Writing? Relax! I’ll sweat the details.

Editing is my “thing,” and I’ve done it professionally, full time for more than 15 years. Your satisfaction with your final edited product is guaranteed.

I specialize in working with writers who don’t necessarily have a background in writing but who are passionate about their message and communicating it exceptionally.

I provide big-picture “macro” editing, meticulous copy editing and finishing-touch proofreading, giving prose a thorough polishing. I offer each individually or in any combination.

What’s the difference, you ask?

The macro edit

This read focuses on the substance and quality of your writing.

  • Does it make the point it sets out to make?
  • Is it easy to follow?
  • Does it keep an appropriate pace?
  • Is there wordiness or clumsy composition?
  • Is it accurate?
  • Is any information that’s necessary to the reader’s understanding or appreciation of the message missing?
  • Is it interesting? (Because no matter how well intentioned or grammatically flawless a piece of writing may be, if it can’t hold the reader’s attention or doesn’t deliver its point compellingly, it won’t be effective.)

I’ll take a bird’s-eye view to assess how well you’re conveying what you want to convey and will offer suggestions to help you better hit your target. This step will be collaborative — I will ask you questions and provide writing prompts so together we can fill in any missing elements, clarify anything that’s murky, and expound where doing so will make your work stronger.

Because the macro edit critiques the substance of your piece, it should be done before the next step

The copy edit

This is the deep dive into spelling, grammar, consistency and adherence to a style.

I’ll comb through each sentence of your text with an eye on all things grammatical, such as verb tense, hyphenation, a colon vs. an em dash, “every day” vs. “everyday” — all the finer points that separate high-quality writing from amateur writing. By fixing these, we’ll keep the focus on your message (right where you want it to be!).

I am proficient in Associated Press style, have experience editing to the Chicago Manual of Style, and am confident adjusting to different in-house styles as specified by clients.

In addition to the traditional elements of copy editing, it’s also my pleasure to offer wording suggestions — synonyms for overused words, active verbs to replace passive verbs, and ideas for words and phrases that will help you paint a more vivid or poignant picture.

The proofread

With your message refined and your text put through a rigorous copy edit, a proofread is the final quality-assurance measure. In this last read of your work, I will inspect for errors that may have slipped through or may have been inadvertently introduced during previous reads.

And now, your perfected writing is ready for the world’s eyes, and you can unleash it with 100% confidence.

Want to chat about your writing project, what kind of editing will be best, how long it will take, or any other details of the process? Contact me!

 

 

Some of my favorite magazine articles I’ve edited:

Down, but not out
After a life-changing injury on the job and a winding road to recovery, Canadian golf course superintendent Brian Youell has turned private hardship into a message of hope and strength.
Golf Course Management magazine
November 2017

Groundwork for greatness
At Westmoor Country Club, an internship program for Milwaukee youth has proved rewarding both for the young men who participate and the golf course superintendent at its helm.
Golf Course Management magazine
December 2015

Enlist beneficial insects for natural pest control
Welcome these 10 beneficial insects to your garden to control crop pests, no chemicals required. Here’s which plants to grow and other tips to attract an army of insect predators.
Mother Earth News magazine
April/May 2012

Odd nature
Not everything we encounter in nature is familiar — or even seemingly of this Earth. From a devilish caterpillar to ghostly flowers to a monster mole, discover a brigade of weird and wonderful inhabitants of the natural world.
Mother Earth News magazine
October/November 2010

Beloved, brilliant bluebirds
Once experiencing an alarming decline, bluebirds have made a comeback as remarkable as their striking hue. Learn more about these uniquely North American beauties and how you can support them.
Mother Earth News magazine
August/September 2010

Reports:

Community-Engaged Entrepreneurship Research: Methodologies to Advance Equity and Inclusion
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Dec. 12, 2022

America’s New Business Plan, 2022
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
May 2022

Start Us Up: America’s New Business Plan, 2021
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
March 2021

Books:

Road Map: 10 Steps for Automating Marketing Success
G. Thomas Holland
2018

Taker
Patrick Wong
2015

Finding Grace in an Imperfect World
Greg Hildenbrand
2014

Balancer
Patrick Wong
2013