Over the years, 2QT Publishing have been fortunate enough to attract professionals to work with the company who share our passion and desire to work with people and produce quality work. Without them, we would not be able to deliver on the reputation we have built up.
Feedback from authors about our team include their ability to connect with authors, provide constructive feedback and offer advice and suggestions based on their experience in the publishing industry.
Catherine Cousins is the founder of 2QT Publishing. She has a background in working with individuals and small companies. Her core values of fairness and integrity, have earned her respect among her business and personal network. Catherine is able to call on her network of experts and professionals to provide a highly comprehensive publishing service. Catherine ensures that 2QT Publishing offers flexible and affordable book publishing services to authors, writers and businesses. Her transparent yet personal approach is warm and demonstrates her integrity personally and in business. She says that 2QT aims to share its knowledge and experience with writers and those involved in the publishing world. 2QT Publishing aims to make a positive difference for all involved
Karen Holmes is not only an editor, she’s also a successful published author and creative writing tutor. Working with 2QT, she offers critiquing of manuscripts, mentoring to writers, substantive and copy-editing. She also assesses manuscripts and manages the editing team. A published novelist and short-story writer, she has won awards for her adaptations for the Penguin Longman Readers series for English-language learners. Karen has authored ten titles on careers development and contributed to a range of magazines and professional journals. In her work as a freelance writer for more twenty years, she has worked with many of the UK’s major public and private organisations, providing learning and training materials. And when she isn’t working with our authors, she continues to work for a number of other publishing houses as an editor and proofreader. Whew!
Our key team members, Joanne Harrington, Helen Woodcock and Mandy Tragner, all have extensive experience and qualifications in the editing and publishing world. We can also call on specialist editors and proofreaders when required.
Typesetting and cover design team
This team is headed up by Catherine Cousins with a core team – Hilary Pitt, Dale Rennard and Charlotte Mouncey – all with their specialisms and expertise.
Hilary Pitt has a degree in graphic design and marketing communications and works with authors and small businesses on creating covers, websites and marketing materials. She delights in working on 2QT books with an artistic or creative content and has been recognised for her work on titles such as Mosaic – The Story of Joseph Briggs, the English Tiffany and more recently Hill – Norway. Hilary also enjoys memoirs too, which satisfy her curiousity about the lives people have lived; she feels it is a true gift to be able to write about one’s life for future generations. In her downtime, she tries to be creative in her garden, which the weeds and rabbits appreciate, much to her frustration.
Dale Rennard is also from a graphic design background and he works wonders with our children’s books – both on the inners and the covers. He also undertakes the guidebooks as well as general fiction. His work on the The Adventures of Harry Rose and Settle to Carlisle – Hill Walk with return by Classic Train Route are typical of his creations. Dale also works with authors to design marketing materials.
With a BA Hons in Design for Communication Media (Graphics.) Charlotte Mouncey spent many years working as a project manager on exhibitions and retail interiors. Since 2007 she’s been a freelance designer allowing her to develop her love of working with books and their authors. Charlotte’s creations include illustrated book cover designs and she has an eye for the detail involved in the production of business and self help books. Fat is our Friend and Don’t Get Mad Get Even are examples of her more recent cover designs.
Keeping the office in order is Sara Ward, who saves us from potential chaos. Sara, with her keen eye for detail also proofreads the print ready files.
From time to time – when she isn’t travelling – we tap into the services of social media and travel blogger Kate Cousins. Kate has worked in media and digital marketing; she works with ‘newbie’ authors to establish them on social media. She also manages projects within the business – like managing the setup of new 2QT website!