Teresa Redd

Teresa Redd – Editor

Former writer-editor for Time-Life Books and English professor with a heart for helping first-time authors communicate clearly.


A former writer-editor for Time-Life Books, I taught composition, technical writing, and linguistics at Howard University and directed its Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program for nearly 25 years. Having earned an M.A. in African American Literature and a Ph.D. in English Education, I have published empirical studies in scholarly journals, historical essays in Time-Life Books, an academic book for teachers, and a literary anthology for college students. I have also copy-edited historical novels and edited manuscripts about science to make them comprehensible and engaging for the public.

My publishing experience, academic training, and years of teaching have taught me how to collaborate with authors and bring out the best in their work. As I have done with my students for years, I will help you clarify your purpose, ideas, and organization in the early stages of composing. Depending upon your preference, I will pose questions face-to-face online or insert comments in your draft. Then, drawing upon my training in linguistics, I will not only proofread your manuscript meticulously but also explain WHY I have changed your phrasing. In other words, because I am a veteran teacher, I want to empower you to become a better writer--even if it means you won't need my services again!
African American Fiction Historical Fiction
Education & Reference Humanities & Social Sciences
English (US)

Work experience


Feb, 2016 — Present

Howard University

Aug, 1982 — Jun, 2016 (almost 34 years)

Professor Emerita of English
Director of Writing Across the Curriculum (1992 - 2016)
Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (2003 - 2016)

Time-Life Books

Jun, 1976 — Dec, 1979 (over 3 years)

Copy-edited manuscripts as a Writer-Trainee during a stint in the copy-editing department.
Edited consultants’ chapters about nature and science.
Wrote essays for the World War II and Seafaring series.

Note: My name was “Teresa Pruden” then.

Teresa has 7 reviews





Neal H.

Neal H.

Oct, 2023

If education, experience, and professionalism are important to you, you would be hard-pressed to find someone better prepared to assist you with your project. I feel fortunate to have worked with this consummate professional. She added value and perspective, beyond my expectations.
Melinda G.

Melinda G.

Dec, 2022

Teresa is truly operating in her gift! She is an educator to her core, exceeding deadlines and expectations. I’m walking away from our time together wiser and more confident than ever. It is her keen eye, attention to detail and ability to draw out of me exactly what my manuscript needed that I am most grateful for. Add to that her wealth of knowledge specific to my audience, unrivaled professi...
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Jacqueline P W.

Jacqueline P W.

Dec, 2022

Collaborating with Ms. Redd has been an encouraging learning experience. Through her guidance, I improved my manuscript and, in the process, grew more confident and excited about writing. She provides a detailed project plan for the collaboration effort and stays on target or delivers earlier than expected. Ms. Redd is straightforward, clarifying why she suggests changes but ensuring she get...
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Jacqueline P W.

Jacqueline P W.

Oct, 2022

Working with Teresa Redd was an encouraging and learning experience. I would classify her as a "teaching" editor, and I know that my ability to craft a story is greatly improved based on her guidance. Her feedback detailing weaknesses and pointing out strengths has helped make my story more robust and appealing. She meets promised deadlines (even beats them) and provides clear, concise direc...
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You Make Me Brave B.

You Make Me Brave B.

Sep, 2022

I really enjoyed working with Teresa. And I have become a better writer. As a result. She has very thorough and it shows up in the results. I highly recommend her to other authors, especially those who want to be better themselves and not merely have a better product.

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