About us

Freelance Publishing Professionals

Freelance Publishing Professionals is a dynamic online directory and community-based network that brings together publishers and freelancers in the English Language Teaching and Education publishing sectors. The directory showcases freelancers involved in a wide range of roles within Education and ELT publishing and is a one-stop-shop for resourcing publishing projects within the sectors.

  • Freelancers upload and manage a detailed profile with photo, and advertise their own availability direct to potential clients. 
  • Publishers, packagers and other organisations browse the directory, using powerful and effective search tools, then make direct contact with the selected freelancers.
  • Publishers and other organisations advertise their freelance vacancies by posting Job Spots that freelancers can apply for.
  • The community-based network brings together freelancers and publishers via CPD live events, social online events and the annual Awayday Conference.

Founded in 2018 by ELT specialists Helen Holwill, Jemma Hillyer, Karen Spiller and Sue Kay, Freelance Publishing Professionals was originally the result of collaboration between ELT Freelancers' Community and ELT Teacher 2 WriterToday, embracing Education publishing across the whole spectrum, the directory includes freelancers and publishers from ELT, UK curriculum publishing and International schools.

Meet the team

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Sue Kay, Helen Holwill and Karen Spiller

Sue Kay, Director

Sue has been teaching, training and writing ELT materials for over 35 years. She has been published by Heinemann, Macmillan and Pearson, and has specialised in Adult, Young Adult and Upper Secondary coursebooks for the ELT sector. Sue is one of the co-founders of ELT Teacher 2 Writer.

Helen Holwill, Director

Helen has worked as an author, editor and project manager for more than 25 years. She has previously worked in house for Macmillan Education, Oxford University Press and Learndirect English and is a joint founder of the annual Freelancers’ Awayday. Helen also offers bespoke print-on-demand publishing services to independent fiction and non-fiction authors.

Karen Spiller, Director

Karen has worked in publishing and strategic development roles for Oxford University Press, Macmillan Education and Hachette Livre. She now runs a publishing services company and is one of the co-founders of ELT Teacher 2 Writer.