www.racheltompkins.co.uk | Writer and Journalist
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About me

I am a freelance writer, journalist and editor with more than 14 years’ experience working for national magazines, newspapers, websites and apps.

After studying a post-graduate journalism course at City University in London, I began my career as a writer at Take a Break magazine. At that time, Take a Break was phenomenally popular, with weekly sales of over 1.2 million. It was here that my passion for writing flourished and I discovered the power of storytelling.

I was headhunted to work on the launch of Pick Me Up magazine in 2005. Debuting with a readership of half a million, it was the most successful magazine launch of the decade, and won the BSME launch of the year.

I helped to implement the merging of the Pick Me Up and Chat teams in 2011, and was the Features Director for both titles before I left to have my first child in 2012.


Since then I’ve been working as a freelance writer, journalist and editor across a wide range of magazines and newspapers including: Chat, The Sun’s Fabulous magazine, Look, The Sunday People’s Love Sunday, The Mirror, Pick Me Up, Prima Baby and Pregnancy, Real People, Reclaim, The Telegraph’s Stella magazine, Stylist Arabia, Take a Break, That’s Life, Top Sante, Woman, The Observer.


In addition to my print work, I also write content for digital platforms such as business websites, adverts, and apps, including: www.lifedeathprizes.com, www.mirror.co.uk, www.telegraph.co.uk, www.letsmush.com, www.lostego.com, www.tiarasandnails.com

Subject matter

Much of what I write about comes under the umbrella of real life, or human interest. This includes health, crime, pets, babies and pretty much anything that interests people!  I also use my experience as a mother-of-two to write specifically about parenting, in addition to lifestyle features, compiling reports about a range of subjects, and writing copy for advertorials and websites about anything from Bingo to ovens!

I’ve also edited a craft book and write tweets for businesses.

Getting a
message across

My experience working for consumer magazines has taught me how to write engaging copy that people actually want to read. Sometimes it’s to tell a story, sometimes to raise awareness of a charity or good cause, on other occasions, it’s to sell something. Whatever the purpose of the words, to me writing is more than just a job, it’s a passion.