(Because we all like to know who we’re dealing with)
Where it all began
In my case things began down in the fenlands of Lincolnshire where I was born. The landscape there is one of wide, open fields and big skies. Such a heritage makes me a ‘Yellowbelly’ – one of those odd county nicknames which, far from being derogatory, is worn with pride by those of us to whom it applies. That’s probably why I (quite bizarrely) mention it here.
A change of career
Following a meandering career in the purchasing and supply of equipment for the process industry I used one of life’s curve-balls as an opportunity to rethink my career options. A long-standing love of creative writing, subsequent completion of the Writers’ Bureau Creative Writing Course and the successful publication of general interest articles for a number of UK magazines led me to consider editorial freelancing as a career. On reflection I guess it was more of a ‘calling’.
I trained for nine months using the Basic Proofreading course run by the Publishing Training Centre. They’re market leaders in the provision of editorial training. Upon completion of the course I qualified as a proofreader and immediately launched Steve Wand Editorial.
Aided by border terrier, Freyja, I now work from my home-office and can assure you of a friendly and dependable proofreading service, and that’s whether you are an independent self-publishing author, student, business, magazine publisher, freelance writer or professional association. In fact, even if none of these labels applies to you, if you have a piece of writing and wish to have it checked before subjecting it to the gaze of others, please contact me. I can help.
Customer service – a basic tenet
The power industry has been a demanding proving-ground and I have long been accustomed to working within and having to adhere to strict deadlines. The industry demands no less than ‘quality, delivered on-time at a fair price’. And quite rightly so. Therefore, you may be assured that although my role may have altered, the basic tenet of my service ethic remains unchanged.
And finally, as life is not all about work …
… I love archery – specifically Field Archery. For relaxation I take my American longbow and a quiver full of arrows to a nearby woodland where my local club has laid a course of full-sized 3-D animals. These convincing and extremely cooperative creatures are ideal targets for ‘pretend hunters’ such as me. The woods also present an ideal opportunity for birdwatching – another much-loved pastime.