I began editing professionally three years ago, while working on my M.A. at the University of St. Thomas. My degree relied upon an ability to work with deadlines, strict attention to detail, and good habits of clear and thorough communication. These habits honed my editing skills and have been invaluable.
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Since completing my Masters, I have had the extremely good fortune to work for a small press dedicated to excellence in literary fiction. You can learn more about Wiseblood Books and see a short bio of me at wisebloodbooks.com. I have a...
Feb 17, 2015|Editing & Proofreading|$548|Completed
Dec 13, 2014|Other - Writing Services|$0|Working
I have a broad range of editing skills and experience. Since 2010, I have also run my own business selling tractor parts, which requires self-motivation and time management. I have developed the good habits necessary for freelance editing.
--My position at Wiseblood Books requires me to offer thoughtful reviews of fiction manuscripts. When submissions are open, we receive at least one manuscript every day! My review include an in-depth analysis of the story, a critique of the writer's voice, and an assessment of the grammatical corrections needed.
--I can offer tough criticisms when necessary, in a clear and sensitive way. But primarily I offer gentle suggestions, or ask prodding questions; not to challenge, but to clarify. This is my favorite kind of work, since it requires me to engage the story so closely. Of course, writers do not thoughtlessly accept my every suggestion, but my suggestions have always sparked thoughtful conversations. This ultimately helps the writer better understand their own story and how the reader perceives it.
--I analyze each sentence to ensure it is ready for the reader. I look at grammar, punctuation, spelling, consistency and word usage. I am very good at rewriting or rewording sections in a way that clarifies but does not change your meaning.
--Spelling and grammar are important. I own a dictionary and know how to use it.
--My own experience...
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2013 - Present
I currently work for Wiseblood Books -- wisebloodbooks.com. My main tasks with Wiseblood include reviewing manuscript submissions, editing accepted works, and formatting the interiors of the books....