I'm a dyed-in-the-wool, honest-to-goodness copy editor. I don't use copy editing software; I use spell check as a backup only, and I don't use grammar check because it's wrong so often. Real copy editors deliver meticulous, knowledgeable line and substantive editing; know grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax; and have broad general knowledge. As a lifelong copy editor I can line edit, substantively edit (up to and including rewriting) and critique all kinds of writing from advertising to novels. I'm doggedly thorough; some would say persnickety. That's because I care.
One of my clients said, "Linnea is a fabulous editor. She is by far one the best I have worked with. She surpassed all my expectations in editing my articles and delivered more than I asked for."
I can do the same for you. So why not use the copy editor writers turn to?
Edit novels, nonfiction books, websites, magazines and marketing materials
I know grammar backwards and forwards and can explain why I made changes to the text.
Excellent research skills
Voracious reader in all genres, biography, history, popular culture (politcal science, art and architecture, women's studies and more) and fiction
Master's degree in English
California State University at Los Angeles
1968 - 1970
State University of New York-Oswego
Bachelor of Arts-English
1962 - 1966
2008 - Present
2003 - 2008
Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA)
2000 - 2003
Edited the organization's monthly magazine, tax newsletter and enthusiast newsletter.
1997 - 2000
Edited California tax newsletter; edited and wrote advertising and continuing education materials. (Spidell.com) 714-776-7850
Mount San Antonio College
1995 - 1997
Taught basic composition, mostly to people who spoke English as a second language.
freelance writer and editor
1994 - 1997
Wrote and edited many magazine articles from cars and boats to pet products.
copy editor and managing editor
1978 - 1994
Assistant Managing Editor at Hot Rod Magazine and Managing Editor in the Motor Trend division. I wish I could verify my employment there, but Petersen Publishing no longer exists.
Petersen Publishing, copy editor/writer
Since I retired five years ago, I have no one left really who can give me a reference. I do keep in touch with Mike, who was my copy editor when I was managing editor/copy chief at Petersen Publishing, when we worked on the Motor Trend annuals, such as New Car Buyer's Guide, and Sport magazine's annuals, such as College Football. He can be reached at email@example.com.
We were quite often responsible for putting out 200-400 printed pages per month.