Editing

I love editing! Sharing my gifts to help people get their work out into the world excites me! I edit poetry and literary work as well as academic work. When I copy edit poetry and literary work, I focus on correctness, consistency, and clarity. While I don’t think correctness is the most important value in poetry and literary work, I do think it’s vital to let the poet or writer know what is considered grammatically correct, so that they can make their own informed decisions about following or deviating from correctness in light of what’s best for the work. Editing for consistency means following whatever dictionary and style guide (usually Chicago 17) is preferred by the writer or publisher, fact-checking place and product names as well as historical details (when appropriate), and making sure the manuscript is internally consistent. Finally, I edit for clarity, noting specifics that are unclear and making suggestions about clarifying, when appropriate (because sometimes confusion is productive and intentional). When I edit a manuscript, I make at least three editing passes and provide the writer or publisher with the edited manuscript, a style guide, and a detailed letter.

When I engage in academic editing, I correct grammar and sentence structure, improve the readability of the text, and edit for specific styles required by journals (such as APA). I tend to edit articles and dissertations in psychology, sociology, education, and other social science fields, but I’ve also recently edited several articles in engineering and computer science. For each academic piece, I do a minimum of three editing passes: the first read is mostly for me to edit the easiest stuff and get my bearings, noting the different work that needs to be done. Then I do a deep edit, going through the text slowly and editing as I go. Then, depending on the client’s needs, I might do a number of other passes–for headings, citation style, or tables and figures; this round is optional. Finally, I do a last pass to proofread the piece one last time. If the piece is shorter, I print it out in order to help me proofread those errors more difficult to catch on-screen.

I also do developmental editing on nonfiction manuscripts, focusing on big-picture issues such as audience, purpose, and arrangement. Here, I pay attention to and comment on how the pieces create a whole and whether there is anything missing. Each developmental editing project is different, so get in touch and we can talk about your needs!

I can also proofread reports and web content for those pesky errors that are so hard to find when you’re the writer! I’m a good last set of eyes! I see errors everywhere (except in my own writing, of course). I wish I worked more with small business owners and entrepreneurs, proofreading their web content and marketing materials. So if that’s you, please get in touch! (Maybe we can swap services!)

If you’re interested in talking further about editing and proofreading or getting a sample edit, please contact me. I have reasonable rates and accept payment via Paypal and other arrangements.