What do I do? I'm mainly a journalist, but I write all kinds of things. Here's a list:
I have been a freelance journalist since 2003. I currently write a weekly slot for the Financial Times and I've written for dozens of other titles including the Telegraph, Mail, GQ and Conde Nast Traveller. I write mainly about business, but also travel and lifestyle. Before going freelance I was on staff at Business 2.0 and Management Today.
Over my career, I've has written on topics ranging from the FTSE's lowest paid CEOs to industrial espionage to companies that hang their staff from meat hooks through their skin in window displays. I have interviewed people such as Jeff Bezos, Sergey Brin and Martin Sorrell. More unusual assignments include working as a canal cleaner, a fish gutter and eating deep fried tarantulas in Cambodia. My most memorable journalistic experience, though, was (unknowingly) having a photo of my fiancee standing next to a 6ft stone phallus published in The Sun, the day before our wedding.
My first book, 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World was published by Kogan Page in May, 2011. It's a handy guide to the likes of Steve Jobs, Ray Kroc, Anita Roddick, Sam Walton and Jeff Bezos - businessfolk whose impact has been felt far beyond their companies and sectors. People - some of them beyond my immediate family - have described it as a gripping, rollicking, swashbuckling, edge-of-your-seat business read. Why not buy it for yourself (or at least look at it before buying the latest Dan Brown book for yourself). Click on the book cover to the left to see it on Amazon.
I've worked on everything from brochure copy to press releases to strategy documents to menus. I've also written scripts for ads and short films, although the kind you might see in a presentation about a new retail development, rather than at your local art house cinema. I quite like doing this. You get to write the words and then walk around the house talking to yourself like a crazy person to ensure that they sound right.
I've worked on magazine launches and relaunches. I've helped publishers design sections, write pitches for contract mags and mock up features.
Many people think there's something rather shabby about having stuff ghostwritten for them. I don't. Why bother spending days agonising over something when I can produce a piece twice as good in less than half the time? Besides the ideas are yours: having me write them makes it like you, but better. I've ghosted pieces on areas ranging corporate governance to why men and women will never agree on interiors - and quite a few of these pieces have appeared in nationals.
I'm interested in you doing some of the above. What next?
Jolly good. Drop me email at rhymer@NOSPAMrhymer.net, removing the bit that says "NOSPAM" or call me on either +44 (0) 7989 421029 or +44 (0) 207 790 5630. If you want to know more about me or see examples of my work, please click on the CV or examples links at the top.
How much do you charge?
I used to say that I rarely turned down a reasonable offer of work. But some people do have very unreasonable ideas about what constitutes "reasonable." Broadly though, my rates are in line with what UK national newspapers pay.
I'm a PR person and...
...and PR people ask me a lot of questions. So I have prepared another page just for you. Please click on the for PRs link at the top.