Publishing Experience

Freelance writer, sub, editor
2003- present; various publishers, including Future, BBC Magazines, Derwent Howard, Imagine, Incisive Media, Microsoft and Engage Publishing

  • Prolific, reliable writer – averaging over 400 pages per year for a variety of magazines, websites and publishing houses.
  • Editor comments include: “Our readers find your style very clear and accessible”, and “Great work as always, Nick. Fast, efficient, clean and on time.”
  • Have been published in over 50 titles and web sites for nine publishing houses since 1994, including BBC Countryfile, Computeractive, T3, BBC Focus, MSN, CNET, Your Family Tree, SFX, TechRadar, Microsoft Windows Magazine (UK and Australian editions) and PC Answers.
  • Written for a variety of businesses and organizations, including The National Trust, Vodafone, Dell, British Sky Broadcasting, Advent Computers and Currys PC World.
  • Equally comfortable writing reviews, roundups, features, tutorials, Q&As, interviews and news – extensive experience in all areas (samples available on request).
  • Production work on various titles, including Laptop Magazine, Microsoft Windows XP Magazine and PC Answers. Extensive experience using Adobe InDesign and Quark Xpress.
  • Launch Editor, Windows XP Answers; Editor, Practical Web Pages; Contributing Editor, Microsoft Windows XP Magazine (Australian Edition).
  • Trainer, Future Publishing. Helped migrate magazine teams over to new digital editorial management system (Studio Editorial).
  • Social media, Advent Computers. Maintain Twitter and Facebook feeds, plus provide limited technical support through social media and via website’s support forum.

Editor
1999-2002;  Future Publishing, Bath

  • Traditional editing duties: managing team, commissioning and writing copy, signing out pages.
  • Launch Editor, Quick & Easy Windows, then Editor, PC Answers.Freelance Editor, Windows Answers, Complete Guides (Microsoft Office, PC Toolkit).
  • Reversed decline in PC Answers circulation with ABC growth from 34,000 to over 40,000 readers in first year during a period when most PC magazines suffered sharp falls in circulation. Grew subs base 50% to over 12,000. Made over £1m profit two years running, mostly from newsstand sales.
  • Freelance writer and production for various titles, including PC Plus, Internet Advisor and T3.

 

Various magazine roles
1994-9;  Future Publishing, Bath

  • Production Editor, PC Answers. Duties as per Cult TV (below) – promoted to Deputy Editor and then held role of Acting Editor for three issues.
  • Production Editor, Cult TV. Traditional production editing duties: subbing, rewriting and fitting copy; managing magazine process. Some article writing, including interviews, reviews and features.
  • Features Editor, Internet Special Projects. Wrote for one-off specials and Internet partwork, plus commissioned work from other writers.
  • Disk Editor, ST Format, which included staff writing and commissioning duties. Promoted to Editorial Controller (Editor role in all but name only).
  • Freelance writer for various titles, including Amiga Format, Mac Format, and SFX.

 

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