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WRITING
 

You know that writing will be of good quality if it's carried out by someone who understands editorial matters thoroughly. I apply my extensive editorial and publishing know-how, along with my creative flair, to both fiction and nonfiction writing. I readily adapt to the requirements of any job and any client, while ensuring fitness for purpose for readers from a broad range of backgrounds.  My writing helps both self-publishing authors and businesses, and I can work on printed or digital documents. My writing prowess, I hope, is evidenced on my website (with my target audience in mind) and by the fact that I am the author of several book chapters; what's more, I am currently working on a few health-related books for adults and children as author, co-author and editor. My only issue in completing them is time - a problem we all have!

Have I published in my own right?

Yes. I have several published Chapters in nonfiction books on a wide range of subjects:

  • Amniocentesis: Monitoring the unborn bump  (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • Childbirth drug, scopolamine: Declared to be truth serum (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). In: CR Martin et al. In: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Learning and Teaching Environment. Swan & Horn.

  • Howard Taylor Ricketts: One dies so that millions may live (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • Nora Volkow: Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse  (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • Plasma transfusions: “Blood for Britain!” (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • Practising positive silence (2016). In: CR Martin et al. Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Learning and Teaching Environment. Swan & Horn.

  • Roslyn Yalow: An unlikely medic  (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • South America hit by first cholera academic for a century  (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • The urine pregnancy test (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

Book projects underway that reflect my interests in and knowledge about child education, chronic disease and trauma, for children and adults:

  • Chapter author in Kindle publication: Schools and Pandemics: Concerns about Returning During Covid-19.

  • Co-editor and chapter author in: Hung Out To Dry: Stories By Reluctant Members of the Lyme Community.

  • Author of illustrated children's book: Why Are You Scared of That? 

  • Author of: Cauda Equina: The Sting in the Tail.

  • Editor and chapter writer of series of health-related books for children and young adults (Blunt Books: Several titles).

What aspects of writing do I cover?

I write from source materials for long pieces, but also research and create new content for shorter pieces. I produce a lot of marketing and promotional material for self-publishing authors, including cover copy and book blurbs, and all manner of things for businesses. My writing reflects the same standards offered by my editing services, addressing: 

  • all the 'basics' - grammar, spelling, punctuation, hyphenation, capitalisation and syntax (word order) as well as style, tone, pace, flow, syntax and word choices

  • issues relating to gender, ethnicity, religion, age (and all the other '-isms')

  • stereotyping, stigmatisation and dehumanisation, and libellous and contentious content

  • redundancy, repetition (of words and concepts), tautology, ambiguity and contradiction

  • logical build-up ideas and information so that readers don't get lost on the way

  • copyright issues and permissions that should be sought

  • cohesion of the text with other elements of the document (e.g. illustrations, appendices, glossaries and other displayed features)

  • application of any required house-style.

Can I do anything else?

I can also:

  • research and prepare images
  • prepare files for digital or print publication
  • produce copy for websites, web pages and online resources
  • compile other parts of a document (i.e. front matter, end matter and cover copy).

What are the most common types of writing projects I work on?

It's a broad mix that includes, for example:

  • technical writing (e.g. training manuals)

  • re-writing and re-purposing existing material (e.g. from highly specialist content, for a general readership)

  • de novo writing of whole chapters and specific features of chapters

  • educational and training resources (from source material and research)

  • academic abstracts and summaries

  • promotional copywriting (e.g. for books, authors and products).

Have I published in my own right?

Yes. I have several published Chapters in nonfiction books on a wide range of subjects:

  • Amniocentesis: Monitoring the unborn bump  (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • Childbirth drug, scopolamine: Declared to be truth serum (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). In: CR Martin et al. In: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Learning and Teaching Environment. Swan & Horn.

  • Howard Taylor Ricketts: One dies so that millions may live (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • Nora Volkow: Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse  (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • Plasma transfusions: “Blood for Britain!” (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • Practising positive silence (2016). In: CR Martin et al. Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Learning and Teaching Environment. Swan & Horn.

  • Roslyn Yalow: An unlikely medic  (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • South America hit by first cholera academic for a century  (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

  • The urine pregnancy test (2008). In: Defining Moments in Science. Hatchette Livre/Cassell.

Book projects underway that reflect my interests in and knowledge about child education, chronic disease and trauma, for children and adults:

  • Chapter author in Kindle publication: Schools and Pandemics: Concerns about Returning During Covid-19.

  • Co-editor and chapter author in: Hung Out To Dry: Stories By Reluctant Members of the Lyme Community.

  • Author of illustrated children's book: Why Are You Scared of That? 

  • Author of: Cauda Equina: The Sting in the Tail.

  • Editor and chapter writer of series of health-related books for children and young adults (Blunt Books: Several titles).

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