Thomas M

Baltimore, United States

Thomas M

Specialist subjects:

Accounting & Finance Business & Management English Fiction History International Development International Relations Language & Literature Public Policy Theology & Religious Studies

Education:

MBA in International Business & Public Administration

Columbia University

Favorite referencing style

My preference is the APA style because it closely matches the instructions of my high school English teachers. I also find it to be the most logical. I use it as a point of comparison with other style guides.

Why I became an editor

I have a keen eye for detail, and I truly enjoy mastering the finer points of language, grammar, and all forms of reading and writing. I am a resident of the Baltimore-Washington metro area and I maintain residences in Canada and Austria. I also specialize in English for non-native speakers, and German/French to English translations.

Background and experience

I retired in 2018 after 25 years with the US Environmental Protection Agency. Previously, I was with the US Peace Corps in Washington DC and in Africa (Senegal, Chad). I currently provide editing and proofreading services for authors, university staff/students, and filmmakers. My specialties include English for non-native speakers and translations from German/French to English.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I have a passion for mastering the finer points of language, grammar, and all forms of reading/writing. I work with the standard style guides, including APA and CMoS.

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Favorite book:

What first comes to mind is Willa Cather's My Antonia. It was my mother's favorite novel, too. I first read it in high school, and I absorbed it so differently when I re-read it years later.

Hobbies:

My hobbies include working out at the gym, reading (fiction and non-fiction), bicycle riding, and taking yoga classes.

Editing tips:

I thumb through the document first to get a feel for what it's all about. I want to know right away what sort of goal the writer is pursuing, like obtaining a PhD or getting accepted by a publisher.

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