Davide Z

Toronto, Canada

“Enhance your authentic voice with polished prose.”

Davide Z

Specialist subjects:

Economics English Insurance Philosophy Sports Science TESOL

Education:

Bachelor of Kinesiology

Minor in Economics

University of British Columbia

2008–2013

Favorite referencing style

My favorite referencing style is MLA due to its simplicity.

Why I became an editor

I completed an interdisciplinary degree at university, which satisfied my desire to read and write in a variety of styles. I worked for a large insurer for several years handling liability claims, which helped me develop my business communication skills. Now I tutor in EFL and find this work very fulfilling. Throughout these experiences, I have enjoyed the writing process. I became an editor to feel a similar sense of fulfillment and excitement in helping my clients make their work more impactful.

Background and experience

After completing my bachelor's degree, I worked in insurance for four years as a liability claims adjuster with a large commercial insurer. I handled third-party claims pertaining to personal injury, product liability, automobile liability and professional liability. This job helped spark my interest in language and communication, and I spent a year studying English literature at the University of Toronto. I also obtained a certificate in TEFL during this period, and I now tutor EFL full-time.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I love the challenge of making complex writing simple and coherent while preserving the author's voice. I like proofreading academic texts in the social sciences and humanities, as a I find these works rich in meaning. I also enjoy proofreading marketing copy that relies on more colloquial language. I have experience with APA and MLA referencing, as I used these during my undergraduate studies.

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Favorite book:

The Medium Is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects by Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, and Jerome Agel.

Hobbies:

I like to watch movies and old stand-up comedy sets and interviews online. My favorite comedian is Norm Macdonald.

Editing tips:

When proofreading paragraphs with several types of errors (e.g. punctuation, spelling, and grammar), I find it useful to edit one type of error at a time.

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