Welcome to the official website of Mark O’Neill, and Highland Cow Media. If you are looking for a top-grade, highly experienced writer, with a great sense of humour, and a great sense of excellent customer service, then you have come to the right place.
Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, I am now permanently resident in Würzburg, Germany. A beautiful medieval town, it is highly worth a visit if you are in the area. I feel very lucky and privileged to be living in such a beautiful part of the world. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
I am married to a beautiful German woman, who has the patience of a saint. I am part-owner of a crazy Maltese dog called Schlumpf. He pushes me about and calls me names. Or when he is sleepy, he snuggles down on my lap and starts snoring so loud, the walls start vibrating.
I have been writing since 1989, and in that time, I have worked for Scottish newspapers, appeared on Scottish radio, appeared on BBC television (as a young “youth reporter” – very embarrassing!), then made the big decisive leap to cyberspace. After a brief stint working as a civilian contractor for the US military, and frequent stints as an English teacher, I penned an eBay column for Auctionbytes (now called eCommerceBytes), worked for a variety of private clients, and guest-blogged for various sites. From 2007-2013, I was the Managing Editor of MakeUseOf.com, in charge of a worldwide writing team. During my tenure, MakeUseOf was picked as one of the top 100 websites on the Internet, by PC Magazine, 2 years in a row.
During my life, I have also worked for the Scottish Government, packed bulbs in the Netherlands, taught English to Polish schoolchildren, and worked in German hotel kitchens.
If you would like to hire me for a writing project – either short or long term – please fill out the New Client Intake Form, and we can then start discussing your needs.