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I am delighted to have been appointed Prose Editor for Gutter, Scotland’s leading literary journal of new writing. The role involves selecting the best new writing for inclusion and proofing all content.
A large part of my role involved proofing manuscripts using BSI correction marks in addition to ensuring the smooth production of our titles from the manuscript stage, to design and typesetting, through to print production. I also project managed the latest issue of our award-winning literary magazine, Gutter. An important aspect of my job was producing copy for Advance Information sheets, collating these using InDesign and writing engaging copy the synopsis used on the back cover of our titles. This involved writing copy, liaising with colleagues and the authors themselves and re-writing as required. I also had responsibility for managing website content for Gutter and Freight Books, issuing press releases, liaising with writers regarding their magazine contributions, promoting the magazine to independent bookshops UK wide, strategising expansion plans to increase growth and dealing with event organization, such as book launches. I have worked hard at building and maintaining strong relationships with external contacts such as authors and the various festivals we work with including the Edinburgh Book Festival and Aye Write. My full time contract with Freight ended in October, however I continue to work for Freight Books in a regular freelance capacity.
Freight Design - Marketing Executive Jan 2015 – November 2015 Freight is a leading, multi award-winning Scottish creative design and brand development consultancy with vast experience in working with visual/performing arts, private, public and third sector clients. My daily role involved managing the incoming workload of the design studio, forging strong working relationships with clients. I’m adept at interpreting what clients want and have a clear understanding the varying requirements of different sectors – often simultaneously working across different projects across public sector, arts and third sector clients. The job required key responsibility for account handling for clients within the agency’s portfolio, specifically developing a range of marketing activities for clients, from the production of promotional brochures, leaflets, posters and adverts, to digital materials or branded merchandise. Each client’s needs vary, so I worked within set budgets, costing a range of design and print options, liaising with designers, presenting initial concepts back to the client, project managing the design development, and coordinating the purchase and delivery of merchandise where appropriate. My strong project management skills and ability to work independently were essential in ensuring both accuracy in terms of costings and print specifications, but also in ensuring timely delivery. I built solid relationships, both with clients and with external suppliers such as printers and photographers as a consequence of my commitment to each project and strong communication skills. Working directly under the Design Director, I was in charge of overseeing both small jobs and larger projects through from inception to completion, discussing requirements with our clients and allocating tasks to the designers. My role involved constant juggling of priorities and I adapted with ease to the demands of handling multiple urgent deadlines at any given time. Key achievements include: Co-writing an internal communications report for the World Health Organisation.
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