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  • Editing
  • Memoirs
  • Nonfiction
  • Business
  • Copy Editing
  • Customer Service
  • Developmental Editing
  • Education
  • Literary Fiction
  • Novels
  • Social Sciences
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Childrens Books
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation

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  • Copy Editing

    $35/hr Starting at $35 Ongoing

    Dedicated Resource

    Copy editing is the last editorial phase in preparing a manuscript for publication; it occurs after content and overall structure are set. Copy editing focuses principally on language and writing, rather...

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  • Developmental Editing

    $35/hr Starting at $70 Ongoing

    Dedicated Resource

    Developmental editing—one of my passions and one of my strengths—focuses on your work’s content, overall structure, organization, and other global elements and takes place before copy editing. Whether...

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  • Substantive Editing

    $35/hr Starting at $35 Ongoing

    Dedicated Resource

    Substantive Editing combines copy editing with light applied developmental editing. (See my Developmental Editing and Copy Editing services for more information.) As your substantive editor, I work with...

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  • Proofreading

    $32/hr Starting at $32 Ongoing

    Dedicated Resource

    If your manuscript has already been copy edited and you would like to have a final polishing review to catch small errors such as typographical errors, dropped or repeated words, and occasional punctuation...

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Editorial Excellence ~ Commitment to Service

As your editor, I will listen to you, collaborate with you, and apply my editorial and writing talents to support your vision and complete your project to your satisfaction within the agreed-upon time frame.

~ Superior editorial skills to showcase your writing and bring it to its highest level.
~ Excellent organizational skills for smooth project management.
~ Professional customer service skills to assure you a satisfying experience.

~ Thirteen years editing and writing experience.
~ Higher education in copy editing, developmental editing, and substantive editing.
~ Higher education and college teaching experience in writing and literary criticism.

~ Literary fiction, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and short stories
~ Recovery, self-help, spirituality
~ Memoirs
~ Business and motivational
~Non-fiction in the liberal arts, social sciences, psychology, education

I don't write or edit poetry, technology, mathematics, children's literature, or hard sciences.

National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE)

Work Terms

9:00–4:00 U.S. Pacific Time, except Wednesdays and Sundays.
Other telephone hours can be arranged on a project-by-project basis to meet my clients' needs.

I am available for on-site meetings in my geographic area. For large projects, I may be available to travel.

For fixed-fee agreements, I typically require deposit of the full fee to Guru's SafePay escrow account prior to commencement of the project and an advance on projects $500.00 or more. For hourly agreements, I typically require a retainer advance followed by the remainder deposited to Guru's SafePay escrow prior to delivery.

I offer a 15% same-manuscript discount for copy editing after developmental editing or proofreading after copy editing.