Project review and firefighting

Project review

DELLA WRITES: “If you are a publisher of dictionaries and are in doubt about a project, or just want an objective opinion, I can probably help you with it. If you have already started a project, and it has run into problems – schedule, budget, or quality of the content, I can again probably sort it out for you.”

Please contact me using the form on this website.

Bilingual dictionaries project management, XML-compliant

French standard dictionary

CASE STUDY 1: Berlitz Standard French bilingual dictionary for Langenscheidt

“I ran the translation phases of this French-English, English-French dictionary for Langenscheidt to produce this 2000-page dictionary. We also included Error Notes for both French and English, and a short grammar and a phrasebook. I am happy to say the project was delivered 2 months ahead of schedule.” – Della

RECOMMENDATION:”Della put together a large team of experts in record time and managed the project with a minimum of hassle for the publishers. The end product is excellent and I would highly recommend her for similar projects in the future.”

Dr Vincent Docherty, Publishing Director,
Langenscheidt Verlag, Munich

Diccionario Concise

CASE STUDY 2:Longman Diccionario Concise

“This Spanish bilingual dictionary specially for students of English was published after I left Pearson. I hope users agree that the time and trouble we took on the accurate translations and user-friendly colour design was worth the effort.”


Dictionary content for online vocabulary testing

Word Engine

CASE STUDY 3: Lexxica Word Engine

“I worked with a Japanese team to write English definitions for the Word Engine TOEFL materials, as well as analysing corpus data to identify collocations and write typical example sentences.” – Della

RECOMMENDATION:”Della is a consummate professional. Her work is excellent and she is very fast. I recommend her wholeheartedly.”

Guy Cihi, CEO,
Lexxica Corporation, Tokyo

Market research for electronic dictionaries

Market Research

CASE STUDY 4: “I have written research reports for several publishers, including Oxford University Press, Collins, Cengage in the US, and of course, Pearson, on the future of dictionaries in the electronic world. I have a lot of experience in doing research with users, and a lot of experience negotiating contracts with handheld and online companies.” – Della

RECOMMENDATION:”I cannot imagine that there is anything that Della does not know about dictionaries. I worked with her on contractual matters and always found her to be an excellent client to work with. Now she is an independent consultant in the field of dictionaries, I would thoroughly recommend her to anyone who needs her vast experience and expertise.”

Bernie Nyman,
Publishing, Copyright, and IT lawyer