I'm a freelance writer and editor with over fourteen years' experience in the publishing industry, including a decade working in-house for DK Travel Guides and Rough Guides (both part of Penguin Random House at the time). I specialise in Scotland, particularly the far north mainland and wrote a best-selling illustrated book, North Coast 500: Britain's Ultimate Road Trip, about the region. I'm currently researching and writing a brand-new book for Bradt Travel Guides: Slow Travel Northwest Scotland, which will be published in 2024.
I am a highly proficient project manager, used as much to balancing budgets and deadlines as I am to sourcing contributors and dealing with authors. My editorial expertise ranges from editorial reports and developmental insight to proofreads and in-depth copy-edits. I am Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning JRNY Travel Magazine.
As a writer myself, I am able to provide copy and rewrite other people's words with ease and confidence, while understanding the editorial process from an author's point of view and working alongside them with compassion and sensitivity.
I have worked with some of the biggest names in travel publishing – including Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Bradt Travel Guides – but I am comfortable and confident in turning my hand to any subject. I've written a number of I-SPYs for Collins, including to Scotland, rivers and canals, and farms, and I've updated a range of guidebooks, from the DK Eyewitness Guide to Great Britain to The Rough Guide to Laos and three editions of The Rough Guide to France.
In addition to working with publishing houses I've also worked with self-publishing authors, digital agencies, travel companies and small businesses.
I am a Professional Member of the CIEP (the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading), and have recently completed their course in fiction editing.
When I'm not working with other people's words, you'll find me knee-deep in edits of my own novel, which in 2020 was shortlisted for Agora Books' Lost the Plot Work in Progress Prize.