Recent Work: Children’s Book

I edited a children’s book a few months ago. It was probably exactly what you’re picturing: less than 1000 words, and meant to be heavily illustrated. I did a two-part developmental package for this client — we worked together to review and revise his overall plot and characterization, and when he was satisfied, I did[…]

750,000 words edited in 2016 (so far…)

In the first half of 2016, I completed edits on: a children’s book a non-fiction psychology text academic papers comic book scripts short stories (genre fiction and literary) novellas novels and more! All together, I edited more than 750,000 words between January 1 and the end of June. When you consider that I was off work[…]

Sample Edit: Simple Line Edit vs Heavy Line Edit

In addition to developmental editing and many other services, I currently offer two levels of line editing (also called copyediting or CE). Copy (line) editing, light includes correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and word usage; checking for or imposing a consistent style and format. Copy (line) editing, heavy includes correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and[…]

New: Lower Prices and More Services!

Updated July 25, 2016 I’m constantly reviewing the freelance editing market, comparing fees and services in order to stay within “professional rates” while also staying competitive. On one hand, I want to be paid appropriately for my decades of experience, and range (not many folks have worked in news, academic editing, and commercial fiction – including[…]

A Note about 1099s

Per the IRS, payments to independent contractors (such as freelancers) made via third party systems, such as PayPal, credit card, debit card, or gift card, are not subject to the 1099-MISC rules. Because I use PayPal to process payments, our transactions do not require you to submit a 1099-MISC to me for tax purposes, even if you[…]

New service: FREE online archiving of your project

As much as I adore the speed and ease of communication that the internet provides us, it isn’t perfect. Emails get lost, accidentally deleted, or misfiled. Clients can download files but lose track of where they’re stored. They may want to re-review an older copy of their project, which they didn’t save. Regardless of how it[…]

Editing Tips #5: Should You Trigger Warning Your Editor?

trig·ger warn·ing noun a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material (often used to introduce a description of such content). We’ve seen a lot of discussion over the use of trigger warnings for a reader or viewer,[…]

Editing Tips #3: Know What You’re Getting When You Have an “Editor”

Whether you have a story accepted at a magazine or you’ve hired an editor to help you smooth off the rough edges on your current wip, you will eventually be working with an editor. The kind of editor you hire, or the type of editing that’s done to your work, depends on whether it’s sold[…]

New! $15 Beta Read on Short Stories Under 5,000 words

Do you have a short story you’ve wanted a professional opinion on? I can help! I’m currently offering a sale on beta reads for short stories of up to 5,000 words. This is a standard manuscript evaluation, scaled down to make it affordable for even your shortest works. By clicking on the button below, you’ll[…]