X Factor Magazine

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Full-time deputy editor, later editor, of The X Factor Magazine between October 1996 and February 1998 for Marshall Cavendish (London).

Responsible (as editor) for the design, continuity and content of this fortnightly magazine. I was required to write, commission and edit copy, review products, conduct interviews for publication and attend conferences around the world. Strong journalism skills were essential for fulfilling briefs and gathering credible information from a variety of sources against extremely tight deadlines.

I worked with authors, journalists, scientists, investigators and photographers to find the latest stories, as well as conducting the magazine’s own ‘paranormal investigations’ and exposés as regular features.

The X Factor was the most internationally successful magazine in its field and had over one million readers worldwide (December 1997), as well as the highest rate of subscribers in the publisher’s history.

Inside the Human Body

Inside the Human Body

Between May 1998 and April 2000 I was the full-time editor of Midsummer Book’s twice-monthly health title, responsible for the editorial planning, production and delivery of this highly successful medical part-work.

My duties included managing the in-house team of designers, commissioning editors and editors, plus an external team of medical specialists, contributors, artists and photographers – as well as getting the magazine out on time.

Other responsibilities:

• Planning and continuity of the entire contents in advance.

• Designing and laying out pages when required.

Extensive in-theatre experience, photographing surgery and interviewing surgeons while they worked, documenting procedures for publication. I worked with surgeons post-operatively to ensure my features were detailed, 100 percent accurate and correctly illustrated with my photographs plus commissioned artwork.

Packaging my titles for numerous foreign markets and assisting with the creation of online editions.