Hello, I'm Sharon Lapkin
Are you looking for publishing professional to help you deliver great content?
Somebody who understands where you're coming from?
Then, I'm the content writer and copyeditor for you.
How did I come to work in two professions – editing and writing – at the same time? Read on and I’ll explain.
In 2012, when working as senior editor at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), I discovered we needed a writer. I put my hand up and I haven’t stopped writing since.
To date, I’ve authored hundreds of articles, reports, papers and interviews including exclusive interviews with:
– Mark Zuckerberg’s father, Edward
– Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr Catherine Hamlin
– Australian Living Treasure and 2005 Australian of the Year, Professor Fiona Wood
– Emeritus Professor John Murtagh.
Professor Murtagh is author of the renowned medical reference book Murtagh’s General Practice, which is now in its seventh edition.
His support and mentorship over the years I worked at the RACGP helped me become a writer.
I’ve been a professional editor for more than 14 years, and a professional writer for eight years. I worked in-house as an editor (who also wrote) in a range of senior roles until 2017, when I left to set up Textshop.
My extensive hands-on experience across all types of writing and editorial work now benefits my clients.
I’ve been a regular writer for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, as well as other high-profile clients including federal government departments, IT firms, financial advisers, superannuation funds and small businesses.
There have been a number of publishing awards along the way too.
My proudest was when, as project editor and senior editor on the eighth edition of Cookery the Australian Way, we won a prestigious national publishing award.
Over its lifetime, this much-loved book has sold more than one million copies and is one of Australia’s most treasured cookbooks.
All the ways I learnt to help you
Experience counts for a lot, but industry skills are more transferable if you have the backstory.
University study provides that backstory, along with the deep learning you need to become an expert in your field.
Here are the ways I’ve enriched my industry experience:
– Master of Arts (Editing and Comms)
– Graduate Diploma of Arts (Editing and Comms)
– Indexing: Theory and Application Certificate
– Master of Education
– Bachelor of Education
– Diploma of Teaching
I’m a firm believer that academic study can only take you so far – especially in an industry such as publishing.
Hands-on experience contributes to skills that transform classroom study into knowledge.
These are the places that provided me with valuable writing and editing experience:
– Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – Contributing Writer
– DeakinCo. (Deakin University) – Managing Editor / Publications Manager
– ASG – Editor and Writer of Early Horizons, an education magazine
– Royal Australian College of GPs – Medical Writer / Supervising Editor
– Area9 – Developmental Editor
– Macmillan Education (Secondary) – Senior Editor