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Professional qualifications

I always recommend Gale when I run creative writing workshops for other writers.

Melissa Addey, author, writing coach,

ALLi Campaigns Manager

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It’s important that authors have faith in the editor they choose to work with. Have confidence in my professional ethics and experience through the organizations I’m affiliated with and the positions I’ve held. I keep my professional skills up to date so that authors know I have the necessary knowledge to help them. By providing Training and being involved in Speaking engagements, I am able to expand my Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through the necessary research required when preparing for these events. This has been further enhanced by writing training courses and books, as well as contributing to books, newsletters and blogs. See below for further details.

Professional memberships and experience

Qualifications and CPD

Gale is a very professional and helpful editor with a superb understanding of the English language.

Nick Bradley, author

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Training Courses

  • Editorial Toolkit: Coaching Writers (Club Ed)

  • Editorial Toolkit: Book Doctoring and Ghostwriting (Club Ed)

  • Advanced Practice: Point-of-View and Perspective (Club Ed) 

  • Blogging for Business (Business Gateway)

  • SEO optimization (Business Gateway)

  • Efficient Editing: Strategies and Tactics (CIEP)

  • Brush up your Grammar (CIEP)

  • On-screen Editing 1 & 2 (CIEP)

  • Training for Trainers (CIEP)

  • Going freelance and staying there (CIEP)

  • Authenticity reading for good representation (CIEP conference seminar)

  • Conscious and inclusive editing (CIEP conference seminar)

  • Editing memoir, life-writing and creative non-fiction (CIEP conference seminar)

  • Sentence-level editing for indie authors (CIEP conference seminar)

  • Training toolbox for Editors (CIEP conference workshop)

  • Editing sex scenes in fiction (CIEP conference workshop)

  • Editors and inclusivity (CIEP conference seminar)

  • Editing English: what are the rules? (CIEP conference seminar)

  • Efficient editing: how to make the most of your fee (CIEP conference workshop)

  • Copy-Editing (Publishing Training Centre, London)

  • Learn to love Editor’s Toolkit Plus (Hilary Cadman)

  • Twitter for Business (Business Gateway)

  • Facebook for Business (Business Gateway)

  • Marketing your Business on a Budget (Business Gateway)


  • Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), Self-Publishing Advice Conference (online), 2021, 2022

  • Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). Annual conference (online), September 2021, November 2020

  • SfEP North-East Mini-Conference, Newcastle, 2019

  • SfEP (now CIEP). Annual conference, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014 & 2010

  • SfEP, Glasgow and Edinburgh Groups event, Linlithgow, 2018

  • SfEP, Mini Regional Conference, Edinburgh, 2017

  • Society of Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and Society of Indexers (SI). Joint conference, 2015

  • SfEP, Glasgow Group and North-East Scotland Group, Edinburgh, June 2014. Professional Development Day

  • Publishing Scotland. Annual Conference, 2010, 2011 & 2013

  • Annual Kingston Publishing Conference, 2010

Winskilled Editorial

Academic qualifications

  • English Literature and Italian MA (Hons), University of Edinburgh

  • English Literature, French and German A Levels

  • English Literature AS level

Winskilled Editorial
Publicatins & Blogs

Publications and blogs

  • Chapter 9. ‘How do you know if it's any good?’ with Gale Winskill. In: The Naked Author: A Guide to Self-publishing, Alison Baverstock (Bloomsbury, 2011), pp. 115–129.

  • ‘Self-Publishing: any good?’ Editing Matters: The magazine for editors and proofreaders (Society for Editors and Proofreaders, November 2010), p. 4.

  • ‘You've written a children's book. Now what?’ Thistleblower: The Newsletter for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Scotland. (March 2009), p. 12.


Written under my maiden name, F.G Taylor:

  • Active Composition, F.G Taylor, M. Reive & H.D. Taylor (Youth Bookroom, Hong Kong, 1995).

  • Get it Right: Integrated Listening, Reading and Writing Exercises, Book One, F.G. Taylor (Youth Bookroom, Hong Kong, 1994).

  • Get it Right: Integrated Listening, Reading and Writing Exercises, Book Two, F.G. Taylor (Youth Bookroom, Hong Kong, 1994).



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