Why should I hire you?

I love what I do, and I do it very well (and my clients agree). I have 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 prevent embarrassing, costly errors in your published work. I can also ensure that your copy is optimized for your target audience. 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 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.

What genres or types of writing do you specialize in?

I offer developmental, line, and copyediting services for book-length fiction and nonfiction manuscripts.

For fiction editing, I specialize in editing thriller, mystery, historical fiction, and speculative fiction (including all related crossover fiction and subgenres).

For nonfiction editing, I am particularly interested in anything related to anthropology, archaeology, and history; community advocacy and social justice; cooking and food; death and grieving across cultures; science and technology; travel; and global fine arts.

I offer English localization 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
  • Garner’s Modern English Usage by Bryan Garner
  • 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 such) best suit your intended audience.

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 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. 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?

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.

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!