Melinda Masson

Melinda Masson - Editor

Los Olivos, CA, USA

13+ years, 250+ college-level titles: communication, education, law, leadership, political science, psychology, research methods, and more.

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Nice to meet you, authors!

Nicknamed "Dictionary" in the fifth grade, I'm a lifer when it comes to wordsmithery.

That was the year our class read and performed Macbeth, and reaped the consequences when the kid in the title role ran amok at rehearsal—Mr. F, believing he could bore us into Shakespearean shape, passed out pages of four-simple-sentence clusters, each of which we were challenged to combine into a single complex sentence.

"Sentence combining," he called it, or "the building blocks of copy editing," as I recognize it now . . .

How I won second prize at the Math Super Bowl that year but squandered the school-wide spelling bee trophy on "interrelated" we will never know.

The point is, I learned to love and respect the craft of writing and realized that I, already a devourer of fiction, could (no, would!) read for a living.

After earning my bachelor's degree in literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California–Santa Barbara in 2000, I fancied pursuing poetry or becoming the next "great American novelist," and I could have gone the reading teacher route, but like my home town I kept coming back to that fine-tuning, fact-checking feeling.

And that—catching errors and striking them "out, damned spot!"—is what I'm here to share with you, to help you present your best work.

With thanks,

Melinda Masson

EXPERT: American Psychological Association (7th ed.), Chicago (17th ed.).

PROFICIENT: American Medical Association (11th ed.), Associated Press (55th ed.), Bluebook (21st ed.).

English (US)
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Humanities & Social Sciences
Math & Science
Political Science & Current Affairs
Sex & Relationships

Work experience

Copy Editor, Books

SAGE Publishing
October, 2007 – Present (about 14 years)

Edit academic textbooks and reference works. Ensure consistent style and accuracy.

Copy Editor and Proofreader

Abella Publishing Services
December, 2010 – Present (almost 11 years)

Edit and proof materials for educational strategy and digital-age learning.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Leadership Case Studies in Education

Northouse, Peter G., Lee, Marie E.

Introduction to Intelligence: Institutions, Operations, and Analysis

Acuff, Jonathan M., Craft, Lamesha, Ferrero, Christopher J., Fitsanakis, Joseph, Kilroy, Richard J., Smith, Jonathan

Teaching Math to Multilingual Students, Grades K-8: Positioning English Learners for Success (Corwin Mathematics Series)

Chval, Kathryn, Smith, Erin Marie, Trigos-Carrillo, Lina, Pinnow, Rachel JaDean

Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives

Kraft, Michael E., Furlong, Scott R.

Law and Society

Lippman, Matthew

Violence and Maltreatment in Intimate Relationships

Miller-Perrin, Cindy L., Perrin, Robin D., Renzetti, Claire M.

The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication

Ross, Susan D., Reynolds, Amy L., Trager, Robert E.

Anthropology: A Global Perspective

Scupin, Raymond Urban, DeCorse, Christopher Raymond

Campaigns on the Cutting Edge

Semiatin, Richard J.

Melinda has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Roseni kuranyi
Melinda Masson did an excellent literary job in correcting my book about the street dog. Not only with her writing techniques and sensivity but also with a lot of patience this book deserves. Thank you very much Melinda.

Roseni kuranyi, May 2021

J Buchanan
I am impressed with her work. I find her edits to be insightful and helpful. She is also very attentive in responding to my queries. Overall, I have had a good experience with Melinda so far.

J Buchanan, April 2021

Antonio Rosario Ortiz
Melinda Masson is the most amazing and professional individual I have work with thus far; I like to thank Reedsy for bringing such great professionals that make our lives easier, better, and improved. Thank you, Melinda, for all that you have done for me, and I look forward to keeping working with you in the future. Thanks again, Melinda!

Antonio Rosario Ortiz, March 2021

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