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People trust ProofreadingPal to ensure that their documents are grammatically sound. That's why every document you submit to ProofreadingPal is proofread and edited by two of our highly skilled proofreaders; our unique two-editor approach ensures the utmost accuracy.

Our proofreading staff is composed of experienced, detail-oriented individuals, many of whom have their master's degrees or are pursuing their PhDs. We stand by our service with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

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Our Proofreaders

We only hire experts in editing and proofreading. Meet some of our professional proofreaders:

Thomas

Thomas

Thomas received a PhD in English from the University of Iowa, where he is Special Assistant to the President for Communications and Research and teaches interdisciplinary courses. He has taught writing, literature, and interdisciplinary subjects at Cardinal Stritch College (Milwaukee), Michigan State University, and Moorhead State University (Minnesota). Tom has published essays in regional and national publications. Books include The Grace of Grass and Water: Writing in Honor of Paul Gruchow (edited collection, Ice Cube Press, 2007) and Under a Midland Sky (essays, Ice Cube Press, 2008). He has edited and proofread for Ice Cube Press and the Minnesota Historical Society Press, and he has served as manuscript reader for numerous academic journals and publishers. Tom is married and has two high-school-aged children who are active in band and other musical activities. The family also includes three rescued and retired racing greyhounds.

Maggie

Maggie

Maggie has an MA in English literature from the University of Northern Iowa and a BA in English teaching (grades 7–12). She has taught and tutored many junior high and high school students about the writing process. Teaching allowed her the opportunity to score thousands of standardized essay tests geared for those ranging in age from fourth grade to high school. Maggie's most recent work was as a full-time proofreader of standardized test booklets, teaching manuals, pamphlets, and online documents.

Julia

Julia

Julia has a PhD in English literature from Tulane University and started writing her first novel (lamentably unfinished) at the age of ten. After a twenty-year stint in academia, she became a full-time freelance editor several years ago in anticipation of the demand for professional editing services expanding greatly with the new publishing opportunities offered by her favorite thing in the world, the Internet. She has experience editing novels, dissertations, research papers, government documents, legal briefs, scientific articles, blogs, reviews, sermons, application essays, and pretty much everything in between. When not editing, reading, or writing, she can be found knitting or attending the current cultural festival in New Orleans.

Janet

Janet

Janet holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and is currently a PhD student in Hispanic literature at Cornell. She recently translated an anthology of stories by young Latin American writers, and her translations of fiction and nonfiction from Spanish have appeared in magazines including Zoetrope: All-Story, n+1, and Granta. Before beginning graduate school, she worked as director of communications for a nonprofit in Chicago and taught journalism and adult literacy in Nicaragua. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.

Andrea

Andrea

Andrea is an editor and a translator from Spanish and Portuguese. She holds an MFA in literary translation and an MA in Spanish from the University of Iowa. As editor and translator, she specializes in literature, literary and film criticism, history, and art history. When not mucking about with language, she loves cooking and traveling.

Karen

Karen

Karen has a BA in art history from the University of Massachusetts, where she also received the Distinguished Scholarship in Art prize. Upon graduation, she worked for over ten years at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she managed archival information for approximately 50,000 black and white photographs. She has a published book of poems and is currently working on a book on the life of the artist Joseph Cornell. Karen also enjoys painting, reading, and walks with her bull terrier.

Susan

Susan

Susan first recognized her interest in words and grammar in the third grade. Since then, she has traveled widely, attended Boston University and the University of Iowa, and worked in medical transcription, event planning, construction, art consulting, and freelance editing. Working for over ten years with a local historical preservation firm, she edited hundreds of archival documents distributed to individual, city, county, and state clients. Susan has worked for Proofreading Pal since 2010 and has proofread over 4,500 projects for the company. She lives in Washington state with her husband, Chris, and also enjoys studying jazz piano, painting portraits, doing yoga, and dancing.

Erin

Erin

Erin was born and raised in east-central Illinois. As an adult, she has lived in Northern and Southern California and southern New Mexico. After twenty years, she returned to Illinois and has lived there since 1994. Erin worked as an in-house assistant editor for a midsized publishing company in Champaign, Illinois, where she learned about the publishing industry and acquired her proofreading and copyediting skills. Since 1994, Erin has been self-employed full-time as an editorial freelancer working for several publishers and professional organizations, including McGraw-Hill Professional and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her Specialized Certificate in Copyediting from the University of California, San Diego, in 2012.

Mike

Mike

Mike has spent ten years as an award-winning daily newspaper reporter and editor, a career highlighted by the receipt of first place in the United States in the William Allen White opinion writing competition. He has also worked for more than twenty years as a freelance writer and a high school and college writing and literature instructor. He has published more than 10,000 newspaper and magazine articles and six books, including the first novel ever published about the University of Iowa's Nile Kinnick (2006). Mike holds an MA and a BA from the University of Iowa and is married to the former Mary Guernsey of Waterloo, who is also an Iowa grad. Their son, Matt, works as a sound editor for an Academy Award-winning studio in Hollywood. Mike and Mary have taught in American international schools in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia, traveling nearly one million miles, visiting more than thirty countries, and working with students from more than seventy nations. And they have worked with Habitat for Humanity in India, Hungary, and the Philippines.

Kyle

Kyle

Kyle holds a BA in English from Michigan State University, an MA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Iowa. Currently a visiting assistant professor at Iowa, he teaches courses in cinema studies on topics ranging from film analysis to documentary film. Beyond teaching, he has gained experience writing and editing festival publications for the East Lansing and Arizona International Film Festivals and has worked in design, layout, and editing for public arts festivals and academic conferences. He is the recipient of a Mellon/ACLS dissertation completion award, has conducted research at the British Film Institute, the Library of Congress, and the MIT Institute Archives, and maintains a research agenda on the history and technology of cinema.

Jon

Jon

Jon holds a BA in English from Knox College, an MA in cinema and media studies from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in film studies from the University of Iowa. He has taught film courses on a wide range of topics at Iowa and Coe College. A sometime doodler, photographer, composer, and sound designer, he has also written program notes for the Chicago Romanian Film Festival and worked as an editorial assistant for The Journal of Chemical Physics.

Alexandra

Alexandra

Alexandra has an MA in teaching from the University of San Francisco, a BA in English from the University of San Diego, and a Multiple Subjects teaching credential with supplementary authorization in English Language Arts. Before becoming a freelance editor, Alexandra taught elementary school, with a special interest in early literacy. She has experience editing web copy, non-fiction texts, booklets, workbooks, classroom materials, business correspondence, press releases, scripts, marketing copy, and more. With an eye for detail, and an instinct for organizing ideas, she loves counseling writers to craft a polished written product. She is currently editing a non-fiction book on an education topic, and her most recent project was co-authoring a teacher instructional guide for an award-winning interactive classroom DVD series. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, painting, yoga, ballet and cooking.

Sara

Sara

Sara was born in Minnesota. She completed an MFA in Comparative Literature–Literary Translation at the University of Iowa in 2010 where she studied as an Iowa Arts Fellow. While at Iowa, she co-edited eXchanges Journal of Literary Translation and is one of the founding editors of Anomalous Press. She lives in Seville, Spain with her husband and young son.

Barbara

Barbara

Barbara has an honours bachelor of arts degree in French and German, and an honours bachelor of education degree. Barbara taught English, French (core and immersion), and German for thirty-one years; she enjoys reading a wide variety of subjects in all three languages. Barbara's many interests also include running, swimming, cycling, triathlon, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, teaching Pilates classes, and gardening.

Kate

Kate

Kate has edited more than 25 million words in over 12 years as a professional editor, ranging from web copy and business books to award-winning novels. She has run several national magazines on various subjects, worked in the daily news industry, and been the in-house editor for a small fiction press while serving as the lead book designer for several others. She also works in the education field as a design and development freelancer for academic standards and standardized testing. Kate loves the challenge that comes with every new document and the thrill of helping writers learn to polish work their work to its brightest possible sheen. However, her first love was studying human culture, and so she holds BA degrees in anthropology and the classics, with a research specialty in Mesoamerican ethnoarchaeology. She has pursued graduate work in curatorial/museum studies and is embarking on her MSc in organizational psychology. Kate spends most of her non-editing time in the kitchen, where she develops recipes, brews ancient beverages, and eats far too many cookies.

Katrina

Katrina

Katrina grew up in rural Montana with books as her companions. She started writing stories at a very young age and clung to her love of literature and writing throughout high school. She has published poetry in the Montana AGATE magazine and essays in Rural Montana. Her research on the impact of livestock grazing on Hordeum jubatum was also published in a collection of science papers for the Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Now Katrina is furthering her passion for literature at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where she is double majoring in classics and English with a focus on creative writing. She takes pleasure in peer editing and frequently proofreads essays and stories for her fellow students. Although Katrina enjoys serving customers as a barista and waitress while she works to offset the cost of university, she always looks forward to spending her off hours reading, writing, and proofreading. Her other interests include hiking, skiing, and, above all, traveling.

Nicholas

Nicholas

Nicholas has a BA in English and creative writing from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as well as CELTA certification in ESL teaching. He's currently teaching English words to cute babies in Incheon, South Korea. He enjoys writings stories, reading stories, accumulating travel stories, locking stories in his basement until they talk, and other story-related enterprises.

Jennifer

Jennifer

Jennifer has a BA in women's studies with an emphasis in African-American studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS with a focus on project management from Colorado Technical University. Over the years she has worked for a range of publications, publishers, and organizations including Feminist Bookstore News, Computer Currents, McGraw-Hill/Osborne Media Group, McGraw-Hill Professional, and Chicago Public Schools. She and her family reside in Wisconsin.

Shane

Shane

Shane was born in Saint Louis and goes to school in Springfield, Missouri. He is pursuing a BS in professional and technical writing and will complete his degree in May 2017. Shane has edited professional documents for the Ozarks Transportation Organization, and he will be an assistant editor and reader for the Moon City Review in the fall of 2016. Shane has published a short story in Molotov Cocktail as the winner of their "Flash Phenom" contest. When he is not proofreading, he is reading, writing, or thinking about reading and writing.

Calah

Calah

Calah has an MA in technical writing from Missouri State University. She has over a decade of experience working in the public health sector. Her favorite aspects of public health include reading and editing policy. Over the past several years, she wrote and edited projects for several nonprofit agencies to enhance volunteerism, fundraising, and public awareness. Calah enjoys spending her free time outdoors with family and her three dogs.

Sarah P.

Sarah P.

Sarah holds an MEd in elementary education and a BA with honors in both Russian and Slavic linguistics and English language and grammar from The Ohio State University. In addition to teaching in the U.S., Sarah has taught English at a Czech public school. Sarah is an active member of her community and has served as an elected and appointed library board member and preschool board member. When not busy proofreading, Sarah cares for her two young children and enjoys yoga, running, cooking and doing home repairs.

Julie

Julie

Julie is a copywriter and editor based in sunny San Diego. An Ohio native, she holds a BA in technical writing and linguistics from Bowling Green State University. Since 2006 she has worked in professional communication: proofreading textbooks, writing software documentation, and producing marketing materials for nonprofits, small businesses, and corporations.

Patrick

Patrick

Patrick Connelly holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a 2014-15 teaching-writing fellow. He taught undergraduate fiction writing at the University of Iowa and was a visiting lecturer in the Rhetoric Department. He has experience proofreading and editing as an editor's assistant at University of Iowa's Iowa Now and has served as a reader on the editorial team at The Iowa Review. He also holds a BA in communication studies from the University of Michigan. Patrick is currently working on a novel and a number of screenplay projects.

Karen H.

Karen H.

Karen lives in Farmersburg, IN, with her husband and three lively children. After obtaining a degree in accounting, she decided to return to school to pursue a degree in elementary education. When not editing, she keeps busy with gardening, refereeing the kids, and studying. Karen has worked as a proofreader and editor for four years and has edited books on a wide variety of topics, including military history, federal taxation, poetry, health, and historical fiction.

Donna

Donna

Donna has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in English from Macalester College. She has worked as an editor in academic, business and government settings in a range of fields, including medicine, engineering, children's literature, and university communications and has experience editing academic and trade journals, books, newsletters, annual reports, brochures, web copy, and more. She taught graduate and undergraduate courses in editing for 10 years at a Minnesota state college. Donna lives in Minneapolis and enjoys volunteering at an urban wildflower garden (the oldest in the United States) and with Friends of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, movies, music, traveling, and hiking.

Ellie

Ellie

Ellie has a BA in English from Brown University. After graduation, she served a brief stint as a technical writer before making her way to publishing. She has worked for several computer book publishers, and went freelance ten years ago. She has a wide range of editorial experience, from highly technical books on programming languages to papers for scientific journals to short stories. A writer herself, she is currently working on a dystopian novel. She spends her free time reading, trying out complicated recipes, and training for Disney half-marathons.

Valerie

Valerie

Valerie is a professional editor, proofreader, and writer, with a master's degree in publishing. She worked for a prominent literary agent and for three years as a Kirkus book reviewer. Valerie is proficient in Chicago style and AP. Her writing has appeared in many magazines, including the Writer, Delaware Today, Animal Fair, Westchester Magazine, the Santa Fean, and more. Valerie is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), the American Copy Editors Society (ACES), and the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP). She adores all animals, especially her pug mix, chihuahua/spaniel, and cat. Fun fact? She is a former model/actress and appeared on a soap opera.

Jack

Jack

Jack grew up in Massachusetts and studied communications at Syracuse University, winning an undergraduate poetry prize. For nearly a decade he provided academic support services for Regis College, and volunteered as a tutor in the college's writing center. He later worked as a line editor for SkillSoft, an early innovator in the e-learning industry. Jack is currently a full-time freelance writer and editor; his journalism, critical writing, and short fiction have appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, The Saturday Evening Post, mental_floss, and many other publications. He lives and works in western New York with his family, two cats, and a neurotic Husky.

Beth

Beth

Beth has a BA in English literature from Hastings College. She started her proofreading career in high school when she became copy editor of the yearbook, and since then has gained a myriad of editing experiences including a newspaper, a literary magazine, book manuscripts, and retail catalogs. She also has experience working in real estate and theater. Beth lives in Nebraska and enjoys reading, cross-stitching, roller skating, and playing the ukulele.

Justin

Justin

Justin holds a BA in English, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize for best undergraduate thesis in any discipline, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he studied as an Iowa Arts Fellow and taught creative writing. He has received awards from Harvard Office for the Arts, the Radcliffe Foundation, and the University of Iowa. A 2010 recipient of a Rockefeller International Experience Grant, he studied and taught ESL at the University of León, Spain, where he earned a certificate of fluency in Spanish. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Conjunctions, Lana Turner, Web Conjunctions, and elsewhere. When he's not proofreading or teaching The Art of Revision: Writing for Clarity at the University of Iowa, he enjoys tennis and puppy rearing.

Management

Brian Kaldenberg

Brian Kaldenberg

President and Founder

Brian Kaldenberg has over twelve years of experience in eCommerce business management. He holds a BS in marketing and is a graduate of Iowa State University. Brian has started several successful online businesses. He accredits ProofreadingPal's success to "hard work, great people, and excellent customer service."

Greg McLaughlin

Greg McLaughlin

Co-Owner

Greg has more than fifteen years of experience as a successful business leader. He holds a BS in finance and is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

Jane Huffman

Jane Huffman

In-house Proofreader and Customer Service Representative

Jane Huffman is a current MFA student in poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she is a 2016-17 teaching-writing fellow. She has experience proofreading and editing as a staff editor for Sundress Publications, where she has volunteered for two years, and as the two-time editor-in-chief of The Cauldron, the literary magazine at her alma mater, Kalamazoo College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and theatre arts in 2015. Jane also has served as a literature instructor in the English department at the University of Iowa, as an employee in Kalamazoo College's writing center, as a frequent freelance editor and tutor, and as a reader on the editorial team at The Iowa Review. Jane's poetry is widely published in print and online.

Sara McGuirk

Sara McGuirk

In-house Proofreader and Customer Service Representative

Sara McGuirk holds her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received the Iowa Arts Fellowship. Currently, she acts as the Iowa Youth Writing Project Fellow at the University of Iowa, teaching requisite courses for the Writing Certificate at the Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. Sara also holds her BA in English and film studies from the University of Notre Dame, where she received the Ernest Sandeen Award for Undergraduate Poetry and held status as a USA Rugby Academic All-American. Here in Iowa City, she serves as the poetry coordinator for Tate High School, Nationally Certified SAT tutor, Wiki leader for the Writers' Workshop internal system, and reader on the editorial team at the UI Press. Sara is currently finishing her first poetry collection as well as a feature-length screenplay.

Jed Cohen

Jed Cohen

In-house Proofreader and Customer Service Representative

Jed holds a BA in English from Columbia University, an MA in the humanities from the University of Chicago, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Before moving to Iowa, Jed worked as an editor at publishing companies, a law firm, and an online retailer. He is the recipient of a Whited Award for Excellence in Fiction and has served as a creative writing instructor at the University of Iowa. He is currently at work on his first novel.

Ashli Cabrera

Ashli Cabrera

Office Assistant

Ashli is a senior at the University of Iowa. She's majoring in elementary education, and she's working towards a certificate in cultural competency.

Mark Winkler

Mark Winkler

Director of Business Development

Mark has an MBA from the University of Iowa and over twenty years of experience as a Fortune 500 business development executive at Bridgestone.

Jennie Aaberg

Jennie Aaberg

Accounting

Jennie has worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for the past eight years. She currently works as an independent contractor through her company, Avalon Ventures LLC, which provides bookkeeping and general office services. She is pleased that Avalon Ventures is able to assist ProofreadingPal with its accounting needs. Jennie holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently lives in Coralville, IA, with her husband, three almost grown daughters, and three cats. When not crunching numbers, Jennie enjoys gardening and shopping for antiques.

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