I’ve spent a long time editing and writing, working on a very mixed bag of text. I started working on commercial magazines, both business and lifestyle, and then switched to corporate staff and customer magazines. I worked in business contract publishing for many years before the company was bought over. Our new owners didn’t understand what we did, nor realised that we were the most profitable part of the company. So they made the whole department redundant. A simple, tidy solution.
A world of books
That’s when I decided to go freelance and discovered the book editing world. It was different from magazine editing – more structured and rather serious. I worked on non-fiction titles, academic tomes stuffed with endless citations, marketing books, business management guides, self-help titles and memoirs.
I joined the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (now the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading) of which I am an Advanced Professional Member. A year later I took over as editor of the Society’s membership magazine – a freelance job which I held for ten years. You have to keep on your toes in a job like that, especially when your readership is made up of other editorial freelances, ready to pounce on any errors.
A whole new world
I loved that job and was in touch with other editors, worldwide. However, times change and due to reorganisation that editing job came to an end. I decided it was time to educate myself about digital marketing and social media about which I knew very little. I moved into a whole new world, watching webinars and videos, listening to podcasts and doing several courses. I found myself on the mailing lists of a totally different community of content writers, bloggers, course organisers, coaches and entrepreneurs who offered to help me make vast sums of money just by following their methods.
I have learned a great deal and understand very much more about the digital marketing sector, its structure and its language. Now I’d like to help you on your journey from pen and paper to printing press; I can’t promise to help you make vast amounts of money but I can offer editing, support and guidance – and even enlightenment about the use of the apostrophe.