A few words about me...
Friendly, approachable and supportive, I will always go the extra mile to ensure clients are happy with their edit or proof reading, and understand the reason for any changes suggested. I genuinely want my clients to succeed – in their studies, career, or with their business.
Following a thirty year business career as an insurance professional, I developed my love of languages and passion for words by training to become an editor and proofreader. I specialise in working with students and independent academics, worldwide, for whom English is a second language, helping them to polish and perfect their written English. I can ensure that your writing reads like native English. I also work with businesses and professionals, ensuring their materials are easily understood, error free and enhance their image.
I have a degree in Law, professional post-degree qualifications in insurance and have been trained to exacting industry standards with the Publishing Training Company and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, of which I am an intermediate member. As a native English speaker, I can help with spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax. I learnt French as an adult, so I fully understand the difficulties of written communication in a second language.
Checking over 1.5 million words a year, I have considerable experience of proofreading and editing academic work, including referencing to all the usual standards: APA, Harvard, Chicago, Oxford and OSCOLA. I have worked on essays and dissertations ranging from 1,000 to 120,000 words, including PhD dissertations and journal articles for submission. My academic specialities are: law, business, economics, education, linguistics and the social sciences. I have also proofread all types of business reports, letters, brochures, emails, newsletters, CVs, personal statements, profiles, blog posts, websites and non-fiction books.
Any type of document – from a blog post to a book; I am happy to proofread and edit any subject. Your proofreading is my priority. I can assure you that, wherever I am, you will receive a high-quality job with careful attention to detail. I will personally check your document, not once, but several times, until I am happy with the end product.
Since 2013, I've been based in the beautiful Limousin region of France, near to Limoges. The photograph below is one of our beautiful local lakes. When not working, like many editors, words continue to fascinate me. I'm a voracious reader, enjoying classic and modern French and English literature. I enjoy writing too, blogging about French vegetarian life on my personal BlogSpot. I'm also a keen amateur vegetarian cook, always trying to track down unusual ingredients or experimenting with new recipes. Animals play a big part in my life, with both a dog and cat supervising the office. I'm an active volunteer with local animal welfare charities - on days off I can often be found in the kitchen, baking for some forthcoming fundraising event.
Lac de St Mathieu, Haute Vienne, 87