Ruth acts as consultant and commissioning editor to publishers in the following areas.

  • Facilitating and taking part in brainstorming new titles and following these up with the development of contents lists and marketing strategy and ideas for illustration.
  • Specialist areas are cookery, gardening and natural history. Also advising on the updating of backlist titles.

Clients include: Chambers', Reader's Digest, David and Charles.

Recent assignment
Introduction and new text for Country Lives Remembered (Brian Martin)

Reviewing edited texts
Recent assignments include:

  • Reader's Digest Association
    • The Adventures of Discovery and Invention (15-volume Series)
    • Traditional Wisdom Rediscovered
    • All Seasons Guide to Gardening
  • Chambers
    • Crossword Lists
  • David and Charles
    • For their 'Voices' series – commissioning editor of military history titles including Trafalgar, D-Day, Stalingrad, Vietnam and literary titles including The World of Dickens' London and The World of Jane Austen.

She also consults for Reader's Digest on ideas and content for documentary DVDs.