I’m a writer with 14 years experience of supplying content for an in-house business magazine, intranet platform and I managed multiple social media streams. I have skills in Quark, InDesign, Photoshop, iMovie, Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe CQ5, WordPress, Google blogs, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and iStudio Publisher.
My route into writing for a living was an unusual one. It began with saying one simple word – ‘yes.’
I was originally part of a sales team in the company I worked for, when one day UGC cinema (now known as Cineworld) opened in my city. I mentioned it to the Assistant Editor of the in-house magazine that I thought being able to see as many movies as you liked for £9.99 a month was a great idea, particularly for anyone on a tight budget, and maybe it would be worth highlighting the offer in the magazine.
‘Do you like watching movies then, Pam?’ she asked.
‘Yes, I do,’ I said.
‘Would you write a review for us?’
Well, while I had loved writing at school my dream of writing for a living had been somewhat knocked out of me by life at that point. I hadn’t written anything for years, other than entertaining letters to family members where I described various dating disasters with a humorous spin. So when the Assistant Editor put me on the spot, my first thought was ‘what if people don’t like like what I write?’, fortunately that negative thought was swiftly followed by ‘what if they do?’
I followed the second thought and said: ‘Yes, I’ll write a review for you.’
I said ‘yes’ despite never having written one and then as soon as I left work I bought a range of mags, newspapers and hit the internet to see how other writers approached reviewing. You see opportunities like this one are once in a lifetime, and even though my self-confidence was shaky at the time I knew I could not let this opportunity slide by.
That weekend I went to see two new realeases – Matrix Revolutions and Seabiscuit – and reviewed both movies, thinking it would be better to give the Assistant Editor more than one option. Even on my first try I realised that what I perceived in a film was different to what others would perceive and that became my signature trademark.
The Assistant Editor published both movie reviews and there was no stopping me then, as the more I wrote the more opportunities came my way, and I continued to learn new skills. I joined twitter to learn social media because I sensed the business I was in would need social media skills. As soon as I did, I quickly realised I’d need a blog and launched PAMREADER across both platforms.
As a perceptive reader I was rapidly picked up by the publisher Myriad Editions and others. Excerpts from my reviews can be found on the Myriad Edition’s website and in novels by Sarah Hilary, Amanda Jennings and many others. I created The Broadway Book Club in Nottingham, which I transferred to Leanne Waines care during period of ill-health and I took part in a talk titled What Makes a Book Worth Publishing? during the Brighton Festival in 2013. When I turned to writing fiction, I attended classes run by local author Megan Taylor and was shortlisted in the Flash Fiction category of the Galway Rape Crisis Centre competition in 2016 by the author Celeste Augé, which was an amazing experience.
I also read a lot of non-fiction books that tend to be more business, health and technology focused, which are three of my other passions. I’ll be highlighting more of those this year on my blog, along with anything else that piques my interest.
Thank you for reading,