I want to help you take your writing from excellent to exceptional. I have experience in editing academic and fiction writing as well as blog and online content. My goal is to make work clear, compelling, and concise. An author’s needs should come first, so I’ll listen to your concerns while offering my own views as an experienced reader and a fresh pair of eyes.
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From a satisfied author: “Not merely a spell-checker, or a grammar checker, but a researcher—[Dana] will give you detailed reasoning behind her ‘flags’(example: British vs....
Mar 8, 2014|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Working
Dec 7, 2013|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
Your own needs and our preliminary discussion will determine some specifics of the project, but in general, I will make at least two editing passes over your work. For fiction projects, the first pass will usually focus on broader issues such as consistent timelines and pacing, characterization, perspective, and tense. In the second pass, I will look closely for minor grammar issues and consistent use of terminology and phrases. For academic and online writing, the first pass will focus on overall structure and themes, and the second will deal with grammar and general proofreading.
From a satisfied author: “She has a careful eye for inconsistencies in storytelling (example: how did this person meet that one, it was never established) as well as inconsistencies in ‘author’s discretion’ type of choices (example: it can be ‘junk yard’ or ‘junkyard’ as you like, but the choice needs to be consistent throughout the manuscript).”
I will keep careful track of your use of common phrases, compound words, and words invented by you for your project, and will check for consistency throughout the piece. I will also look for a number of common grammar and spelling issues that are not caught by standard word processors, particularly spelling errors that lead to a correctly spelled (but unintended) word.
An author should understand the reasons behind changes. I provide detailed feedback and will let you know the importance of items, and whether changes are strictly necessary or up to...
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2013 - Present
Editing and proofreading of fiction, academic writing, blog, and other online content.
Hokkaido Board of Education
Assistant Language Teacher
2008 - 2010
- Planned lessons and team-taught English language classes at Japanese public schools ranging from primary to post-secondary.
- Independently created and edited a wide range of classroom materials...
Jane Bancroft Cook Library
Technical Services Assistant
2005 - 2008
Prepared accurate digital and physical entries for new books, quickly and efficiently shelved materials, updated card catalog, processed new books, and assisted library patrons.