Kerry Boettcher

www.wordnoodle.co.uk

 

Profile:

I am a highly motivated, versatile and organised editor and writer with over 18 years’ experience in various media sectors including children’s, travel, ELT, health and social care, and architecture and design. I am passionate about disseminating content through print, visual, and digital formats. I work well under pressure, can meet tight deadlines, can balance a heavy workload and have an excellent eye for detail. I have skills in using ProTrak workflow system, Microsoft Office, InDesign, WordPress, Ektron, custom made content management systems, and basic HTML and CSS.

Work Experience:

Apex CoVantage
Project manager  August 2106 – present
Independent contractor managing production workflow of between 30–40 academic titles for Taylor and Francis

Freelance

Writer/editor  September 2000 – present

some commissions include:

  • writing web content and press releases for Duffy London furniture and product design
  • writing web content for A Helping Hand in France translation agency
  • copy editing and proofreading for Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • copy editing and proofreading for Pavilion Publishing
  • writing for Journal of Family Healthcare
  • writing and sub-editing for BBC educational and children’s magazines

World Architecture News Brighton

News editor • February 2015 – July 2015

Writing, editing, generating and researching relevant online news stories in international architecture.

  • uploading content to website using CMS
  • liaising with PR agencies, architects and freelance writers
  • attending awards and press events
  • image search and manipulation
  • interviewing key figures and award winners
  • managing social media
  • compiling newsletter

Pavilion Publishing and Media Brighton

Managing editor • June 2009 – December 2014

I managed a team of two editors and three designers. In my first year I increased team productivity from 10 to 40 new print and digital titles per year. I also worked closely with the marketing team to develop new catalogues, blogs, website content, social media and marketing material, and communicate metadata. I have brought in extra revenue from foreign rights sales and copyright licences, have implemented the ebook strategy, and have established the company editorial style guide.

Duties included:

  • scheduling workflow, monitoring workload and activity
  • commissioning, and assessing new proposals for commercial viability
  • issuing contracts
  • budgeting and business planning
  • setting up and briefing new projects
  • copy editing, proofreading, and writing and editing online and offline content and copy
  • liaison with authors, designers, editors, typesetters and printers

Editor of magazines, journals, books and training materials • September 2006 – June 2009

Project managed three monthly magazines, four quarterly journals, books and training materials.

Duties included:

  • copy editing, proofreading and writing content and copy
  • co-ordinating the correction, receipt and delivery of proofs and manuscripts
  • co-ordinating peer review process
  • organising and chairing editorial board meetings
  • liaison with designers, typesetters and printers

Panorama Holiday Group Brighton

Assistant studio manager February 2002 – September 2006

Managed a team of two co-ordinators, two photo-co-ordinators in an in-house travel brochure production studio.

Duties included:

  • monitoring workload and activity
  • editing and overseeing the quality of travel brochures
  • liaising with relevant departments, repro houses and printers
  • writing and researching content and copy
  • copy editing and proofreading

Egmont Fleetway London

Editor – Thomas the Tank Engine and Disney magazines • April 1999 – September 2000

Edited the popular fortnightly Thomas the Tank Engine magazine and oversaw creation of covers and local pages of the UK editions of Egmont’s co-publications Winnie The Pooh, Disney and Me, and Disney’s Princess.

Duties included:

  • Planning content
  • Commissioning stories and artwork
  • Overseeing design and doing layouts
  • Writing content, sub-editing and checking proofs
  • Dealing with licensor approvals
  • Managing budget

Marvel Comics Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Assistant editor January 1997-April 1999

Contributed to Art Attack, Thomas the Tank Engine and Sooty magazines.

Duties included:

  • Commissioning artwork
  • Writing copy
  • Overseeing photo shoots
  • Sub-editing
  • Checking proofs

Yes Educational Centre Eastbourne, East Sussex

Teacher of English as a foreign language • June 1993 – September 1996

Education/Qualifications:

Masters Degree – Modern Comparative Literature The University of Sussex • September 1994

Bachelors Degree – French The University of Connecticut, USA • May 1992

This also included one year at The University of Rouen, France where I achieved The Superior Diploma of French studies for foreign speakers and The Practical Certificate of Business and Economic French of the Chamber of Commerce of Paris.

Professional development courses:

Introduction to Fiction Editing The Society for Editors and Proofreaders • August 2015

CCE course in Creative Writing The University of Sussex • 2010

BTEC PDC in Graphic Design City College Brighton and Hove • June 2002

RSA CTEFL St. Giles College, Brighton • June 1993

Memberships:

Professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders

Management committee of QueenSpark Books – charity community publisher

Foreign language skills:

  • Fluent ability in speaking, reading and writing French
  • Intermediate ability in Spanish and German
  • Some knowledge of Italian and Norwegian

Interests and hobbies:

  • Creative writing – I have written and published my first novel – Ameritrash
  • Travelling – I am combining my passions for writing and travelling in my travel blog (www.lifeslittleadventurestravelblog.wordpress.com)
  • Reading and cinema
  • Knitting