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I have been working as a typesetter and proofreader since early 2007 and have experience with a wide variety of genres, including novels, short-story collections, poetry, academic texts and illustrated non-fiction.

In mid-2008 I was employed first as an intern then as a Production Assistant by Canongate Books and worked part-time until I graduated in 2009. I was then offered a full-time role where my main responsibilities were coordinating the company's ebook program (which included creating ebooks) and providing additional support on print production tasks such as processing reprints, artworking and in-house typesetting.

In March 2011 I was promoted to Digital Production Controller, shifting my focus solely to ebooks and other digital projects. My role now includes the creation of enhanced ebooks with audio/video content and fixed-layout formats in addition to working on the more complex ebooks on our list.

Whilst at Canongate I have coded a number of high-profile ebooks including:

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman (embargoed until release)

An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington
(image/illustration heavy)

The Simon's Cat series by Simon Tofield
(illustrated throughout/fixed-layout)

Sum (Enhanced Edition) by David Eagleman
(includes video content)

Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
(Canongate's first fixed-layout ebook for Apple devices)

Lily Vanilli’s Sweet Tooth by Lily Jones
(a fixed-layout title to launch Canongate’s cookery list)

As a freelancer, I have created standard and enhanced ebooks for a number of companies and individuals, including BackPage Press (Barça: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World and the 90 Minutes series), Birlinn (Varg in Love, The Painted Lady), Kohl Publishing (Fremont) and Sporting Memories Network.

As well as allowing me to develop the skills necessary to create ebooks, working at Canongate has also afforded me a great deal of experience with Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign and Quark Xpress.

In 2009, I graduated with a BA (Hons) Publishing Media degree (First Class) from Edinburgh Napier University. I graduated top of my class, winning the University Medal (for my subject group), the Informa Group Prize and the John Wylie & Sons Ltd Book Prize.

In my time at university, I gained an excellent understanding of the publishing industry through modules in typesetting, editing, web and print design, digital media and publishing management.

During my third year, I was involved in a live group project to publish a book written by a member of the Edinburgh Napier faculty. Of the two groups that pitched, mine was chosen to take the book forward to final proof stage. As well as being project manager, I was responsible for copy-editing and typesetting, and developing the internal design. The book, Essential Oils by Dr Jennifer Rhind, was launched in December 2008 and became one of the main reference texts for her course.

In 2010, my dissertation was chosen as the undergraduate winner of the UK Association for Publishing Education Dissertation Award, a UK-wide award for the best publishing-related dissertation submitted in 2009. You can read about it here.
I live in an old cottage just outside of Edinburgh on the edge of West Lothian, and am happy to take jobs from across the UK and abroad.

When I'm not working, I love reading (of course!), watching old sci-fi shows and listening to embarrassing Eighties music. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, wildlife photography and hunting for antiques – particularly old pieces of furniture that are becoming increasingly difficult impossible to fit into my house.

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