Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), Professional Member
Proficiency Certificate, National Council for the Training of Journalists, 1976;
Proofreading (P2), SfEP 2015;
Copy-editing (CE1), SfEP 2015;
Copy-editing (CE2), SfEP 2015;
Mentoring programme, SfEP 2016.
Journalist with various newspapers and agencies in England from 1973-89, specialising in courts and crime;
Freelance sub-editor, London 1989-95;
Also from 1990-1995, part-time MD of VOC Publishing Co. small company specialising in motor-cycling books and ephemera;
Sub-editor at The Irish News, Belfast, 1995-2000, deputy chief sub-editor to 2003, chief sub-editor to 2014.
Books, theses and dissertations, newsletters, journals, magazines, self-publishing.
Copy-editing, proofreading, on-screen editing, page layout, rewriting, typesetting.
British and Irish history, British and Irish politics, Northern Irish politics, business, media, computing, current affairs, general non-fiction, true crime, forensics.
The Irish News; PhD students; VOC Publishing; Legas LLC, recurring work on documents translated into English; Epiq Global, recurring legal work.
Deane, Neil, Liverpool: Gateway to Heaven and Hell (2016); De Leon, Melanie, Alex and Toosh Go To … , forthcoming series of children’s books; King, Diane, The Mouse that Roared and Ruby Red, forthcoming children’s titles; Bazari, Michelle, Hurdles to Cross with Faith (2017); Daruwalla, Marissa, Do Men Give Love for Sex & Women Give Sex for Love? (2017); Harvey, Fintan, Mickey Doc, a novel (2017).
Student dissertations on Minoan society, ADHD, childhood literacy, international banking law, FGM, teen pregnancy rates, Brexit.
I accept commissions on any subject and offer a full range of services from basic proofreading to copy-editing and rewriting. I can also assist with your design requirements. I work on Mac and PC with Word, QuarkXpress, InDesign, Photoshop, Pages and ePub.
I was CIPR Newspaper Production Journalist of the Year in 2008 and 2010, and highly commended in 2003 and 2004.