Originally a secondary teacher of English (in an era vilified for its casual approach to grammar, spelling and punctuation – ironic, given the number of courses he now runs in these areas!), Andrew Steeds became a copy-editor at educational publisher Thomas Nelson in the 1980s, following a short spell in educational research. He worked on the English and modern languages lists, becoming a commissioning editor for English and drama before leaving to take up similar positions at Macmillan and Hodder & Stoughton.
The publishing world fell into one of its periods of turbulence in the early 1990s. With a freelance career looking marginally more secure, Andrew left Hodder to set himself up independently in 1991. He hasn't looked back.
Andrew’s main area of interest has become the clarification of unnecessarily complicated documents, in terms of how they are written and designed. In Simply Put and the Writing Clinic (which he set up as a virtual co-operative), he works on his own, with designers and with others to enable clients to communicate more clearly and more efficiently with their readers.
For The Publishing Training Centre, Andrew’s main focus is on editorial activity, but he has an equal interest in the process of writing and the presentation skills of grammar and punctuation and he runs three courses in these areas, too. He divides his training time equally between in-company work and open courses.
A delegate’s observation
"The trainer was excellent, he was very clear in sharing the course objectives and in ensuring that his teaching (input), activities and discussions met those objectives. He also had very good classroom and group management skills which meant that all the discussions and activities were genuinely constructive in meeting and exceeding the course objectives. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt that I learnt a great deal".