Simon Q

Bucharest, Romania

“Word by word and line by line.”

Simon Q

Specialist subjects:

Communication & Media Studies Computer/Information Sciences Criminology Dance Drama & Theatre Education Film Studies Hospitality Journalism Leisure Recreation & Tourism Social Media Technology


Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education

Institute of Education


PgDip in Journalism

London School of Journalism


BA in Media and Sociology

University of Sunderland

Class of 2002

Favorite referencing style

APA – because it is the style I have studied in the most detail and feel the most comfortable with.

Why I became an editor

I spent many years teaching very small children to read and write. I’m also a pretty mean finger painter. Now I have pivoted to (mostly) more grown-up reading material from (mostly) more mature writers. I get the joy of reading a wide range of subjects while still indulging my passion for helping others and satisfying my unquenchable thirst for spelling and grammar correction.

Background and experience

I've been an early years and primary school teacher for many years. I have also run my own business providing virtual reality experiences for children and teaching the ukulele. I was once a staff writer for a local newspaper and, as a box-office manager, spent many happy hours selling tickets to everything from stand-up comedy to West End shows.

Why I love proofreading and editing

Coming from a family of teachers and English graduates, I think I am genetically hard-wired for language and for error correction. Aside from the pleasure of getting to read and learn about so many fascinating subjects, there is also the chance to help others deliver their message more effectively. It's a puzzle, game and huge responsibility all in one wonderful package.

Simon Q

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Favorite book:

‘Hatchet’ by Gary Paulsen
‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak
‘The Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton
Everything by Terry Pratchett


I like to run, play the ukulele, cook and eat. I will sometimes combine these, but never all four together. I also enjoy flight simulators in VR. This cannot easily be combined with other activities.

Editing tips:

I have a workflow checklist that I can adapt for every piece of writing depending on the client. This gives me confidence from the start that I will not miss anything as I go through the document.

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