Writing & Editing Services

WRITING AND EDITING

Need help writing an article, researching and writing? Need a ghost writer? How about someone who can write sparkling copy for your project or product?

I’m here for you!

WRITING
I offer writing services for your many needs, including:

•Articles (research, interview and write)
•Establish your company’s writing style-guide for your documents and  your website
•Brochure writing
•Label writing
•Copy writing, grant writing, web content writing

I have written brochures, children’s books,articles, catalog copy, card mailers, and press releases. I have a keen eye for turning your information into the marketing piece you need for growing your business.

EDITING

I offer proofreading and editing services for all document types.

•Nonfiction manuscripts
•Ad copy
•Articles
•Web sites
•Anything that needs another set of eyes!

Light Copy-editing

•Correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
•Eliminate inconsistencies in capitalization, number style, abbreviations, use of italics or underscores, and alpha/numeric sequencing
•(will assume all fact-checking is done in-house)

Standard Copy-editing

•Correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
•Eliminate inconsistencies in capitalization, number style, abbreviations, use of italics or underscores, and alpha/numeric sequencing
•Ensure that pronouns have clear antecedents
•Eliminate noun strings (three or more nouns used as modifiers)
•Eliminate passive construction where appropriate
•Shorten and clarify excessively long sentences
•Eliminate sexist language
•Ensure acronyms and abbreviations are explained and spelled out at first mention in the text
•Check for missing information in footnotes
•Eliminate redundancies or just query
•Query or rewrite awkward or verbose sentences

Substantive Editing

A substantive editor helps you to improve the clarity of your writing. You will receive suggestions for rewrites, and I will rearrange paragraphs and sentences, as needed, to improve the flow of your ideas. This style of editing includes all the editing outlined in standard copyediting, including ambiguous references, awkward transitions and dangling participles.

Plus:
• Strengthening the beginning to grab a reader’s attention
• Improving parallel structure and wordiness
• Removing words, paragraphs, even whole sections and chapters that aren’t doing their job
• Moving things around for better flow

Proofreading

A proofreader checks that a finished piece says what it was intended to say. I verify that your changes and corrections have been made.

I check for formatting and typesetting errors, and that new errors weren’t introduced during other phases of editing. For this reason, the proofreader should be the last person to work on the document. A proofreader will not edit or comment on the grammar and sentence structure and other areas that are covered under copy editing.

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The Four Commandments of
Copy Editing

1.Thou shalt not lose or damage part of the manuscript or work
2.Thou shalt not introduce an error into text that has been corrected
3.Thou shalt not inadvertently change the author’s meaning
4.Thou shalt not miss a critical deadline