Editorial

Websites and technical book publishing.

Websites

Kings Heath Residents' Forum

March 2012 to June 2018

In a voluntary capacity, I looked after my local neighbourhood group's website and supported contributors in the Forum's Management Committee to publish their posts via WordPress.

Observations

June 2008 to March 2011

As part of the former West Midlands Regional Observatory's communications team, I was responsible for ensuring the organisation's digital communications were consistent in quality, style and content. For Observations – a corporate blog covering social and economic intelligence about the West Midlands region – my role was to:

  • sub-edit posts written by researchers and a communications officer
  • manage the content publishing schedule
  • evaluate the blog's impact on the organisation's performance indicators
  • personally write and publish posts

Technical book publishing

April 2003 to July 2004

I joined Apress as an editor after they acquired friends of ED imprint. My role was to:

  • assist Apress's editorial board to identify and evaluate work-in-progress books acquired from friends of ED, then develop approved titles to a production-ready state
  • commission a new portfolio of books on digital graphics software

I researched and commissioned authors, managed author relationships throughout the editorial process and acted as the lead editor for each book. This involved developmental editing, testing authors' tutorials and code, applying the house style, contracting and managing freelance technical reviewers, preparing images, and finalising a production-ready manuscript.

Titles in a lead editor role:


July 2001 to March 2003

After graduating from The University of Hull I joined friends of ED's PR team to write marketing copy for web magazines, and to build relationships with readers and authors, particularly via discussion forums. I progressed through various editorial roles, much of which involved editing tutorials on ActionScript, the programming language of Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Flash.

Titles in a sub-editor role:

Titles in a technical editor role: