What Do You Need?

Proofreading: I will correct your document’s spelling, punctuation, grammar, and perform a general tidying up.

Copy Editing: I will improve the formatting, style and accuracy of your text, and make the copy clear, correct, concise, complete, and consistent. Proofreading is included.

Substantive Editing: I can help improve your writing so that it says what you mean it to say in an effective manner. This may substantively change the tone, structure, characters, or other elements of the book. Proofreading is included.

What I Offer You:

  • A natural talent for making text clear, concise, and consistent while retaining the essence and intent of the author’s work.
  • An exceptional command of the English language, a wide scope of general knowledge for noticing factual errors, and the ability to recognize discrepancies.
  • Many years as a copy editor for major book publishers and a lifelong passion for reading have enhanced my ability to fine-tune manuscripts.
  • I can work from or create a style sheet, and am very familiar with The Chicago Manual of Style.
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    Education: B.A., double major in English and Classics, University of Colorado.

    Experience: I have extensive experience as a freelance proofreader and copy editor, working for Fulcrum, Henry Holt, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. I have worked on a wide variety of manuscripts, both fiction and nonfiction.

    From 2006–2010 I was the website editor for the nonprofit organization United Professionals. I edited and posted blog content, moderated comments, wrote and edited newsletters and email blasts, updated the website, and communicated with members and the board of directors.

    Member, Editorial Freelancers Association (http://www.the-efa.org/)

    My knack for proofreading is legendary! I even found a mistake in The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th Edition (pg. 113, Figure 3.2, possessive apostrophe missing) — I brought it to their attention and they fixed it for the next edition.

    Read my interview on Creative-Writing-Now.com

    Excellent article: “The Editor-Author Relationship: Five Reasons Why Self-Publishing Authors Need an Editor” by Dick Margulis.

    * From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Copy editing, also written as copy-editing or copyediting, is the work that an editor does to improve the formatting, style and accuracy of text. Unlike general editing, copy editing often does not involve changing the substance of the text. Copy refers to written or typewritten text for typesetting, printing, or publication. The “five Cs” summarize the copy editor’s job: Make the copy clear, correct, concise, complete, and consistent. Copy editors should make it say what it means, and mean what it says.