I started my working life as a civil servant, spending eighteen years working with unemployed people and developing a first-hand knowledge of health and disability.

I learnt new skills in anticipation of leaving the civil service, then enjoyed the experience of working in the deaf community, not only as a communicator for deaf sign language users and a lipspeaker for post-lingually deaf people but also as a manager of a residential home for the RNID (Royal National Institute for the Deaf).

Having also qualified as a person-centred counsellor, this skill allowed me to work with staff in hospitals, doctors’ patients and as a counsellor in the deaf community.  I also spent some time as a counsellor in a hospice.

I moved to the north-west of Spain in 2006 and, upon arriving there, I became a teacher of English by phone to one of the biggest banks in Spain.  I returned to England in 2016 and, though I still do a small  amount of teaching and counselling, I now spend my time enjoying the pleasure of the written word.

Having studied the technique of editing and proofreading in 2007, I have now added this to my list of skills and have found perfecting work for others to be a very satisfying feeling.  With the track change system, which highlights all corrections made within a document, the writer can see what changes have been made and how the professional editor / proofreader spend their time to achieve that perfect document.  This service is also excellent for non-native writers of English, as they tell me that they can learn a lot from seeing why changes were made.  Should a client wish for this track change service, I will  implement it, though the majority of writers with busy lives simply want the document returned in it already updated state.

For clients whose books I bring up to publishable standard, I am also happy to provide an Amazon / Kindle review, should they request it.  After all, I have indeed read the book.


Published on 27/04/2010 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

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