- Hebden Bridge, GB
- £15 /hr
- Available now
I provide reasonably priced reliable editorial and writing services. I have an MA in Publishing, a BA in English Language, 4 years editorial experience and I am a member of themore...I provide reasonably priced reliable editorial and writing services. I have an MA in Publishing, a BA in English Language, 4 years editorial experience and I am a member of the SfEP.
Prior to my career in Publishing I worked for ten years in the film industry, latterly in a managerial capacity. This work helped mould my self motivation, tenacity and sense of responsibility.
Area Covered: work carried out from home
Work Experience Summary: After working for ten years in media project management and logistics as a film and television location manager, I had great desires to have a stronger connection with the written word and so I spent last year completing an MA in Publishing Studies at Kingston University. As one of the most accomplished students in the year, I received a distinction and my dissertation on Publishing and the Environment won the faculty prize and was the runner up in a further national prize. As part of the MA course I was fortunate enough to gain a placement with John Murray Publishers and on completion of the agreed fortnight was asked to return as an editorial intern one day a week until I found a permanent position. I stayed there for almost a year before I relocated back to Yorkshire. My MA course and my work at John Murray have taught me many things about the structure and nature of the publishing industry and many skills such as manuscript assessment, copywriting, structural editing, copy-editing, marketing and proofreading. My tutors have repeatedly complemented me on the thorough nature of my work.
I further broadened my publishing experience by winning a bursary to work for Kingston University Press. As part of this I became the managing editor of the university's creative writing review, Ripple, advancing the progress so vastly that it appeared for the first time on the university imprint and major retailer Waterstone's agreed to stock it for the first time. The work involved calling for and collecting submissions and assessing their quality collectively as a team whilst motivating and delegating to the team. The university has also bought in a number of copies to use as a template for creating a successful literary review. Since this bursary I have carried out substantial freelance editorial work for Kingston University Press as well as regular freelance work for Yorkshire based publisher, Jeremy Mills Publishing.
My project managing experience within the cultural sector is considerable. I have managed media-based projects in the film industry for ten years and as a result of this experience I have been able to create and co-ordinate numerous effective partnerships and have a vast contact book across all sectors of society.
My background in film and television has afforded me a great many skills, not least the ability to successfully manage limited budgets whilst delivering creative options. I work equally well as an individual or as a team, I am highly motivated and have a dogged approach to complex issues and problem solving.
Working as a Film Location Manager has been an invaluable experience dealing with all sectors of society and has finely honed both my communication and public relations skills. After scouting to deliver a variety of creative options for the director and production designer, the work involved reaching agreements with each department of the film crew, the hired venues, the local residents, the council and the police. Negotiating deals between a variety of parties and mediating to achieve mutual satisfaction was a large part of the job.
In addition this position has furnished me with the skills of forward planning and project management and has also taught me to work to tight deadlines. This has inevitably required me to be able to deliver creative, innovative and laterally considered options whilst prioritizing and keeping a cool head under substantial pressure.
Despite displaying team-leader skills I am also enthusiastic and tenacious when carrying out instructions from senior staff as can be seen from my recent work both in the film industry and at John Murray.
Whilst the film industry has taught me to operate effectively under pressure, has developed my self-management and motivation skills, and afforded me a knowledge and overview of the media industry, my publishing experience has finely tuned my attention to detail, my written skills and my administration skills. My written and verbal communication skills are excellent as a result of using them actively throughout my working life.
I have worked alongside higher educational establishments through my work as Student Liaison Officer for the Society of Young Publishers. This position has enabled me to raise awareness of publishing and promote it as a career in the HE Sector making it more accessible to a wider and more diverse scope of people. This involved developing strategies to widen the sphere and raise the profile of publishing as a career throughout the UK.
Working also as a research assistant for an author of a new text book entitled Public Affairs for Journalists helped to widen my skills and knowledge base yet further.
My computer skills are strong, with a good level in all Microsoft Office packages as well as competency in Sage, InDesign and Photoshop. I am particularly quick to pick up and master new packages and use them effectively. I am equally proficient on the web. I also have a working knowledge of French and Spanish and a basic knowledge of Portuguese and Icelandic. I have a full driving licence for a car and a motorbike and I own my own car.
Education Summary: BA English Language
Editor, Copy-editor, Proofreader, Writer