New York, United States
“The key to good proofreading is to never stop learning.”
Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine
BS in Veterinary Science
University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
Favorite referencing style
I don't really have a favorite referencing style. They all have their merits and reasons for using them.
Why I became an editor
I am a retired veterinarian who simply loves to read. You will nearly always find me reading—on a sunny patio if I can help it! I enjoy fiction and non-fiction, from novels to journal articles. I've discovered I have a talent for noticing the small details that writers often miss and decided to explore that with Knowadays’ certification course. Certification as a professional proofreader allows me to use this ability to assist a wide variety of writers to do their best work.
Background and experience
I worked as an emergency veterinarian for twenty years. During downtime, I was always reading. I'm the person who my friends and colleagues turn to for advice on their writing.
I'd taken a few proofreading and editing courses prior to enrolling in Knowadays' Becoming A Proofreader course. I've also volunteered at a local literacy association teaching English as a second language. My clinical experience has enhanced strong analytical skills valuable for carefully reviewing written work.
Why I love proofreading and editing
I love proofreading because it combines my love of reading with the opportunity to use my analytical skill set to help writers express themselves and fine-tune their ideas. I consider myself a life-long learner, and the chance to learn from my clients while helping them improve their writing is an extra plus.
"The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson, followed closely by "I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats" by Francesco Marciuliano.
When I'm not proofreading, I'm usually reading in the sunshine. I also enjoy yoga, swimming, and watching (from indoors) the deer, bears, coyotes, and other wildlife that share my backyard.
When I can, I like to print out the document and mark it up directly. When finished, I read the document again to make sure the writer's voice and tone have been preserved.
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