I’ve always had a love for analysing and expressing words. Whether during high school when I was a strong performer in English literature and Indonesian language, or more recently in Brisbane as part of a community singing and Shakespeare reading group, nothing excites me more than the perfect use of language: language that pierces to the heart of the matter; language that moves mountains in a simple, beautiful way; language that is really heard; language that creates a better world.
My experiences in life have helped me gain a solid grasp of the effective use of language in written form. I studied business communications in my MBA. I worked at a university press department in which attention to detail was highly valued. I managed direct mail campaigns for a charity and a Real Estate office. And I developed these skills during my studies in professional editing and proofreading with the Australian College of Journalism. My administrative experiences gave me confidence that I could manage the efficiency and organisational demands of freelance work.
Since becoming a freelance editor in October 2013, I have experienced even more just how magnificent the craft of writing really is. I have had the privilege of meeting many published and aspiring authors at the Strathpine, North Lakes and Sandgate writer’s groups. A manuscript can receive an enormous amount of feedback on its way to being published. Likewise, my experience of joining a Strathpine book club and reading more widely has enhanced my understanding of how creative, constructive, inspiring and valuable writing can be.
My membership in the Moreton Business Network exposed me to the value of corporate editing, in clarifying the message that businesses wish to convey to their customers. My forays into the academic world to make proofreading changes to assignments expanded my understanding of the importance of grammar in structuring our language. Membership in Editors Queensland and the Institute of Professional Editors over the years has also provided me with support for my ongoing professional development. For more on my credentials, click on this link
We need to express ourselves clearly, effectively, positively, logically and passionately to prosper in our world. Writing is a vital means by which this can happen. I look forward to any opportunity to meet with you to discuss how I may help you achieve your goals through writing. A couple of years ago, I gave a speech at my local Toastmasters’ club to introduce myself. The video is below. Wishing you good health and prosperity,