Fiona Stocker

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I've been writing for years, cutting my teeth as a copy writer in London. Nowadays, you'll find me on the farm in Tasmania where I help my husband run a tiny gourmet food business (he makes the sausages, I make the decisions) and idyllic farmstay for foodies and wine lovers.

Since we live in a premium tourism destination, I write elegant and intensely readable pieces about the people, food, wine and travel scene in Tasmania, particularly the north. Since the start of 2018 I've broadened my portfolio and have placed pieces with Good Food in The Age/SMH, BBC Travel, Graziher, Selector, and I write regularly for Tasmania 40 South magazine (a long-standing Tasmanian glossy.

I've worked for regional Tasmanian tourism and local authorities producing on-brand, lively, engaging, warm copy about the people and places of Tassie. Sometimes I take photos too.

I'm Communications Officer for the Tamar Valley Wine Route and run their social media for them.

I have written about small business, recruitment, self-help – and worked across different sectors in my previous life in the corporate world.

I'm also an author, and my travel memoir Apple Island Wife, one woman's search for slow living in Tasmania, is out in September 2018 with independent UK publisher Unbound. Steven Lamb, author and presenter of River Cottage UK, calls it 'heartwarming and hilarious'.

I occasionally work as an editor /ghost writer on other people's books and e-books and offer editorial services and manuscript assessment too - structural and thematic feedback and suggestions for improvement and consistency. Whatever service you need in the blurry space between edit and ghost write is possible. I can spot a lemon at fifty paces and often tidy it up, making it the citrus tart you thought you'd never have.

I’m at my most content writing slightly edgy, warm, humorous copy for an editor or client who trusts me to go forth and write an engaging story with great style and content.

my core skills

Profile pieces

food

Tasmania

wine

travel

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

Successfully crowdfunding a book with a groundbreaking publisher, going through a professional edit, having a front cover designed by a gun art director, and seeing it come to fruition after many years' hard work!

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

Very busy. I keep the decks clear and start early.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Idyllic. I work in an office in my home with views out over the paddocks, within reach of the laundry, and with a husband who's a dab hand on the coffee machine. When my head reaches full capacity and my backside is sore, I take the dog for a breezy walk along the meandering country lane on which we live.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I'm on the ground and local in a very special spot - northern Tasmania. And as I work in the food, wine and tourism sector, I'm well networked.

What are the tools of your trade?

A clear head, nose for a story, pen and paper, voice recorder, trusty laptop, camera.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

Not on writing, but I sometimes recommend photographers.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Every editor is different, and so is every publication. Read the submission guidelines carefully and stick to them.

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