Norwood Young - Copy Editor - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Kelly Norwood Young

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


Copy Editor


Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
The ability to detect textual inconsistencies, and factual or grammatical errors .
Excellent analytical skills; meticulous and methodical.

Work History

Social Media Manager

Penguin Books South Africa

From January 2013

Researching and writing relevant online content for social media and marketing initiatives. Developing, driving and measuring the success of social media strategies. Creating, managing and growing the company’s presence through social media channels.

Copy Editor

Penguin Books South Africa

June 2010 - June 2012

Editing and proofreading of fiction and non-fiction publications. Manuscript development. Liaising with authors.

Publishing Administrator

Penguin Books South Africa

February 2009 - June 2012

Reading and evaluating unsolicited manuscripts. Copy writing (including blurbs, marketing material, etc). Drawing up author contracts, sub-licensing contracts and amendments. Handling permission requests. Co-ordinating foreign rights deals.

Deputy Manager

Exclusive Books

September 2007 - January 2009

Buying/ordering stock and managing backorders. Sourcing books. Recruitment of new staff. Training and managing staff. Advising and assisting customers. Arranging promotional activities.

Product Controller

Pan Macmillan South Africa

January 2007 - August 2007

Research and data collection for local publications. Reading and evaluating unsolicited manuscripts. Book production (writing blurbs, liaising with illustrators, etc). Assisting with publicity and marketing.

Night-Staff Manager

Exclusive Books

June 2006 - September 2007


Exclusive Books

April 2004 - June 2006

Qualifications & Certifications

BA Honours

University of the Witwatersrand


University of the Witwatersrand

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