CV – publishing

What I did

I’m a multi-skilled publishing professional. Between 2005 and 2018 I worked on hundreds of projects for publishers. As well as copy-editing and proofreading all kinds of material—everything from advanced computer science textbooks and research papers in mathematics to children’s novels—I used my skills with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop to typeset illustrated books. I’ve designed several full-colour book covers. In 2007 I also wrote a book myself.

My clients

A lot of publishing jobs are one-offs, of course, but some relationships with clients go on for years and years. Among my most faithful were Sunrise Setting and Girls Gone By.

A few editorial projects

I edited some of these in Microsoft Word (or OpenOffice), and for some I used LaTeX. I’m happy working in either. Some were written in British and some in American English—again, I can do both.

Some books I’ve typeset

Professional membershipSfEP logo

I was an Advanced member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders from 2007 to 2017 (when I decided to focus all my attention on my software career). Advanced membership meant that in the view of the Society’s Admissions Panel I demonstrated a ‘high degree of competence and substantial experience’. (Since I left, the SfEP has received its Royal Charter and is now the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading; its membership grade system has also changed.)

Training for publishing

These are the courses I took:
year provider course
2003 SfEP Introduction to proofreading
2004 PTC Basic proofreading by distance learning: obtained a Distinction
2004 SfEP Proofreading problems
2004 SfEP Working for non-publishers
2005 SfEP Mentoring scheme
2006 SfEP On-screen editing 1
2008 SfEP Professional copy-editing
2009 Society of Indexers Introduction to indexing


1977–1981: Girton College, Cambridge