Louise B

Parkhurst, South Africa

“Writing that is flawless flows.”

Specialist subjects:

Alternative Medicine Archaeology Art History Counseling English Fine Arts Language & Literature Librarianship & Information Management TESOL


BA in English, History of Art, Archaeology

University of Pretoria


BA in Information Science

University of South Africa


BA in Metaphysics

University of Metaphysics


Favorite referencing style

I like both the Harvard and APA referencing styles.

Why I became an editor

Books have always been my first love. The joy I found in the written word led me to work as both an English teacher and a librarian, where I could indulge my love for reading and writing while helping others broaden their horizons and sharpen their writing skills. I have been proofreading and editing English essays for years now, and I find it very enjoyable.

Background and experience

I worked as a proofreader for the State Archives in Pretoria. During my time there, I was focused on proofreading a series of books based on the Anglo-Boer War. I also proofread court transcripts. As an English teacher, I have plenty of experience correcting essays. I proofread provincial exam papers for Life Orientation, as well as circuit exam papers for English. I also proofread all of the school's in-house publications and several dissertations.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I love fixing errors and sloppy writing so that a written piece flows flawlessly. There is nothing that gives me more pleasure than reading a piece of beautiful, evocative writing. I enjoy proofreading and editing thought-provoking subjects, or anything on the mind–body connection, art, history, and/or philosophy.

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Favorite book:

Too many to list here, but I loved Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield, Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams, and The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman.


When I'm not proofreading, I'm digging through secondhand book stores, hiking, or attending a Biodanza or chanting class.

Editing tips:

Before I start proofreading a document, I read through it to get a feel for the author's style and voice. This also helps me to familiarize myself with the content of the document.

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