Why should I hire you?

I love what I do, and I do it very well (and my clients agree). I have nearly eleven years of experience, training, practice, and refinement in all of the services I offer. My direct working experience and proven ability mean I offer the best in professional language services.

For self-published or independent authors who are considering hiring an editor: Having your manuscript properly edited by a professional editor can make your book that much more polished when it is published. I can also make your text translate better for different audiences through localization and globalization.

For authors seeking traditional publication who are considering hiring an editor: Using professional editing services preemptively may help you grow in both confidence and skill as a writer before you face the gauntlet known as querying literary agents.

For businesses, nonprofits, and individual brands looking for an editor: I can make sure no embarrassing, costly errors are missed before your text goes live online or distributed in print. I can also ensure that your copy is optimized for your target audience. Language localization and globalization might be good options for those with international or multilingual clients and readership.

For anyone seeking transcription services: I can convert nearly any live or recorded audiofrom interviews, classes or lectures, meetings, videos, and moreinto carefully written and formatted copy.

If you’d like to have me lead a workshop or give a talk at your next event, I have several presentations and classes available which cover topics such as writing fiction and creative nonfiction; business writing, self-editing for creative writers, business professionals, or students; the history of global literature; culture and activism in writing; authorship as entrepreneurship; and business success for freelancers and small business owners.

I want you to be able to earn a return on your investment. That’s why I help all of my clients create social media campaigns at no extra cost. I’ll make sure you have the resources you need to set up new accounts, plan and make effective content, and more. This helps you build up a fan base, advertise your work or offerings, and improve your credibility.

While no editor can guarantee that his or her services will make your book into a best seller or your white paper into a persuasive tour de force, our work together should be enlightening. The editing process should give you a solid grasp of opportunities to give your words greater depth or give your image greater polish.

What genres or types of writing do you specialize in?

I offer developmental, line, and copyediting services for trade fiction (historical fiction, thriller or suspense, mystery or crime, science fiction, and fantasy novels), screenplays, creative nonfiction (book-length travelogues, memoirs, social commentaries, and histories, as well as essays and long-form articles), marketing copy, web content, résumés (curricula vitae), and more.

For business editing, I’ve worked on printed marketing materials, social media campaigns, website content, press releases, advertisements, email newsletters, training manuals, blog posts, product packaging, press releases, and so on.

For nonfiction and business editing, I am particularly interested in anything related to anthropology, archaeology, and history; community advocacy and social justice; death and grieving across cultures; science and technology; humanities and the arts; and international politics.

I offer English localization (US/UK) and globalization services as well as audio transcription services for all of the topics and genres listed above.

What style guides do you use for writing and editing?

I use the most trusted style guides, dictionaries, and other language reference texts out there. Here is a list of some of the style guides I use most often:

  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, by University of Chicago Press staff
  • Words into Type by Marjorie E. Skillin, Robert M. Gay, et al.
  • The Associated Press Stylebook by The Associated Press
  • New Hart’s Rules by Oxford University Press
  • Butcher’s Copy-editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Copy-editors and Proofreaders by Judith Butcher, Caroline Drake, and Maureen Leach

I follow whichever style guide and other trusted industry reference texts (dictionaries and the like) best suit your project’s intended audience and other needs.

May I get a sample of your work? How can I get a quote?

For creative writers seeking an editor, I am happy to edit up to five pages of your manuscript or screenplay* as a sample of my work. You can find my contact information here if you’d like to request a sample edit or a quote.

For business writers seeking an editor, let’s discuss the scope of your project, and then I can provide a sample edit if appropriate. You can find my contact information here if you’d like to request work samples or a quote.

For those interested in my transcription services, please contact me if you’d like work samples, references, and a quote.

For anyone wanting me to give a talk or lead a workshop at an event, let’s schedule a Skype call or a chance to meet in person so I can show you what I can do. You can find my contact information here.

Be sure to read the testimonials from some of my clients for their assessment of my work. Please contact me if you have any other questions.

*If your project is less than 50,000 words in length, I cannot provide a sample edit on your document. Instead, I can provide samples of past work on other projects similar to yours.

In what file format should I send my manuscript, document, or audio file?

I would prefer that you send your manuscript, screenplay, or other documents as Microsoft Word files (.docx).

For other documents set up in Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign, please contact me to discuss what file types are ideal for the type of work you need me to do.

For transcription work, please send your audio files in .WAV, .MP4, or .MP3 format.

How many words typically make up one page?

The publishing industry’s standard for creative writing is typically said to be roughly 250 words per page as long as the following formatting details are adhered to:

  • The margins should be 1-inch (or 2.55 cm) deep on all sides.
  • The typeface used for the text should be Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial, size 12.
  • The first line should be indented by 0.5 inch. Please, no other paragraph indents except in creative writing where signaling a new scene, chapter, or line of dialogue.
  • All lines should be double-spaced.

More information on formatting manuscripts can be found here. More information on formatting screenplays can be found here.

It is easier for me—and costs you less—if any documents you send to me are correctly formatted before I begin work on your project.

What is the average length for a book manuscript? What is the average length for a screenplay?

Book manuscripts vary in length depending on a variety of factors, such as whether the manuscript is the first book by a new writer or the twelfth manuscript by a more seasoned author, or what genre best fits the story. The ideal length for a debut book is often said to be about 80,000 words—around 320 pages if formatted to industry standards—in length when first sent to a publisher as a manuscript. Two excellent resources on this subject can be found here and here.

Screenplays are written with the idea that one page of the screenplay typically equals one minute of screen time. If correctly formatted, screenplays for feature-length films are usually between 120 and 200 pages long. Screenplays for film shorts are usually no more than 20 pages long.

Will you review my book on Amazon/Goodreads/elsewhere once you have edited it and it is published, please?

Unfortunately, no. It is considered a conflict of interest for any editor to post reviews for books they have edited (and yes, I do support the use of the singular they).

Please be sure to check out my Terms & Conditions page when you have a chance. Thank you in advance!