Admittedly, I'm more of a novice editor. I'm still in college, pursuing a degree in English with a minor in editing. Despite my lack of much professional experience, I believe my love of words and editing adequately (at least for right now) fuels the quality of my work.
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You may be looking for someone with more experience, but I do offer skilled and honest editing. Give me the opportunity to gain more experience in copy and substantive editing and layout design.
I can do whatever you need me to do:
I worked in the Physics Department in college and developed amicable relations with many of the professors. Once at a department birthday party I volunteered my editing services to the faculty. They acted semi-interested for a moment, and the conversation moved on. A few minutes later, one physicist began griping a certain copyeditor. As the professor endlessly complained, I just sat back and chuckled. About an hour later, I was walking down the hall, and passed a group of physicists. At the precise moment that I walked by, one of the physicists vehemently expressed, "Copyeditors are hideous!" I was understandably startled by this unabashed show of hatred I had no idea that the group of people that I believe serves a noble mission in the fields of rhetoric, grammar, and just good writing--the group of which I eagerly, willingly, and proudly count myself a part--is so despised.
Physicists may see editors as sticklers for meaningless minutiae and editing as nothing more than a confining grammatical science, but I see more. Editing is technically governed by rules of grammar and usage and can thus be seen as a science. Move past the framework of editing, however, and you have a literary endeavor dependent on intuition, passion, and creation.
The more I study editing and the rules surrounding it, the more I realize how you can't rely on the rules to effect good writing. Editing takes an innate sense of semantics, an intuition for structure, and an internal feel for flow....
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