Proofreading for everyone


Richard and Ann

Richard and Ann

Hi. I’m Richard Treadgold, I’m married to Ann, we have five splendid children, and I’ve been writing one thing or another all my life.

I was trained in proofreading at the NZ Herald and I still love it. It’s immensely enjoyable to remove mistakes, clarify the author’s meaning and to know that everyone will be happy.

I started my first business in 1985 writing user guides and manuals. For 15 years I wrote software manuals for leading New Zealand companies including NZI Life, Southern Cross Medical Care Society, Air New Zealand, Kiwiplan, Right Hemisphere, Fletcher Challenge, Clear Communications, Goodman Fielder Watties and Stephen’s Pharmaceuticals (became Zeulig Pharmaceuticals). Later there were numerous editing and writing assignments for Tool Magazine, Croxley Stationery and countless other clients.

My interest turned from technical writing to more general editing and proofreading. Sometimes I’m looking for errors of spelling, punctuation and basic grammar. Other times I’m expected to clarify meaning, remove ambiguities and polish awkward phrases. But the topic is always purposeful, full of life and intends a precise expression of reality. I love it. I have edited research reports, papers and doctoral dissertations for hundreds of university students. There have been countless proofreading assignments of hugely various lengths, topics and styles.

Proofreading is needed today more than ever, because knowledge of English and how to use it well has declined. Those who care about language and who want a clear expression of their message cannot find a proofreader, so how do they make up for a lack of writing skill?

It is my mission to make quality, affordable proofreading available to everyone — ready for when they need it. Proofreading for everyone.

FastProof aims to be known in every English-speaking country by every organisation that communicates by writing.