My first novel, Dances with the Daffodils, was self-published in 2013 with Swallow Books, and has as its theme redemption through nature. It is set in 1802, when the poet Wordsworth and his sister saw the daffodils that inspired the world-famous poem 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud'. The novel was shortlisted for Lakeland Book of the Year, and is now available both in paperback and as an ebook. I am currently writing a second novel – a contemporary adaptation of Wuthering Heights – and a novella set in Paris at the time of the composer Debussy. I also write poetry.
I've written articles for The Guardian on various subjects, including flooding in the Lake District and rioting across the UK. For The Times I was an arts subeditor and classical music critic,reviewing concerts and opera performances nationally, and travelling internationally to interview leading musicians. I worked as a news subeditor for The Observer and The Sunday Times, and as Deputy Editor of Classic FM's magazine. Locally I contribute to the Westmorland Gazette and Radio Cumbria, and I'm a visiting tutor in journalism at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
SERVICES I OFFER
I offer authors help with all aspects of the self-publishing process, from finishing that final draft – in Microsoft Word or Scrivener – to copyediting, typesetting, proofreading, cover design, ebook publishing and paperback printing. And after all that ... ongoing marketing, sales and distribution. Having had a literary agent for several years, I can also offer help for authors wanting to approach traditional publishers through an agent.
Editing, Proofing, DTP, HTML
I have experience as a copyeditor and proofreader with several publishers, including Time Warner Books, and can provide line-by-line copyediting and proofreading of book manuscripts and other long pieces of writing. I also offer know-how in desktop-publishing (DTP), specifically InDesign and QuarkXpress, as well as knowledge of the internet's Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) through my work on the website of The Times and The Sunday Times.
Marketing, PR, Sales
I have many contacts in press, television and radio, locally and nationally, and am able to submit press releases confident in the knowledge that they will be considered and often converted into editorial. l also regularly use social media for brand awareness building and networking. In addition, I offer the high-calibre selling and presentation skills I learned when I worked in display advertising sales for The Independent and The Observer.
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