Editing | Copyediting | Proofreading
There are some things in life you wished you never noticed, like your first grey hair that decided to show up without warning or the scratches on mum’s car when you lazily reversed out the driveway. Simply put, sometimes ignorance is bliss … But here at ProofPal we can assure you that the details of your cherished work are never ignored – from grammar accuracy to sentence structure to overall consistency. Our fanatical love of accuracy and proofreading is here to help you and your amazing work!
With digital technology and online accessibility continuing to disrupt traditional print industries, I find it important to provide a space where I can connect and engage with a wider audience. Contact me for your editing or proofreading requirements. No job is too big or too small.
From my younger days in Belgium as a gymnast and tennis player, to my time spent in the halls of academia, to my travels teaching English – I love keeping my mind and body active. Now, with a growing family, and the desire to bring flexibility, Proofpal, editing and proofreading are my next big passion!
Doesn’t that mean English was my second language? It sure does. I was brought up with a native tongue of Flemish. But not to worry, over the years I have gained an almost obsessive love of detail for the English language. As the old saying goes – ‘English is tricky but you can master it through tough thorough thought though’.
So why is proofreading necessary in today’s digital age where spell check and predictive text cushion all our grammatical trip-ups? Simple, younger generations have become highly dependent on this sort of technology for their writing – and it is starting to show in their work. It can go a little like this:
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It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.”
‘Slight’ exaggeration, I know. But it shows the limits of technology and the need for human learning and expertise. ProofPal can provide that all-important expertise, as I have completed a Graduate Certificate in Editing (Whitireia New Zealand) and a Diploma in Proofreading and Book Editing (New Zealand Institute of Business Studies).
My mission is to bring quality editing and proofreading to help students, academics, corporates, anyone in fact, better articulate their ideas, knowledge and work.
The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) is a professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders – the people who strive to make text accurate and readable.
Headland is a digital publication featuring the best short stories and creative nonfiction from New Zealand and around the world. We offer aspiring writers a platform for publication alongside more established authors, and award an annual cash prize for the best story published.
View most recent Headland issue.