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

Education:

BA in English, History of Art, Archaeology

University of Pretoria

1984–1986



BA in Information Science

University of South Africa

2004–2006



BA in Metaphysics

University of Metaphysics

2013–2014

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.

Hobbies:

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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