After leaving university with a BA in English Literature, I dismissed my dreams of working in publishing; I live in Northern Ireland and jobs in publishing were, and still are, like gold dust. I mainly worked in education and counselling while raising my children. Once they were all in double figures I decided it was time to pursue my original dream; the internet and freelancing had since made it possible to work in publishing from anywhere in the world.
I trained with the Publishing Training Centre and read writing craft books voraciously. Once qualified, I quickly decided that I wanted to specialise in fiction and that I enjoy working closely with authors to develop their work, not just correcting their mistakes. I did courses in developmental editing and am currently working on an MA in Creative Writing so that I can offer the best critiques, advice and developmental help to my clients.
I still work a few hours each week as a primary school librarian, helping to promote reading for pleasure, which is a passion of mine. Working in the school also helps me to have a bit of interaction with real life humans, instead of my computer, although after a few hours there I’m always glad to get back to the peace and quiet!
I spend a lot of my spare time reading for pleasure and write lots of reviews on NetGalley. My favourite genres to read are the same that I love to edit: women’s fiction, romance, erotica, and literary fiction.
Beta reading is one of my favourite things to do and I find that it really helps authors, especially newbies who have no experience of the publishing industry. My feedback often helps them to decide what kind of editing they need and what their next steps should be to becoming a published author.
Adding coaching to my services was a bit of a no-brainer – my background in counselling and education means it is second nature to me to try and help people. I found that authors I was working with were responding to my encouragement and advice so I decided to develop it into a service that they can ask for while they are writing or during the editing process.
I have trained in both UK and US English and freelance for publishers in America as well as the UK. I am a member of the SfEP and EPANI. My continued professional development is very important to me so I continue to add to my training every year.
If you have any questions about my background, qualifications, portfolio or services please contact me here or on social media.