Profile of a Proofreader

So why did you become a Proofreader?

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but words create pictures in our heads which can be translated into ideas that become our reality. I love words and putting them together to express those ideas and descriptions. I am a:

A creative thinker

A life liver

An idea generator

An avid traveller

A passionate foodie

A problem solver

A visual communicator

I would love to have been the author of the unofficial description of the Buena Vista Social Club; ‘The band that became the brand’.

Who are your typical clients?

They divide into two categories. Firstly, academic. Clients contact me for help with assignments, personal statements, dissertations, CVs and cover letters. I am used to working with academic style guides and referencing, such as Harvard.

Secondly, businesses and SMEs traditionally need to make sure documents and marketing materials are word and grammar perfect. In today’s world, increasing visibility about your brand includes blogs and copy for websites, facebook, twitter and linked in.

I love the challenge of creating the five hundred word blog that showcases a business, or a certain aspect of it. Copy writers and copy editors, too, want someone who can dot the i and cross the t. Even the proofreader can need another proof reader ‘just to make sure’.

Being a member of the Society of Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) gives me access to an extended team of professionals and adds another layer of peace of mind.

What is your journey?

As a teacher of the National Diploma in Leisure, Travel and Tourism for over 10 years, both in the UK and Bahrain I prepared schemes of work, lesson plans and created events, all of which needed to be word perfect. Marking of student’s work went hand in hand with this.

I also passed the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), which enables me to prepare a variety of materials for a variety of clients around English as a second language.

Modern technology and social media are so important for businesses today and I enjoy helping people create their brand and copy.

All I needed to do was to add the NCFE proofreading qualification, which revised the technicalities of publications and latest electronic applications.

What are your passions?

This question is often asked at network events. My answer is invariably food, fitness and fashion, and not always in that order!

There is always a food challenge be it vegetarian, vegan or raw. I get to explore websites, ‘you tube’ videos and make new contacts and friendships, as well as create new recipes for @roshorsley on Instagram.

Last year I completed an e-book of avocado recipes.

As a reiki master, I get to pay attention to people’s energies and enjoy the rebalancing that comes with yoga and mindfulness. I cycle to make the mitochondria ‘mightier’ and intend to explore the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Qualifying as a colour and style consultant for women and men when the children were pre-school, I get to shop ‘on purpose’ and love the stories that fashion brands tell in their windows each season.

What is your availability?

As a freelance, I enjoy great flexibility, especially when you need an ultra fast turnaround. Thanks to the world wide web, I am easy to contact, to discuss your ideas and projects and to agree the schedule that works best for both of us.

So if you have a project in mind, contact me.