Wendalyn Nichols, a previous editor of Copyediting and ContentWise newsletters, she was also a teacher of remedial English, ESL, and composition for twelve years before entering publishing. She began as a freelance researcher, writer, and editor, then became a lexicographer and editor with the Longman Group. For four years she was the editorial director of Random House Reference and Information Publishing. As a lexicographer, she specialized in writing usage notes and developing ESL training materials for use in teaching grammatical concepts and dictionary skills.
Wendalyn has been interviewed about language on The Today Show, CNN, The Joy of Lex (The Discovery Channel), and dozens of radio programs, including Public Radio International's The Next Big Thingand NPR's Talk of the Nation. She was a regular contributor to The Mavens' Word of the Day Web site, answering questions about word origins and usage. In her career she has edited a variety of texts, including novels, nonfiction works, scholarly articles, textbooks, dictionaries, children's books, sales materials, corporate communications—and of course, newsletter articles.