Why should I hire you to edit or write my business or nonfiction material?
I love editing and writing. (Not too many people can actually say that!) I have bolstered this passion with an extensive formal training that includes a Master of Applied Science in information and communications technology, a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Bachelor of Science in technical communication. I also seek continuing education opportunities that help me stay on top of new developments in my field.
In addition, I have eleven years of experience writing and editing in a variety of industries, which allows me to bring a diverse perspective to your unique subject matter.
What editing services do you offer?
I offer three editing services: copyediting, substantive editing, and proofreading.
Copyediting identifies grammar issues, punctuation errors, and other concerns such as awkward phrasing and inconsistent language. Copyediting may include minor rephrasing or light rewriting.
Substantive editing (also called content or line editing) is similar to copyediting but delves more deeply into issues of clarity and style. Substantive editing can involve moderate rephrasing at the sentence level or complete rewriting of entire paragraphs, sections, or chapters.
Proofreading finds basic grammatical errors, typos, and formatting issues in finished documents. Proofreading is the last round of editing before publication.
Most projects don’t need all three forms of editing. Once we have a chance to discuss your unique situation, we can work together to create an editing package that meets your requirements, schedule, and budget.
What writing services do you offer?
I offer three writing services: copywriting, business writing, and technical writing.
Copywriting is related to marketing. It includes direct mail, newsletters, website copy, print advertisements, blog posts, and product descriptions. It also includes case studies, white papers, and sponsored articles.
Business writing focuses on business operations rather than marketing. It includes proposals, reports, and internal and external communication.
Technical writing provides how-to information in the form of instructions, manuals, guides, and tutorials. Technical writing also includes reports, proposals, articles, and online content about technical, mechanical, or procedural topics.
How long does it take you to edit or write a document?
Some documents have straightforward requirements, while others need a multifaceted approach that may require more than one round of editing or writing; therefore, I avoid one-size-fits-all timelines. Instead, I will discuss the length and depth of your project with you, review your document or sample (if applicable), and then offer a customized timeline based on your needs.
How do you calculate your editing and writing rates?
I typically calculate a per-word rate based on the complexity of the project. Per-hour and flat-rate arrangements are available in certain circumstances. After we chat about your individual requirements, I will gladly provide a written quote. So, let’s open the discussion!
Why don’t you edit or write fiction?
I love to read fiction (Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry is my all-time favorite novel); however, my professional focus is on business content, technical documentation, nonfiction, and academic research. If you are a fiction writer looking for an editor, I strongly suggest using the Editorial Freelancers Association’s Member Directory to find a professional specializing in your genre.