Karen W

Knutsford, United Kingdom

“When our spelling is perfect, it's invisible. When it's flawed, it's like a bug on a white shirt.”

Specialist subjects:

Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering Biomedical Sciences Communication & Media Studies Creative Writing Education English Film Studies History Language & Literature Medieval & Modern Languages


BA (Hons) in Modern Arts (French)

Kingston University


Favorite referencing style

I have the most experience in APA Style referencing, although I feel comfortable with any style.

Why I became an editor

I studied modern arts with French at university, which included linguistics and literature, and I had to write many essays in two different languages. I went on to work in a variety of challenging secretarial and administrative roles. Proofreading is the perfect way to utilise my skills, as it demands clarity, accuracy, and a great eye for detail.

Background and experience

I feel fully equipped to succeed as a proofreader, as my entire working life has been centred on communication and the importance of accuracy. I’ve worked as part of the marketing team at GE Aero Engines, worked in a variety of roles at Granada TV, and as an administrator in the English department of a large high school.

Why I love proofreading and editing

Proofreading offers me the chance to be flexible and work within diverse areas. It's so satisfying to improve a piece of writing and allow the ideas of the author to shine.

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Favorite book:

Guernica by Dave Boling


I have an intense love for cake, so I have to keep pretty active. Dog walks are more leisurely now that my chocolate labrador is twelve, so I walk solo for miles and play tennis three times a week.

Editing tips:

Depending on the length of the document, I sometimes find it useful to print out a hard copy. It frees me from the screen for a while and allows me to add notes and comments for myself.

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