What I Do

Services include, but are not limited to:

Revising documents of all kinds including courses and academic papers, manuals, short stories, books (fiction and non-fiction), proposals, reports, speeches, articles, newsletters, newspapers, blogs and posts for online forums, websites (a website audit includes navigability, usability, readability, an evaluation of the site map), curriculum vitae and cover letters, editing and organizing photographs and content, performing file management, conducting research, and creating or revising style guides according to accepted usage.

Revising refers to:

Proofreading—This is a process whereby I take the utmost care to preserve the content and organization of your ideas and the formatting in your document, all the while correcting spelling and any inconsistencies in grammar and punctuation. This is ideally suited for manuscripts that have already been looked at by various reviewers, but could do with an additional reread from a trained editing professional. Fact and reference-checking included!

Copy Editing—This is a closer review of your manuscript for more than the occasional lapse in grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style. It is essentially proofreading, as explained above, brought to a higher level. I will comment on the piece and communicate with you about my suggested revisions.

Stylistic Editing—When I perform stylistic editing, I go beyond copy editing to clarify meaning, eliminate jargon, smooth language and perform other non-mechanical line-by-line editing. Communication with you, the document’s creator, is essential in order to preserve authorial voice while maintaining high editorial standards.

Substantive/Structural Editing—At some point in the editing process, it can become clear that a manuscript would benefit from a reorganization of content and/or structure. At this stage, I suggest and draft changes and present them to you. I am more than happy to help with rewrites and in-depth manuscript revisions.

More information on editorial skills can be found courtesy of the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC).