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  • Editing
  • Customer Service
  • Nonfiction
  • Writing
  • Developmental Editing
  • Fiction
  • Query Letters And Book Proposals
  • Memoirs
  • Articles
  • Business
  • Coaching
  • Copy Editing
  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Analysis

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  • Copy Editing

    $32/hr Starting at $32

    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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  • Editing - Developmental

    $35/hr Starting at $140

    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

    Substantive Editing combines very heavy copy editing with applied developmental editing. As your substantive editor, I edit your manuscript at a deeper level than copy editing, I reorganize, change...

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  • Critical Reading

    $32/hr Starting at $128

    Critical reading is the little sister of developmental editing and is most suitable for short works such as short stories, short articles, and essays. As your critical reader, I read your work and provide...

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  • Proofreading

    $30/hr Starting at $30

    In everyday language, the word "proofreading" is often used to refer to light copy editing. If you are primarily looking for a limited review of your manuscript for elements such as grammar, punctuation,...

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  • Query Letter and Book Proposal Writing

    $32/hr Starting at $320

    I write query letters and proposals for books that I have edited, and I edit queries and proposals for other works. I also help customize submissions to conform to agent and publisher guidelines. QUERY...

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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.

~ Fourteen years editing and writing experience.
~ Higher education in copy editing, developmental editing, substantive editing, and acquisition editing.
~ Higher education and college teaching experience in writing and literary criticism. All course work for PhD in Romance Languages and Literature.

~ Literary fiction, mysteries, short stories
~ Recovery, self-help, spirituality
~ Memoirs
~ Children’s literature
~ Liberal arts, social sciences, psychology, education
~ Business, web content
~ Query letters and book proposals

I don't write or edit for technology, mathematics, hard sciences, or horror.

Work Terms

Guru private message, email, and/or telephone.

9:30–4:30 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.

Payment via

I typically require deposit of the full fee to Guru's SafePay escrow account prior to commencement of the project and a 50% advance on projects $500.00 and above.

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