Terri Lee Paulsen

Terri Lee Paulsen – Editor

Freelance copyeditor/proofreader with strong editing skills, an eye for consistency, and a history of meeting (and exceeding) deadlines.


Editing has taken me far from my Midwestern roots, but it has also brought me back home. I graduated with a journalism degree from a small liberal arts college in Minnesota in 1989 and took a job as reporter/agriculture page editor at a weekly newspaper in the middle of farm country. My boyfriend at the time decided he wanted to move overseas and randomly chose Hong Kong. I followed six months later, picking up freelance editing and writing assignments and traveling the region. A year later I was hired for a short-term assignment in Tokyo to edit annual reports for an investor relations firm. I worked there for six months, returned to Hong Kong to freelance and travel, went back to Tokyo, back to Hong Kong, and then back to Tokyo, this time to manage the staff of short-term editors. I even had the opportunity to edit a speech that Japanese Emperor Hirohito delivered to President Bill Clinton in 1996.

I returned to Minnesota for good in 1998, working in the editorial department of an accounting firm and the communications department of a Fortune 200 retailer. I found a part-time job close to home with the local medical center, writing and editing promotional materials, newsletters, and ads. A few years later I decided I could work from home and expand my client list. Now, 20 years later, I find myself a book editor, having worked for SAGE Publications/Corwin Press since 2009. I’ve also been working for 10 years with a small, Toronto-based publishing company with ties to many large publishers. I’ve lost track of how many books I’ve edited or proofread, but it’s more than 200.

My varied experiences allow me to edit a wide range of topics, from fly fishing to education, from alpine cooking to Native American memoirs. I love what I learn from each book and from each author. And I find great satisfaction partnering with authors—both novice and experienced—to create a work they are proud of, one that reflects their voice, is error-free, and speaks to the reader.

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Education & Reference History Sports & Outdoors
Children's Paranormal Romance
English (AUS) English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 2003 — Present

Provide editing/proofreading and writing services to clients on a freelance basis. Current clients include SAGE Publications/Corwin Press, Kot Copyediting and Proofreading, The Core Collaborative/Mimi and Todd Press, and Ridgeview Foundation/Ridgeview Medical Center. Previous clients include Ice magazine; Best Buy Co., Ltd.; Catholic Schools Center of Excellence; Waconia Public Schools; and and Virtual Radiologic.


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Christy H.

Christy H.

Jul, 2021

Terri was quick and responsive with questions about her offer. She was patient with me as a first-time author. We did not communicate during the collaboration, but I was pleased to receive my files right on time. I did make one more pass of my manuscript and found a few items still in need of correction, but was relieved to spare myself all of the pesky punctuation edits.

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