What I offer as an editor
Books: I specialise in proofreading and editing lifestyle-related manuscripts. As a former Lifestyle Editor and the holder of a BA (Hons) degree in English, I can work with hybrid texts that contain elements as varied as story-telling and recipes. As a member of a quilting guild, I can also cast a keen eye over crafting books.
Magazines: I have project management skills – and a keen sense of the importance of a deadline. I can proofread pages speedily and efficiently, paying special attention to sections that need a detailed eye: recipes and crosswords come to mind. I understand the needs of the market and can ensure that your product goes to press squeaky clean.
Websites: I can proofread the pages of your site, test links and navigation paths, offer SEO and social media advice.
The world is filled with people who want websites that look good and that serve their business needs. The world is also filled with designers and developers who have the skills needed to make those websites – but they are young, cool, intimidating and talk in impenetrable jargon. I have spent over 10 years in meetings rooms and coffee shops with these young gorgeous people, and I know how to talk to them. I have also been an executive member of staff, a manager and a project team member so I understand business, money and the practical imperatives of real life. I can help businesses get the websites they want and help the designers and developers focus on delivering what it is that the client wants. I can build you a simple and sustainable WordPress site, or I can work with project teams to make sure everyone stays on side. I am the website whisperer.
I have sat in too many meetings where “training” was proposed as a solution to a problem, which led of course to a group session, a workshop or a course of some kind. But training might not fix the problem. Group training cannot address individual issues, which are often at the heart of difficulties in the workplace. For that reason, my recommendation would alway be do step back, assess the issue and apply the kind of training that is actually needed. My first step is always a needs analysis (which can often be done very quickly). Based on the needs analysis, it might be found that specific individuals need mentoring. That can either be done by someone within the workplace, or by an outsider brought in for the purpose and can take place on an individual or small-group basis. The analysis might uncover a need for more formal group training.
I offer both kinds of training. All training needs to be tied to measurable outcomes, which I discuss and establish before training begins. And all my training is based on hands-on learning, rather than theory delivered in PowerPoint (though there might be some of that too).
Online content production: from blogging to the big time
My course in online content production offers a flexible set of modules aimed primarily at content editors on news websites. There are some modules that are suitable for members of the public, or that would work for people in government, NGOs or corporates. Courses can be tailored to meet individual needs. Modules or elements of modules can be fleshed out into full, standalone workshops. A full curriculum is available on request, but the three modules available are:
MODULE ONE: BLOGGING (or how to make a small website)
MODULE TWO: CONTENT PRODUCTION
MODULE THREE: PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT