Pearson Editorial cc, now trading as Language Finesse, was founded in 1989. Its members are husband-and-wife team Marina and David Pearson. Holding a degree [link to Qualifications page] in languages and an honours degree in Latin, Marina started her publishing career in 1978 after a gap year as an airline cabin attendant. She commissioned and edited academic textbooks for McGraw-Hill, then moved to Macmillan South Africa (which later became Southern Book Publishers) in 1980. There she switched to editing general nonfiction books, mainly on natural history subjects, while as Publishing Services Manager overseeing a panel of freelance editors and designers till 1987. After a year-long stint as advertising copywriter and producer, she founded Pearson Editorial cc.

More than a decade of editing bird books and their regular new editions honed both her editing and bird identification skills. Books about birds and natural history remain one of her specialist and favourite areas although writing school textbooks and other documents has occupied much of her time in recent years.

For two years Marina was a language reviewer for the University of Phoenix, Arizona. She has presented workshops on effective writing and editing and on developing curriculum-compliant material. She served on the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI) programme to mentor inexperienced editors and translators, and has marked the papers of candidates for the SATI editing and translation accreditation examinations.

David Pearson joined Pearson Editorial cc as fulltime editor and proofreader in 1993, after a long managerial career in industry and as co-owner of a retail company.

Since 1989 the extensive experience and skills offered by Language Finesse have added value to a wide range of clients.