Llanelli, United Kingdom
“Making language work for you.”
BA in Russian
University of Birmingham
Favorite referencing style
I am probably most familiar with APA, although MLA is more closely connected with my areas of interest. But I wouldn't really say I have a favourite style.
Why I became an editor
I studied language and literature at university. Later, while teaching English overseas, I taught a student with his own company who wanted me to proofread and edit all sorts of materials. I found I took to this very quickly. This led to my becoming a subeditor for a TV news website, where accuracy and speed were essential. Since then, I have combined proofreading and teaching. I find helping people to accurately express their ideas on the printed page to be a very rewarding line of work.
Background and experience
While I was teaching English in Moscow, a private student asked me to proofread press releases and other promotional material for his company website. I also did a considerable amount of proofreading for RIA-Novosti, the country’s largest news agency. Later, I became an output editor for an English-language TV news station in Moscow. I subsequently worked remotely from the UK as an editor for RT. More recently, I have combined teaching English online with proofreading and editing.
Why I love proofreading and editing
Although my main personal interests are tied up with literature, I like to read on a variety of topics. I have always been interested in finding out new information, both important and trivial. I like to read what other people have to say, and helping them to do so in an accurate and engaging manner can be very satisfying.
'The Driver's Seat' by Muriel Spark. It has a dreamlike, almost nightmarish quality, which is quite disorientating. It stayed in my head for some time. Oh, and her writing style is exquisite.
I like reading, listening to music, watching films and going for long walks along beaches. Until recently, I liked travelling; I've lived overseas and visited six continents – all except Antarctica.
To begin, I skim-read the document, then tackle it head on while keeping an eye on the style sheet and checklist. After a break, I return with fresh eyes and give the whole text a final read-through.
institutions and businesses