Caroline M

Cazadero, CA 95421, United States

“Be clear. Be pithy. Be precise.”

Caroline M

Specialist subjects:

American Studies Art & Design Art History E-commerce Education English Fine Arts History Language & Literature Midwifery


American Studies

University of California

Favorite referencing style

I am most familiar with the APA referencing style, but I am also knowledgeable about the AP Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style.

Why I became an editor

Writing is a process. I think a good editor helps a writer through the process, nudging them toward clarity and structure to build a cohesive piece of writing. I became an editor because I enjoy helping writers become their best selves on paper.

Background and experience

I worked for twenty-three years as a private tutor, homeschooling my four children in grades K–8. My guiding principle was to provide a solid academic foundation with a strong emphasis on literacy. This experience has given me a broad background.

I am also self-employed in e-commerce, writing, and editing product descriptions.

For three years in college, I proofread galleys for a weekly newspaper using proofreader’s marks. I also wrote a few reviews and oddments for the weekly.

Why I love proofreading and editing

While I enjoy spotting errors in The New Yorker, I like proofreading for its discipline and attention to detail. I read for the cadence of language as well as to look for errors in all aspects of writing. I especially love seeing suggested edits become something unexpected and brilliant.

Caroline M

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Favorite book:

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace


When not proofreading, I am outside working in my garden, tending my goats, or clearing brush. On days when the surf is right, I am at the beach with my boogie board.

Editing tips:

First, I orient myself to the preferred dialect of the document and its style sheet or referencing style. I check the referencing and citations first and then check the spelling, grammar, and syntax.

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