Tess M

Dallas, United States

“Word nerd, proofreader, editor. Former teacher, eternal student.”

Specialist subjects:

Classics & Ancient History Creative Writing Education English Fiction Film Studies History Language & Literature Linguistics Youth Work


BA in English Literature

University of Oklahoma


MA in Humanities

University of Dallas


Favorite referencing style

MLA is my favorite because it's what I've known and used the longest.

Why I became an editor

I spent 15 years teaching English, and one of the aspects I loved the most was working with writers to improve their work. Proofreading allows me to do what I love: help writers present the best possible version of their words and work.

Background and experience

I taught high school English for 15 years (mostly advanced, college-level courses), working with students in small groups and one-on-one to improve their writing.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I love the combination of objectivity and subjectivity. It’s a balance of art and science to polish a piece of writing – to make it sing and truly express the thoughts and intentions of the writer.

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Favorite book:

The Gift of Fire by Richard Mitchell is my favorite book.


When I'm not proofreading, I probably have my nose in a book or I'm spending time with my family.

Editing tips:

Before proofreading a document, I preview the layout and spot-read a few randomly-chosen bits to get a sense of the overall content and flow. I tend to reread and re-reread.

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