In 2012, I became an Advanced
Professional member of SfEP. I believe continuing professional
development (CPD) is really important for editors. In 2017, I
attended the SfEP’s annual conference and a workshop on
narrative distance in novels run by writer and coach Emma
Darwin. In 2016, I 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 four years ago, and am a member
of several editing groups, both online and in real life.
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
The 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.