Tasha Rebekah Bigelow

Definitive Editing

I was a literal definer of the English language with Merriam-Webster. Now I work with the language in another way: as a copyeditor and proofreader specializing in business and academic subjects. I hold a certificate from the University of California, San Diego graduate-level copyediting program, with a 4.0 GPA.

I offer copyediting, proofreading, and light substantive editing services for a wide variety of documents, particularly scientific/technical/medical (STEM), healthcare, technology, and academic manuscripts, including journal articles, surveys, dissertations, theses, proposals, textbook chapters, and full-length nonfiction books. I also focus on business manuscripts, including marketing materials, instruction manuals, reports, web sites, presentations, white papers, evaluation and training materials, management and operations research articles, and grant applications. I have extensive experience with documents written by people who are not native speakers of English (I contributed substantially to Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary, aimed at ESL speakers, and to Merriam-Webster’s Spanish-English Dictionary). I offer US localization, on request, as a fully included service.

I am experienced with the Chicago (CMoS) and APA style guides and a number of individual journal styles.

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.

(I am available for and have performed freelance lexicography work as well, including thesaurus creation and writing usage paragraphs and example sentences.)

Enfield, CT


Years in the field: 23
Years freelancing: 6


Tasha Bigelow