Kingston upon Hull, UK
“Because nobody wants to eat Grandma.”
BA French Studies (1st Class Hons)
University of London Institute in Paris
Favorite referencing style
I'm most familiar with APA referencing.
Why I became an editor
I should probably have studied English at university. In many ways, it would have been a natural fit for me. However, I was desperate to live in Paris, and figured that speaking a second language couldn't hurt, so I studied French instead. In the end, though, studying another language only increased my love for (and understanding of) English.
Since then, I have worked with words in numerous ways: as a copywriter, content manager, and even a treasure hunt writer and organiser! I have always found it extremely satisfying to take a piece of writing and polish it up until it shines, so proofreading was the natural next step.
Background and experience
After studying French at university and working several part-time jobs, I worked for two years for a company offering educational treasure hunts in museums. This involved editing and writing for treasure hunts, the website and blog, and social media, which I realised I was pretty good at.
I decided to launch my own freelance business and now write web content for numerous companies and online magazines, as well as help other people to make their writing great.
Why I love proofreading and editing
I have always loved the satisfaction of taking a piece of writing and making it the best it can be. I particularly enjoy proofreading and editing documents on history, the arts, languages, and linguistics.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I reread it at least every couple of years.
If I'm not proofreading (or writing for clients), I'm probably crocheting, performing kitchen experiments, or browsing thrift stores for classic crime novels.
Before even beginning to proofread a document, I read it through several times from the perspective of the intended audience. This gives me an idea of not only the author's tone and style – which I always take care to preserve – but also the sections that are less clear and need a little extra help.
institutions and businesses