Erin S. | Elance
Last Sign-in: Oct 20, 2015

Erin S.

Effective Editorial Services
   United States
  |  7:45 pm Local Time


[Elance Top 1% Contractor, Top .001% in the Writing/Translation category] I am a college-educated professional editor, proofreader and copywriter working from my home office with availability for your Elance project. I have 15 years of experience writing, editing, proofreading and formatting business communications and marketing collateral in financial services (specifically, Big 4 public accounting, banking and private equity). Recent projects include textbook proofreading; copywriting, editing and formatting eBooks; editing blog articles and websites; ghostwriting; and designing brochures and other marketing materials.

This is not supplemental income, a hobby or part-time work for me. I work full-time out of my home office and take your project very seriously. My work is a success when the client is 100% satisfied and happy with the results.

I really ENJOY my work, and it is my absolute pleasure to be your editor, proofreader and copywriter!

Service Description
I primarily use Chicago and AP style guides, and am also proficient with MLA and APA style guides. There are a variety of programs I use to work with client documents, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign, Scrivener and others.

I offer meticulous attention to detail in delivering effective editing, proofreading and writing solutions specific to the needs of the client. This includes:

light proofreading
substantive line editing
formatting and design

My expertise includes:

manuscripts, textbooks, eBooks (or e-books or ebooks, depending on the style guide!)
business publications
marketing collateral
newsletters & press releases
PowerPoint presentations
resumes & cover letters
website pages, blogs & articles

I generally work with nonfiction material, including (but not limited to):


Anything not listed here is very likely something I will still be interested in learning about!

I am highly skilled in the following programs and platforms:

Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Adobe Creative Suite 5 (InDesign*, Photoshop, Illustrator)
Mac OS X
Adobe Acrobat
Google Drive/Google Docs/Dropbox

*I love and work primarily in InDesign of all the CS5 programs. I use this program to build books, eBooks, brochures, flyers, etc.


Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
Northwest Independent Editors Guild
American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI)
Southern Oregon University
B.A. in theatre arts & communications
1994 - 1998
International academic publisher
Contract Copyeditor
2014 - Present
Regional marketing firm
Contract Senior Editor
2014 - Present
Financial newsletter pubisher
Contract Proofreader
2013 - Present
Freelance Editor+Proofreader+Writer
2012 - Present
Boutique regional publisher
Contract Copyeditor
2013 - 2013
Regional academic publisher
Contract Proofreader
2012 - 2013
Various financial firms
2000 - 2012
Blackwell's Book Services
Contract Book Editor
1998 - 2000
Oregon Title Insurance Company
1993 - 1994
Payment Terms
Payment is only accepted via Elance Escrow.

For fixed fee projects of more than $500, I require a 50% deposit (via Elance Escrow) to begin work. For fixed fee projects of less than $500, Escrow must be funded in full before work begins.

For hourly projects, I expect payment on a weekly schedule, but I do NOT use Work View (and can explain why, if it's a concern).

I reserve the right to share select sample pages of the final product privately with target clients both in and outside of Elance, as well as on my business website unless otherwise noted. I agree to and sign NDAs regularly for clients, so please request this before the project begins and I will happily comply.

Erin S. | Elance

Erin S.