Jennifer M

South Africa

“Excellence lies in the detail.”

Jennifer M

Specialist subjects:

Advertising Art & Design Art History Dance Drama & Theatre English Fine Arts Hospitality Leisure Recreation & Tourism TESOL

Education:

National Diploma in Art & Design

Durban University of Technology

1979–1981

Favorite referencing style

I am most familiar with APA, so I suppose that is my favourite.

Why I became an editor

For the past twelve years, I have worked as a producer for a creative agency that specialises in audio-visual production and eventing. My ability to spot errors and spruce up written content led to my unofficial appointment as the in-house proofreader, and no document was approved until it passed my desk. That got me interested in proofreading on a professional level. I am a detail fanatic and get great satisfaction out of scrutinising a piece of writing and tweaking it into something flawless.

Background and experience

After studying art and design, I worked at the South African Institute for Medical Research as a medical illustrator for two years. I then embarked on a career as a theatre publicist in South Africa and the UK, where I worked on a scheme of theatre awards in London and Wales. On my return to South Africa, I got involved in the advertising industry as a writer and audio-visual producer. I have provided proofreading and editing services within my company for the past decade or so.

Why I love proofreading and editing

It is wonderful to read other people's writing and be exposed to a diverse range of topics. I find it extremely humbling to be entrusted with a document and very rewarding to be able to fine-tune it into a fluid and error-free piece of writing.

Jennifer M

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Favorite book:

‘A Suitable Boy’ by Vikram Seth.

Hobbies:

I am addicted to cryptic crosswords and love to do these while having a cappuccino at my favourite coffee shop.
I spend lazy hours watching increasingly fabulous documentary and fictional content.

Editing tips:

I have a checklist to make sure I don't miss anything (regional specifics, hyphens and dashes, gender neutrality, etc.).

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