I've honed my writing, editing, and proofreading chops over two and a half decades: in a variety of full-time, part-time, and freelance word-wrangling jobs dating back to the early 1990s.
I didn't pursue a traditional "writerly" career, fearing that this choice would cut off my access to other creative pursuits. Now that I'm a multipurpose creative, my editorial skills are simply the oldest and most frequently-used instruments in my toolbox. They've been applied to academic writing, grant proposals, catalog blurbs, nonprofit marketing/communications material, regional magazines, website content, and more.
Basically, I'm a verbal day-jobber, but I'm a pretty impassioned one. I invest in the substance of my clients' content, and I'm gratified to fit that content with the most engaging and effective language possible. You should also know that I'm a fervent believer in the Oxford comma.
Some of the people and organizations I've worked for in an editorial or communications capacity are listed below.
GOVERNMENT / LEGAL
Louisiana Division of the Arts
Texas Legislative Council
Paul Guzzardo, attorney
ACADEMIC / SCHOLARLY
Austin Community College
Dr. Gordon Chang, Western Illinois University
Dr. Peter Cole, Western Illinois University
Dr. Jeffery Darensbourg, Tulane University
Dr. Elizabeth Schechter, Washington University
Publishers Resource Group
Austin Public Library Foundation
Cine Las Americas
Cortez Chamber of Commerce
Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce
Mobile FIlm School
West Central Illinois Arts Center
REGIONAL & COMMUNITY MEDIA
West Austin News
services and rates
This fee structure applies to editorial services only.
As a multipurpose freelancer, I'm delighted to combine editorial and design services. "Combo platter" jobs are priced on a per-project basis, with timeline and fees established after consultation with the client.
If you're confused about differences between one level of editing and another, you're not alone! Many people are, even within publishing and editing communities. There are several good explanations online; I like the simple one here.
If you want to try before you buy, I'll edit a short excerpt of your document at no charge. Please send excerpts via email, use or the contact form here.
Please limit excerpts to 500 words.
A selection of writing samples chosen to demonstrate versatility.
Links open in PDF format.