I'm very pleased to say that in a couple of months I'll be taking up a new position as Editor-in-Chief at Holidayextras.co.uk.
As well as looking after existing PR and SEO teams - something Holidayextras already does brilliantly, so it's a good place for me to learn more about that side of the content business - I'll be recruiting, training and managing new teams of freelance writers to cover the UK's major airports. (If you're interested in talking to me about that opportunity or know someone who would be, therefore, do get in touch - contact details are at the top of the page. I'm particularly keen to hear from writers I've worked with before, since you've already been through a lot of the relevant training. Writers who know their airports also eagerly sought.)
I left localpeople last November planning to take a year or so off to play with my twins. The Holidayextras opportunity was sufficiently interesting to drag me away from that break early. They're already doing a great job of exploiting a lucrative niche in one of the UK's largest online markets. The company consistently wins prizes for being not just a good place to work but one of the top 100 companies in the country. Most of all it's an opportunity to work with some excellent people do something I enjoy - building up new teams of writers and making content a measurably valuable part of the business rather than a cost centre.
I start on Monday July 18th, just six short days after the (very) long awaited latest volume of George R R Martin's Song of Ice and Fire comes out, so I already know how I'll be spending the last few days of my year off - reading very quickly. I've got lots to look forward to in July.