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Get to Know an Acquisitions Editor: Tim Pitts

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Key Signing Areas: Computer Vision, Medical imaging, Computer Engineering, and Communications eEngineering.                                                                                      

What has been your experience in Publishing?

I started in publishing in 1983 as an academic sales representative promoting textbooks to academics in the UK, Scandinavia and the Benelux. It was a great experience as I was promoting a whole range of US authored textbooks from the disciplines of psychology, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, business, maths and statistics. It taught me a lot about what made a successful textbook, which was invaluable when I became an editor in 1987 commissioning textbooks from authors based in Europe.  In the early 1990s I also started publishing books in computer networking for professional engineers. It was a fun time as it was the heyday of computer networking; it taught me a lot about publishing for the professional market, which has been useful for me at Elsevier when publishing books for professional engineers.

What’s your history of working at Elsevier?

I started at Elsevier in 2004, commissioning books in embedded systems, photonics and communications engineering. I have published textbooks, research monographs, reference works, practical ‘know- how’ books, aimed at academic and industry researchers, as well as professional engineers developing products. In the last three years I have also been commissioning books in computer vision and medical imaging.

What do you enjoy about signing in these areas?

It is always exciting to be publishing in areas that are developing fast and where our customers need to keep abreast of developments. In some areas, it gives an opportunity for publishing many editions. A good example is the book I published in 2007 entitled 3G Evolution: HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband by Erik Dahlman, Stefan Parvall and Johan Skold. In the 10 years since then, we have published 4 editions/versions of the book and will be publishing another on 5G in 2018.

In medical imaging, it has been great to work in an area that helps promote understanding of the workings of the human body and how it can promote better healthcare. I have recently come back from the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) conference where I was meeting researchers to learn about developments in neuroimaging and to establish publishing opportunities for our new neuroimaging series.

What do you love about commissioning authors to write book content?

I am passionate about helping authors achieve their goal of publishing a book that gives knowledge, understanding, insight and practical ‘know-how’; that as a Publisher I am helping serve the communities that our authors are writing for.

Recently, I received a book proposal from an author who referenced a book I had published 23 years earlier as the model for his book. He had read it as an undergraduate. It was very rewarding to know that a book I was associated with had such an impact.

It is also very satisfying to use my publishing experience to advise authors and editors on how to write a successful and well-received book.

Tell us something personal about yourself.

I play badminton in the winter, cricket in the Summer and practice Tai Chi throughout the year, which I am hoping will delay the ageing process! I am interested in qualitative research methods and using those to research into how the manager/staff relationships affect Self Identity. I hope one day to do a PhD.

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