Hannah V D W
Cape Town, South Africa
“Excellence is in the details. Pay attention to the details, and excellence will come.”
Bachelor of Business Science
University of Cape Town
Favorite referencing style
Harvard is my favourite because it is the one we used at university, so I am quite familiar with it.
Why I became an editor
I have always enjoyed writing and reading. I love to read well-written books, and I always wanted to become involved in the proofreading and editing process. I have worked from home a lot since my children were born, and this has allowed me the flexibility to spend time with my children. I finally decided to take the leap into proofreading when COVID-19 hit, and I was fortunate enough to find the Proofreading Academy site.
Background and experience
After completing my degree in information systems, I worked as a computer programmer, first on a full-time basis and after my daughter was born, on a part time basis.
I became a lecturer in information systems at a college in Cape Town offering degree courses. I loved lecturing and was also responsible for jointly writing an economics textbook for the college.
When my children were young, I home-schooled them and so decided that working from home was the best option.
I owned and managed a successful cleaning business, employing up to 20 people at a time. I worked in an administrative role for a doctor as well, and because medicine was always a passion of mine, I decided to study medical transcription.
The vast majority of my work-from-home experience has been doing transcription work of various types. I worked for a transcription company, SAProType, that was owned by a doctor and only produced medical transcripts. I worked for Way With Words, which was a transcription company that worked on a wide range of different type of transcripts. I also worked for Rev.com, which is an American transcription company. They do not specialise, and I have produced many and varied transcripts for them. I also have private clients: businesses, film makers, and various private individuals.
Most recently, I worked in events planning and coordination for Common Ground Church in Cape Town. I had plenty of opportunity there to improve my writing skills as two of my responsibilities were posting to their social media platforms and producing their weekly newsletter.
Why I love proofreading and editing
I know how much hard work goes into producing a piece of writing for work or for university. I love the idea that I can help someone to add the finishing touches to something that they have put so much time and effort into. I love to read what people have written. Each paper is unique and interesting, and it gives me so much satisfaction to think of them handing in their work with a sense of pride, knowing that it is well written.
The Farseer Chronicles by Robin Hobb
When I'm not proofreading, I am most likely to be spending time with my children and partner, studying Finnish, reading, playing Valorant or Clash Royale, or watching some cool series on Netflix.
I like to dive right in and highlight things that I think need to be looked at. On my first pass, I will correct any obvious errors, and then, once I have a sense of the whole document, I will go back and start from the beginning again.
institutions and businesses