Shameless Self-Promotion

I’ve got a couple of things to mention that require voting for me or buying stuff from me, so I thought I’d get it all over with in one post.

First off, I’ve got three photos entered in a contest at the Insego website. It’s a site for expats living in the Netherlands, and they’re running a Typically Dutch photo contest through the 5th of January. Yeah, I probably should have mentioned this sooner, but it slipped my mind. You may have to register (although that should be free and easy), but the idea is for you to “favorite” my three photos (last three photos on the second page, under the name Alison Netsel). To get to the competition, just click here.

Next up is the 2011 Bloggie Awards nomination. A very kind friend nominated my blog, so if you feel like doing so, please nominate me. The more nominations, the better. I already know I’m up against some tough competition (whom you should also nominate), and likely won’t make it to final voting, but it can’t hurt to try, right? So, please go to the website and enter A Flamingo in Utrecht ( under the Best European Blog category.

Now onto I found out about this site recently through another expat, and finally decided — although I should have done it before Christmas! — to add some of my photos to it. What this means is that if you like my photos, you can buy them in a variety of formats (cards, laminated prints, matted prints, canvas prints, etc.) at a decent price. I’ve got a handful of photos up at the moment, but would like to add more. If you’ve seen a photo here on my blog that you’d personally like to see included, just let me know and I’ll add it. I don’t expect to sell much, but it would be nice to sell a few odds and ends. The quality is supposed to be quite good, so it’s worth a shot. For future reference, there’s a link to my work over there on the right-hand sidebar, just under the e-mail subscription link.

And finally, just because I should mention it again, if you need any English-language editing work done, please consider me! You can find all the pertinent pricing details, etc., at my website Even if you don’t have need of my services, please mention me to anyone you know who may need my services. I’m open to working on any type of project, from papers and presentations, to business documents and pamphlets, to scripts and websites, not to mention anything in between.

Editing Services

In my past life, as I like to say, I worked in newspaper and magazine publishing. I worked my way up, over the years, to become editor-in-chief of an international trade magazine. As a result, I spent a lot of time editing and proofreading anything that we published, and we published a lot! Because of the various magazines I worked on, I covered all sorts of topics, including business, medicine, politics, art and personal interviews. I’ve also done freelance work over the years, editing academic papers, website copy and advertising materials.

Why am I telling you this? Because like any good expat who moved without a job, I’m looking for work. Specifically English-language editing and proofreading. You see, I’ve started my own company, ABN Editing (ABN are my initials and in this case have nothing to do with the Dutch language). Having worked with a number of writers over the years who do not speak English as their native language, I’ve become used to smoothing down the rough edges of their writing, catching the typical mistakes that often arise. Living here in a country where English is used quite often, but where it is not the native language, I hope to put my skills to good use. Of course, I can help those who speak English as a first language, as well. We all need a second set of eyes to look over our work.

I enjoy the work, but I hate doing the promotional side of selling myself. I’ve been trying to get ABN Editing out there, but figured a good place to start would be here on my blog, which I know is read by people from all over the world. If you are looking for English-language editing work anywhere in the world or know someone who might be, please keep me in mind. My rates are reasonable and my work is done in a timely manner. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll do my best to work with anyone on any project.