CV

About me

I have almost 12 years of editorial experience. I am a skilled wordsmith with a passion for language and an impeccable knowledge of grammar.

Key Achievements

  • Since 2004 I have kept a daily blog based on an original idea at Three Beautiful Things. It has been much copied by other bloggers and has been mentioned in books, magazines and newspaper articles. It got me on the Wise List for Saga magazine; and I was invited to help Tunbridge Wells Library mark Blue Monday by encouraging customers to write a happy thought on a bookmark.

Skills and work experience

Freelance writer and editor

November 2009 to April 2010

  • Writing features for local newspaper and regional magazine. Subjects included arts interviews, history and local interest. I arranged and conducted interviews in person and by phone, and sourced pictures to the editor's technical specifications.
April 2010
  • Writing a guide to cream teas in Kent and Sussex.
December 2009 to present
  • Academic, medical and technical proofreading.
  • Proofreading ads and editorial for regional magazine.
  • Search engine data annotation.
  • Raising the profile of my blog Three Beautiful Things using social networking sites and Twitter.

Sub-editor Courier Media Group (DMGT)

August 2008 to June 2009

  • Worked on 20 to 30 news pages a week adhering to strict deadlines.
  • Maintained relationships with other departments, including newspaper sales, photographers and reporters.
  • Strove for improvement in quality, accuracy and efficiency of sub-editing.
  • Monitored copy to keep up the style and quality required by the newspapers, the law and the Press Complaints Commission’s Code of Practice.
  • Maintained a knowledge of systems and processes and local information.

Self-employed writer and freelance editor

December 2007 to August 2008

  • Parapress: updated website, dispatched orders, generated publicity for a historical mystery. Used InDesign to create and edit leaflets.
  • Transmedia Link: produced material in large print using Word and in Braille using Duxbury and an embosser.
  • Wrote two radio plays.
  • Assistant to author Sarah Salway.
  • Administered my own business, including invoicing and finding new clients.

Freelance proof reader for HWA Text and Data Management

February 2005 to September 2008

  • Checked academic text books on screen and on paper.

Healthcare journalist, Wellards Academy

February 2004 to December 2007

  •  Wrote and edited material for www.wellards.co.uk, a website that offers training on the NHS to the pharmaceutical industry. Material includes: courses, exams, news stories, presentations and Q&As. A high standard of accuracy was required because users and clients were often well-versed in the material and demanded the most up-to-date facts. Used government websites and other sources to find information and generate website content.
  • Edited chapters of a book, Wellards Guide to the NHS.
  • Used bespoke backend system to manage a user database and administer training.
  • Helped clients use the site, giving technical support by phone and email.
  • Developed the site by discussing problems and new ideas with the programmers and project manager.

Sub-editor, The English Garden 

October 2001 to February 2004 

  • Wrote and edited material for a consumer magazine about gardening.
  • Worked on US and UK editions.
  • Edited a shopping page by finding items in keeping with the magazine and collating pictures and accurate information about them.
  • Networked to find new contributors and maintained relationships with them.

Freelance sub-editor

July 2001 to October 2001

  • Kent and Sussex Courier, Sevenoaks Chronicle, Nightfly.com and Metro, London.

Sub-editor, Courier Media Group (DMGT)

September 1998 to May 2001

  • Editing the letters pages.
  • Writing theatre reviews for leisure section.

Education and Qualifications

  • Pitman: The Medical Secretary - An Introduction (Distinction)
  • Pitman: Medical Audio Transcription (Distinction)
  • NTCJ Shorthand 100wpm.
  • Degree: Classics II BA (hons.), University of Durham.
  • A Levels: Latin: B. Ancient History: C. Biology: C.
  • Ten GCSEs, including English Language and Literature: A. Maths: B.

IT Skills

  • Windows XP, Vista: MS Word, Excel, Works, PowerPoint, Adobe Reader, MS Publisher, internet, bespoke content management software, bespoke layout package, bespoke PDF mark-up.
  • Mac: Indesign, QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop
  • Pitman Word Processing Intermediate Level: First Class Pass (Touch typing 60 wpm)

Interests

  • Embroidery, including hardanger, needlepoint and freestyle interpretations of my own art.
  • Developing my skills as a writer
  • Countryside (walked the High Weald Landscape Trail and The Tunbridge Wells Circular; National Trust volunteering holidays; Ray Mears Fundamental Bushcraft Course).