I’m a professional writer, editor and proofreader with 16 years’ experience, gained both in-house and as a freelancer.
I began freelancing in 2005, after a career in publishing and corporate communications. Five years later my business had grown to the point that I was giving talks on how to freelance, and I co-authored the book How to Succeed as a Freelancer in Publishing, which was featured in The Bookseller magazine’s ‘Best Books on Publishing’.
For some years I specialised in book editing (as The Book Specialist), but over time I took on more and more corporate work, and so I rebranded. Now, through Landmark Editorial I provide editorial services to both the publishing and corporate sectors.
My publishing work
I’ve edited/proofread more than 1,000 books, from crime thrillers to romances, children’s fantasy novels to autobiographies, financial guides to military histories, criminology textbooks to spiritual discourses.
I work on both sides of the fence for authors and publishers. One of my main publishing clients has been John Wiley & Sons; I’ve developed, edited or proofread more than 70 For Dummies titles. One of my main author clients is a novelist for whom I’ve ghostwritten on a weekly basis since 2011.
My corporate work
I’ve written and edited content for many UK-based organisations, including:
- Charities like Turning Point, BEAT, FARM-Africa and the Scout Association
- Companies like BMW, James Villas and Associated British Ports
- Educational establishments like the University of Brighton
- Government bodies like the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation and the National Assessment Agency
- Cultural organisations like the Imperial War Museums
But I work for clients beyond the UK as well. I’ve written guides for parents that have been distributed to nurseries throughout India, and I’ve edited educational materials totalling more than a quarter of a million words that are part of the curriculum in Chinese schools.
The woman behind the words
I fell in love with writing at an early age. At three I was teaching teddies how to spell their names; at five taking great delight in correcting my own laboured writing with a red felt-tip; at seven keeping the first of many diaries, which included such gems as: Went to the zoo toady. It poored and poored.
Today, I can’t go anywhere without 1) a book to read and 2) a notebook in which to write. I live with my husband and two children in a house built from books (not really, but wouldn’t that be something?). When I’m not writing or editing, you’ll find me in my local library or walking someplace green.