You just wrote something beautiful. But did you know. . .?
• Once you publish, your errors are immortalized. • You can’t see your own errors, and your friends and family won’t see them. (But perfect strangers—including potential publishers, customers, professors, or the boss—will.)
Of course you know that; that’s why you’re here. Editors don't just make the writer look smarter. Written language makes it possible to copy ideas in the writer's mind into the mind of the reader. The more the language follows rules that everyone can agree on, the more accurately this copying can take place. That's why we have editors.
But editing isn't just correcting errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar. It is more than that—and less. If a written work is to be interesting (and read), it has to ring with the author's voice. An editor has to preserve that voice, while maintaining the optimum level of consistency with the rules of the language. This is obvious in fiction (think Shakespeare), but just as true in non-fiction.
I can help you. I do proofreading, copyediting, technical writing, and ghost writing. Remember your eighth-grade English class? The nerd who sat in the front row and stayed awake, diagramming sentences? I was that nerd!
If you have written a science fiction novel, a master’s thesis, or an advertising brochure, give me a call. If your new invention needs a user’s guide, I’m your guy. For more information, see the links at right.