Editor, writer, journalist

About me

Carolyn-5

With 16 years’ of travel writing, journalism, sub-editing and magazine editing under my belt, I am an experienced publishing professional with a sense of adventure. My travel writing career has seen me dress as a geisha in Japan, go white-water rafting on the Zambezi river and bathe in donkey milk in the Pyrenees; anything that makes for a good story and telling that story is the fun part. I write regularly for The Times, and have written for a wide variety of publications, including The Independent, The Guardian, The Evening Standard and Metro (where I was on staff 2003-2006), as well as magazines including National Trust Magazine, BBC Earth, Square Meal, House & Garden, Raconteur and Coast.

Having been editor of France Magazine for nearly ten years, I have extensive knowledge of the country, its culture, food and wine, and so in 2016 I was delighted to further this knowledge by writing Lonely Planet’s From the Source: France, which was a hugely rewarding experience, and my first book. 

But writing is only a part of what I do. My previous experience as an editor gives me the know-how on everything from developing a brand into a leading international title to fine-tuning a publication to the smallest detail. In 2006, I joined FRANCE Magazine as editor. At the time, it was a title in decline, but with creative ideas, editing flair and my knowledge of France, I quickly turned it around and made it a market-leading magazine. At the time, FRANCE Magazine boasted Archant’s (the publishing company) most loyal readers, with the average subscription lasting nine and a half years, up from six years, and the best-selling national title in their stable. 

As well as its monthly UK edition, the magazine also has a bi-monthly US issue, so I became adept at tailoring content for different audiences – across print and digital platforms – while working within a tight budget. My success was proven by the magazine gaining more than 5,000 readers in North America between 2008 and 2016.

Despite the pressures of 18 magazine deadlines a year, a small editorial team and a very small budget, I kept the title in profit throughout my time as editor. Many of the stories I commissioned went on to win and be nominated for top travel writing awards, while I produced a constant stream of innovative content and PR and marketing initiatives that have lead to us keeping our loyal readers’ interest. With just one country as the subject matter, it was challenging at times, but it is just as well the subject is France – the world’s most visited country. 

I am a member of the British Guild of Food Writers and the Society of Authors. 

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