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

Education:

BA in English Literature

University of Oklahoma

2001–2005



MA in Humanities

University of Dallas

2006–2012

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.

Hobbies:

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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