Happy Christmas 2012

So what does a freelance copywriter get up to in a year?

Well, for me, 2012 looked something like this.

January – Helping The Social Research Association to develop and launch a new, monthly e-newsletter and WordPress website, while they worked on their new website.

February – Starting to work with sparky, Brecon-based communications agency Kindlemix, producing articles for The Health Foundation‘s monthly e-newsletter. Rustling up some copy for Quantum Kitchens‘ website and brochure, working with SeeData.

March – Writing a lively ‘introduction to autism’ article for a new magazine by The National Autistic Society – a charity striving for a world where people living with autism get to lead the life they choose.

April – Developing the brand tone of voice and writing the web copy for a new charity which, sadly, has now vanished from the radar. Ah well, live and learn. Oh – and moving to Brockley – a gem of a community in South East London.

May – Working with the bright and hard-working team at MTV Staying Alive, writing and editing copy and case studies for their printed Impact Report 2011. Editing and proofreading a series of reports on The Clean Revolution for The Climate Group.

June – Giving a talk on working with young people with autism to the staff of Lewisham Youth Theatre at Catford’s Broadway Theatre.

July – Working with the team at MTV Staying Alive again, producing copy for the launch of this new website, a new introductory brochure and a concept paper for a funding bid.

August – Drafting a new company profile for a cause-related communications agency based in Zambia called Media 365. Supporting Team GB in the women’s football at Wembley. Travelling by train to Paris, Toulouse and San Sebastian, and back again.

September – Editing a facilitator resource pack, seminar booklets and PowerPoint presentations for The National Autistic Society, covering three new Autism Seminars for Families: ‘Understanding Autism’, ‘Managing Anger’ and ‘Sensory Needs’.

October – Interviewing Professor Nigel Mathers, Vice Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, for an article about a cultural revolution in care planning, for The Health Foundation’s newsletter.

November and December – Producing a series of guides for the Bank Workers Charity on a variety of topics, from wellbeing to family relationships and keeping costs down after retirement. Writing an article for The Health Foundation about a new project to give hospital inpatients a diary of information about their stay.

It’s been a year packed with achievements that I’m proud of (see all of the above) as well as a few challenges, including what to do when a client doesn’t pay (interesting thoughts on that here). I still love being freelance. The flexibility, freedom and variety keep me happy, interested and on my toes.

If you’d like to work with me in 2013, you can reach me at sophdea @ gmail.com (removing the spaces) and I’ll be happy to talk about how I can help.

Till then, have a happy Christmas and a happy new year!


About Sophie de Albuquerque

Copywriter and content editor for businesses and charities. I write powerful, persuasive copy. I can edit your text to make it clear and compelling. And you can depend on me to get work done to deadlines.
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