Twenty years of experience working on both sides of the editorial process as author, presenter, reviewer, commissioning editor, proofer, editor, publisher, community manager and web developer. Constant desire to learn new things, to understand them and to pass that knowledge on in the best way possible, be it through words, graphics, code, audio, video, or presentations, analogue or digital.Locked Pro Plan feature
The role of senior content manager involves managing, optimizing and shaping children’s dictionary content in order to deliver an ambitious print and digital publishing, publishing services and licensing programme in the UK and wider international Education Division. Notable projects include driving the development of a new Children’s Language Database Platform, experiments with dictionary-driven apps for Alexa, and a company-wide audit of OUP’s dictionary assets.
The Sixalot Show was a radio show I curated and presented weekly for 70 shows between September 2013 and April 2015. It began as my take on the 6Music Recommends show, playing the best new music I could find for an hour each week. However I soon modified the show to incorporate my listeners as much as I could using social media to publicize it and to invite contributions to each show. This approach worked using a weekly theme and single feature tune each week to make it interesting. By the end of its run, The Sixalot Show was syndicated at various rates of fidelity to many radio stations across the UK, America, New Zealand and Singapore. Early shows are archived at http://mixcloud.com/Sixalot. A spin-off, Sixalot Light, was created for Friday morning presentation on local Oxfordshire hospital radio.
As a technical publishing freelancer ● I co-wrote fourteen books on topics including Typescript, ASP.NET 3.5, and Web Services. ● I wrote online courses for Microsoft exams, monthly book columns for MSDN Magazine, help files, tutorials and sample code for various clients. ● I co-ordinated and wrote documentation for open source development projects. ● I edited and reviewed over thirty other books on web development, mostly within the Microsoft development stack and web standards worlds. ● I mentored and advised multiple teams of book authors on how to make their books do the best job of teaching their topic that they could. Topics included narrative flow, enriching graphics and code, writing to an audience, and other authoring patterns and anti-patterns \ cognitive science theory. My clients include Manning, Wrox Press, Telerik, CM Group, Microsoft Press, Addison Wesley, Wiley, APress and O'Reilly & Associates.
I began as a technical editor checking text and code as it arrived from author and generating extra content as required. In Nov 98, I became editor of asptoday.com, making it the number one site for ASP developers at the time. In Aug 99, I switched to commissioning and editing web and open source books, managing a team of six, working with both words and budgets. In July 2000, I co-founded the new Indian office of Wrox Press focussing on open source technologies with overall control of its editorial output and staff. I also organised the session content for BangLinux 2001, a three day, multi-track, international conference on open source software development as well as chairing two panel sessions. Finally, upon my return to England in July 2001, I pioneered a new role at Wrox leading projects from concept and design through to writing, editing, printing and online publicity.