I work with companies, organizations, and individuals to carefully edit and rewrite content tailored to their needs. I perform meticulous and mindful editing of academic articles and books, self-help books and memoirs, history books and historical novels, business documents, and technical documentation. I make you look good by catching misspellings, inconsistencies, and incorrect information.
In addition to correcting spelling and grammatical errors, I help make your text easier to understand so that readers do not stumble over words, phrases, or ideas. Text that is clear inspires confidence and trust and helps you better connect with your audience.
I pride myself on being professional and respectful.
Initial discussion about your project. This includes type of project, length, edit level, and timeframe.
I perform a short sample edit (three to five pages) of your work so that I can assess the editing level and you can see how I edit.
After we agree to work together, we discuss the logistics of the project and sign a letter of agreement or contract.
I request a 50% deposit to guarantee time in my schedule for your project.
I perform my edit and I'll contact you if I have questions that need to be answered to facilitate the edit.
You review the edited document, comments, and questions. You can reject or discuss changes and/or provide updated text.
If you update text based on my questions and comments, I review that updated text to ensure consistency.
At the end of the project, I invoice you for the remainder of the fee.
Contact me for a document that describes the editing process in further detail.
Editing Levels and Types
I have experience using numerous style guides, but am most familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style, the AP Stylebook, The Blue Book, the Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, and Words into Type, among others. I also edit British English using the Oxford Style Manual, the Cambridge Handbook for Editors, and the Copyeditors Handbook.
Although style guides provide consistency and standardize text, I believe in being flexible so that styles are in line with the document. It takes an experienced editor to know when to bend, ignore, or create new rules to benefit the text. The bottom line is clarity and readability.
“What a relief to have my project in Lea’s capable hands! Her skill and finesse as an editor combined with her diligence and speediness in returning the sections of writing was wonderful. She does what she says she’ll do and she does it with excellence.”
Staci Sprout, licensed psychotherapist, author of Naked in Public