The Personal Side

I have always loved reading, and remember that moment as a small child when reading clicked into place for me. From that point, books were my best friends and I have always squeezed in as much reading as possible. There is also the pipedream of being a writer, which I hope will come to fruition one of these days. My first ‘serious’ job after leaving university was as a newspaper sub-editor, and it was a boost to find that my ease with the English language was in demand. I then went off on several tangents for many years, including spending 12 years working with government and other public grants to businesses, research organisations and the not-for-profit sector. I really enjoyed this work but books and words were calling me, and so it was that in 2012 I finally started WordBlink.

As a reader, I am especially interested in children’s fiction and travel memoirs. I love the layering in children’s books, so that there’s something for parents and children to enjoy. My favourite sorts of travel memoirs are those about people setting up home in other parts of the world, or doing cycling or walking trips. They give me room to dream and to think: what if?

The Professional Side

I specialise in non-fiction books for publishers and self-publishers in the following areas

Business

Environmental/Horticultural

Memoirs

Self-Help

I am fascinated by the rise of self-publishing and am keen to help authors self-publish as professionally as they can. I work for both trade publishers and self-publishers and think there is room for both in the big world of books.

I also regularly proofread Education, Marketing, Politics, Social Sciences and MBA dissertations and essays for English Second Language (ESL) students, and edit or proofread business articles, whitepapers, websites, job applications and other items for business clients.
Professional affiliations

I am a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and work to their Code of Practice. I am listed in their directory. I am also listed on findaproofreader.com and helpwithpublishing.com.

Editorial Training
Continuing Professional Development
  • The SfEP’s 2014 Conference
  • The Writers’ and Artists’ “Self-publishing in the Digital Age” 2014 Conference
  • PGCE Primary – University of Portsmouth
  • MA in Children’s Literature – University of Surrey Roehampton (Roehampton Institute)
  • BA (English, Linguistics) – University of Natal, Durban

Why Wordblink?

I wanted a business name distinct from my own name, because people find my name difficult to remember, spell and pronounce – so the chances of clients finding a website with my name would be ridiculously slim!

The name came to me simply because we blink all the time, so blinking is something I am doing while I’m editing and proofreading: blinking at words. And I am reading an awful lot of the time – so I am doing a lot of blinking at words! It’s possible to miss an error in the blink of an eye when you are checking your own work – and that’s why you need someone like me. I may not be able to finish your work in the blink of an eye, but I will read it carefully and thoroughly and examine it from all sorts of angles. You may be surprised at what I find.