About Me

Susannah Straughan, Notreallyworking

Welcome to Notreallyworking – a blog that celebrates movies, sport, subtitles and subversive humour. I make no apologies for expressing strong opinions here, but I do try to keep it clean in case my young nephews happen to be reading . . .

I set up this site in 2010 as my online portfolio, after leaving my job as a sub-editor on the Films section of Radio Times magazine. Before that, I worked in book and magazine publishing from the mid-80s onwards. I can remember when desktop publishing (DTP) was cutting-edge technology in the industry!

When I’m not blogging I take on freelance copy-editing and proofreading assignments. Please read on for more details, and feel free to contact me if you’d like a full CV.

I’ve had substantial experience in reference publishing, working for directory specialists Europa Publications (in the 80s) and as one of the team of film buffs compiling the first edition of the Radio Times Guide to Films. I’m fanatical about detail, especially spelling people’s names correctly. Beware of film “experts” who write about Scorcese or the Cohen brothers.

As a copy-editor I’ve taken on a variety of projects in the last couple of years. In 2012 I edited Standing Up for James, a self-published memoir by lawyer and campaigner Jane Raca about her experiences as the mother of a severely disabled child.

I’d love to hear from you if you are:

  • Commissioning blogs, reviews or features.
  • Looking for a sub-editor, copy-editor or proofreader, for a book, magazine or online project. My previous experience has included law books and a niche architectural magazine, as well as the reference stuff mentioned above.
  • A new blogger who needs some pointers on how to get the most from WordPress.com.
  • Rates are negotiable and all the words on this site are entirely my own work.

    You can leave a message for me below, tweet me @susannah63, or check me out at LinkedIn.

    Thanks for reading!



  1. Hi, Susanna,
    I’m photo editor at brazilian magazine seLecT. We are doing an issue about olimpics games and the internet. I found a Federe’s photo here and I’d like to use in the magazine. It is possible? Of course I’ll put photo credits for the photographer. Need urgently this information.
    thanks for your attention. Best, Ana

  2. Hey!

    Nick from http://www.cinekatz.com here. Doing some scout work for the LAMB. We’re wanting to make an email newsletter for community features as well as a list we’re making similar to Sight & Sound’s best movies of all time list. Just need an email! Email me at npowe131 at gmail.com

  3. Hi Susannah
    Would love to talk to you about an account I’ve written about care for the elderly, NHS negligence and so on in the care of my mother. It may come to proofreading and so on but I’m not even sure if what I’ve written is publishable… I can’t find anything quite like it in the bookshops but Jane Raca’s book (reviewed in the Guardian today) struck me as the same sort of thing – which is how I found your blog. I wonder if you’d be willing to have a look at my intro/ synopsis?

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