I have been an Advanced Professional member of
SfEP since 2012. I believe continuing professional development
(CPD) is really important. In 2016, I attended the SfEP’s
annual conference and took the SfEP course, Editing for Fiction.
My other recent training includes Working for Non-Publishers,
On-screen Editing, Proofreading Problems, and Introduction to
Web Editorial Skills (all SfEP courses).
I also run the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire SfEP
local group, which I set up three years ago, and I am a member
of several editing groups, both online and in real life, and find
meeting up regularly with other editors invaluable.
How I became an editor
After graduating from the University of St Andrews
with an MA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, I did an
MLitt in Scottish Literature, writing my dissertation on Robert
Louis Stevenson. My first graduate job was at STM (scientific,
technical and medical) publisher Chapman & Hall in London
as editorial assistant on the Earth Sciences list. I stayed there
for two years, learning about all aspects of book production and
publishing. After that, I moved to RICS Books in London where
I was editorial executive for a year, until I made the decision
in 1998 to go freelance.
About the Society for Editors and Proofreaders
Society for Editors and Proofreaders is the UK’s professional
organisation for editors and proofreaders. It aims to uphold editorial
excellence, to promote high editorial standards, and to increase
the professional status of editors and proofreaders by providing
a Code of Practice, training and professional qualifications.