Keeping it local
Official printed-material proofreader and copy editor for Business Showcase South West.
Editorial support, curriculum development and course moderation of online writing courses.
Edit and proofread Engadget's (owned by AOL) daily newsletter -- the Morning After.
Author of a coffee-table book celebrating global press-freedom heroes and editor for several handbooks for journalists.
Writing, editing and proofreading all comms for Red Bull's international audience
There comes a time when you're good enough for the big boys to come calling. But with them comes page after page of legal stuff that says you can't tell anyone you're writing for them.
It's catch-22. The better you get, the less you can shout about it.
So for your intrigue, here are the industries I write for in signed-and-sealed secret.
You can try guessing, but I'll never tell. Ever.
What People Say About Me
Alison Bethel McKenzie
International Press Institute
Executive Producer at Red Bull
Wings for Life CEO
Social Guy & Public Speaker
German to English translator
Founder of Melt Content Agency
Creative Director at eyespeak
Dentist at University of Nottingham
Founder of HenQueens
Hello, I'm Lucy
Copy editor, proofreader and writer
I live in Bristol’s Harbourside, looking out across the water. From here, I edit, proofread, create and write for my family of clients. I’m very much in my happy place.
Under my belt, I have tucked an MA in professional writing from Falmouth University, a BA in English lit and lang (yes, fine, and American studies — it was the 90s) and a PGCE (teacher training) from the University of Nottingham.
I’ve loaded my toolbox of tricks during five years teaching grammar, writing and editing at Salzburg University (2010 to 2015), a decade of teaching English as a foreign language (2003 to 2013) and 14 years of real-world commercial wordsmithing (since 2005) that has taken me into all kinds of industries.
I’ve done time in everything from construction to shoes, jewellery to travel, extreme sports to airlines, Lithuanian rock lyrics to curry-sauce packaging. And that’s on a quiet day. One of my subedits, Use With Care: A Reporter’s Glossary of Loaded Language in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, a handbook created by the International Press Institute made it on to Stephen Colbert’s ‘The Colbert Report’ on CBS in 2014.
On My Desk
- 3000 Clarks shoes product descriptions
- Engadget’s daily newsletter
- research and writing R&D blogs
- editing two Palestinian memoirs
- proofreading a romcom/chicklit novel
- writing procurement research papers
- writing emails and landing pages for a large hospitality company
- editing HR website copy
… there’s more, but I’ll leave it there.
Latest Language Musings
A written voice is made of the words you use, the way you use them and the character they come together to create. Try this exercise to practice your written voice.
On my write your own website course, we use this template as a starting point for longer-form writing, say blogs, case studies and even newsletters,
You've got a GCSE in English, you use English every day, so why are you struggling so much with writing your website content?
So if you want words to really work hard Online or offline I’m in your back yard