I am Maria Carter, a highly experienced and highly qualified Senior Editor and a true Publishing Professional. I have spent my entire career in the industry - around 35 years in total, the first 15 of which were spent in employment in diverse publishing environments, and the subsequent 20 as a freelance. During my long career, I have expanded my skill-set to meet my clients' growing needs, so that I now support them in every aspect of publishing. With all of these skills and extensive industry knowledge under my belt, it was only a matter of time before I set up as a publisher in my own right, which I did in 2011, as Swan & Horn.
The bottom line is I know pretty much everything there is to know about publishing, way beyond the editing stage, which is where I started out in the 1980s (and which is still at the heart of my business). Nowadays, I share my time between helping self-publishing authors and businesses, and making my own books. It's an exciting and rewarding mix - possibly the best job in the world!
If you want to work with me, check out my Professional Promises below.
Who do I work with?
I work with authors of fiction and non-fiction who intend to self-publish or submit their manuscripts to mainstream publishers, and with businesses who need help with internal, external and online documentation, including promotional materials.
Why work with me?
Primarily because all my clients feel editorially and professionally safe with me. That's because they can trust my unusually broad industry knowledge and publishing skillset and my high editorial standards. They appreciate that I can make their lives much easier by seeing their projects through every stage of the publishing process with guaranteed continuity, and produce documents of a standard that rivals the very best mainstream publishers (who taught me initially and have relied on my services ever since).
What can I do for you?
Through me, you can access the full suite of editorial, design and production services required for making books and other documents from inside out, from front to back, and from first draft to final publication on one or more platforms. I remove uncertainty and confusion, inspire and motivate, and endeavour to make an otherwise stressful experience surprisingly enjoyable. They also benefit from realistic and honest publishing advice along the way from a consultant in the field, and at all times they feel involved in the process, without fear of nasty surprises.
What do Swan & Horn publish?
IIt's all about Education Education Education! We commission a handful of titles each year on health-related topics for adults and children and medical and educational professionals.. The aim is to inspire fresh thinking about challenges that we all face, particularly tricky subjects and those that are still viewed as 'taboo'. Our illustrated children's books convey gentle wellness messages through relatable tales and loveable characters.
Do Swan & Horn make good books?
Oh, yes. Top notch. All of our books have a great reputation for their quality, in terms of their content and their presentation, and because they achieve everything they say on the cover. To browse our titles, visit Our Books.
What is it like to publish with Swan & Horn?
Frankly, it is a uniquely rewarding experience - we have it on good authority that you won't find anything like it with a mainstream publisher. I don't say this lightly! Having worked on both sides of the publishing fence, I know what authors want, the kind of connection, continuity and flexibility they need. Some of our authors have been previously published by major publishing houses, and are quick to point out the enormous difference in their relationships with the large staff at these organisations, and Swan & Horn, where their Publisher, Editor, Copy Writer, Typesetter, Indexer, Designer and Marketeer are all the same person. They soon realise they are on to a very good thing!
To find out more about Swan & Horn's publishing scope, look here.