Cary P

Burlington, United States

“Proofread before hitting send!”

Specialist subjects:

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


AAB in Merchandising

Southern Ohio College


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.


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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