I have over thirty years of experience as an editor (books, book chapters, scientific journal articles, theses, dissertations, grants, popular writing) and writer (chapters, scientific journal articles, grants, nonfiction and fiction). Nonfiction prize winner in Lit. mag. contests, finalist in Lit. mag. fiction contest. My goal is to help writers produce a manuscript that expresses their message best in a voice appropriate to their intended audience. I ensure that their material exhibits correct grammar and syntax and adheres to the style required: Concise and descriptive for academic articles, chapters, or books and dramatic for popular writing.
I enjoy working with authors and editing their texts. I've been doing this since 1982.
From 1982 to 1997, I was writing and editing in Japan where I worked with many ESL writers.
After I returned to the United States in 1997, I began working with every type of writer: academic, scientific, financial, student, journalist, creative writer, and others.
On all projects, I follow my clients’ specifications and meet all deadlines.
I return an edited copy with all changes clearly indicated (tracked changes are in red).
I also provide numerous comments and suggestions. I then follow up promptly on all e-mail messages to resolve any pending issues.
The free edit option is always on, so you can see what I can do and I can see what you need to do.
My availability is seven days a week. I live in the Eastern Time Zone (North Carolina) and typically start my day at 6:00 a.m. and then edit until the day's work is done. I look forward to working with you.
I can make your writing more concise, more professional, more creative, and more effective in its purpose, whether English is not your native language and it needs an overhaul, or you are talented and it could just use a bit of polish. Having edited over 5000 documents and more than 100 novels, my experience covers a broad range. From science, paranormal, and contemporary fiction to memoirs, how-to books, children's lit, ad copy, personal statements and theses, I have a passion for making your writing the best it can be. I understand, too, that the writer-editor relationship needs to be a good fit. I'm happy to do a sample edit to help you determine whether I am the right person for your project. Thanks for your consideration.
Happy to do a free sample edit.
Some examples of recently completed work: (1) an economics article for publication, (2) a nonfiction novel about leadership for small business owners, and (3) a fiction novel about mermaids.
When editing a given work, I take both copyediting and proofreading into consideration. My expertise is US English, but I can work in UK English as well. I am well versed in CMOS, MLA, and APA. Alternatively, I can follow an in-house style guide as long as you provide it (or a link to it). I have working knowledge of AP Style. I follow the "Five Cs" when editing and will always strive to make your work as clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent as possible.
My aim is to enhance your writing in order to capture your target audience's attention. I take my work very seriously and put my all into producing a high-quality end product. I read, write, and edit material every day and look forward to any opportunity I get to help others.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Happy writing!