Matthew J

Brighton, United Kingdom

“It's just a phrase I'm going through.”

Specialist subjects:

East & South Asian Studies Geography International Development International Relations Language & Literature Middle Eastern & African Studies Music Politics Social Sciences Zoology

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BA 2:1 in Geography and Politics

University of London


Favorite referencing style

APA is my favorite.

Why I became an editor

I've always been fascinated by words and language. I love reading and writing, and although my academic specialism was in politics and geography, I have a deep curiosity about a wide variety of subjects. I am also qualified to teach English as a foreign language. For most of my life, I have made my living as a musician. Times are changing though, and proofreading and editing seemed like the ideal profession.

Background and experience

For most of my life, I have made a living as a professional musician.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I have good attention to detail, and I get a great deal of satisfaction from tidying up a piece of writing; correcting errors and improving concision, consistency, and readability. I am also fascinated by most academic subjects, and I really enjoy learning more about the world through reading other people's work.

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Favorite book:

My favorites include Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, The Crow Road by Iain Banks, and so many more!


I used to go backpacking regularly in various parts of the world, but now my three-year-old daughter takes up a lot of my time! I love to read and keep up with politics. Music is also a big passion.

Editing tips:

I find that doing several sweeps of a text is helpful, coming from a different perspective each time (e.g., general sense, punctuation and spelling, grammar, dates, referencing).

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