Valerie: Licensed English/ESL Teacher, Author
Valerie: Licensed English/ESL Teacher, Author

Valerie: Licensed English/ESL Teacher, Author

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Offers remote services
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Introduction: I’m a veteran English teacher/professor; a creative writer; a proofreader. Writing is an intimate process of sharing your soul. You must trust your coach. I can help you accomplish your goals in a safe and supportive environment (Via Zoom).

Hired 9 times

Serves Monrovia, CA

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, responsiveness, and professionalism.

Exceptional 5.0

10 reviews


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Josh S.
7 days ago

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Hired on Thumbtack

Valerie was incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and cared a lot about my project. She went above and beyond to provide an excellent service. Will 100% recommend Valerie and would love to work with her again

Details: Editing • Non-fiction manuscripts • 10,000 - 30,000 words • A single project • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

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Logan L.
2 weeks ago

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

I thought she would only find a few mistakes, since this was the 16th draft of the screenplay! But she found soooo many inconsistencies, grammar glitches, etc., that other proofreaders had missed. Had a great way of tracking changes, presenting questions, etc.

Details: Editing • Proofreading • Fiction manuscripts • 10,000 - 30,000 words • A single project • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Hanna V.
Jun 18, 2022
My numerous experiences working with Valerie on different types of writing projects over the years have been extremely positive and helpful. Very empathetic and a true professional, Valerie is skilled at giving constructive feedback on a piece of writing in a way that is kind, but also doesn't avoid the issues that need addressing. Her enthusiasm is contagious and inspiring. Her brilliant creativity shows not only in her own work, but also in the way she is able to enter the story worlds created by others and give useful and relevant suggestions. I look forward to many more opportunities of working with Valerie, and I full-heartedly recommend her!
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Peggy D.
Jun 6, 2022
Valerie has helped me with several writing projects, a much-needed and appreciated second eye for errors, points of confusion, and inconsistencies in my essays, short stories, and in-progress novel. She has a great command of English grammar and usage, as well as knowledge of the conventions for different genres. She is encouraging and motivating. Everything I write is better for Valerie's input.
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Kristi G.
Jun 4, 2022
Val has given me very helpful feedback on my writing for several years. She's quick to respond, thorough, insightful and accurate. I'd recommend her highly.
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Valerie Shay


  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I’m a licensed English teacher in the state of California and have taught elementary, middle and high school, college, and adults. I have been on several writing committees and in a number of several writing groups. I spent a summer at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop under the tutelage of incredible writers.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    As a public school teacher, my passion was always helping writers. Whether it was essays or creative writing, I was an enthusiastic reader and enjoyed working with students of all ages.

  • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

    Make sure you have a connection with the provider and can trust the provider to stay true to your vision. It’s your voice that matters.

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