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Penny Swift | Elance
Last Sign-in: Aug 28, 2015

Penny Swift

Exceptionally good with words
   South Africa
  |   Cape Town, Western Cape
  |  9:05 am Local Time


I am a professional writer with vast and varied experience. I have written countless newspaper and magazine articles and written and produced many books. I have prepared and circulated press releases, done copywriting for brochures, adverts and packaging, and have written college books and study guides. Since joining Elance in April 2009, I have written numerous articles, SEO web content and blog posts. I have written ebooks, and have done research, editing, proofreading and indexing jobs.

My interests and expertise are varied, as my resume...

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Aug 16, 2015|Article Writing|$45|Completed
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Numerous outdoor DIY projects involved timber, bricks, stone and water. All photographs...
First published by Struik, Cape Town in 1992, I have revised this best selling title...
Back cover showing blurb about the authors, including me.
A DIY book for the building enthusiast with basic information about brickwork and...
I wrote and designed this book which contains information about every possible type of...
A DIY book for the building enthusiast with basic information about woodwork and offers...
I wrote and designed the book which contains a series of welding projects for the home...
Written in 2008 for Pearson Education for Further Education and Training (FET)...
The chapter on plumbing that appears in the Complete Book of Owner Building in South...
The cover, contents pages and a few pages from a college textbook on plumbing.
For more than six years we produced NSPI Swimming Pools and Spas for the South African...
A short story about the award-winning swimming pool that featured on the cover of NSPI...
We produced NSPI Swimming Pools and Spas for the South African National Swimming Pool...
Everything about swimming pools and spas, from basic construction methods to pool...
The opening page for a story on salt chlorination entitled Salt of the Earth that...
Article written for NSPI Swimming Pools and Spas, September 2004.
This is a pdf file of the story: Make your pool a different colour.
A topical story relating to South African building regulations and by-laws. Researched...
The full salt water chlorination story used in NSPI Swimming Pools and Spas in April 2006.
First page of a topical story I wrote in March 2009 drawing attention to flaws in new...
By Penny Swift and Bernadette Faurie. Published by New Holland Press in 2004.
A book that covers comprehensive horse care for today's rider.
A comprehensive compendium of equestrian activities, disciplines and sports ranging...
Each page follows the same theme with a dictionary definition, introduction and brief...
This page shows a typical biographical box about an incredibly interesting person - the...

Skills (10)

Article Writing
Content Writing
Blog Writing
Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
Feature Writing
Online Writing
Online Article Writing and Blogging Test (U.S. Version)
My Score
Online Article Writing and Blogging Test (UK Version)
My Score
Creative Writing
Adobe InDesign

Service Description

I am based in the Western Cape in South Africa, close to Cape Town. I was trained on daily and weekly newspapers and then worked on magazines, writing features about everything from babies and crafters, to houses and gardens. I also did a lot of consumer research and investigative writing.

I have been freelancing since 1984 - for newspapers, magazines and for companies needing press releases and brochures. I have written more than 30 general trade books and eight college books. I have written nine study guides and worked as a tutor for an SA based long distance college for several years.

My books have been published internationally, mainly in South Africa, Britain and the USA, and some have been translated into European languages. Most have been translated into Afrikaans. Book topics include:
* bathrooms and kitchens
* barbecues and carports
* brickwork, woodwork, metalwork
* patios, decks, fencing, walls, pergolas, paths, steps
* swimming pools and spas
* water features
* paint techniques and decorating
* homes and gardens
* owner building
* horses
* construction concrete, plumbing, masonry and tiling
* welding

The magazines I have written for in the past five years include:
* Skills on Site
* Popular Mechanics (SA)
* SA Conference, Exhibitions and Events Guide
* Your Family (gardening and decor)

I also produced a bi-annual magazine for the South African National Spa and Pool Institute from 2003 until 2010.

I live in a suburban house with a bunch of dogs and cats,...

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University of Natal
Bachelor of Social Science
1969 - 1972


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Member Since
April 2009
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