I’ve always had a love for reading and the written word, well as long as I can remember, so about 35 gulp! years. One of my earliest memories is my sister and I making my parents read ‘Pookie and the Gypsies’ by Ivy Wallace (a truly awesome tale of a winged rabbit who is kidnapped by a travelling circus and …. I won’t ruin it for you, but rest assured it’s a happily-ever-after ending) every night, for what probably felt to my parents like years. Growing up I read books by Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl, who made way for Agatha Christie and other stalwart mystery writers in my teenage years, along with a new found passion for poetry and Shakespeare.
I wonder why I didn’t study literature at university in hindsight, but in my mid-twenties I found a creative outlet and a way to make a living that allowed me to write and edit others’ work. I spent the next 10 or so years working in marketing, loving the copy writing and editing part of my job more than any other, and often wondering if I should take the plunge into the freelance world.
Though it sounds like a cliché, it took a major life-changing event (sorry, I know this isn’t X-Factor!) to give me the impetus I needed to make the break and start out on my own — and I’ve not looked back.
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Examples of past work:
- Writing content for a town destination website
- Copy editing novels for self-published authors
- Copy editing and proofreading strategic documents and plans
- Copy editing magazines and leaflets
- Writing tourist guides
- Writing content for a recruitment website
- Event and festival marketing – planning and implementation
- Report writing
- Delivering marketing strategies and plans
- Marketing campaign delivery
I am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.