founder of Perfectly Worded
Pat Richardson was winning prizes for her writing before she left school. More recently,
she won the National Magazine Company's 2008 Eagle Award for Outstanding Contribution to Editorial: a tribute to her 18
years at Best where, for 16 years, she was concurrently Travel, Fiction and Regular Features Editor, writing
and editing many hundreds of features.
her Eagle Award, Pat was hailed as 'a class act, full of drive and passion' and described as 'Natmags
at its best' and her features as 'so well-written - every word carefully crafted'. Also praised
were her 'accuracy, dedication, innovation, energy and unwavering enthusiasm', and the way she 'researches
every feature with thoroughness'.
Pat - who
regularly serves as a judge for the British Guild of Travel Writers' annual awards - is herself
an award-winning (and runner-up) travel writer, now on a freelance basis. She has been to 70 countries and hundreds of cities,
taken numerous river and ocean cruises, stayed in countless hotels, criss-crossed much of Europe by train, flown with
most major airlines and many smaller ones. Her features appear frequently in The Daily Telegraph's Cruise Style and Travel Escorted supplements, and she welcomes
In July 2010, Pat launched www.HotelsThatWereNot.com, a website based on her personal passion for hotels that were not originally hotels. Her exceptional - and
ever-growing - selection of places to stay in, currently, 20 countries, features individual properties with unique histories
and authentic character.
Such is her enthusiasm for, as she puts it, 'making words work' that Pat isn't satisfied to do so only through
her own travel writing; she also guides, coaches and mentors writers of both fiction and non-fiction, through her Writers
Feedback services - and, as testimonials on this website show, does so with skill, sensitivity and success.
She reads voraciously, has also been shortlist judge for the Short Story Radio Romance Award, and was on the
steering group for National Short Story Week.
Prior to joining Best - where she first worked as Dossiers Editor, producing four- and six-page specials
on subjects across the women's-interest spectrum - Pat enjoyed a 16-year career as a health and beauty writer, which began
when she conceived and single-handedly wrote a 640-page mail-order beauty course, continued with her producing countless
features for magazines and partworks, plus promotional and advertising copy for major fashion and beauty clients, and culminated
in such roles as Beauty Editor, Contributing Editor and Consultant Editor on a number of well-known magazines including
Woman's Own and WeightWatchers.