialists. With her depth of skills and experience she and her team have designed books for Bloomsbury, Cengage Learning, City & Guilds, Hodder Education, John Hunt Publishing, Kogan Page, Laurence King, Oneworld Publications, Pearson, Robert Hale, Sage Publications, The British Museum Press, Wiley Blackwell, amongst others. Melinda produces outstanding designs for both text and cover. With over 20 years' experience, she is highly skilled at interpreting briefs and turning abstract ideas into powerful designs.
Louise is an Associate of Just Content. A qualified English language teacher, she has over 12 years' experience in ELT publishing. She began her publishing career at Macmillan Education, spending several years as editor and then managing editor in their Latin America department. As a result, one of her specialisms and key interests is American English. Since 2005, she has been a freelance editor, project manager and author, working on a range of print and digital components for publishers including Macmillan Education, Pearson, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and the British Council. Louise is highly experienced in all aspects of the publishing process, and reliably delivers quality projects on time and within budget.
An English Language graduate, Loren spent three years teaching English Language and Linguistics in China and Thailand. Whilst there, she was involved in various initiatives targeted at the development and standardisation of English Language curriculums in rural schools. Upon joining City & Guilds’ Digital Learning Resources team as a Project Manager, she managed the content development process across a range of vocational print and e-learning products consistently ensuring the highest standard of educational resources on schedule and to budget. Her strengths lie in her impeccable editorial skills and her ability to work collaboratively with authors to produce innovative and creative content that engages and inspires learning. She now works as an associate for Just Content alongside a number of personal writing projects that span magazine editorials, travel journalism, and entertainment reviews.
Carly began her publishing career in 2008 after teaching English to young offenders and school-refusers in East London. She started as a desk editor for the National Extension College, working on their GCSE and A-Level lists, and became managing editor thereafter. Carly has also worked as a commissioning editor and development editor in educational publishing, most recently as a Content Lead at Cambridge University Press. She has developed print textbooks and digital resources for the UK and international markets in a range of subjects, spanning primary school age to pre-university. Her interests lie in pedagogy and creating accessible, stimulating and relevant educational resources – something that her teaching days instilled the importance of – and working with authors to ensure that the needs of students and teachers alike are met.
YOU CAN TRUST US!
The Just Content team are professionals and we pride ourselves on the fact that you can rely on our discretion while we are working with you and beyond. We want to work with you over the long term, to be the people that you turn to, so our professionalism and confidentiality is guaranteed.
GET IN TOUCH
We’d love to hear from you and to explore, in confidence, how we might work together and how Just Content could help you and your business.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Email: email@example.com
TESTIMONIALS: WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Some recent feedback for Just Content services:
"During 2014 we worked with Just Content on several new publication projects where we needed Commissioning editors and Development editors. On each project the Just Content editor was extremely proactive and flexible. The value-add to our business was enormous as we were able to rely on strong editorial input, tight adherence to deadlines and a creative approach when necessary. All this was backed up by superb project management and attention to detail from behind the scenes. We always felt confident that our needs would be met or anticipated in advance and would thoroughly recommend this agency."
"We have always found Just Content to be extremely efficient, effective and responsive. Their editors have great author management skills and have built up some very positive relationships with our authors. Even when dealing with tricky projects, their communications are always constructive and well-judged. I trust Melody Dawes and her team at Just Content with some of our most challenging projects, and we're continuously impressed with the levels of service provided."
“Just Content have worked with the editorial team on key projects ranging from in-depth competitor analysis and commissioning new editions to research for new publishing opportunities in new markets. Their work is always very thorough and well evidenced and has helped in shaping good decisions in the publishing team.”
“It’s been great to work with you on this project. The Just Content Editor was thorough, and really great with all the communications with the author. I know the author enjoyed working with her, as did I. It was a quick turnaround so I appreciate all your efforts in getting this to us by the deadlines.”
Recent Just Content Clients include:
Axelos Best Practice
Cambridge University Press
The International Baccalaureate Organisation
The Institute of Directors
McGraw Hill Education
INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH US?
We are always interested in expanding our network and working with new associates. If working with Just Content interests you, drop us a line and include your CV. We’d love to hear from you!