My love of reading from an early age led me to study English at Cambridge University, and afterwards took me to a publishing house in Germany where I began my editorial training in earnest. Back in the UK, I worked both for publishers and book production companies - widening my knowledge to include the practicalities of book production.
Since 2007, I have worked with hundreds of writers from the UK and beyond (including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece and the U.S.) as a literary consultant. In addition to being trained to spot and remedy the weaknesses in a manuscript, I know both the common gripes and concerns of publishers, agents and the book-buying public, as well as the common worries and stumbling blocks for writers.
In my consultancy and editorial services, I aim to bring out the very best in the writers I work with.
My writing handbook 52 Dates for Writers is based on my work as an editor and writing mentor. Stockists include Waterstones, Blackwells, the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh Writers' Museum, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries and the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.
I am a member of the Society of Authors.