I have spent over ten years as a writer and editor, taking on roles from magazine chief to press agent, editorial director to obituarist. Most of my work now is book editing for both fiction and non-fiction authors. I also support organisations to create and implement editorial and marcomms strategies.
My clients include luxury brands and charities, tech startups and digital agencies, publishers and authors, as well as maverick individuals. I have never specialised in a particular sector, as there are stories in everything.
The five things that underpin everything I do. . .
C U R I O S I T Y
A lot gets said about voice and engagement, but for me it all comes down to curiosity – simply sparking people's interest in an interesting way. It's my job to midwife other people's curiosity, reinvigorating their interest in their own business or book or project, giving them space to rediscover the love that inspired them to create something in the first place. I could find something curious on a wall of wet paint. There's no such thing as a boring project.
C O N N E C T I O N
All of my work is about connection. The right words connect people, ideas, audiences and aspirations. They connect eyes and ears to minds and emotions. Sometimes it's about connecting you back to the person you wanted to be. My career to date has been built on connecting; I went ten years without a website, getting all my jobs through meeting people face-to-face or being referred via word of mouth. Good things come through rich and fruitful connections.
C O L L A B O R A T I O N
I work closely with commissioners, designers, art directors, editors, writers, publishers and businesses to share insights and resources to achieve the best outcome for the project. A fan of skill swaps and bartering, I have edited books in exchange for beekeeping lessons and swapped copy for photography shoots.
C O M P A S S I O N
That's what it's all about, isn't it? One of my favourite words. Compassion: 'to suffer with', 'to love together with'. When I start working with you, it's about listening to where you are now, understanding where you want to be, and intuiting together how to get there. Call me sentimental, but compassion has got to be at the core of that.
Q U I R K
I often get given projects no one knows what to do with. Ones you can't label or even describe; ones that require multiple hats or a range of approaches. I like the weird tricky projects left on the shelf. Does your project fit that category? Let's meet up for tea.