Writer, Editor, Speaker

Retired Foreign Service Officer

Former Software Engineer and ESL Teacher

Sandra Yeaman retired from the US Department of State in 2007 after serving 23 years as a Foreign Service Officer. As a management officer, she worked at US embassies in Qatar, Barbados, Moldova, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Madagascar, Zambia, and Eritrea. In addition, she held consular positions in Germany and Barbados and previously taught English as a Foreign Language in Illinois, Romania, Iran, and California.

These changes in environment and cultures challenged her notion of what success is. What made it possible for her to thrive in the midst of the change is the solid foundation she received in her childhood years in northern Minnesota.

Since retirement, Sandra has been writing her story and her journey from a young woman seeking adventure to a woman with a mission.

Copy Editing

Sandra’s first two copy editing jobs came from members of her read and critique group who said they wanted her to edit their books. Since then, she has edited others and found she loves the experience of making a fine story even better.

Other Author Services

Sandra also offers beta reading and manuscript review services for those looking for assistance at a developmental level.


While copy editing is her preferred editing activity, she knows proofreading, tedious and tiresome as it may be, is necessary to ensure any overlooked errors are caught before a book is published.


Since retiring from the Foreign Service, Sandra has enjoyed jotting down tales of her experiences overseas for the entertainment of her friends and family. She’s now working on a novel that fictionalizes her first overseas experiences in Tehran, Iran, in the mid 1970s.


Having achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster level through Toastmasters International, Sandra is prepared to speak to groups, either in person or via Zoom, on topics related to her life overseas as well as on little-known Microsoft Word features of value to authors as they prepare their manuscripts for editing, proofreading, or book designing.