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Wordstar specialises in language editing and proofreading and is based in Randburg, Gauteng. We offer a first class service to academic, private, corporate and small business clients, offering a speedy service at a competitive price. We specialise in academic writing, but we can handle virtually anything from advertorials and brochures to websites and wedding invitations. Wordstar was established in 1999 and is owned, operated and managed by Rod Taylor. Rod has an MBA from the University of Cape Town and a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of London. He also holds Toastmasters International’s highest awards in Communication and Leadership. And is a certified Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming Rod has been doing language editing and proofreading of dissertations, theses, proposals, technical papers, and academic articles for journals as well as books for more than 20 years. In that time he has edited more than 700 such documents in many different fields, including pharmaceutical, legal, financial, environmental, education, hospitality and travel. Rod works extensively with staff and students from a number of South African universities as well as corporate clients both locally and internationally.

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What do you love most about your job?

Editing the latest research in a number of different fields keeps me up to date on new information and technology.
Academics and creative people produce wonderful ideas in addition to their dissertations, theses, technical articles and the like but, sadly, not all of them have good English language skills and the effect of their creativity may be marred by poor spelling, grammar, etc. Solving this problem provides satisfaction for my clients and for myself.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I had climbed the corporate ladder to board level, but found that I did not like the person I was becoming. They say that, even if you win the rat race, you're still a rat. So, in 1998, I quit with my integrity intact and started a company specialising in training communication-based skills. Wordstar started as an adjunct to this business and has now replaced it.
Many years of experience have shown that relatively few people have the language skills to recognise incorrect language use but, to those that do, poor spelling, punctuation and grammar give a bad impression of the competence of the company or organisation concerned. I focus my work on helping writers to create a good impression and get their message across clearly.

Why should our clients choose you?

I have broad and extensive experience in the editing of dissertations, theses and technical papers. I also work with authors on books as well as proposals, reports, magazine copy, websites, brochures, newsletters, and questionnaires. I have published various technical articles on aluminium alloys.
I was the CEO of Direction Training for eight years before branching out to start Wordstar Training in 1999. Prior to that, I had more than twenty years’ experience in line management in the process and manufacturing industries from shop floor to board level, and from technical to marketing.

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