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  • I'm a proven publishing professional with almost 25 years of experience in the fields of business, management and the social sciences. As the founder and long-time managing director of Greenleaf Publishing and latterly as senior commissioning editor for Emerald Group Publishing, I have an unrivalled understanding of what academic publishers - and the market -  require from their authors.

  • Based in Barcelona, Spain, I offer a range of advanced editorial development services for scholastic and professional book proposals and manuscripts to ensure that the quality of your ideas is clear to your publisher and to your target audience.

  • I also represent selected authors to secure the best contract offers and terms from a range of publishers.



  • English language editing for both native and non-native speakers.

  • Editorial and structural development of manuscripts to ensure that key ideas are communicated clearly and logically for the intended audience.

  • Book proposal development to maximise the chances of successfully receiving contract offers.

  • Proofreading completed manuscripts to eradicate errors and omissions prior to submission.

  • Ghostwriting.

  • Publicity and  marketing campaigns.

I have strong core subject knowledge in many areas of business and management including business ethics and sustainability, organisation studies, human resource management, marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy and international management.

You should expect a rigorous, timely and cost-effective service.

For discussions about representation, please contact me.


“John Stuart is a terrific editor. He offers practical, specific advice about how to make your content clearer and more useful for your readers. He really supported us through our editorial process.”

Katherine Valvoda Smith

Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship - Carroll School of Management at Boston College

“John Stuart is an amazing editor, helpful, insightful, and encouraging. He is knowledgeable about the publishing process and, in my experience of publishing several books with him, willing to work with authors to produce the best possible product.”
Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategy and Professor of Management, Boston College
“I have worked with John on four book projects over the past almost 15 years. He has always been a helpful and understanding editor; deeply committed to our projects; and ready to engage, listen, explain and challenge as appropriate.”
Professor David Grayson, CBE; Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield University
“It was a true pleasure working with John on my recent book. From the start, he was interested, thoughtful, and willing to give useful input both on specifics and on broader issues. He was open to innovation too. I felt I had more support from him than I have had from any publisher during the process of developing a book.”
Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, Alliant International University; Coherent Change
“As some one who has worked with John Stuart for many years I have always been impressed by his attention to detail, the speed of his responses and, above all, his work ethic—which is to look out for the needs and interests of the author.”
Albert J. Mills, Professor of Management and Director of the Sobey PhD program, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada







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John Stuart

Editorial Development and
Representation for Academic and Professional Authors
Editorial Development
Copy Editing 
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