Mark S

United Kingdom

“Writing is still the hardest part—editing just makes it look effortless.”

Mark S

Specialist subjects:

Creative Writing Education English Language & Literature TESOL

Education:

BA in English Language & Creative Writing

Edge Hill University

2008–2011

Favorite referencing style

IEEE is my favorite. It's the cleanest looking system, in my humble opinion.

Why I became an editor

I studied English Language & Creative Writing at university. I went on to teach English as a foreign language in South East Asia, where, naturally, I spent a lot of time reading essays for my students, which helped sharpen my eye for this kind of work. I have a knack for detail, I enjoy reading, and I get a great deal of satisfaction from doing work that positively impacts the world.

Background and experience

I provide editing services for various online content creators, including articles, "listicles," pop culture news, and DIY tips. As a former English language teacher, I helped learners from a variety of backgrounds improve their communication at both the spoken and written levels. I encouraged my students to express themselves through presentations, essays, debate notes, short stories, and even comic strips. I also have experience as an assistant editor of short fiction and poetry.

Why I love proofreading and editing

Besides being compulsively drawn to polishing the written word to perfection, I love showing up to a job that exposes me to a wide variety of intellectual challenges each day. As a firm believer in lifelong learning, I enjoy immersing myself in a wide variety of subjects, including philosophy and ethics, science, politics, history, art, and culture.

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Favorite book:

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Hobbies:

When I'm not proofreading, I'm designing (or doing research for) my own tabletop roleplaying game. I enjoy playing these games with friends, as well as playing computer games, reading, and swimming.

Editing tips:

Start reading the text backward after the first few passes if you feel yourself skimming too much. Remember to read the text out loud on your final few passes.

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