Marianne H

Dublin, Ireland

“Do your words need polishing? You've come to the right place.”

Marianne H

Specialist subjects:

Cultural Studies International Development Librarianship & Information Management Marketing Social Media Social Policy Social Sciences Social Work Sociology Women's & Gender Studies


BA Economic & Social Studies

Trinity College Dublin


Masters in Library & Information Studies

University College Dublin


Masters in Applied Social Research

Trinity College Dublin


Favorite referencing style

APA, because it's the simplest

Why I became an editor

At college, I always enjoyed writing academic essays and helping friends proofread their work. I also edited part of a student journal, which showcased the best of students' work each year in social and political studies.

I was working as a transcriptionist when a friend asked if I could take on some proofreading work on his behalf. Because of this, I started proofreading for ESL (English as a second language) customers and haven't looked back. It's interesting work, and I'm always learning something new.

Background and experience

Have proofread a number of PhD theses for Italian students.

Transcriptionist at with 1,000+ minutes transcribed.

Developed and completed a number of small social research projects for a non-profit organisation based in Dublin.

Section editor of a student journal from 2005-2007.

Why I love proofreading and editing

Depending on the piece of writing, I enjoy making writing flow, or picking up on little inconsistencies that might otherwise be overlooked. I'm a stickler for consistency. If I don't correct it, it will just annoy me! For ESL customers, using connector words effectively is one way to improve flow and ensure greater coherency between sentences. I love sociology and social research, as well as marketing copy. I enjoy the stringency of academic writing, and the creativity of marketing copy.

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Favorite book:

Anything by Jon Ronson


Doing cryptic crosswords, watching BTS meme videos, attempting and failing to cook vegetarian dinners.

Editing tips:

Always set aside a few solid hours for proofreading, because you need to get into a flow of doing it. It's not good to have lots of interruptions. Realise how your level of correction could be seen as insulting by a customer, so always assure them that the final decision on an edit is theirs.

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