I write features, news stories, columns, web copy, brochures, advertorials, press releases, profiles, tutorials, reviews, radio scripts, blogs and books. I’m very good. You should hire me.
Magazines and newspapers
My first byline appeared in .net magazine in 1998, and I’ve been crafting scintillating copy ever since. I’ve written millions of words – features, editorials, reviews, news stories and opinion columns – for publications including T3, .net, MacFormat and many, many other technology titles: PC Plus, PC Answers, Computer Arts, Digital Home, What Laptop, Official Windows Magazine, Tap!… I’ve also written for a wide range of non-techy titles including various newspapers, The Big Issue and the Institute of Directors magazine.
Copywriting and corporate
I’ve crafted print, website and social media copy for all kinds of clients including Halifax, Dell (the very successful Dell Creative Studio campaign, for which I created 9 double-page print ads, wrote 27 online articles and managed the CMS), Microsoft, HTC, Three, Samsung and LogMeIn. I’ve written SEO templates for Yell and small print for Sainsbury’s, website copy for media distributors, FAQs for ebook publishers and copy for timber companies, photo agencies, internet providers, financial websites, healthcare app developers and mobile payment providers. I’ve written pieces for gadget sites and travel magazines too.
Online and digital
Since 2007 I’ve contributed columns, weekly news digests and hundreds of articles to Techradar.com, the hugely successful UK technology website, and you’ll find my work on excellent sites including T3.com, Wareable.com, Stuff.tv, Metro.co.uk, AndroidPIT.com, CreativeBloq.com and Lifehacker UK. I’ve also contributed hundreds of articles to phone and tablet websites, to financial comparison websites and to student websites.
I’ve written two Haynes manuals – The Laptop Manual and Working from Home – and I’ve co-written several editions of the same publisher’s Build Your Own Computer, Build Your Own Website and Computer Troubleshooting manuals. I’ve written five books about music, co-written a book of rock and pop trivia, contributed to books about digital media and copy edited a guide to music’s role in child development. I’ve also self-published a novel on Amazon’s Kindle platform, which sold enough copies to buy my wife a car. Not a brilliant car, admittedly, but still. A car!
I’ve been a talking head on various radio stations since 2003, and for more than a decade I was the weekly “technology guru” on BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay & Co as well as a popping up on programmes such as the John Beattie programme, NewsDrive and The Culture Studio. I was doing it so long I even had a theme tune, Kraftwerk’s Computer Love. I’m now a regular contributor to the BBC’s Kaye Adams programme, where I share the top stories from social media and go wildly off-topic.
I can write radio as well as appear on it: in 2007 I co-wrote the script for I Wish I’d Thought Of That, a six-part Radio 2 documentary series presented by Kate Thornton.
What I used to do
Before I became a full-time writer in 1999 I spent several years working for a training and recruitment company. I wrote training courses, proposals, tenders, support materials, guidance notes, flyers and newspaper adverts, and I delivered training and assessed people for vocational qualifications. Before that I planned production and transport for a glass manufacturing company.
What I do when I’m not working
I’m working on two novels and recently finished an album of pop music. I’ve played gigs ranging from Glasgow Barrowlands and T in The Park to five-year-olds’ birthday parties, teenage beauty competitions and gangsters’ private functions, and as a result I’ve been heckled, bottled, threatened with knives, harassed by the police, molested, mocked in national newspapers, electrocuted, ripped off, chased by hormone-crazed women and even set on fire, although not all at the same time.
What other people say about me
“When I’m looking for a writer who can explain technical subjects in an entertaining and accessible manner, and get their copy in on time, every time, I call Gary. If you’re looking for a writer you can rely on, you should call him, too”
– Paul Douglas, editor in chief, Techradar.com
“Gary is .net magazine’s longest standing contributor, and with good reason. Gary consistently turns in great copy, and writes with wit and authority, without ever being patronising. I’d happily recommend Gary for any tech-related wordiness”
– Dan Oliver, editor, Creative Bloq [formerly editor of .net]
“Have never written a review before but just had to with this one. I will keep it short as there is only one word for this am sad to say it was rubbish”
– “Jody” on Amazon.co.uk, reviewing my novel