Cary P

Burlington, United States

“Proofread before hitting send!”

Specialist subjects:

Art & Design Art History Dance Drama & Theatre Film Studies Fine Arts Music Photography

Education:

AAB in Merchandising

Southern Ohio College

1987–1989

Favorite referencing style

I subscribe to the style guide of the Queen’s English Society. It is much more modern and flexible than most people give it credit for!.

Why I became an editor

After working several years in arts administration, I secured a position as a performing arts calendar editor for a leading website. Flash forward to the day I walked into my local library and saw a poster asking three important questions: “Do you like to read? ...drink tea? ...cats?” Upon answering a resounding “Yes!” to all three questions, I learned that a career in copy editing awaited me. And here we are!.

Background and experience

I have created and edited arts-related content (venue descriptions, artist bios, and event listings) in both employed and voluntary settings. I have also edited and proofread content for the health care industry.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I enjoy the mechanics of proofreading and copy editing (spelling, grammar, punctuation, styling, and formatting). I have a strong knowledge of the creative and performing arts, as well as of British culture, geography, and history. I am fluent in British and American (and some Australian) English, and have a basic familiarity with Welsh.

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Favorite book:

My favorite book is probably Trainspotting written by Irvine Welsh. I also enjoy anything by Dorothy Parker, Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, and Clive Barker.

Hobbies:

When I’m not proofreading, I’m often in front of the telly shouting at soap characters (who never listen to me). And when there’s not a pandemic, I can be found at the cinema.

Editing tips:

After skimming a document for content and style, I hit the pilcrow button to review formatting characters and run my customised MS Word editor. Now I’m ready to proofread, comment, and edit.

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