I like to think of myself as a natural-born editor. Even from an early age I was niggled by ungrammatical signs and inconsistencies in my school workbooks, and later, badly written documents. I’m still dismayed every time I find a mistake in a best-selling novel, the national news and major websites. I have made it my one-woman mission to establish excellent and flawless editorial standards.
I love the idiosyncrasies of grammar and the subtle nuances of language, which is why I studied languages and literature, receiving my BA in French from University of Connecticut, USA, and the Superior Diploma of French Studies for Foreign Speakers from University of Rouen, France, and my MA in modern comparative literature from University of Sussex, UK.
My attention to detail, organisational skills, ability to resolve complex production issues and clear communication skills mean that project management comes naturally to me. I have managed teams of designers, typesetters, and editors and am used to dealing with authors who are passionate about their writing and who are experts in their field.
My passion for words led me to seek a career in publishing. Over the past 18 years I worked my way up from junior editor on children’s magazines and comics, through to travel brochure copywriting, magazine and journal editing, complex academic books and training materials, through to managing editor at a multi-media publisher of health and social care materials. I have worked on a wide range of formats and subject matter, and I am extremely adaptable and happy to turn my hand at any subject. You can view my cv here.
I was born in the United States and have spent half my life living and working in the UK, so I have an in-depth knowledge of both British and American usage.
I am in the process of writing and self-publishing my first novel under the pseudonym Liv Parker. I also combine my love of travel with my keenness for writing, immortalising the excitement and beauty of a wonderful passing experience in the everlasting form of words. You can view some of my blog writing here:
I am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.