The 5 best things about perfecting documents

I’m still here.  Now, I’m not talking about the mockumentary starring the raggedly-bearded stoned rapper Joaquin Phoenix.  I’m talking about me, and the terribly negligent fact that I haven’t written a blog on for almost two years!  But rest assured: I’m still here.  And by here, I mean in this very chair, at this very desk, where every day is another opportunity to make your documents perfect.

Why haven’t I written anything on the website for over 20 months?  It’s pretty simple: I’m busier than a dehydrated mosquito at a nudist colony.  Every single day, I write website pages, edit & proofread academic work for students, SEO-up a storm for small businesses, publish press releases, write blogs, dream up slogans and posh product descriptions, and SO. MUCH. MORE (mind the dramatic and oh-so-incorrect punctuation, because I’m not being paid for this one).

But do you know what?  I love what I do.

The 5 best things about my job

  1. I get to read.  A lot.

    Some people love to read for fun.  Others have to read for work.  I’m lucky enough to fit into both categories.

  2. My laptop.

    How many people can say “ugh, I need to work” IMMEDIATELY after ordering a chai latte and caramel slice in a trendy cafe?

  3. My… er…. bottom.

    I love to write, and I love to proofread/edit just as much.  But I also love running … almost as much as I love cycling.  So I don’t particularly mind parking my tired ar** in my comfortable chair for every other minute of the day.

  4. My boss (me)

    Now, there’s nothing terribly wrong with human beings.  But go on: admit it.  You’re jealous that my day is more like I Am Legend (minus the zombies) than I’m Still Here, aren’t you?

  5. My mind

    Although confined by the complex conventions of the glorious English language, not to mention some pretty strict and specific briefs, I’m truly lucky that I get to exercise my creativity, freedom and imagination every day of my life.  As I get older, I find myself more knowledgeable, more inquisitive, and (dare I say it?) more switched on than my non-writer counterparts.  There.  I said it.

But I’m not going to lie.  What I’ve listed above are 5 pretty good things about being a copywriter and editor/proofreader.  But none of them can compete with the absolute, standout, no-doubt-about-it best thing about my work.  What’s that?  It’s those most addictive of words from the mouth of a client: “Thank you so much.  That’s perfect.”

My name is Andrew Maitland, and I’ve been freelancing in the media, writing and entrepreneurial game for almost 20 years now.  I can help with your:

  • Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Academic/business/personal proofreading
  • Professional editing
  • and much more.

Want to know more?  Check out my website links for proofreading/editing and copywriting, drop me a line at, or give me a call or text on 0439 475 116.  Until I hear from you, I’ll be riiiiiight here…

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