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Kerry Boettcher

Kerry Boettcher - Editor

Hove, United Kingdom

An experienced writer, editor and publishing professional with 20 years' experience of copy editing, development editing and proofreading.

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Mission: I like to think of myself as a natural-born editor. Even from an early age I was niggled by ungrammatical signs and inconsistencies in my school workbooks, and later, badly written documents. I’m still dismayed every time I find a mistake in a best-selling novel, the national news and major websites. I have made it my one-woman mission to establish excellent and flawless editorial standards.

Education: I love the idiosyncrasies of grammar and the subtle nuances of language, which is why I studied languages and literature, receiving my BA in French from University of Connecticut, USA, and the Superior Diploma of French Studies for Foreign Speakers from University of Rouen, France, and my MA in modern comparative literature from University of Sussex, UK.

Career: My passion for words led me to seek a career in publishing. Over the past 16 years I worked my way up from junior editor on children’s magazines and comics, through to travel brochure copywriting, magazine and journal editing, complex academic books and training materials, through to managing editor at a multi-media publisher of health and social care materials. I have worked on a wide range of formats and subject matter, and I am extremely adaptable and happy to turn my hand at any subject.

I was born in the United States and have spent half my life living and working in the UK, so I have an in-depth knowledge of both British and American usage.

Membership: Professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Historical Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Career Guides Children's Books (Non-Fiction) Education & Reference Health & wellbeing Psychology Religion & Spirituality Social & Behavioral Sciences Travel

Work experience

Freelance writer and editor

Wordnoodle

January, 2015 – Present (almost 2 years)

* Online World Architecture News - writing, editing, generating and researching relevant online news stories in international architecture
* Duffy London furniture and product design - writing web content and press releases for
* Pavilion Publishing and Media - book editing, article writing, journal proofreading
* A Helping Hand in France translation agency - writing web content
* Marshall Cavendish - feature and fiction writing on Juice, European teen lifestyle magazine
* BBC educational and children’s magazines - writing and sub-editing

Managing editor

Pavilion Publishing and Media

June, 2009 – December, 2014 (over 5 years)

I managed a team of two editors and three designers, overseeing publishing strategy and departmental operations. In my first year I increased team productivity from 10 to 40 print and digital titles per year. I also worked closely with the marketing team to develop new catalogues, blogs, website content, social media and marketing materials, and communicate metadata. I have brought in extra revenue from foreign rights sales and copyright licenses, have implemented the ebook strategy and established the company editorial style guide.
Duties included:
* scheduling workflow, monitoring workload and activity
* commissioning, and assessing new proposals for commercial viability
* issuing contracts
* setting up and briefing new projects
* budgeting and business planning
* copy-editing, proof reading, and writing and editing online and offline content and copy
* liaison with authors, designers, editors, typesetters and printers

Editor of journals, magazines and books

Pavilion Publishing

June, 2006 – June, 2009 (about 3 years)

Project managed three monthly magazines, four quarterly journals, books and training materials.
Duties included:
* copy-editing, proof reading and writing content and copy
* co-ordinating the correction, receipt and delivery of proofs and manuscripts
* co-ordinating peer review process
* organising and chairing editorial board meetings
* liaison with designers, typesetters and printers

Assistant Studio Manager

Panorama Holiday Group

February, 2002 – August, 2006 (over 4 years)

Managed a team of two co-ordinators, two photo-co-ordinators in an in-house travel brochure production studio.
Duties included:
* monitoring workload and activity
* editing and overseeing the quality of travel brochures
* liaising with relevant departments, repro houses and printers
* writing and researching content and copy
* copy-editing and proof reading

Editor

Egmont Fleetway

April, 1999 – September, 2000 (over 1 year)

Edited the popular fortnightly Thomas the Tank Engine magazine and oversaw creation of covers and local pages of the UK editions of Egmont’s co-publications Winnie The Pooh, Disney and Me, and Disney’s Princess.
Duties included:
* planning content
* commissioning stories and artwork
* overseeing design and doing layouts
* writing content, sub-editing and checking proofs
* dealing with licensor approvals
* managing budget

Assistant Editor

Marvel Comics

January, 1997 – April, 1999 (about 2 years)

Contributed to Art Attack, Thomas the Tank Engine and Sooty magazines.
Duties included:
* Commissioning artwork
* Writing copy
* Overseeing photo shoots
* Sub-editing
* Checking proofs

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language

Yes Educational Centre

June, 1993 – September, 1996 (over 3 years)

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language at an Eastbourne-based summer school for young people and adults.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Older People's Mental Health Today: A handbook

Toby Williamson

This handbook is a collection of chapters written by experts in the field of older people's mental health.

This handbook is a collection of chapters written by experts in the field of older people's mental health.

Learning Disability Today: A handbook

Steve Carnaby

This revised 3rd edition examines the current issues of those using and delivering services and support. The book takes an optimistic stance, striving to renew and extend the enthusiasm of the previous editions in the face of an everchanging landscape of policy and provision. Many of the chapter themes reflect the learning outcomes of the QCF learning disability qualifications introduced in 20... read more

This revised 3rd edition examines the current issues of those using and delivering services and support. The book takes an optimistic stance, striving to renew and extend the enthusiasm of the previous editions in the face of an everchanging landscape of policy and provision. Many of the chapter themes reflect the learning outcomes of the QCF learning disability qualifications introduced in 20... read more

The Diploma in Child Health: Volume 1: A Practical Study Guide

Anil Garg, Siba Paul, Geethika Bandaranayake

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health's (RCPCH) Diploma in Child Health is intended to recognise a doctor's special knowledge and experience in the medical care of children, and to contribute to their continued professional development. This practical study guide, written by a member of the RCPCH and a senior examiner for the diploma, is essential reading for anyone taking the exam... read more

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health's (RCPCH) Diploma in Child Health is intended to recognise a doctor's special knowledge and experience in the medical care of children, and to contribute to their continued professional development. This practical study guide, written by a member of the RCPCH and a senior examiner for the diploma, is essential reading for anyone taking the exam... read more

The Diploma in Child Health: Volume 2: A Practical Study Guide

Anil Garg, Siba Paul, Geethika Bandaranayake

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health's (RCPCH) Diploma in Child Health is intended to recognise a doctor's special knowledge and experience in the medical care of children, and to contribute to their continued professional development. This practical study guide, written by a member of the RCPCH and a senior examiner for the diploma, is essential reading for anyone taking the exam... read more

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health's (RCPCH) Diploma in Child Health is intended to recognise a doctor's special knowledge and experience in the medical care of children, and to contribute to their continued professional development. This practical study guide, written by a member of the RCPCH and a senior examiner for the diploma, is essential reading for anyone taking the exam... read more

Autism Arts: Level 1: A drama syllabus for children on the autism spectrum

Abigail Barragry

This drama syllabus will help children on the autism spectrum develop their communication skills, life skills and self-confidence. Level 1 is intended for use with low functioning autistic children and young people. Creative arts and drama-therapy are increasingly used to help people with special educational needs to explore, reflect and develop when linguistic ability or intellectual function... read more

This drama syllabus will help children on the autism spectrum develop their communication skills, life skills and self-confidence. Level 1 is intended for use with low functioning autistic children and young people. Creative arts and drama-therapy are increasingly used to help people with special educational needs to explore, reflect and develop when linguistic ability or intellectual function... read more

Intellectual Disabilities and Personality Disorder: An integrated approach

Zillah Webb

This book aims to give staff a framework for understanding and addressing the problems that arise when an individual has both learning disabilities and personality disorder. After reading this book, staff will have a good understanding of what personality disorder is, how to recognise it and some of the possible causes. They will learn how personality disorder is shaped by an individual's inte... read more

This book aims to give staff a framework for understanding and addressing the problems that arise when an individual has both learning disabilities and personality disorder. After reading this book, staff will have a good understanding of what personality disorder is, how to recognise it and some of the possible causes. They will learn how personality disorder is shaped by an individual's inte... read more

The Piper

David Boyle

Games and Activities for Attaching With Your Child

Deborah D. Gray

Games and Activities for Attaching with Your Child

Games and Activities for Attaching with Your Child

Attachment-based Practice with Adults Understanding strategies and promoting positive change

Clark Baim, Tony Morrison

This illustrated, multi-media resource offers a theoretically coherent, practice-based model for the application of attachment theory in working with any adults, including those who pose a risk to themselves or to other adults or children. Key features: Based on a model which complements existing therapeutic methods; includes powerful audio and written stories which bring theory to life; provi... read more

This illustrated, multi-media resource offers a theoretically coherent, practice-based model for the application of attachment theory in working with any adults, including those who pose a risk to themselves or to other adults or children. Key features: Based on a model which complements existing therapeutic methods; includes powerful audio and written stories which bring theory to life; provi... read more

Spirituality and Mental Health: A handbook for service users, carers and staff wishin to bring a spiritual dimension to mental health services

Peter Gilbert

This resource contains 23 chapters on aspects of spirituality and mental health written by experts in the field. It promotes an understanding of people's belief systems rather than a mechanistic approach to mental health services and proves the increasing importance of spirituality in health and social care. Content includes: Chapter 1 - Understanding mental health and spirituality Peter Gilbe... read more

This resource contains 23 chapters on aspects of spirituality and mental health written by experts in the field. It promotes an understanding of people's belief systems rather than a mechanistic approach to mental health services and proves the increasing importance of spirituality in health and social care. Content includes: Chapter 1 - Understanding mental health and spirituality Peter Gilbe... read more

One Among the Sleepless

Mike Bennett

"SEX, DEATH, AND NOISY NEIGHBOURS" A killer has come to town. The victims are connected; each pointing to the next, as if in answer to the question: Who is The One? Is it Peter Reynolds: mild-mannered office clerk pouring petrol through his neighbour’s letterbox in the middle of the night? Is it Wayne Dolan: a man whose sexual fantasies about his neighbour spiral into dangerous obsession when ... read more

"SEX, DEATH, AND NOISY NEIGHBOURS" A killer has come to town. The victims are connected; each pointing to the next, as if in answer to the question: Who is The One? Is it Peter Reynolds: mild-mannered office clerk pouring petrol through his neighbour’s letterbox in the middle of the night? Is it Wayne Dolan: a man whose sexual fantasies about his neighbour spiral into dangerous obsession when ... read more

Challenging Behaviour and People with Learning Disabilities: A handbook

Steve Hardy

This user friendly and accessible resource emphasises the importance of respecting people using services, their families and carers. It aims to support those working in services, to empower service users and to improve the quality of care. The authors developed this material with every effort to adhere to the Charter that has been developed by the Challenging Behaviour - National Strategy Grou... read more

This user friendly and accessible resource emphasises the importance of respecting people using services, their families and carers. It aims to support those working in services, to empower service users and to improve the quality of care. The authors developed this material with every effort to adhere to the Charter that has been developed by the Challenging Behaviour - National Strategy Grou... read more

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Alex Pyott

Kerry did a great job proof-reading, editing and providing a review of my 140k manuscript. She completed the work on time, and also helped out after the assignment was complete. Thanks Kerry for your excellent Work!

Alex Pyott, October 2016

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