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 written for magazines 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. 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 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, ebook publishers, timber companies, photo agencies, internet providers, financial websites, app developers and mobile payment providers, and I’ve written pieces for gadget sites and travel magazines too.
Online and digital
Since 2007 I’ve contributed twice-weekly columns, weekly news digests and hundreds of articles to Techradar.com, the hugely successful UK technology website. Recent contributions include a sensible look at the privacy implications of Google Glass, my nominations for the ugliest gadgets of all time and a faintly frightening look at the various technologies that are probably going to kill us all. I also wrote news round-ups and op/eds for the digital magazine Tech, and I’ve 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. It’s sold just over 14,000 copies so far.
I’ve been a talking head on various radio stations since 2003, and for the last several years I’ve been the weekly “technology guru” guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay & Co. I’ve been doing it so long I even have a theme tune, Kraftwerk’s Computer Love. 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 things for a glass 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