Jane P

United States

“Write, read, rewrite, repeat. ”

Jane P

Specialist subjects:

Fiction Theology & Religious Studies Youth Work

Education:

BS in Accounting

University of Evansville

1997–1999

Favorite referencing style

MLA! It's what I was taught first, and it reminds me of my kooky, wonderful high school English teacher.

Why I became an editor

I am a compulsive reader and reverent about the written word. Good writing has inspired and educated me all my life. But I'm not an elitist; if it's written, I will read it!
I was fortunate to school my kids for ten years—a journey that included loads of good books and healthy doses of grammar. That journey came to a natural end, which allowed me to consider a new beginning. Proofreading gives me the opportunity to read broadly and be part of a process that puts more good writing into the world.

Background and experience

I am the go-to proofreader for friends and family, and I proofread documents for organizations in my orbit. I homeschooled my kids for ten years using both classical and traditional approaches; both methods gave me a solid foundation in grammar and the writing process.

Why I love proofreading and editing

Writing is more than the sum of its parts. It's an art that conveys meaning beyond words. When a written piece contains errors or doesn't flow well, it erodes the author's credibility and distracts the reader. Proofreading allows authors to communicate their message clearly and for maximum effect.

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Favorite book:

I can't pick a favorite, but I have a soft spot for “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. I received it as a gift for my twelfth birthday and still read the same copy.

Hobbies:

When I'm not proofreading, I enjoy baking, hiking, and traveling with my family.

Editing tips:

Consider the audience; the writing should serve the reader.

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