When viewing our blog, you may have noticed ‘The Nitpicker’ at the foot of a couple of posts. I thought it was time to tell you who she is if you have a mind to read on.
From an early age, the origin of words and complexity of the English language gripped me. Small wonder that writing, editing, and proofreading became a passion and one that has never waned. The roots of my voyage – founded as a teenager in writing groups –blossomed into years of editing and proofreading in the legal sector as I navigated many tributaries honing my craft.
I’ve now acquired 27 years’ experience in writing, correcting, changing, and condensing, therefore, penning an epic extolling my ability contradicts my work ethic. I have an amorous affinity with the written word and love what I do.
I’m proud to be a nitpicker and word nerd, proficient in achieving the seven Cs: clear, coherent, complete, concise, consistent, correct, credible content. I’ve achieved success in editing/proofreading a range of projects from political flyers, legal and environmental science dissertations, legal documentation, medical works, websites, blogs, and magazine/newspaper articles through to every genre of short story, novella or novel. I’ve also embraced non-fiction work and composed style guides, often overlooked by many writers but an essential tool in the publishing and literary world. I have written several short stories, magazine articles, blog posts, and web content, collaborated on chick lit, dark satire, and horror works, and am now penning the first in a series of eight YA fantasy novels.
My meticulous attention to detail, no-nonsense approach and extensive lexicon ensures any completed material delivers quality results. I use both UK and US English, engaging with clients to accommodate core goals to produce outstanding work. When you hire me, you get a sociable, skilled professional, not a CV.
When not writing or picking nits, I enjoy reading, yoga, music, walking, cooking, museums, comedy clubs, quiz shows, dining out, and travel. I am animal qwackers, a wine (especially red) connoisseur, have a zany sense of humour, and relish spending time exploring the great outdoors or basking in the company of family and friends. Oh, and as part of my insatiable hunger for words, I endeavour to add a new gem to my repertoire every day. Now, that’s what I call a devoted word nerd!
Until next time…