How should I choose an editor?

I encourage you to request that shortlisted editors perform a sample edit on the same excerpt. This way you can see different editors' styles and decide whose approach best fits your visions for your writing project. Try not to hire an editor without seeing any work samples (e.g., a portfolio of past work or a sample edit on your own writing).

Editing is more about knowing grammar and spelling. An editor should also have knowledge about styles and legal issues in publishing, such as permissions and copyright, so that the editor can help you produce a piece of writing that meets legal and industry expectations.

Also, the general rule of thumb in the editing field, as in many others, is this: "Quality, cost, and speed. Pick two." This has proven true many times in my editing career, and it's a good thing to keep in mind when looking for an editor.

While not always true, often you do get what you pay for. A few of my past clients came to me after their manuscripts were botched by people who hold themselves out as professional editors. Untrained editors can introduce errors into your writing, make revisions that change your voice or meaning, or neglect to inform you of possible copyright violations. To avoid spending money on an unqualified editor, vet thoroughly—read reviews, look at portfolio of past work, ask questions, and request a sample edit (if applicable).

What's the process of working with you?

Because not all editing projects are alike in nature and scope, I usually begin with requesting a sample of the work to be edited (500-750 words), except for developmental editing projects. I will do a sample edit on this excerpt and calculate the estimated time and cost for the project. This ensures that the level of editorial treatment I will perform matches your needs.

If the sample edit and the quote are agreeable to you, we will both sign a contract that details the terms.

All editing projects are done in MS Word with Track Changes. Proofreading projects can be done in MS Word, PDF, or on hard copy.

Because not all editing projects are alike in nature and scope, I begin with requesting a sample of the work to be edited (500-750 words). I will do a sample edit on this excerpt and calculate the estimated time and cost for the project. This ensures that the level of editorial treatment I will perform matches your needs.

If the sample edit and the quote are agreeable to you, we will both sign a contract that details the terms.

All editing projects are done in MS Word with Track Changes. Proofreading projects can be done in MS Word, PDF, or on hard copy.

Why should I hire you?

With a commitment to client satisfaction and the clarity and elegance in the written word, I have earned Thumbtack's "Best of 2015" and "Best of 2016" awards.

I offer more than merely intuition about the written word, which I developed from reading constantly and broadly. The expertise I offer you is rooted in professional training and continued professional development to keep pace with the evolving publishing industry. My credentials include a professional certificate in editing from UC Berkeley and a BA in philosophy (minor in astronomy) from the University of Maryland. I also maintain active membership in editorial organizations.

Editing is not only about correcting grammar, spelling, and punctuation, otherwise computer programs can easily replace editors in the publishing house. While fixing mechanical issues is an integral part of editing, the editing process also involves making revisions to make the writing as effective, clear, and concise as possible without losing the writer's unique voice.

That's why I approach all writing projects with analytical thinking (to identify any gaps in logic or narrative), attention to detail (to catch the misplaced commas or vague pronoun antecedents), and an understanding of the client's editorial needs (from proofreading to developmental editing).

What draws you to editing?

Most writers have a great story to tell or worthwhile ideas to share with the world. I love facilitating the process of getting those ideas onto paper (or the computer screen). Many don't realize or believe that even seasoned writers wrestle with the writing process and allow temporary obstacles to frustrate their writing experience. It is my joy to help writers work through those roadblocks and craft moving stories or effective treatises.