Find freelancers. Lose those costly delays.

With 1.7 million freelancers, we'll match you with the perfect talent.

or, Register with Elance »

Virginia M. | Elance
Last Sign-in: Jun 17, 2016

Virginia M.

Making Language Work for You
   United States
  |  11:57 pm Local Time


A college professor for over 20 years with a PhD in English from the University of Michigan and extensive editing experience with a national publisher, I am fully committed to your project until the work is completed to your satisfaction. When we work together, I will be in close contact with you at all times to ensure your input as the project progresses. Your satisfaction is my primary goal.

In addition to my expertise in editing, writing, and language study, I specialize in children's and young adult literature and am an expert at...

Read More »
Sep 26, 2015|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
Sep 23, 2015|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
Sep 11, 2015|Children's Writing|Private|Completed
Aug 21, 2015|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed

View All »


Proofread and edited the YA fantasy novel, The Silver Sphere, by Michael Dadich. Upon...
Did two rounds of proofreading and editing on Finding Grace: Regaining My Vision and...
Did two edits on book manuscript titled Responsibility by Gina Pilon--developmental and...
Proofread Alexander Conquers the World by Martin Lehn for grammar, spelling, and...
Copyedited and did deep line editing on advice book for graduate students by Stephen N....
Researched and wrote book, Teaching the Selected Works of Robert Cormier, published by...
Researched and wrote entire nine-chapter book, Presenting Ouida Sebestyen, published by...
Researched and wrote entire book, Responding to Young Adult Literature, published by...
Wrote an Introduction for and edited the articles of 20 authors who had written essays...
Wrote an essay entitled, "Seeing Ourselves in the Mirror: Students and Teachers As...
Rewrote the entire booklet for the Reach Out Volunteers organization, adding a great...
Wrote two drafts of speech on the importance of language use. Discussed drafts with...
Part of a larger editing project of several picture books.
Part of a larger editing project of several picture books.
Part of a larger editing project of children's classics.
Part of a larger editing project of children's classics.
Book is part of a series of abridged, edited classics.

Skills (2)

English Vocabulary Test (U.S. Version)
My Score
U.S. Word Usage Test
My Score
English Spelling
English Spelling Test (U.S. Version)
My Score

Service Description

For over 10 years I was a series editor for Heinemann/Greenwood Publishers, where I acquired and issued contracts to authors and did content editing on the Young Adult Novels in the Classroom Series.

In addition, I served for 5 years as editor of the national academic publication, English Journal, where I selected and edited all articles and columns, managed an office, and oversaw two editorial assistants.

I am a developmental and content editor, as well as a general proofreader and editor for grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation, cohesion, and clarity in your documents. You need an editor/proofreader you can rely on, and my work ethic and extensive experience editing an academic journal and book series will serve you well. Give me a reasonable deadline, and you can be sure I will adhere to it, with attention to quality and accuracy in your work as my first concern. My editing experience qualifies me to review, proofread, and edit book manuscripts, dissertations, masters theses, CV's, proposals, letters, and reports, as well as articles intended for publication in magazines and journals. My teaching and writing experience provides professional expertise in the literary elements of voice, tone, structure, characterization, and plot development in works of both fiction and nonfiction.

* Are you an aspiring writer who needs help with voice, focus, ideas, and direction in your work? As a writing instructor and developmental editor, I can help you with all of those...

Read More »


Heinemann Publishers
Consulting Editor
1991 - 2009
Acquired authors and did content editing on 8 books in the Young Adult Literature Series from 1991 to 2000. Acquired authors and did content editing on 6 books in the Young Adult Novel in the...
Youngstown State University, Ohio
Professor of English
1986 - 2005
Taught freshman writing, writing for teachers, children's and young adult literature, and teacher education courses. Worked with students individually to develop their writing skills. Helped...
English Journal
1998 - 2003
Selected and edited all articles and columns for bimonthly academic journal, averaging 100 pages per issue. Worked closely with contributors to revise and refine articles for publication. Selected...
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Teaching Assistant
1982 - 1984
Taught freshman writing courses. Helped students develop and refine their writing skills.
McDonald High School, Ohio
English Teacher
1977 - 1982
Taught grammar, writing, literature, and journalism. Served as advisor to school newspaper and yearbook. Supervised layout and copywriting.


University of Michigan
Ph.D. in English and Education
1982 - 1986
Youngstown State University, Ohio
Master of Arts in English
1980 - 1982
Kent State University, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts in English, Summa Cum Laude
1969 - 1976
Overview  |  Job History  |  Portfolio  |  Resume/C.V.


developmental and content editing
academic editing
deep line editing
personal statements
curriculum documents
young adult literature
children's literature
My Snapshot
All Categories
Elance Level
Level represents activity and experience on Elance. Freelancers start at Level 1 and achieve higher levels through their work. A higher "Level" indicates greater earnings, ratings and other achievements on Elance. Learn More »
  • 12 months
  • Lifetime
Per Client
Member Since
February 2011
Elance URL
Virginia M. | Elance

Virginia M.