I began my editing journey in 2007. Back then, I was a member of the Havant & District Writers' Circle (HDWC), a long-running, established writing group. I had joined in 2004 to expand my creative writing interests. The HDWC was fortunate enough to attract prominent authors, editors, agents, poets, playwrights, and scriptwriters as guest speakers. One such person was Jill Field, a managing editor of The Better Book Company, an independent publishing company based in Chichester, West Sussex. (I'd also come to know her through a mutual friend who happened to be our mobile hairdresser!)
Having expressed my editing interests to Jill, she kindly provided me with an opportunity to become a trainee proofreader. I spent almost a year with her and worked on several novels. Sadly, Jill passed away in 2008. As a result, the company merged with another, and I was unable to continue with them. This was disappointing, as I would have liked to become more involved in publishing, but I'd gained enough knowledge and experience to go it alone. I enrolled on an online proofreading and copy-editing course, and gradually honed my proofreading skills by offering my services to fellow members of the writing group. This led me to start my freelance editing business in 2012.
To date, I have worked on almost forty editing projects: mostly novels and mostly for independent authors, several of whom have gone on to writer second novels and once again request my help. Two projects were for traditionally-published authors. I have completed a number of online editorial courses and continue to study different aspects of editing and publishing. In 2014, I self-published an anthology of my short stories as an experiment in self-publishing. (My aim is to complete a novel!) However, my background is in accounts, and IT – to include teaching and tutoring (in both an employed and freelance capacity) – and website design.