Work With Me
Many of my clients are keen to broaden representation beyond ethnic diversity, to also include other aspects such as disability or family set-up but are unsure of where to start – or worry they will get it wrong and cause offence.
Although these are legitimate and common concerns, they are no longer an acceptable excuse for inaction.
My services will show you the possibilities for inclusion and give you the confidence to act and make big changes. Along the way I offer advice and feedback without judgement and will ensure you are fully informed - alleviating concerns about making mistakes or causing offence. I bring a fresh perspective to any children’s book project or list, backed up by my extensive editorial insight.
"Opened my eyes to the myriad decisions in a book's creation that determine its accessibility. From discussions around typefaces and spot colours, to shaping the messages embedded in a book's text and artwork. [It] has heightened my awareness of what contributes to a book being truly inclusive."
Anna Ridley, Commissioning Editor
My experience can save you starting from scratch; I’ve been there, made the mistakes and learned from them, so you don’t have to.
Ready to take your books to the next level?
I'm on a mission. I want to create a network of people who can champion inclusion. Not just people with good intentions, but people who understand how to make books authentically inclusive, who know how to do the research to make this happen. Who know where to look for the answers. I've developed two programmes that combine training and consultancy. They take place over 8 weeks, with pre-recorded content delivered weekly, and fortnightly sessions with me.
FOUNDATIONS FOR INCLUSION
For freelancers in publishing (including authors/illustrators). Featuring group support via a Facebook group and fortnightly Q&A sessions.
This is not conventional training. Training where you listen for an hour or two, feel inspired, but when you get back to your desk your inbox and to-do list take over. The drip feed of content, and opportunity to discuss how it applies to YOUR projects, will be transformational.
"I can feel my mental attitude to inclusion changing – it's no longer a scary thing that I don't understand, so I passively avoid. Having this information from a clear source will give me the confidence to make changes and have fun doing it!"
Rose Parkin, Freelance Editor and Project Manager
Other ways to work with me
There are other ways to work with me, but I strongly advise you complete the Inclusion Incubator or Foundations for Inclusion first or alongside any work we do together. Priority will be given to clients who have started or completed the programmes.
Inclusion reads highlight anything that may have crept into a project as a result of unconscious bias, including negative mental health language (which you can read more about in my blog post), problematic descriptions of diverse characters, comments or portrayals that perpetuate stereotypes, ableism and more.
PROJECT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Got an idea but not sure where to start? I can help research content, find suitable partners or authors, and bring a new project to life. Get in touch to discuss your requirements.
EDITORIAL AND LAYOUT
I occasionally take on editorial work, including commissioning and editorial management, developmental, line or copy-editing.
I am proficient with InDesign and can work provide layout and typesetting, returning print-ready files.