Why I love what I do

I love that my job requires me to be open-minded. Sometimes a project introduces me to a subject that I wouldn’t necessarily seek out on my own and I become, for the duration of the project at least, expert in something quite niche or simply outside of my own daily experience; other times I get to indulge in well-established interests like cooking or design. Or cats.

If we’re lucky, us freelancers are sent copies of the books we work on. (Thank you, publishers! I really appreciate seeing, and owning, the finished product.) I’ve had a few arrive on my doorstep over the past couple of weeks and this lot represents the range of jobs I do quite well: copy-editing, proofreading, writing, research, project management (plus a fair bit of voluntary recipe testing!). These are all books that I’m honoured and happy to have played a part in.

Recently a publisher commissioned me to co-write a memoir of sorts. Helping someone tell their story is a fascinating and satisfying process. Assuming all subjects are as gracious, kind and easy to work with as this one, I’d love to do more of this kind of work, and I’m looking forward to sharing details of this book in due course. In the meantime, here are the new additions to my bookshelf, all available now (or very soon) in good bookshops or online:

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