I have a B.A. in English and Spanish from Mount Holyoke College. I spent the first sixteen years of my career as an editor with Merriam-Webster; acting as a literal definer of the English language has given me unique insight into both the language and its speakers. (I even proofread several dictionaries cover to cover, which was a good exercise in learning to maintain focus and pay attention to even the smallest details.) I have over eighteen years of experience as an editor and proofreader; I have now moved on from specializing in lexicography and become a freelance general editor.
I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association: https://www.the-efa.org/memberinfo/tasha-bigelow-10712/. I have been trained by an extensive program in grammar, editing, and proofreading (https://www.scribendi.com/courses) that includes a focus on streamlining and polishing copy while respecting the author’s voice. I am enrolled in the University of California San Diego Copyediting Certificate program.
(I am available for and have performed freelance lexicography work as well.)