I studied Music and Ethnomusicology at Royal Holloway (University of London) and then fell into editing by accident when I got my first job as an editorial assistant for a small music publisher.
That led to eight years working in-house for leading educational publishers such as Pearson and Oxford University Press. This gave me a solid grounding in a wide range of editorial skills, from proofreading and copyediting through to development editing and project management, with a little bit of commissioning work thrown in too.
I went freelance in 2017. Now I still edit educational resources but also take on more general nonfiction, for both traditional publishers and indie authors.
I’m a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), and adhere to their code of practice.
Professional development is important to me. Courses that I’ve completed to build on my in-house experience include:
CIEP’s Copyediting Progress
CIEP’s Proofreading Progress
EFA’s Developmental Editing of Nonfiction
CIEP’s Getting to Grips with Grammar and Punctuation
CIEP's Efficient Editing: Strategies and Tactics
CIEP's Word for Practical Editing
I moonlight as a writer. I’ve co-authored four GCSE Religious Studies revision guides for Oxford University Press, written various articles for Music Teacher magazine, and have a couple of young adult novels on the backburner. (I’ve yet to complete a whole book though and have the utmost respect for anyone who has!)
I love working with words and feel privileged to be able to do this for a living.
I live in the Chilterns with my partner and our dog, where we spend our time going for walks, playing board games, and very occasionally performing as the folk duo Shivelight.