"Merrill Perlman exceeds in many roles editor, trainer, mentor and supervisor. As an editor, she polishes writing and diverts calamities while treating writers with respect and earning lifelong fans. She is a copy editor other copy editors turn to with the tough problems. Merrill's training repertoire is wide: she opens the eyes of novices to the craft of editing, sharpens the skills of experts and raises everyone in between to the next level. She has a passion for words and a great sense of humor. And, oh yes, she meets deadlines."
Susan Kille
New York Times Regional Media Group

About Merrill Perlman

Merrill Perlman's photoMerrill Perlman spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs including business copy editor, manager of staff editor recruiting, managing editor of the New York Times News Service and director of copy desks. She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review.

With a national reputation as an effective and entertaining teacher and collaborator, she has consulted with or developed workshops for journalism organizations, law firms, private companies and educational groups from grammar through graduate school. Her advice on tricky language problems is often sought by media outlets.

As a freelance editor, Merrill has edited works by John Sculley, Stephen King, Paul Alexander, Armistead Maupin, Eliot Spitzer, Mara Altman, Joe Eszterhas, Stephan Talty, Stuart Diamond, Kurt Vonnegut, (posthumously, for him), Mishka Shubaly, Sloane Crosley, Frank Gilroy, Jonathan Biss, Jeremiah Tower, Christina Lewis Halpern, Rick Marin and Jeff Jarvis, among others.

Merrill is a recipient of the Glamann Award from the American Copy Editors Society. She is a member and former president of the ACES Education Fund and a member of the ACES executive committee.

She is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel and a 2015 recipient of the Missouri Honor Medal in Journalism.

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