I received a B.A. in English and Psychology (double-major) in 2004, followed by an M.A. in English Language & Literature in 2008, both from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. I got an informal start as a proofreader while an undergraduate student at Tech, where English professors routinely required a certain number of peer edits be completed by each student every semester. From this peer-editing experience, I discovered that not only do I love to proof and edit, I’m also good at it.
This love of peer-editing spilled over into my graduate career, during which time I completed copious amounts of peer-reviews for classmates seeking M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. I also rigorously and relentlessly edited my own graduate term papers and theses, chipping away at them until they became grammatically perfect and styled. By the time I completed my first semester of graduate work, I decided that I wanted to pursue editing and proofreading professionally.
With ten years of freelance and professional editing experience, I’m well-equipped to help you turn your draft into a masterpiece. I currently proofread all types of writing, from academic publications and children’s literature to non-fiction economic textbooks and corporate marketing materials. I am knowledgeable in several styles of writing including Associated Press (AP), Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago/Turabian, Strunk & White, and The Bluebook.
In addition to freelance proofreading and editing, I currently work as an editor for a four-year university in Texas. In this day job, I edit student publications (theses and dissertations), university communications, and all sorts of documents, forms, and degree plans.
I have a true passion for words in all shapes and forms. Therefore, it’s not surprising that my favorite pastime is reading. I am an avid reader of practically anything I can get my hands on: novels, non-fiction, magazines, and even shampoo bottles. Given my enigmatic tastes in reading material, a few of the most recent books I have read make for an eclectic mix: Reading Lolita in Tehran (Azar Nafisi), Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert), and the Confessions of a Shopaholic series (Sophie Kinsella). A few of my all-time favorite works include Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen), Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf), The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini), and The World is Flat (Thomas L. Friedman). When I’m not reading, writing, or editing, I’m usually playing with my two dogs, Riley and Lola, or traveling around this beautiful world of ours with my husband.