I work to carry on the legacy of all the wonderful people who have helped me be a better writer and a better person. Today’s writers have some incredible stories, and I want nothing more than to help them be the best writers they can be.
What I Do
- I promise to use the mechanical and technical aspects of language to clarify a story without eliminating the voice of the writer.
- I promise not to be a strict . Sometimes, breaking the rules can work. But to break the rules, you first have to know them. Let me be your guide through the jungle of language!
- I promise to be kind and caring, but also honest and fair. I’m certainly not going to callously insult the hard work of any writer! But, if the time-traveling character in your science fiction novel makes leaps in logic that are just too confusing, it’s my duty to let you know. Better to hear it from me than from a snarky Amazon reviewer.
- I promise to respect your time and your deadlines. I do my very best to give accurate estimates of how long it takes to edit a manuscript. However, we all know how life loves to interfere with our hard work. When this happens to me, I WILL let you know ASAP! I will not ignore you or ghost you.
- I promise not to stomp and spit like a spoiled brat if you don’t accept every last one of my edits. I present my editorial experience in the same manner General Foods presents that lovely photo of Jello Instant Pudding on the box: it’s a serving suggestion.
What I Cannot Do
- Perfection. I’m human. I can (and may) miss a few errors. Yet, I will always do my best to catch ’em all.
- Obtain copyright permissions. Professionally speaking, that is the responsibility of the author.
- Guarantee factual accuracy. That is also the responsibility of the author. I don’t possess the knowledge of all subject matters in existence (but that would be a cool superpower). If I happen to see something that may seem a little off, I will point it out so that the author can choose to do a deeper dive into the research.
- Numbering pages, indexes, and the Contents Page. That will be the job of either the or the Book Designer, who do their magic at the tail end of book publication.
- . That is a lot of work that I just don’t have the time or ability to do. However, lots of other Editors are utterly talented in this field! If you’d like, I can suggest some sites where they can be found.
- . You know your story, thus you should be the one to write it.
- Market and Publish your work. Again, I’m just one person. These big jobs involve interconnected teams of sharp, motivated professionals. I can steer you to them, if you like.
My Editorial Toolbox
These are the references I use to help me do my job. I urge you to use them, too!
The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition
The Modern Language Association’s Handbook, 8th edition
The Copyeditor’s Handbook, third edition
The Elements of Style, fourth edition
The Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, sixth edition
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
American English. I am a native speaker & writer.
Non-Fiction: Biographies, Autobiographies, Self-Help, Psychology research, and Table-Top Role Playing Games
Fiction: Fantasy, Crime Noir, and Comedy
However, I’m not limited to these categories; I adore learning new things! Challenge me! I dare you!