Caroline V. Schweiter
Caroline Schweiter provides the gamut of editorial services, from proofreading through copy and substantive editing to writer coaching and ghostwriting, for individual and institutional clients. She frequently edits reports and other public-facing documents for think tanks.
Schweiter worked for years at the Washington City Paper, where she served as copy chief and managing editor. There, she often shepherded young writers’ first pieces into print, finding the most effective and diplomatic ways to encourage their best work. She also worked with seasoned critics, helping two win national awards in one year. She relishes the collaboration that conscientious editing entails.
Balancing a bluestocking’s sensibility with a journalist’s cultural awareness, Schweiter takes into account word choice, tone, sentence flow, and logic in every edit. Her queries are models of tact, and she specializes in honoring authors’ turns of phrase. As a copy editor, she can be old-fashioned on request, but she keeps up with modern usage and sensitivity concerns. She can explain the predicate nominative, knows when to deploy the past subjunctive, and runs a lighthearted Facebook page that deals with interesting published errors.
In addition to an A.B., magna cum laude, from Amherst College, Schweiter holds a certificate from the Radcliffe Publishing Course.
Years in the field: 30
Years freelancing: 16