Since graduate school, I have been writing and editing journals, books, web copy, articles, knowledge base entries, white papers, newsletters, and grant proposals across multiple industries. Over time, I've worked with small- to medium-sized businesses, web designers, graphic designers, technical writers, university/college students, faculty, administrators & staff, sports coaches, professional coaches, architects, ministers, and others. Drop me a line and let me know how I can help you!
Some people mistake an editor for a proofreader. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to proofread your work—but that's not editing. Editing is for making your work better.
In 1657, Blaise Pascal wrote in a letter "Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte" ("I only made this one longer because I didn't have time to make it shorter"), and he was right. Everyone's writing can always use a critical eye in order to make it tighter and more compelling. I don’t edit just to make a piece shorter—I do it to make the narrative work. Furthermore, I don't always cut—sometimes I ask for more writing. The key is always to make the narrative work.
My focus is academic work, most of which will never see the light of day outside of a faculty member's office, but I am always happy to take on something new and different. Aside from various dissertations, I'm currently working with a poet on a short chapbook and an Instagram influencer on a nutrition and fitness book!
My drive, as an editor, is to help you create a compelling, strong piece that more than delivers on its purpose.
Since I started heavily pushing my editing services in 2018, I've worked on 11 dissertations and theses, 5 research papers, 4 memoirs, 3 academic journal articles, 3 workbooks, 4 grants and proposals, 2 art books, 1 usability study, 1 book of poetry, numerous blog and social media posts for a local convention, and web copy for two graphic designers. Not everything gets published, but here is a selected list of some pieces I've had a hand in over the years:
Proofreader, Creative Process in Architecture , by Don Paul Young
Author, "Taming the help desk"
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