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Kerry Laundon

Kerry Laundon - Editor

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Professional editor and writer, specialising in non-fiction (self-help and business), blogging and travel writing.

Overview

I am an experienced and highly motivated editorial and writing professional, having developed my expertise over ten years across both consumer non-fiction and technical manuscripts. During this time, I've worked for UK, US and Australian/New Zealand-based publishers on local and global titles. After many years working in-house in the publishing industry, I’ve started a freelance editorial and writing business, Harbour Road Editorial & Writing Services, offering editing, proofreading and writing services to business and academic clients. I now divide my time between editing and writing assignments, from editing books and journal/magazine articles across a wide range of topics to creating marketing and website copy for small and large organisations. I also write creatively in my own time (short stories, poems and blogs), with a particular interest in travel writing, and I will soon be starting a new experience-oriented blog.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Career Guides Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences Education & Reference Entertainment Health & wellbeing Life Sciences Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry Music Psychology Publishing Travel

Work experience

Freelance editor and writer

Harbour Road Editorial and Writing Services

May, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

I work with a range of publishers and agencies to edit book and journal content, write marketing and promotional material, and write and edit articles.

Acquisitions Editor

John Wiley & Sons

October, 2013 – April, 2015 (over 1 year)

Commissioning new books for the Australian For Dummies books series, across a range of topics including business, finance and accounting, health, and education.

Communications Manager

Aqualinc

February, 2013 – November, 2014 (over 1 year)

Responsible for developing communication strategies, writing and editing marketing materials and company newsletters, and organising events.

Commissioning Editor

John Wiley & Sons

November, 2010 – November, 2012 (about 2 years)

Commissioning self-help and wellbeing/health For Dummies titles for the UK list. Responsible for creating an author network, seeking opportunities for author collaboration, and growing the presence of For Dummies titles in this growing publishing area.

Senior Project Editor

John Wiley & Sons

October, 2006 – October, 2012 (about 6 years)

Writing and editing medical news articles, editing medical journals, and planning and developing future journal content. Also responsible for organising events and meetings, and project managing journal supplements.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies

Patrizia Collard

Stay in the present and build a happier future Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies takes you through the eight-week MBCT course, using the principles of mindfulness to complement established CBT techniques. You'll discover how using MBCT can help lower your risk of relapsing into depression and reduce the risk of other mental health disorders including anxiety, stress, and low self... read more

Stay in the present and build a happier future Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies takes you through the eight-week MBCT course, using the principles of mindfulness to complement established CBT techniques. You'll discover how using MBCT can help lower your risk of relapsing into depression and reduce the risk of other mental health disorders including anxiety, stress, and low self... read more

Mindfulness Workbook For Dummies

Shamash Alidina, Joelle Jane Marshall

Restore balance to your life and live in the moment Mindfulness is a proven meditation technique that can help you restore balance in your personal life. Now, the author of Mindfulness For Dummies shows you step-by-step how to put the lessons of his book into practice. Inside you'll find a huge number of hands-on exercises and techniques to help you to live in the present, let go of negative, ... read more

Restore balance to your life and live in the moment Mindfulness is a proven meditation technique that can help you restore balance in your personal life. Now, the author of Mindfulness For Dummies shows you step-by-step how to put the lessons of his book into practice. Inside you'll find a huge number of hands-on exercises and techniques to help you to live in the present, let go of negative, ... read more

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies

Rhena Branch, Rob Willson

An updated edition of the bestselling guide on reprogramming one's negative thoughts and behaviour Once the province of mental health professionals, CBT (or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) has gained wide acceptance as the treatment of choice for anyone looking to overcome anxiety, manage anger, beat an addiction, lose weight or simply gain a new outlook on life. Written by two CBT therapists, ... read more

An updated edition of the bestselling guide on reprogramming one's negative thoughts and behaviour Once the province of mental health professionals, CBT (or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) has gained wide acceptance as the treatment of choice for anyone looking to overcome anxiety, manage anger, beat an addiction, lose weight or simply gain a new outlook on life. Written by two CBT therapists, ... read more

CBT Journal For Dummies

Rob Willson, Rhena Branch

Keep track of the progress you're making with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a hugely popular self-help technique that teaches you how to break free from destructive or negative behaviours and make positive changes to both your thoughts and your actions. CBT Journal For Dummies offers a guided space for you to keep a record of your progress, used in conjun... read more

Keep track of the progress you're making with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a hugely popular self-help technique that teaches you how to break free from destructive or negative behaviours and make positive changes to both your thoughts and your actions. CBT Journal For Dummies offers a guided space for you to keep a record of your progress, used in conjun... read more

Xero For Dummies

Heather Smith

Master Xero in a flash to streamline accounting and manage more effectively Xero For Dummies is a user-friendly guide to the accounting software that's revolutionising the industry. Whether you're setting up Xero from scratch, converting to Xero from another accounting software, or just want to get more out of Xero, this book provides an in-depth understanding of how the software works, and ho... read more

Master Xero in a flash to streamline accounting and manage more effectively Xero For Dummies is a user-friendly guide to the accounting software that's revolutionising the industry. Whether you're setting up Xero from scratch, converting to Xero from another accounting software, or just want to get more out of Xero, this book provides an in-depth understanding of how the software works, and ho... read more

MYOB Software For Dummies - NZ

Veechi Curtis

Manage your business accounts more effectively with MYOB AccountRight Understanding the ins and outs of your business accounting system is vital to continued business success. From setting up your accounting file to analysing sales figures — and everything in between — MYOB Software For Dummies covers everything you need to know about using MYOB AccountRight in New Zealand. With in-depth cover... read more

Manage your business accounts more effectively with MYOB AccountRight Understanding the ins and outs of your business accounting system is vital to continued business success. From setting up your accounting file to analysing sales figures — and everything in between — MYOB Software For Dummies covers everything you need to know about using MYOB AccountRight in New Zealand. With in-depth cover... read more

Communication Essentials For Dummies

Elizabeth Kuhnke

Get ahead in your personal and professional life with crowd-pleasing communication skills Packed with advice on improving verbal and non-verbal communication skills alike, Communication Essentials For Dummies is a comprehensive, approachable guide to communication no one should be without. Utilising a core range of simple skills, this friendly guide shows you how easy it is to communicate effe... read more

Get ahead in your personal and professional life with crowd-pleasing communication skills Packed with advice on improving verbal and non-verbal communication skills alike, Communication Essentials For Dummies is a comprehensive, approachable guide to communication no one should be without. Utilising a core range of simple skills, this friendly guide shows you how easy it is to communicate effe... read more

Relaxation For Dummies (Book + CD)

Shamash Alidina

New ways to embrace relaxation every day! Relaxation For Dummies provides a straightforward guide to understanding the importance of relaxation in our readers' day-to-day lives. Covering a variety of simple relaxation techniques, including meditation, breathing techniques, hypnotherapy, guided imagery and yoga, this book shows readers how to use physical and emotional relaxation to combat a ra... read more

New ways to embrace relaxation every day! Relaxation For Dummies provides a straightforward guide to understanding the importance of relaxation in our readers' day-to-day lives. Covering a variety of simple relaxation techniques, including meditation, breathing techniques, hypnotherapy, guided imagery and yoga, this book shows readers how to use physical and emotional relaxation to combat a ra... read more

Health and Safety at Work For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))

RRC

Are you complying with health and safety regulations in the workplace? Making mistakes in many areas of health and safety can be both incredibly dangerous and hugely costly. So what can you do to avoid hazards and expensive, time-consuming legal battles? That's where Health & Safety at Work For Dummies comes in. Cutting through the clutter, it provides you with the practical, must-know informa... read more

Are you complying with health and safety regulations in the workplace? Making mistakes in many areas of health and safety can be both incredibly dangerous and hugely costly. So what can you do to avoid hazards and expensive, time-consuming legal battles? That's where Health & Safety at Work For Dummies comes in. Cutting through the clutter, it provides you with the practical, must-know informa... read more

Compassion Focused Therapy For Dummies

Mary Welford

Don't be so hard on yourself – use compassion focused therapy as your guide It's often said that we're our own worst critics—and it's true. Compassion Focused Therapy For Dummies offers straightforward and practical advice that helps you view yourself through a more sympathetic lens. This motivating text covers the key principles of compassion focused therapy, which guide you in caring for you... read more

Don't be so hard on yourself – use compassion focused therapy as your guide It's often said that we're our own worst critics—and it's true. Compassion Focused Therapy For Dummies offers straightforward and practical advice that helps you view yourself through a more sympathetic lens. This motivating text covers the key principles of compassion focused therapy, which guide you in caring for you... read more

Law for Small Business For Dummies - UK

Clive Rich

Your own in-house legal advisor—at a fraction of the cost Written in plain-English for business people without any legal training, Law For Small Business For Dummies covers everything you need to be aware of regarding the law when you're starting and running your own business. Cutting through the jargon that can make even the pros scratch their heads, this book quickly gets you up-to-speed on ... read more

Your own in-house legal advisor—at a fraction of the cost Written in plain-English for business people without any legal training, Law For Small Business For Dummies covers everything you need to be aware of regarding the law when you're starting and running your own business. Cutting through the jargon that can make even the pros scratch their heads, this book quickly gets you up-to-speed on ... read more

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy For Dummies

Freddy Jackson Brown, Duncan Gillard

Harness ACT to live a healthier life Do you want to change your relationship with painful thoughts and feelings that are holding you back from making changes to improve your life? In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy For Dummies, you'll discover how to identify negative and unhealthy modes of thinking and apply Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles throughout your day-to-day life,... read more

Harness ACT to live a healthier life Do you want to change your relationship with painful thoughts and feelings that are holding you back from making changes to improve your life? In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy For Dummies, you'll discover how to identify negative and unhealthy modes of thinking and apply Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles throughout your day-to-day life,... read more

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