First of all, I’m educated in editing. I graduated from BYU with a degree in English, and I have taken classes in editing, grammar, English usage, and fiction writing. I am familiar with multiple style guides (Chicago, APA, Blue Book, and MLA), and I have them on my bookshelf to refer to as I edit. I know the issues and why controversy exists, and I have informed opinions. I don’t edit based on gut feelings or hearsay; I know my stuff, and if I don’t know, I look it up.
Second, I am experienced in a wide variety of fields. I was employed copy editing distance learning high school and university courses on diverse subjects (from Latin to math to American history), and then I became one of the most valued members of a team heavily revising user manuals for hospital administrative software on an impossibly tight deadline. After my oldest was born, I transitioned to freelance editing and have continued to freelance for the past 14 years. My clients have included published fiction writers, software companies, craft magazines, and more. My specialty has been academic editing: I have helped many doctoral candidates prepare their dissertations for defense and fine-tune things after defense.
Third, I am dedicated to ensuring your satisfaction. If you have concerns or differing ideas, I am happy to discuss and find solutions that work for you. You always are the boss, and I respect that in my editing.
Finally, as a writer myself, I know how hard it can be to get a marked-up manuscript back from an editor. I try to be honest and thorough but gentle and always kind.
A fiction developmental editing client said the following of my work:
“Thank you for your valuable and generous comments. I cherish all of them. I will print out your two documents and study them. Your comments are exactly what I was hoping for. I will surely incorporate the vast majority of them, if not all.”