Services: Although I don't seek out new clients these days, you can contact me if you're seeking one of the services described below.
- Content editing is the most comprehensive type of editing. I’ll not only fix basic spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes but also suggest rewrites of clunky sentences, flag areas where your meaning is unclear, keep your tone consistent, improve your organization where needed, comment on the flow of your piece, and more. Typically content editing takes place early in the writing process, not on what you hope is your final draft.
- Line editing leaves the basic structure of the writing intact; however, it too entails more than just proofreading. I’ll rid your manuscript of common errors—cliches, dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, redundancies, and non-parallel series, to name a few—and generally seek to polish your writing style.
- Copy-editing, better known to non-editors as proofreading, happens in the final stage of your project. I won’t make significant changes to the text; I’m just looking for errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation and ensuring that your manuscript complies with whatever style guide you want me to use.
Cost: Ambrose Bierce once said an editor is “a person who combines the judicial functions of Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeacus, but is placable with an obolus.” What with inflation and all, it takes a bit more than an obolus to placate me: $30 an hour, to be exact. Depending on whom you ask, that’s either the going rate or a total steal.