I graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Winchester in 2012. Following a brief and ill-fated stint in retail banking, I spent three years working in theatre and then three years in the charity sector.
During all this, I got my MSc in Creative Writing with a specialism in fiction from the University of Edinburgh’s Distance Learning programme, and then completed a Certificate in Professional Freelance Journalism from BCJ. In 2019, I started my PhD. I was stacking up one qualification after but still had little idea what to do with them. I always knew I’d write professionally one day, I just didn’t know how. The occasional freelance gigs I was getting were nowhere near enough to constitute a viable business model.
The breakthrough came, bizarrely enough, in the middle of the Great Plague of 2020 (COVID-19). I was on a one-year fixed term contract at the University of Leicester, and as that was coming to an end, I had no idea what to do next. The industries I’m qualified to work in didn’t exactly fare well during the crisis.
I started applying aggressively for freelance writing and editing jobs. I got one, which turned into several, which started a chain reaction of sorts. Suddenly, I was making enough money to replace a full-time income. It all fell into place. I went full-time as a freelance writer and editor in summer 2020 and I doubt I’ll ever look back.
I spend my days ghostwriting, copywriting, and managing content for clients, pitching editors, and working on my own projects such as my blog, Procaffeinating, my novel-in-progress, and my upcoming podcast.
I live in Leicestershire with my partner, our two cats, and more books than I have shelf space for. When I’m not writing, you can probably find me reading, knitting, or hanging upside down (pole dancing and aerial silks.)
Pro tip: lure me away from my desk with coffee and the promise of a fascinating story.
Jess – what an absolute treasure you are! Jess has become such an important part of our team that I don’t know what we ever did without her. Her assistance with copy has helped so much. She is organised, professional, has a speedy turn around, and her creative writing is of such high quality.
Jess was so helpful and wonderful to work with. She is thorough, precise and very passionate, and with her editorial help I felt so much more confident in what I had written. Despite needing a quick turn-around with my piece, she still gave me careful and detailed edits that really improved the quality of my work.
Jess has a deft touch with words, a willingness to engage sensitively with the target audience, and it's always a pleasure to see her copy in my inbox. If you're looking for a writer who can offer relevant pitches and deliver fresh, informative copy with an authentic, on-brand voice - never missing a deadline - Jess delivers in spades.