As a passionate and dedicated freelance editor I am committed to words and the people who write them, and I love polishing a piece of writing to make it truly shine. I have an energetic, creative and positive outlook and a willingness to engage deeply with the requirements of writers, publishers and readers.
* Editing and communication
I have a good eye for detail, a sound knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation, and an ability to improve clarity and coherence while retaining the essential voice of the author. My skills include substantive and structural editing, copy-editing, and proof-reading and I have a particular interest in and affinity for editing fiction.
* Inter-personal relations
The relationships I develop with writers are constructive and mutually-rewarding, and I am constantly aware that an editor needs to exercise respect, empathy, patience and tact. I consider it a privilege to help guide, motivate and encourage an author.
I am self-motivated and have strong organisational abilities, with the ability to sustain focus and work to deadline with enthusiasm and accuracy. I work well under pressure.
* Computer proficiency
I am experienced and competent in Word, and very comfortable using the internet and email.
Freelance editor and sub-editor current
Substantive and copy editing of a range of material, including short stories, non- fiction, memoirs, and most recently a 60 000-word novel. Based at home while raising my family.
Senior editor Reader’s Digest, Cape Town 1982 – 1988
Working closely with writers to produce local pieces; responsibility as one of four ‘issue editors’ for content and structure and overall finished product of monthly magazine; generating ideas for articles; substantive and structural editing, copy-editing, proof-reading.
Editor (fiction) DC Thomson Publications, Dundee, Scotland 1979 – 1982
Substantive and structural editing, copy-editing, proof-reading; responsibility for reading unsolicited manuscripts (short stories) and making selections for purchase; development of relationships with writers. Meeting weekly deadlines.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Creative Writing Course GetSmarter/Random House Struik February – May 2011
Counselling Course Lifeline, Cape Town 1986
BA (English & Psychology) University of Cape Town 1976 – 1978
Matric Centaurus High School, Windhoek 1975
REFERENCES – available on request; also samples of editing work