Bronti Close, England
“'Take out adjectives and adverbs where you can' – Anton Chekov to Maxim Gorky (1899).”
MA in Philosophy
University of Cambridge
Favorite referencing style
My favourite referencing style so far is Harvard. It's what I used the most when I started academic proofreading 10 years ago, so I suppose it just stuck!
Why I became an editor
I've spent the last 10 years teaching children how to write well. 'The watchwords of good writing are clarity and precision’, I repeat endlessly! While my training in philosophy has given me an appreciation of formal logic and the need for exactness, I also love the expressive capacity of the English language with its rich linguistic history. I enjoy working as an editor and proofreader precisely because it means spending time doing something I'm very happy doing.
Background and experience
As a freelance academic editor, I have clients from Oxford University and Kent University, as well as academics from several European universities. I've edited, formatted and proofread PhDs and journal articles in the social sciences.
I've edited many political reports on education, civil liberties and public space, including essays and essay collections.
I used to be an assistant editor of an online reviews website, where I commissioned and edited book reviews across the arts, theatre and music.
Why I love proofreading and editing
It's a privilege to help people write what they really mean. My training in philosophy has given me an appreciation for formal logic and the need for exactness in academic work. I enjoy analysing sentences at the level of grammar and rearranging words for directness. However, I also love the expressive richness of the English language and the way it can surprise you. My interests lie in philosophy, religion, literature, education and politics.
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