Rebecca Dyer

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London, UK

English proofreader, copy-editor and writer with 11 years' experience working on magazines, books and newspapers for high-profile clients.

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I am a proofreader and copy-editor with more than 11 years of professional experience working across various consumer and trade sectors.

Recent projects include children's fiction, poetry, guidebooks for Lonely Planet, magazines (including Harrods, Weight Watchers, ShortList, Chat and Women's Weekly) websites (including Retail Week and Drapers) and newspapers (including The Independent, i, The Sun and The Sunday Times).

I am keen to work with authors of children's fiction and travel writers in particular, as this is where my most recent experience lies. I also have considerable experience of editing recipes, food features and short stories within magazines.

While most of my career has been spent in the non-fiction arena, I am interested in expanding my experience of fiction genres and using my skills to improve and finesse products of this nature.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Fashion & Textiles
Health & wellbeing
Travel
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books

Awards

  • BA (1st Class Hons) Communications and Cultural Studies

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
April, 2016 – Present (almost 3 years)

I provide a freelance editing and proofreading service for books, magazines, websites, newspapers and journals in the London area and via remote working.

My clients have included the i newspaper, ShortList, Retail Week, Drapers, Woman's Weekly (including short story fiction), Harrods Magazine, Lonely Planet (including guidebook content), Immediate Media (pre-school magazines) and The Sunday Times, among many others. For a complete list, please see my LinkedIn profile.

I also have experience of editing first-draft children's fiction, including the book Kosmic and Raven, published by Crimson Cloak Publishing, and children's poetry.

Newspaper sub-editor

The Independent
January, 2016 – April, 2016 (3 months)

As a sub-editor at The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i newspapers, my role involved sub-editing news, features, reviews and comment pieces for all three national newspapers and their supplements, using Adobe InCopy and Atex content management software. This role required speed, accuracy and attention to detail, as well as the ability to write engaging headlines.

Deputy production editor

Drapers
September, 2014 – January, 2016 (over 1 year)

In this role, I sub-edited news, features and comment pieces using Adobe InDesign and content management software for the magazine and accompanying website,. I also provided cover for the production editor, including one six-week stint, which involved managing freelancers, chasing up copy and layouts to meet deadlines, and creating flatplans.

Senior sub-editor and chief sub-editor

Weight Watchers Magazine
February, 2010 – September, 2014 (over 4 years)

As chief sub-editor at Weight Watchers Magazine, a monthly newsstand and customer title published by River, I was responsible for the smooth workflow of the magazine from raw copy through to printed product. I managed two sub-editors, along with freelancers as required, and liaised with clients on a daily basis.

As senior sub-editor, my role involved editing all pages of the magazine using Adobe InDesign, including success stories, recipes, fitness and health features, and writing advertorials as required.

Senior sub-editor

Children & Young People Now
November, 2007 – February, 2010 (over 2 years)

My role involved editing news and features for this then weekly trade magazine and website using Adobe InDesign and content management software. As senior sub-editor, I frequently covered for the production editor, which involved managing freelancers and other staff members, as well as creating flatplans.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Kosmic and Raven

Melanie Jeyakkumar

Kosmic and Raven are two cats with wings who had never met until one eventful day when an escape attempt goes horribly wrong. One must rescue the other, but he needs to learn how to fly first! Will Spirit the unicorn help? Can Kosmic save his new friend in time? Will Viper, the evil green dragon seek his revenge? Whatever happens, Kosmic and Raven will surely become kitty best friends forever!

Kosmic and Raven are two cats with wings who had never met until one eventful day when an escape attempt goes horribly wrong. One must rescue the other, but he needs to learn how to fly first! Will Spirit the unicorn help? Can Kosmic save his new friend in time? Will Viper, the evil green dragon seek his revenge? Whatever happens, Kosmic and Raven will surely become kitty best friends forever!

Lonely Planet Australia (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Brett Atkinson, Kate Armstrong, Carolyn Bain, Cristian Bonetto, Peter Dragicevich, Anthony Ham, Paul Harding, Trent Holden, Virginia Maxwell

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Australia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Cruise magnificent Sydney Harbour, grab a coffee in a Melbourne laneway or head off on an outback adventure; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Australia and begin your... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Australia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Cruise magnificent Sydney Harbour, grab a coffee in a Melbourne laneway or head off on an outback adventure; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Australia and begin your... read more

Lonely Planet Colombia (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Alex Egerton, Tom Masters, Kevin Raub

Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher* Lonely Planet’s Colombia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander through the bougainvillea-lined streets and magnificent squares of Cartagena’s Old Town, hike through majestic tropical scenery on a jungle walk to Ciudad Perdida, and learn to danc... read more

Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher* Lonely Planet’s Colombia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander through the bougainvillea-lined streets and magnificent squares of Cartagena’s Old Town, hike through majestic tropical scenery on a jungle walk to Ciudad Perdida, and learn to danc... read more

Lonely Planet Best of Spain

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher* Lonely Planet’s Best of Spain is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Feast your eyes on fine-arts capital Madrid, hike the spectacular ranges of the Pyrenees, and take in some flamenco in quintessentially Spanish Seville – all with your trusted travel ... read more

Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher* Lonely Planet’s Best of Spain is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Feast your eyes on fine-arts capital Madrid, hike the spectacular ranges of the Pyrenees, and take in some flamenco in quintessentially Spanish Seville – all with your trusted travel ... read more

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Ayende Youmans

I wore a tattered suit, torn and flayed; rather unsightly. I absolutely could not go to any Pub dressed as such. I needed a miracle, but since I’m no Cinderella, I just sat, wishing and hoping until Rebecca answered my cry. She shined my speech and dressed my words in the finest attire, then clearly outlined the path I should pursue. Now; I am quite certain to garner serious attention at any ...

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Ayende Youmans, March 2019

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