Merton Editorial was formed in January 2008 and is the trading name of Rob Crane.

Professional background

Rob originally trained as a journalist at the University of Sheffield, graduating in the summer of 1997. During this period he had work published in the Croydon Advertiser, the Exeter Express & Echo, the South London Press and the national Independent.

In 2000, after a period working as a supervisor in the retail sector, Rob joined the photographic agency Corbis as an administrator. Two years later he moved to the examination body Edexcel in a similar capacity, working in their qualifications development department. It was here that his career started to return to the field of publishing as, soon after his arrival, Edexcel linked up with the publishing giant Pearson.

In 2005 Rob was appointed Edexcel’s editing co-ordinator, developing a pool of freelance copy-editors and proofreaders to work on the company’s large volume of academic and vocational qualification specifications. In 2007–08 he had a six-month secondment as the company’s publisher relations manager, working with third-party publishers who wanted to secure Edexcel endorsement for textbooks and other resources designed to support Edexcel qualifications.

Rob moved to the publishing side of the company in the summer of 2008, joining Pearson Education’s Schools and Colleges division as a project editor, initially working on textbooks and other materials designed to support Edexcel’s academic and vocational qualifications, before later specialising in the vocational field.

It was also in 2008 that Rob set up Merton Editorial to cover freelance editorial work that he found himself being approached to do in his spare time. This remained a part-time occupation until February 2013 when he left Pearson to go freelance on a full-time basis.

Rob is a full member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Personal background

If you’re one of those people who likes to know a bit more about their freelancers, read on!

Rob is a keen amateur photographer and in 2012 won Malden Camera Club‘s projected digital image league competition. You can see more of Rob’s work on Flickr.

A keen runner, Rob is a regular at parkrun events and other runs in the London area, and is a member of the Wimbledon Windmilers running club (as much for the pun as anything else).

He has been a supporter of Wimbledon’s football club since his teens and contributes match reports on their games to the website. He was a founder member of the Dons Trust, the democratic body that owns the club.

Seemingly in common with the majority of people working in publishing, he likes a nice cup of tea.

(Page last updated August 2013)