- Software reviews
- Mobile app reviews
- Book reviews
- Audio book reviews
- Photographic interest articles
- Ebooks (writing and production)
Native English speaker, comfortable writing in both American & The Queen's English
Familiar with Wordpress and HTML
Able to produce ebooks in Kindle, EPUB and PDF formats - please ask for quote
With more than five years experience of writing for various websites, I have a good understanding of the requirements. We run a few sites ourselves and so produce copy for those, but my first position was as the Graphic Design Editor at suite101.com, back in the days before it morphed into a content farm that valued quantity over quality.
Following that role, I moved to about.com where I wrote hundreds of articles related to graphics software over the course of several years. Regardless of the subject, these were very specifically targeted at the beginner level, which requires an acute awareness of all of the possible areas where confusion may arise. There's no point explaining an aspect of a tutorial in detail if the reader is left behind struggling to open a blank document to start with.
It was during this time that I first started writing reviews, primarily of software. As a result, I've learned some very important lessons about writing effective and accurate reviews. Perhaps the most important point is to remember that while a review should be objective, it's almost impossible to remove all subjectivity, because of human nature. That's why I'm conscious of couching some criticisms from a personal viewpoint and explaining that others might see my negative more neutrally or even as a positive.
With a view to accuracy, I also know the importance of language when making any constructive criticism. Particularly in the context of free and open source software, it's not uncommon for documentation to be very limited or even non-existent. This may leave me unable to find a way to perform a common task because a tool or feature is apparently missing. In such a case, however, my criticism is of there not being a clear way to achieve a certain outcome, rather than the software not being able to achieve that outcome. It's a subtle difference, but an important one that reduces the possibility of a review being cited as containing factual inaccuracies.
Beyond reviews of software for PCs and Macs, I also assess apps for iOS and Android and books too. The scope of reviewing a mobile app is very similar to desktop software, but obviously the different context leads to a different range of points to assess, particularly when an app could be used on a wide variety of screen sizes.