Copyediting, editorial consulting and proofreading
What is the service I offer?
I offer to writers, especially of fiction, a copyediting service that prepares a manuscript for publication. Copyediting includes checking spelling, grammar and punctuation and ensuring consistency of style. It may also include minor revisions to smooth or improve the language of the text. I also offer development consulting: feedback on the work (or partial work) as a whole and suggestions for possible revisions.
What do I offer that’s unique?
While offering classic copyediting to a consistent and error-free style, I’m also willing to adapt this style to individual writers, and to collaborate with them on copyediting that functions as an expression and extension of their style.
What should you expect to happen when you come to me?
You should expect that every sentence of your work is vetted for grammar, style and consistency, and that you have the opportunity to review and accept/reject any suggested changes. In proofreading, texts will checked for accuracy of both text and formatting.
What can you expect to have as an outcome/result?
When your book nears publication, it will be clean and error-free, prepared to the top standards of the trade. Your writing will be showcased in the best light, increasing the likelihood of a positive reception.
What's my unique selling point?
A collaborative approach, seeking to bring out the best in your work and reinforce its power. Working for and with the writer. I’ve worked as a professional copy editor for 30 years in book, magazine and newspaper publishing, and have been writing fiction and poetry for equally as long. My expertise and experience range from creative writing to digital storytelling to producing high-quality publications on deadline. American by birth and European by adoption, I'm comfortable working with writers from around the world, writing in their first or second (or ???) language.
How can this benefit your work?
My aim is to provide your work with the final polishing that may often be skipped in the small press/self-publishing process and help produce a high-quality book that the author can be proud of.
What’s the shared value?
This process isn't just about correcting any stray glitches that might have slipped in, it’s also about refining and perfecting the writing itself. It’s about enjoying and exploring language together. Writing can be a lonely business. This is about sharing the final stages with someone else. Having fun relishing the written word. Having someone in your corner – a “pillar” for your writing and your work.