My professional background is in publishing, editorial, historical research, and librarianship. It’s a long love affair with the written word that begun as a child.
In 2002, I gained a Ph.D in Anglo-Jewish history at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton. I continue to research and write on my subject, with two triple biographies in preparation for publication.
I have worked in trade and academic publishing sales for Ward Lock, Headline (as a member of their first sales team when launched in 1986; today the imprint is part of the giant publishing group Hachette Livre) and Gower (now part of Routledge) where I was UK Sales Manager and then European Sales Manager. I’ve also worked in bookselling for Dillons (later absorbed into Waterstones) and Blackwells.
In 2001, in the final year of my Doctorate, I set up Clio Publishing Ltd, an imprint helping non-fiction authors and researchers to self-publish in the arts and humanities, and which ran for 13 years. On one multi-book project I copy-edited and proofread close to 3 million words.
I have written copy for advertising campaigns, “blurb” for books, content for websites and social media, blogs, press releases, features, flyers, advance book information, flyers, editorials and long reads, and undertaken research for advertising pitches and business growth.
Some of my past clients include Barrett Howe plc, Glace Rare Iceberg Water, National Justice Museum, Nottingham, SENSE, Winchester School of Art, Lord Rothschild (Windmill Hill Archives, Waddesdon Manor), AJEX, British Sociological Association, Exbury Gardens, University of Hawaii, Bosworth Battlefields Survey funded by Leicestershire County Council and the Heritage Lottery, and over 70 non-fiction authors in the UK and overseas.
In 2017, I co-founded the Westbourne Book Binge in Bournemouth, Dorset launching its first festival in April 2018.
But it’s not all work and no play! It really isn’t.
Reading is a passion of course, especially history, biography, art history, and crime fiction. I’m an avid reader of Private Eye, love browsing in secondhand bookshops, catching old films on #TalkingPictures, watching crime drama on television, visiting art galleries and quirky museums, rummaging in archives, and listening to drama and documentaries on BBC Radio 4 and comedy on 4Extra. I very sporadically tweet personal stuff @The_OldLemon and more frequently less personal stuff @SusanBurntToast