I’m an award-winning journalist, writer, editor, with 30 years in the business of journalism, public relations and publishing. I now work freelance.
After leaving university I worked as a researcher/writer in our county archaeology department on a book about the development of local towns.
I then gained an apprenticeship with a newspaper as a graduate trainee journalist, and passed my national qualification first time, when the average first-time pass rate was around 40%. Qualifying examinations included 100wpm shorthand, law, public administration, and a project – I chose education. These were gained on an intensive block-release course.
Our final exam consisted of four exams in a day, bashing everything out on a typewriter. Interview, council report, speech, and practical journalism. It was a long day.
Following that, I worked in sub-editing and took courses in subbing and graphic design for newspapers and magazines.
I moved into public relations as a government information officer working in HMG press offices, (health and safety, agriculture, food, and fisheries, and Downing Street – Prime Minister’s office) and after another spell in journalism, gained a job as a communications specialist with the National Health Service.
In the NHS, I wrote and published everything from patient leaflets, to board papers, to consultation documents, to quarterly newspapers to annual reports.
I also dealt with MPs, royal visits, acted as company secretary to the board, led business planning, performance management and complaints. Oh, and I managed cancer services and cancer screening too. Somewhere in there I achieved my MBA.
Editing for manuscripts
I will do a sample edit of a few pages for free. A full edit costs £100 minimum depending on page length, which includes a number of proof reads, plus liaison with the author, factual checking etc. Developmental editing is not included unless requested. I try to improve what you have done, not re-write it, unless you want that.
A copy of a manuscript is needed to give a price.
Editing for other works
CVs, letters, papers, reports, web site text.
Price is dependent on length and errors. Again, I need to see a full copy.
With a background as a general reporter, I have a wide portfolio that also includes my specialisms of history/archaeology, health, cancer, construction, nuclear power, and Land Rovers.
I review books on Goodreads/Amazon and here on my blog. If I think a book is unlikely to be of interest to my readers, I’ll publish on Goodreads/Amazon only.
Reviews are free, but I don’t give a timescale, as paid-for work takes priority. If you want me to send you editorial notes on the book, and/or want a faster review, there is a charge of £20–30. Editorial notes include examples of errors in punctuation, grammar, spelling, facts, inconsistencies, repetitive words and phrasing, and stylistic comments (both formatting and writing style). Please note this is not a cheap editing service, it’s an indication of where your book may need further work.
I’m a blog host for iRead book tours and I’m a reviewer for an international independent book site.
National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Proficiency Certificate, authorised by the Printing and Publishing Industry Training Board (PPITB)
BA (Hons) Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology
Certificate in Managing Health Services (Cert MHS), accredited by the Institute of Health Services Management (IHSM)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
I speak, read and write French, English and Spanish. And the odd bit of Latin.