Andrew Dawson

Andrew Dawson - Editor

Hertford, UK

Experienced, quick and thorough copy editor and proofreader keen to work with authors in business, travel and sports.

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Overview

The good news is that I can get things done quickly, which means you pay me less! With 20 years’ experience of fast-paced jobs in journalism, communications and publishing, I know how to meet a tight deadline without compromising on quality.

My former roles as news editor of a newspaper and manager of a county council press office honed my language skills and my keen eye for detail.

I began my career as a reporter and quickly learned the value of a good editor who can help shape and improve writing while preserving the author's integrity and spirit - and how demoralising and frustrating it can be to have your work edited insensitively. These lessons have guided the subsequent 15 years of my career as an editor of newspapers, magazines, books and professional publications, and I will always treat your work with the empathy and respect it deserves.

Having been a news editor of six weekly newspaper titles and the manager of a busy local authority press office, I have plenty of experience in getting things done quickly, efficiently and on time. In short, I won’t be dilly dallying at your expense!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Business & Management
Political Science & Current Affairs
Sports & Outdoors
Travel
Science Fiction
Dystopian
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Science Fiction

Certifications

  • NCTJ post graduate diploma in newspaper journalism

Work experience

Freelance copy editor, proofreader and writer

Self-employed
April, 2017 – Present (over 2 years)

• Proofread various academic publications for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
• Wrote case studies for construction firm Willmott Dixon's bid for foundation status
• Copyedited a consultant’s publication on business ethics
• Proofread guide for upcoming product designers

Senior Press Officer

Hertfordshire County Council
September, 2008 – January, 2017 (over 8 years)

• Managed a team of four press officers with responsibility for enhancing and defending the reputation of an organisation with a £1bn budget and more than 20,000 employees
• Responsible for ensuring all communications issued (press releases, press statements, web articles and social media posts) were timely, clear, accurate and reflected the values of the council
• Editor of the 24-page residents’ magazine, Horizons, which was delivered to 480,000 households three times a year; role included copyediting and proofreading content from a range of sources from across the council

News Editor

Herts & Essex Newspapers Ltd
February, 2007 – September, 2008 (over 1 year)

• Managed a team of eight reporters on a busy news desk
• Responsible for the content of six weekly titles in the Mercury series, spanning east and north Hertfordshire, with a combined readership of around 50,000
• Copyedited and proofread hundreds of stories every week to tight deadlines

Portfolio (5 selected works)

PHPP Illustrated: A designer's companion to the Passivhaus Planning Package

Sarah Lewis

Passive House is a leading low energy building standard. An important tool for designing Passive House buildings is the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). This book is an essential guide to the PHPP, and sets out clear and easy-to-follow steps for inputting and understanding a building in PHPP. Fully-revised and updated, this new edition provides essential updates on the latest version of ... read more

Passive House is a leading low energy building standard. An important tool for designing Passive House buildings is the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). This book is an essential guide to the PHPP, and sets out clear and easy-to-follow steps for inputting and understanding a building in PHPP. Fully-revised and updated, this new edition provides essential updates on the latest version of ... read more

Small Practice and the Sole Practitioner

Marianne Davys Architects Ltd

This book is a practical guide for students or those already running or thinking of running a small practice on how to set up and run a small architectural practice and how to run multiple small projects efficiently. It is split into three distinct sections: Part 1 begins with the practicalities of setting up a small architectural business; Part 2 goes into detail on how to run your small prac... read more

This book is a practical guide for students or those already running or thinking of running a small practice on how to set up and run a small architectural practice and how to run multiple small projects efficiently. It is split into three distinct sections: Part 1 begins with the practicalities of setting up a small architectural business; Part 2 goes into detail on how to run your small prac... read more

PHPP Illustrated: A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package

Sarah Lewis

All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP): a set of 30+ linked Excel spreadsheets and a short manual, translated from German into English. A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP. Concise, user-friendly and attractivel... read more

All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP): a set of 30+ linked Excel spreadsheets and a short manual, translated from German into English. A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP. Concise, user-friendly and attractivel... read more

Small Practice and the Sole Practitioner

Marianne Davys Architects Ltd

This book is a practical guide for students or those already running or thinking of running a small practice on how to set up and run a small architectural practice and how to run multiple small projects efficiently. It is split into three distinct sections: Part 1 begins with the practicalities of setting up a small architectural business; Part 2 goes into detail on how to run your small prac... read more

This book is a practical guide for students or those already running or thinking of running a small practice on how to set up and run a small architectural practice and how to run multiple small projects efficiently. It is split into three distinct sections: Part 1 begins with the practicalities of setting up a small architectural business; Part 2 goes into detail on how to run your small prac... read more

PHPP Illustrated: A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package

Sarah Lewis

All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP): a set of 30+ linked Excel spreadsheets and a short manual, translated from German into English. A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP. Concise, user-friendly and attractivel... read more

All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP): a set of 30+ linked Excel spreadsheets and a short manual, translated from German into English. A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP. Concise, user-friendly and attractivel... read more

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