I’ve been a freelancer for most of my working life. It’s an experience that has made me flexible, adaptable, a creative problem solver and capable of meeting the craziest of deadlines.
It’s also given me a weird collection of interesting but less than useful facts. I know more about penguins, Tasmanian convicts, comedians and contact lenses than anyone needs to.
With more than 20 years’ experience of design, layout and print management, I can design, layout and manage the production of any online or printed product. I also collaborate with a programmer to design and deliver customised Microsoft Office templates that save organisations substantial time and money, and reduce staff frustration.
In my work as a writer and IPEd-accredited editor, I create content for print and online publications. I research and write from scratch, or edit existing text to make sure the message gets across clearly. I am a slightly obsessive proofreader with a great eye for detail. My work includes annual reports, magazines, newsletters, websites, academic theses and ‘real’ books.
I’m also an author. I have written 14 non-fiction books for primary-school children and my travel memoir Wrong Way Round: One country, one camper trailer, one family, one amazing adventure was published by Hardie Grant in 2015.
Like most professional freelancers, I don’t have a niche.
I could say that I work for corporate graphic design studios, trade book publishers, government departments, mining companies, small retail businesses, performing arts companies, advocacy organisations, community groups and charities.
That’s all true.
But, really, I work with people. People who appreciate great words and strong design. People who know that deadlines matter but so does quality. People who need someone who cares as much about their project as they do.
That’s me. That’s what I do.