My writing career has not taken the usual route of most sensible people’s.
Not for me the most frequent starting point of local paper reporter! My first journalistic post was on the international trade journal, Telecommunications, read around the world, in the days when mobile phones were rare, perhaps because they were the size and weight of a housebrick.
Lured by a handsome man and a salary increase, I hopped over the fence to PR consultancy, where I spent many years writing press releases, articles, brochures and newsletters. I wrote for national trade press and special interest magazines on topics ranging from company cars to cat litter, from superstores to factory shops, from private education to public health. My favourite projects were the Wall’s Pocket Money Monitor for Wall’s Ice Cream and launching Clark’s Village, the first factory shopping centre in the country. I also spent 13 years writing about education as part of a marketing role at Westonbirt School. My last “proper” job was at the charity Read for Good, home to Readathon and ReadWell, promoting children’s reading at home and in hospitals.
As a freelance, I’ve written for Cotswold Life and Country Garden & Smallholding (now Country Smallholding) on subjects such as organic box schemes, poultry keeping and country crafts, and I write occasional features for a charity dear to my heart, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
I’ve been writing a blog for nearly four years and I also very much enjoy writing regular columns for the two magazines closest to my home. You can find these articles among my blog posts, tagged Hawkesbury Parish News and Tetbury Advertiser.
And with my other hand… I’ve written Sell Your Books!, a self-help book for self-published and independently published authors. Commissioned by Bristol-based SilverWood Books, it’s now available to order online and from all good bookshops. I also write a blog of free book promotion advice on the website of Off The Shelf Book Promotions. This is the company that I run from home, offering promotional services to authors such as creating WordPress websites.
While keeping all these plates spinning, I’m now working on Tuning In, a collection of short stories on a radio-related theme, Tales of Transformation, a mini e-book of flash fiction, and Seaglass (more short stories). I also have plans to publish e-books the best posts on specific themes from my personal blog, YoungByName.
Subject to my busy schedule, I’m always open to suggestion for new writing projects. I’m a veritable literary chameleon, able to turn my pen to all kinds of subjects and styles. I can deliver what you need, to deadline and to length, for very reasonable rates. If you’d like to discuss a project, please click here to contact me.