Geoffrey Sperl

Wordsmithing · Detroit, MI

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!

If you're looking for information on my IT support and project management work, please see my LinkedIn page.


Philosophy

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.


Projects

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, "Establishing and delivering training for the Zimbra collaboration suite"

Author (with Kristi Evans Lenz ), "The proper care and feeding of your help desk"

Author, "Taming the help desk"


Education

Wayne State University

Master of Arts, English

Wayne State University

Bachelor of Arts, English

Awards


Contact

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