Editing and Indexing Services

Since 2001, I have provided freelance copy editing and proofreading services to publishers, authors, and nonprofits. In 2011, I added indexing to my repertoire.

I specialize in nonfiction books — anthologies as well as monographs — and journal articles. I am comfortable working either with authors directly or with editorial staff.

I specialize in Chicago 16th and APA 6th style, as well as custom or house styles.

I use Microsoft Word’s Track Changes and style templates to facilitate electronic editing. When appropriate, I also use a variety of custom macros and editing software for mechanical editing and indexing tasks.

Depending on the client’s needs, my editing process includes any or all of the following:

  • Mechanics: Correcting punctuation, grammar, spelling, and word choice.
  • Style/Formatting: Hyphenation and capitalization, heading formats, citations/reference list, paragraph indents. I create a style sheet with a list of words and phrases changed for spelling, hyphenation, etc.; major style issues; and queries.
  • Content: Sentence structure, word choice, excessive jargon, clarity.
  • References: Checking in-text citations against reference lists/bibliographies.

Resources I have for editing your project include:

  • Unabridged Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Oxford English Dictionary
  • Chicago Manual of Style 15th and 16th editions
  • APA 6th edition
  • JSTOR and many other scholarly and reference databases
  • Butcher’s Copy-Editing

Since 2007, I have been a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and in 2009 I joined the Board of Governors as the Chapter Development Chair responsible for supporting EFA chapters throughout the United States. I also volunteer for Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreaders and the Wikipedia League of Copyeditors.

I received a BA in English at the University of California, Irvine, and am currently planning an interdisciplinary MA in history, literature, and anthropology.

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