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I also have significant experience in book publishing/editing.
From January 2011 to early 2012, I was a copywriter for romance publisher Choc Lit, writing the back cover copy for their books, giving it up only when I became editor of PCR.
Cover copy was written in conjunction with direction from editorial and often the author, to a tight word count.
Sophie Green’s an ex-spy, or trying to be. You wouldn’t believe the trouble she’s in. An MI5 officer has been shot with her gun, her fingerprints all over his office. And no, she didn’t kill him. But she has gone on the run.
Now Sophie’s desperately seeking whoever’s trying to frame and kill her. She’s being forced to work with the least trustworthy man in Europe, MI5 is following her every move, and she’s had to leave the tall, blond, god of a man she loves behind.
Luke Sharpe works for MI6. Or did, until his girlfriend became a murder suspect.
Doing nothing wasn’t an option, so he started investigating. Who cares if it is means jeopardising his career? Sophie’s everything he used to say he never wanted. Young, irresponsible, bright and mad. Now she’s just everything – and she has to live.
She will live, won’t she?
Elsewhere in the world of employment and freelancing…
I’ve also worked as both freelance and in full-time employment for PC Answers and Harlequin Mills and Boon. Yes, the rather different worlds of computing and romance fiction have a long history in my life.
I was a production assistant, editing articles in Word, and sub-editing them in Quark. Once I left the firm, I worked freelance for a year or so contributing regular two-page tutorials on everything from anti-phishing to obscuring your email address online. Sadly, as print audiences decline, this magazine has now gone the way of the dodo. I miss you, old friend.
Harlequin Mills & Boon:
I initially worked for HMB from 2002-2004 as an editorial assistant, but continued working for the firm for some years after as a freelance editor.
Whilst at the company I worked specifically on Luna, MIRA and Mills & Boon Historical titles, and managed authors from across the series published in the UK.
My proudest moments included working on new fantasy imprint Luna and picking NYT-bestselling author Maria V. Snyder out of the slush pile with her debut Poison Study. I’m sure someone would’ve recognised her talent eventually, but I’m so glad I got there first.
After leaving HMB, I also did some independent freelance work as a book editor, offering revision suggestions for would-be novelists.