My background is mostly in the magazine sector. I have worked for two drinks publications in-house; I held various positions at Drinks International including deputy editor leaving to take up the role of wine editor for Off Licence News (now Drinks Retailing). I became a freelance journalist in 2006 contributing to The Drinks Business, Spanish publication Gourmetour, Square Meal and Great British Food magazine as a columnist. I co-wrote 500 White Wines (Apple Press, 2009) with Natasha Hughes. My interest has turned to book copy editing thanks to a collaboration with Spanish food authority María José Sevilla. I am copy editing her book on the history of Spanish food (approximately 100,000 words), a project which is nearing completion. I am keen to do more copy editing work in non-technical areas including food and drink as well as children's literature. I have a particularly close affinity with Spain - its people, language, food and culture. France comes a very close second.
I am currently copy editing a book about the history of Spanish food for author María José Sevilla. She traces the origins of Spanish food from the prehistoric era through to recent years which have witnessed Spain's chefs emerge onto the world stage as trailblazers. As well as giving the copy close scrutiny, I am also able to use my extensive knowledge of Spain and the Spanish language to support the author. The author is working on the final, extensive chapter. The word count for the book is approximately 100,000 and its publication is likely to be in 2018.
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