I've edited and proofread fiction for adults, teens and children, specialising in commercial and genre fiction, and also work on lifestyle books and corporate and educational documents. I was a commissioning editor at Random House South Africa and am now a writing tutor at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education. I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and part of their copyediting tutor panel.
I've published nine thriller and SFFH novels myself and hold a doctorate in English literature. I know the editorial process from conception to sale and am sensitive to the needs of authors, publishers and clients.
- Copy-Editing 2 (SfEP)
- Proofreading 2 (SfEP)
- PhD English Literature
Running my own editorial business since 2009, I have edited and proofread scores of books including crime, thrillers and SFFH, children’s and literary fiction, travel, sport and lifestyle. I have also worked on a variety of books, articles, educational courses and documents for publishers and commercial, academic and private clients.
As an author I've published four novels under my own name, and as S.L. Grey, collaborating with Sarah Lotz, I've published five horror-thrillers in the UK, US and several international markets.
I currently tutor online creative writing and drama writing courses for Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education.
Random House Struik
I was the commissioning editor and project manager of eKhaya, Penguin Random House South Africa's digital publishing imprint, until they were absorbed into PRH. The role involved every phase of producing books from submission all the way through to publication.
I designed and tutored the original three-module course on copyediting and proofreading for the SA/UK/NZ Writers' College and tutored their Write a Novel course.
Tshikululu Social Investments
I worked on a freelance basis editing CSI funding proposal documents to be presented to board meetings of major corporations such as Anglo American and De Beers. The documents needed to be produced to the exacting standards of a stringent and complex house style.
In this position I wrote, edited and produced all the Exclusive Books in-house, ad hoc and website publications, including brochures, newsletters and posters.
My position involved IT and financial management, staffing, training, buying and customer service at the flagship Hyde Park store of Exclusive Books, South Africa's major book retailer.
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