Nicola R

Plymouth, United Kingdom

“For clear, concise, and consistent writing.”

Nicola R

Specialist subjects:

Education English Sociology

Education:

BA (Hons) in English (Literary Studies) with Sociology

University of Exeter

2000–2003

Favorite referencing style

My preferred referencing style is APA. To pass the Becoming A Proofreader course I bought the APA style guide, which cost me a small fortune, and I would like to get as much use out of it as possible.

Why I became an editor

I have always held a passion and respect for the English language. I studied it at A level and degree level and ultimately taught English.

Proofreading is my perfect job because I have a passion for accuracy. To be able to help others by spending my time manipulating text and weeding out pesky errors is, to me, a privilege.

Background and experience

I have performed various different proofreading, formatting, and editing roles in the past: I was a typesetter for a web design company, I have designed advertisements and promotional material for 'Pride in Plymouth', and I have spent the last two years creating technical content for a company that produces scrolls. Each of these roles demanded extremely high levels of accuracy and precision.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I have found language fascinating since simultaneously studying English, French, and Welsh at GCSE. To me, proofreading is about the pursuit of perfection and helping others to create consistent communication.

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Favorite book:

My literary tastes are eclectic. My favourite books include Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, and Sue Townsend's The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole.

Hobbies:

When I'm not proofreading, I'm a mum to three teenagers and the wife of a paramedic. It's a busy, lively household!

Editing tips:

I read everything several times before I alter anything. It's vital that I establish what the writer wants to communicate and don't make any assumptions. It is the author's work and voice, not my own.

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