Editing, proofreading and copywriting service and consultancy, providing a voice to suit every client, in language to suit every audience.
Promoting Ellis IP, an IP consultancy, through events, exhibitions and the media; overseeing the voice of the company on social media; overseeing updates of the company website; communicating with clients; initiating relationships with potential clients; producing company newsletter.
While raising my young children, I wrote my own fiction, and was also a communications consultant for local community groups and charities.
Designed and laid out pages for three weekly newspapers in the Clyde & Forth stable, devised headlines, fact checked, rewrote copy, oversaw production, sent pages to printer, liaised with journalists and production team, enforced deadlines, contributed to streamlining of production process. Required the ability to work with precision at high speed.
Duties included setting deadlines, creating ﬂatplans, chasing writers for copy, pre-subbing copy, cutting to ﬁt layouts, writing heads, sells and picture captions, fact checking and rewriting where necessary, sending pages to and liaising with repro, signing off cromalins. Managed one sub editor. Also wrote news-in-brief and design/fashion features; news for Stuff website; and copy for sponsored competitions. Dealt with reader enquiries and frequently communicated with manufacturers, PRs and advertisers.
Supported chief sub editor and oversaw work of three sub editors. Delegated features to subs, chased copy, pre-subbed and fact checked, liaised with agents, PRs, advertising and picture desk. Cut copy to ﬁt layouts and wrote picture captions. Signed off cromalins at repro. Also wrote features. Required patience and diplomacy on frequently fraught occasions.
At various dates I worked sub editor shifts at: GQ, Arena, New Woman, That's Life, The Mercury newspaper, the Financial Times, What Car?, Now, Sunday Mirror Night & Day magazine, Jane's Intelligence Review and customer magazines for BMW and the BBC. I fact checked, rewrote and cut to fit layouts.
Chased copy, proofread and rewrote where necessary, liaised with client (Boots the Chemist) to sign off and fact check copy, cut to fit layouts; managed one freelance sub editor.
Managing editor of Independent Dentistry magazine - chased writers, rewrote copy, laid out Quark pages, cut copy to fit, fact checked, liaised with repro/printer, signed off cromalins; was also assistant editor of Dentistry Monthly.
Diagnosed with breast cancer while on holiday in Japan, editor, one-time environmental activist and wannabe politician Isla distracts herself with tourist adventures - including snorkelling in the South China Sea, learning about slipper etiquette and negotiating the three Japanese alphabets. Back in the less exotic UK, in between chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy Isla considers those othe... read more
A chilling ghost story, which will leave you with sweat trickling down your spine. The narrator returns to the place she lost her lover - what, or who, will she find there? A short story that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck
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Editor with two decades of experience in books and magazines. Known for distilling complex ideas into clear, compelling prose.
Writer, editor, and Italian-to-English translator with three decades of experience. I've written and edited dozens of cookbooks.