Auckland, New Zealand
“Murder your darlings.”
MA English Literature
University of Auckland
Favorite referencing style
Harvard. It provides all the information needed in a clear and concise manner.
Why I became an editor
I have always loved language, first as a reader from a very young age and subsequently as a fiction writer. After taking time to become established as a writer, I became involved in editorial projects, developing, selecting and editing short fiction for publication in anthology formats.
I subsequently studied English literature and gained my MA in 2012. While completing my final year at university, I spent time tutoring and enjoyed observing how people engage with language in a bid to find and create meaning.
Background and experience
Outside of academic proofreading, my proofreading and editorial background is in genre fiction. I have roughly 25 years experience in this area of writing, both as a writer and an editor.
Why I love proofreading and editing
Language can both constrict and illuminate. As an editor, I enjoy the challenge of making language work in the author's favour. I find that, in most cases, this can be achieved by trimming. By murdering those darlings. I have found that many people think they need more words to say more, when in truth, the opposite is typically true.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Outside editing and writing, I enjoy woodworking and photographing birds. Not at the same time.
I will typically give a document a quick initial read-through to get a sense of content and writing style and to observe frequently used terms. Using these observations, the second read-through will be a focused approach applying in-depth editing.
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