Words are my craft. Stories are my passion.
Ever since writing my first novel at sixteen, writing and telling stories has been a big part of my life. After working as a lead student editor for my university's trade book publisher, Apprentice House Press, I knew I wanted to help authors get their stories out into the world.
Before editing full time, I worked as a freelance communications consultant for nonprofits while also taking on multiple customer service roles. I also helped create and handle content for two publishing sites that cover news and data within the book industry.
I'm a member of the Editorial Freelance Association and the Binders Full of Sensitivity Readers Facebook group. I accept editorial work from indie and traditionally published authors and publishers of all kinds.
My Editorial Approach
When reflecting on the job of the editor, Susan Bell, author of The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself, said it best:
"The editor doesn't just read, he reads well, and reading well is a creative, powerful act."
That's why I don't just read my clients' words: I analyze them and come up with solutions to make them shine.
As an editor, my philosophy is to draw out the very best in my clients' works. Whether that's tightening up the prose, making sure the story makes sense, or simply keeping track of grammar and language usage, my goal is to help authors create stories readers will love.
"A good editor doesn't rewrite words. She rewires synapses."
Every project is different, with differing needs and expectations. That's why I like to take my time assessing each project individually. Below is what my process typically looks like, from first contact to finished product. If you have more questions about my process, you can contact me.
Sample Edit & Quote
Before taking on a project, I like to see a few pages of a manuscript to better assess the level of editing needed. I will then send a complimentary sample edit of those pages, along with a page-per-hour estimate, so that you can see if we are a good fit. Sample edits are free of charge and are meant to demonstrate my editing skills and style.
If you agree with my editing style and estimate, I draw up a contract outlining the scope of the project. Once both parties sign the contract and payment and files are delivered, I will begin working on the manuscript.
Depending on how long the manuscript is and the editorial work needed, completion of the project is estimated to be around 4 to 6 weeks. Delivery typically includes a detailed style sheet, one round of author-editor assessments, and a final cleanup of electronic files that are sent upon completion.
Payment of 50% of the estimated quote is due at the start of the editorial work, with the balance due when the project is done. I edit electronic manuscripts with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or Pages.
The Power of Good Editors
More than just glorified spell-checkers and staunch grammarians, good editors help writers:
Convey their thoughts more succinctly and clearly to better connect with readers
Flag errors and inconsistencies that distract from the quality of work
Ensure the text abides by style rules and reader expectations
Keep track of flow, logic, and tone that enrich overall readability