Founded in 1998, Swales & Willis specialises in academic book production.

We pride ourselves on providing high quality work with a fast turnaround. From our office in Exeter, Devon, we work with companies and freelancers around the world.

The Swales & Willis team are all experienced project managers who come from backgrounds such as bookselling, editing, archaeology, PR, journalism, teaching, translation, politics and international relations.


Our office in Southernhay East, Exeter

Richard is the MD of Swales & Willis. Originally an archaeologist, he moved into publishing in the 90s and worked as a production then commissioning editor in academic publishing before founding Swales & Willis. 

Julie has worked as a journalist, a PR account manager, bookseller and marketing executive for an academic publisher. She is co-director of Swales & Willis. Her interests include horse-riding, exploring Dartmoor and, of course, reading.


Colin has been in the book industry for longer than he cares to remember. He became a freelance editor in 1992 and moved to Swales & Willis in 2000. A lover of film and music, he provides daily musical interludes and is never short of an anecdote.

Tamsin is a qualified translator and studied French, Italian and Chinese at university. Since joining the team in 2007 she has started learning Spanish and German. She is a keen cook, regularly testing new recipes on her colleagues.


Caroline joined the Swales & Willis team in 2008, after graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in international relations. She enjoys dancing, occasional jogging and exploring the beautiful walks and scenery that Devon has to offer.


Julian graduated from the University of Exeter with an English literature degree in 2015. He joined Swales & Willis later that year, having  freelanced in book production while at university. In his free time he volunteers for local and national humanist groups, as well as reading and writing across a range of genres.

George worked as a freelance proofreader and editor during his degree in English at the University of Exeter. He entered the publishing industry in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since, joining the team at Swales & Willis in 2016. He enjoys reading, technology, photography, coffee and playing guitar.


Megan joined the Swales & Willis team in 2016, having found that publishing books was just as interesting as reading them. With a history degree from Warwick University, she loves all things historical, exploring Devon’s nature and heritage and planning various travels (some accomplished and some only aspirational, for now).


Rosie has been working in publishing since 2009 after graduating from the University of Exeter, and joined Swales & Willis in 2017. She spends her free time playing korfball, writing and performing spoken word poetry, and finding new reads for her bookclub.

Natalie joined Swales & Willis in 2015 after studying English literature at the University of Exeter. An avid reader, she enjoys literary, historical and fantasy books, as well as feminist non-fiction and Renaissance drama. Her passions include calligraphy, cooking, and most recently running.