Specialties: fiction (especially historical, women’s, Christian, literary), academic and trade nonfiction (especially history, religion, literature, philosophy, gender studies, Italian culture)
I have worked as an editor professionally for 16 years, first in-house, then independently, offering a wide variety of clients manuscript evaluation, stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading. I can edit confidently in American English and British English. I am an active member of the EFA (including serving as the Maryland chapter co-coordinator) and ACES (The Society for Editing). I help authors improve their writing so their unique ideas have a chance to reach an audience saturated with books. You want to transmit your voice straight to readers without your great ideas, plots, characters, and dialogue being overshadowed by errors or confusing language. I give you the support and encouragement you need to trust yourself and to know which instincts to follow and which are actually rooted in bad information. Editorial work is a bottom-up support system that lifts an author’s work to be more than what it was, and this is exactly where I do my best work. Contact me today to see how I can offer you my keen eye for your best words.
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Twitter (@MonocleEd), or Instagram (monocle_editing).
Years in the field: 16
Years freelancing: 10