“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
BA Hons English Literature
University of Exeter
MA Creative Writing
University of Manchester
Favorite referencing style
My favourite referencing system is Chicago because I used it at university so it's nice and familiar, although I wish we had been able to use IEEE for humanities subjects!
Why I became an editor
Even before I studied English literature at undergrad level, I was renowned for my love of reading and writing. I helped my older brother with essays, and even his personal statement for medical school.
This reputation for proofreading followed me to university and beyond. I have often been the last pair of eyes on a document wherever I've worked, whether at a PR company or a restaurant. When I returned to university to do a creative writing master’s, the critiquing portion of the curriculum rekindled my love of proofreading and editing, giving me a thrill whenever I helped someone express themselves exactly as they wanted to.
Without knowing it, I have been the unofficial editor for family, friends and colleagues for years! Proofreading has given me the opportunity to learn a little bit about a wide range of subjects while also helping people to finetune their work to perfection.
Background and experience
I studied English literature as an undergrad and became the go-to person for proofreading essays. Since then I have worked in hospitality for the most part. At almost every restaurant and bar I've worked in, I became the manager's social media and advertising assistant, correcting and writing copy before it went live. I spent a year in 2017 working as a document production technician at Slater & Gordon law firm, where attention to detail was paramount. I also worked in a Manchester PR company briefly the year before. Several members of my family are business owners, and as such, I have had ad hoc employment checking over advertising fliers, writing copy for websites, and proofreading social media posts for the last decade.
Why I love proofreading and editing
I believe that communication makes the world go round, and as such, clarity has the power to make a difference! When proofreading and editing, I get a thrill out of taking a piece of writing to the next level. I am endlessly curious about various subjects, including fiction and non-fiction, history, philosophy, psychology, and many more. This curiosity makes them a joy to proofread.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
When I'm not proofreading, I'm usually curled up reading a book or writing the novel I started during my master's. I also have a grumpy but adorable pet African pygmy hedgehog to tend to every evening!
I like to read through a document first to get an understanding of the tone and subject. After that, my main method is simply to take it one paragraph at a time, even if I can spot obvious mistakes elsewhere straightaway. It's other people's work, so I handle with care!
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