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  • Writing well means never having to say, 'I guess you had to be there.' (Jef Mallett)    
  • Language is an art, like brewing or baking. (Charles Darwin)    
  • The process of translating comprises in its essence the whole secret of human understanding of the world and of social communication. (Hans Georg Gadamer)    
  • If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. (Isaac Asimov)     
  • The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. (Benjamin Disraeli)    
  • Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. (Robert Heinlein)     
  • Writers will happen in the best of families. (Rita Mae Brown)     
  • No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft. (H. G. Wells)    
  • Western Europe owes its civilization to translators. (Kelly Louis)    
  • The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. (George Bernard Shaw)     
  • The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. (Edwin Schlossberg)     
  • I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. (Oscar Wilde)    
  • We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has. (Deborah Tannen)    
  • Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs. (Jack Lynch)    
  • Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after. (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)     
  • Why do writers write? Because it isn't there. (Thomas Berger)    


Clear texts that are to the point. Texts that enthuse, entice, move or startle you. With over ten years of writing experience in various fields, SBText writes the best texts for you.

Both large assignments (writing an entire book) or small ones (editing a CV) are taken on. Copywriting, journalistic assignments, web content… the possibilities are endless. Variety keeps the mind flexible and the work interesting. Sonja Barentsen writes and edits in both English and Dutch. Areas of expertise include hiking, water sports, travel, nautical engineering, culture, film, the Dutch province of Zeeland, biking routes, CV’s.

If you are looking for a carefully crafted text, please send an e-mail to for more information or a quotation.

published works

  • 2010 Oneindig Zeeland, Promotie Zeeland Delta (thematic bike routes in Zeeland)
  • 2010 Zalig Zeeland, Promotie Zeeland Delta (culinary bike routes in Zeeland)
  • 2010 De Ronde van Zeeland, Promotie Zeeland Delta (bike routes inspired by the Tour de France and Giro d´Italia)
  • 2007 Zeeland, 52 Weken Genieten, MoMedia (inspiration book on the province of Zeeland for both inhabitants and tourists). SBText also arranged the German translation of this book.


SBText works and has worked for:

CJP Magazine
Film by the Sea
Municipality of Middelburg
Holland Shipbuilding International Monthly
International Film Festival Breda
Promotie Zeeland Delta
Superyacht Industry
Yacht Vision Magazine
Zeeland Magazine, 52 weken genieten