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.