Louis Greenberg is a Johannesburg-bred author, editor, tutor and designer. He was a bookseller for several years, and has a Master’s degree in vampire fiction and a doctorate in post-religious apocalyptic fiction. His first novel was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and he’s also the author of Green Valley and Exposure. As S.L. Grey, he co-wrote occasionally bestselling horror fiction with Sarah Lotz, including The Mall and The Apartment, which has been translated into over 15 languages. He is a fan of art, food, puzzles, games, music, photography and travel. He lives in the middle of England.
Python for Everybody; University of Michigan / Coursera
UX Design Professional Certificate; Google / Coursera
Game Design and Development 1; Michigan State University / Coursera
Writing Drama, Oxford University Department of Continuing Education (10-week course; as tutor)
Copyediting 2; Society for Editors and Proofreaders
Proofreading 2; Society for Editors and Proofreaders
The Business of Film; FutureLearn / Open University
Masterclass in theatre set design with Livi Vaughn; Punchdrunk
An Introduction to Screenwriting; FutureLearn / University of East Anglia
French cookery certificate; Yuppiechef
Scriptwriting course, with distinction; SA Writers’ College
PhD, English literature, University of the Witwatersrand
Organised, creative, flexible
My work as a restaurant and grocery cashier got me through my English and History degree, but it was during my Master's degree that I found my first working love: bookselling at the flagship store of Exclusive Books, South Africa's premier bookselling chain. I quickly worked my way from front-line bookseller to shift supervisor and then deputy manager of the store, before being seconded to the head office marketing department in 2001, where I designed and wrote all the in-house web and print publications.
I learned an incredible amount in my thirteen years at Exclusive Books: customer service, retail management, staffing, buying, inter-personal communication; graphic design with Adobe CS; HTML, CSS and PHP web design; and top-to-tail print production.
By 2009, with two small children at home and new writing opportunities beckoning, I started my own business, first designing websites for publishers, distributors and authors, and building my editorial career with fiction, higher education and corporate clients. At the same time, I became half of S.L. Grey, writing five horror-thrillers with Sarah Lotz, which brought in the rent for a few years.
After fininshing The Apartment, our fifth book, it was time to shake off the cobwebs again. My family and I moved to England on a global talent visa, where I've been consolidating my editorial career, becoming an Advanced Professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofeading in 2018, writing my own novels and screenplays, and tutoring creative writing and script writing at Oxford University.
Alongside my amateur interesting in art, photography, music and food, I'm a puzzle and game addict living in the gaming capital of the UK. At university, I unwittingly used up all the History department's bandwidth playing TrekMOO and LambdaMOO, and I'm one of the only two people in the world who worked out who killed Laura K.
I'm currently brushing up on user experience design, programming, transmedia writing, digital production and game design to bring my existing skills up to date and combine new methods with my wide experience.
I've project managed, collaborated on and produced several books, a business, a doctorate and a global move (and co-produced a family!) I can share my creative and flexible organisational skills in any editorial, design or production role.
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I'm creative, flexible and organised and I'm always looking for stimulating work and creative collaborations. Based in Leamington Spa in the United Kingdom, I work with clients around the world. Let's connect.