I hold a certificate from the University of California, San Diego graduate-level copyediting program, with a 4.0 GPA. (I also have a B.A. in English and Spanish from Mount Holyoke College.) I began 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 have over nineteen years of editing experience; I moved on from specializing in lexicography to become a freelance copyeditor and proofreader.
I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association: https://www.the-efa.org/memberinfo/tasha-bigelow-10712/.
One interesting factoid about me: I was in the last class of people trained by E. Ward Gilman (Gil), who worked on the Third New International, Unabridged and created Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, and I wrote usage paragraphs for a variety of Merriam products.