David Howell

David Howell

Work History

Work History
Sep 2002 - Present

Owner/Manager

Nexus Publishing

•    Have developed my writing business (Nexus Publishing) into a full-time occupation.•    Clients include all the currently available computer and technology magazines (consumer) and trade magazines from a number of contract publishers.•    Specialise in computing and technology writing.•    Write regularly for Internet related publications.•    Strong knowledge of the aspects of teaching complex technical procedures to novice users.•    Launch editor of Windows Advisor (www.windowsadvisor.co.uk) that gives plain English advice to Windows users.•    Have written for the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers.•    Detailed understanding of how to write for a specific market.•    Am able to modify writing style to suite publication.

May 1999 - Sep 2002

Site Content Manager

Streets Online

•    Responsible for the entire contents of the book site Alphabetstreet.•    Managed the work of a team of three, plus liaised with the design and IT support teams•    Set-up weekly promotions.•    Maintained data on key performance indicators.•    Successfully specified a new book offering for parent companies high street stores.•    Developed close relationships with suppliers to maximize income.•    Created cross-site promotions with other Streets Online and MVC websites.

Education

Education

Walsall College of Technology

2 A Levels: Economic & Social History, Communications ; 5 O Levels.

Skills

Skills

Training

Formal training with Dreamweaver web design software. Photoshop 7.0. Also Microsoft FrontPage and Outlook 2000. Fully conversant with ATG Dynamo content management system.

Summary

Nexus Publishing is Dave Howell. Originally from a small town called Darlaston – about ten miles north of Birmingham – I moved to West Sussex about ten years ago to help develop one of the first online retailers. Having recently moved to Shropshire I am now enjoying the working from home life in a semi rural location.

I have been a freelance writer and journalist for about fifteen years. Eight of them were spent doing various other jobs such as bookshop assistant, print finisher and returns clerk for a large library supplier, with the writing taking up evenings and any of my spare time. As you can see, much of my life so far has been spent working with books and publishing of one kind or another.

My time as an employee came to a conclusion some six years ago with redundancy, so I took the opportunity – and the money – to see if I could survive as a full-time freelance writer. That was five years ago. There have been some lean times – just ask my wife, Joanne. But after tasting the freelance life, there’s no going back.

Interest

Reading, Grand Prix racing, surfing, film, music.