Rachael S

Kirkland, United States

“Polishing the page with precision.”

Rachael S

Specialist subjects:

Anthropology Archaeology Creative Writing Cultural Studies English Ethics Fiction Social Policy Social Sciences Women's & Gender Studies


BA (Hons) in Anthropology

University of Otago


MA in Anthropology

University of Otago


Favorite referencing style

APA is my favorite style, as I like to keep things simple.

Why I became an editor

My lifelong love of words and study has led me down many different and exciting learning paths. At university, I studied the social sciences, including English and philosophy. I later went on to work as a researcher and writer of social policy. While raising my three children and living abroad in Europe, I took courses on writing for the web and creative writing. I also published articles about parenting. Proofreading seemed to be the next obvious step in my career.

Background and experience

I worked as an anthropology tutor for the University of Otago, a policy writer for the New Zealand government, a guest web content writer for Family Matters in Switzerland, and a web content writer and photographer for Taste Affair, a food blog.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I enjoy the challenge that proofreading poses and the wide range of subjects I am exposed to in the process. Proofreading forces me to slow down and pay attention to each sentence, word, and symbol. I find it immensely satisfying to correct errors and enhance the clarity of a client's work, and I enjoy a great sense of pride when I return a polished product.

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Favorite book:

Gosh it's hard to choose just one book! But my all time favorite book must be the epic Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.


When I'm not proofreading, I’m completing the 1,001 tasks required of busy mothers! I also love to walk my cavapoodle, practice yoga, and listen to podcasts or read outside in the sun.

Editing tips:

When I first open a document, I like to read it once through entirely before making any edits. This gives me a sense of the topic, style, and tone of the writing.

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