Paul Roberts - Editor
Paul Roberts is a writer and business consultant with a love for effective communication. His first book was published by The Economist in 2007 and is now in its third edition. He has had several further books published by Kogan Page, forming part of their hugely influential ‘Business Success’ series. Paul’s latest non-fiction book has been published by Routledge in their ‘Absolute Essentials’ series, causing Paul to realise, if ever proof was needed, that it is far harder to write a short book than a long one. Paul writes frequently for magazines and professional publications as diverse as the Independent, Evening Standard, Maxim and Viz comic. He has also written for television. He has a novel nearing completion. As a reviewer, editor and teacher of creative writing, he has supported developing writers for many years.
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WHY WE LOVE PAUL
Paul is the kindest, most thoughtful editor we ever did meet. You can tell he really connects with the projects he is given and is focused on providing structured advice that will support authors throughout their edits – not just the first. Indeed, he can tackle almost any subject – no matter how thorny – with absolute grace and precision, by using his breadth of industry knowledge, disciplined writing techniques and expansive reading experience. Rest assured he will drill down to the point of the matter. It is no exaggeration to say that Paul always produces top-notch non-fiction reports and is empathetic in his ruminations – exactly what you need. We spoke to Paul about his approach to editing here.
WHAT PAUL SAYS ABOUT EDITING
I adore working with aspiring writers, sharing an interest in the power and beauty of the written word. Over the years, I’ve discovered how much there is to learn from each other. I’ve been amazed by the stories, knowledge and insight that Jericho clients have offered for review. I’ve always been delighted to receive a new submission, knowing how personal, powerful and precious every work must be to its owner.
I have seen how it is possible for an enthusiastic and open writer to transform their work as a result of a Jericho review, going on to receive plaudits from others, positive responses from agents and publishers, and the sheer personal pleasure that comes from doing something well.
I think it is especially important to bring clarity into our writing. This is especially true when writing creative non-fiction as it is often the case that the work may be educational. It is so easy for a reader to become disengaged if the writer is unable to keep their attention. Good writing can make even the dullest of texts engaging.
I have a particular interest in supporting writers who are producing autobiographies, memoirs, travelogues, business and management textbooks, and self-help books.
What Paul works on
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Genres Paul specialises in
Paul's published books
Strategic Project Management (Strategic Success)
Strategic Project Management uses real life case examples to characterize and describe the organizational factors and conditions necessary for projects to thrive and to deliver the organization’s strategic objectives. This characterization is formed around ten imperatives which senior managers can implement – both within individual projects and, even more crucially, within the institutions that sponsor them – using the tools provided.
Accessible, practical and free of jargon, Strategic Project Management offers the solutions needed to successfully prioritize and manage a portfolio of projects, communicate aims, align priorities to organizational objectives, evaluate progress, manage supplier relationships and anticipate and mitigate the risks at every stage.
Effective Project Management (Business Success)
Whether organising an important event or heading up a large team, running a project can be a daunting process. Project management is fraught with perils; unfinished and unsuccessful projects are everywhere. In fact, it’s more common than not for projects to fail.
Effective Project Management reveals what the best project managers know, say and do. By condensing thirty years of hands on project management experience, it will show the reader what to do in simple, smart and practical steps. With essential advice that has been tried and tested in real businesses, it covers all the aspects of how to manage a successful project, including how to manage changing targets, how to plan quality, timescales and budgets, how to identify and manage risks and how to deliver your project.
The Economist Guide to Project Management 2nd Edition: Getting it right and achieving lasting
From the Hubble space telescope that was launched with a malfunctioning device that resulted in all the pictures it took being blurred, to the extremely late completion of England’s new national soccer stadium at Wembley, history is full of example of projects that damaged organisations because they were late, over budget, failed to deliver what they were meant to, or were complete disasters.This guide explains the principles and techniques of project management and how they are interconnected with the day-to-day management of a business. It is an invaluable handbook for helping firms deliver successful project outcomes and achieve lasting benefit through effective change.