Do you love words? Do you need help with your words?
Good, because I can help.
How I can help you
I’m a copy editor and copywriter who can help you make your words shine.
I offer editorial services tailor-made to your needs.
I can copy-edit or proofread your books, brochures, websites, advertising material, labels and posters. Anything that contains words can, and should, be copy-edited and proofread. Don’t know what the difference is? That’s ok, lots of people don’t, head here to find out more. I specialise in historical fiction and non-fiction, so if that’s your thing we’re a perfect match, but don’t worry if you’ve written about another subject – I’ve worked on a diverse range of subjects, and will continue to do so as long as I’m needed.
Self-publishing? Do you want your self-published book to look fabulous? Let me design it for you. Why have a generic book interior when you can have a lovely one designed especially for you.
But what if you know what you want to say, but don’t know how to say it? I can take over the copywriting for you if your business needs a writer. I love to work with artisan companies who take pride in their products – if that’s you contact me.
Why work with me?
I’ve worked with words forever. Well, not actually forever (that’s a hell of a long time), but ever since I left school in the 80s (yes, I’m that old, get over it). It just seems like forever, but in a good way.
I’m a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), and I’ve been a member of the Society of Genealogists for over twenty years. I also became an Accredited Indexer of the Society of Indexers, but because I let my membership slide I don’t use the title any more.
I prefer the personal touch. I write for myself too, so I know the feeling of letting a complete stranger look at your work. It’s scary. I understand that. I’ll be gentle, but there will be no bullshit. To me you’re not just a book title, or a business name, you are someone who needs my help, and I will do that in a way that’s best for you and your work.
So who am I?
I am a professional editor and copywriter based in the beautiful far north of Scotland – looking out of my lounge window I can see the Orkneys, when it’s not raining or they’re shrouded in mist.
After leaving RGU I worked as an academic librarian at Teesside University before making the move north with my family in 1999. Two years later I set up as a professional genealogist, and although this really has taken a back seat to my editing and writing career, I do still occasionally like to don my Sherlock hat and get stuck into some lovely research.
I live in a beautiful part of the country, and I really should get out to see it more, but when I’m not working with words, or working on one of my own projects, I’m in our local theatre producing shows, helping with youth workshops or just getting stuff done.