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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
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  • Copy Editing

    $32/hr Starting at $32 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 $140 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 very heavy copy editing with applied developmental editing. (See my Developmental Editing service for more information.) As your substantive editor, I edit your manuscript...

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  • Proofreading

    $30/hr Starting at $30 Ongoing

    Dedicated Resource

    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 sentence and paragraph...

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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, and substantive 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, science fiction, fantasy, and short stories
~ Recovery, self-help, spirituality
~ Memoirs
~ Children’s literature
~ Liberal arts, social sciences, psychology, education
~ Business, web content

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

Work Terms

Guru private message and email with video conferencing and telephone as needed.

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.

Payment via

I typically require deposit of the full fee to Guru's SafePay project 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 or proofreading after copy editing.