EDITING

I specialize in manuscript editing, instructional design, and marketing. My genres include the following: picture books, middle grade, YA, speculative fiction, trade nonfiction, biographies, memoirs, cookbooks, academic essays, manuals, devotionals, and corporate blogs and ebooks.

I hold a manuscript-editing certificate from the University of Chicago. I’m proficient in The Chicago Manual of Style and AP style, and I’m able to adapt to house styles as needed.

I also hold a BSE (degree in computer-science engineering) from the University of Michigan, and I’ve completed ten seminary courses.

****CURRENTLY BOOKED. Estimated availability: summer 2021****

 

When inquiring, please include a brief description of your project, including word count, deadlines, style requirements, and the level(s) of edit you’re requesting. Feel free to use this as a guide when you’re describing the level of edit needed:

CONTENT EDIT
Many writers jump quickly into having their work copyedited only to discover that what they really needed was a content edit. With a content edit, I’ll help you bring the proper pieces in place before they get smoothed out with a copyedit. I consider the big picture, suggest manuscript improvements, and provide a second edit line by line to make already-excellent writing shine.

A content edit includes: improving style, voice, pacing, word choice, characterization, plot, and showing versus telling; eliminating ambiguity; reorganization; ensuring continuity and consistency; and assessing grammar and punctuation needs.

Ideal for unpublished authors or writers who are writing in a new genre

COPYEDIT
With a copyedit, I’ll bring your writing into glorious conformity with industry standards. I’ll eliminate issues that would otherwise make your manuscript stand out in a bad way, and I’ll polish it so the entire work stands out in a good (publish-me or read-me) way.

A copyedit includes: conforming grammar, punctuation, spacing, tenses, dialogue, quotations, documentation, spelling, capitalization, word treatment, numbers, compounds, usage, abbreviations, and titles to the agreed-upon style guide.

Ideal for authors wanting to give their manuscript or proposal the best shot at getting contracted by a traditional house or literary agency and for self-published authors who want to publish a polished product

CONTENT AND COPYEDIT
Providing all of the content editing and copyediting services described above at a discounted rate

Ideal for authors who do not want to pay for a separate copyeditor 

PROOFREAD
Correcting typos and errors only

Ideal for writing that has already been content edited and copyedited in its current form

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN, PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS, AND MARKETING COPY
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WORK FOR HIRE, SPECIALIZING IN CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS
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