David M

Port Hueneme, United States

“The key to good proofreading and editing is precision!”

David M

Specialist subjects:

Electrical & Electronic Engineering Engineering Mathematics Technology Translation Studies


BS in Electronic Engineering

California Polytechnic State University


MS in Electrical Engineering

California State University


Favorite referencing style

My favorite styles are APA (with which I have the most experience) and IEEE (because that's the world I come from).

Why I became an editor

My father was a typesetter and served as the "proofreader's proofreader," even though he never graduated from high school. He passed on to me a love of books, words, language, and of course, proofreading. In 2016, I helped a friend edit and proof two of her published books. I realized how much I enjoyed it and decided to do this professionally.

Background and experience

Both my higher education and work backgrounds are very technical. As a math professor, I proofread my students' math homework and exams for over 25 years. Nonetheless, I always enjoyed writing, both in English and Spanish. For the past ten years, I have written a weekly bilingual column in a local community newsletter. In 2016, I had the opportunity to edit two books about poetry. I really enjoyed it, so I decided to investigate editing and proofreading as a profession.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I have always paid attention to the details of grammar and spelling. The sense of precision that I had in my engineering and mathematics work spills over into my meticulous attention to precision in language. I have a strong interest in a variety of topics, such as health and nutrition, politics, social issues, entrepreneurship, music and the arts, education, inspiration, self-help, lifestyle, religion, mythology, and current affairs.

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Favorite book:

My favorite book is The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. The words, which take a lifetime to digest, are packed with wisdom.


When I'm not proofreading, I enjoy being on the ballroom dance floor, doing the foxtrot, waltz, tango, swing, salsa, cha-cha-cha, and rumba.

Editing tips:

When I sit down to begin proofreading a document, I check off key items in a checklist that I've made for myself, just to make sure I'm not forgetting something important!

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