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Marissa Van Uden | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Apr 23, 2014

Marissa Van Uden

Science Fiction & Fantasy Editor
   Germany
  |  4:37 pm Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $24

"After reading many of your suggestions that 'ah-ha' feeling came upon me."
"Awesome work … From a sow’s ear to a silk purse – you genius!”
"I've been truly dazzled by your insights."
"From the bottom of my heart, I just want to say that you earned every penny of the money I paid you.”

Professional native-English editor.
Elance Top 1% for Chicago Style editing.

I'm an experienced full-time editor who is dedicated to helping authors create their best writing possible. I have a great eye for detail, and offer perceptive edits and honest...

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Portfolio

Line editing & content editing
- Line-editing for this science-fiction detective story set in 2048....
Line editing and developmental editing -...
Performed line editing and substantive editing...
Co-editor on this fantasy novel
In Turning International, psychologist and researcher Catherine Transler presents a...
http://www.lulu.com/shop/catherine-transler/turning-international/paperback/product-20345804.html
Project editor for "The Science Book" (copyediting, rewriting,...
Editor for Colin Smith's "The Wilderness" album booklet.
http://colinsmithmusic.com/index.php?/shop/buy-the-cd/
"This book introduces you to brand vision archetype or, if you are already a...
http://www.amazon.com/Creating-Brand-Meaning-Vision-Archetypes/dp/1478339640/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347352993&sr=1-3
Researcher/Proofreader/Copyeditor for the updated Australian version of "The...
http://books.google.de/books?id=Y7hSNwAACAAJ&source=gbs_book_other_versions
Parapsychology thriller, published 2011
http://www.amazon.com/Through-Third-Eye-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B005FFTI30
Editor for "Periscope Magazine"
Proofreader for "Frederic Lord Leighton" (art history book)
Edited on behalf of FirstEditing.com
http://www.amazon.com/Save-Wild-Ass-Rick-Zabel/dp/1602645868/ref=la_B003LL48DK_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1347352295&sr=1-4
Edited on behalf of FirstEditing.com
http://www.amazon.com/Upon-Breasts-Heaven-Rick-Zabel/dp/1602645361
Content editing, line editing and proofreading for Blinkist - a company that distills...

Skills (10)

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Service Description

I borrow the editing philosophy of Damon Knight: "Begin from a position of respect for the writer, and single out disturbing flaws within a context of appreciation."

My skills are in diagnosing flaws within a story (including plot and character issues) and working at the sentence level to prune redundant words or phrases, identify continuity errors and lags in tension, and clarify vague writing.

I edit using MS Word's Track Changes. All changes are suggestions and tracked for your final review.

Above all, I promise insightful editing, a professional work ethos, and great attention to detail.

My on-hand resources include ...

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition,
The Oxford Style Guide,
The MLA Handbook (7),
The APA Style Manual,
Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary,
The Oxford English Dictionary,
The New Oxford American Dictionary
- and numerous writing/narrative craft manuals.

* My Elance services are offered on a personal freelance basis and are never sub-contracted.
* Although I currently live in Berlin, I work exclusively in English. I do not edit German-language works.
* You will receive an annotated manuscript back, with plenty of guidance for how to clarify and improve the work. Once you've made revisions, the manuscript becomes a new draft and any further rounds of edits after this will be subject to a new agreement/new fees.


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Employment

Blinkist.com
Freelance Editor
2012 - Present
Blinkist.com is a fast-growing company whose hired writers read the most popular non-fiction books being published and then and then distill the essential ideas into shorter texts. For curious...
Periscope Creative GmbH
Copyeditor and proofreader
2008 - Present
I regularly edit text for this well-known photographers agency in Berlin (periscope-creative.com). Examples of the variety of projects include editing articles (e.g hyena reportage article...
Freelancer
Freelance Editor
2008 - Present
As a freelancer, I collaborate on a variety of projects, specializing in science-fiction and fantasy as well as science non-fiction (especially related to the human mind/psychology). I have...
US-based online editing company
Independent Editor
2009 - 2013
As an independent contractor for a large online editing company, I worked on a huge variety of fiction novels, short stories, and non-fiction works (ranging from academic papers to articles and...
Textilian Lektorat and Producing
Proofreader
2009 - 2009
Proofreader for book on Lord Frederic Leighton (his art, architecture, and philosophies) for a Munich Museum. British English (Oxford Style Guide) with endnotes.
Freelance
Ghostwriter
2009 - 2009
Current: Ghostwriter for an e-book on pet care. Outlining, research, and writing.
Delius Producing, Berlin
Freelance Copyeditor/Fact checker
2009 - 2009
Fact checking and copyediting for soft-cover edition of a previously published National Geographic book (general knowledge, incl. philosophy, culture, and science subjects). Researched and updated...
Delius Producing, Berlin
Internship: Project Editor (copyediting and rewriting)
2008 - 2008
Internship: copyediting and rewriting translated English text for a National Geographic science book, with subjects including physics and astronomy to evolution, biology, and technology. National...
Delius Producing, Berlin
In-house staff
2008 - 2008
Full-time in-house employment at small book packagers: projects included concept, research, images, and writing samples for a series on science and also a city travel guide.

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science fiction
fantasy
social science
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