FREELANCE WORDS

writing samples

experience

I've honed my writing, editing, and proofreading skills in a variety of full-time, part-time, and freelance word-wrangling jobs dating back to the early 1990s.

 

I once tried to leave the world of words for visual art, but I couldn't make a clean break. It was like deciding I'm not going to see stray kittens—I will always see the kittens, and I will always notice clumsy sentence structure.

Now that I'm a multipurpose creative for hire, my writing/editing ability is simply the oldest and most well-worn instrument in my toolbox. As a verbal day-jobber, I invest in the substance of my clients' content and strive to fit it with the most engaging and effective language possible. You should also know that I'm a fervent believer in the Oxford comma.

 

My editorial and communications experience is very diverse; some of people and organizations I've worked with are listed below. Additionally, from 2014–2016, I was the creative developer and managing editor of a print publication in the rural Midwest. View sample issues of that publication here.

services and rates

proofreading

$30/hr

copy editing

$35-45/hr

paragraph-level editing

$50-55/hr

copywriting

$60/hr

This fee structure applies to editorial services only. As a multipurpose freelancer, I'm delighted to combine editorial and design services. Combination projects are priced in consultation with the client.  

Note: 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.

sample edits

If you want to try before you buy, I'll edit a short excerpt of your document at no charge. Send excerpts via email to hillarymcmahan@gmail.com or use the contact form here. Please limit excerpts to 500 words.

selected client & employer list

GOVERNMENT & NONPROFIT

Austin Public Library Foundation

Center for Cultural Innovation (CA)

Cine Las Americas (TX)

Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce (CO)

EmanciPET (TX)

Louisiana Division of the Arts

Positive Force Consulting (TX)

Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce (CO)

Montezuma County Tri-Chamber (CO)

Mobile Film School
 (TX)

Texas Legislative Council

Texas Senate

West Central Illinois Arts Center (IL)

BUSINESSES

Armand Affricano Luxury Travel (TX)

Espinola Strategies (CA)

San Juan Wildlife Services (CO)

ACADEMIC/SCHOLARLY

G&S Typesetters (TX)
Gordon Chang, Western Illinois University
Peter Cole, Western Illinois University
Jeffery Darensbourg, Tulane University

Paul Guzzardo, attorney at law (IL/MO)
Elizabeth Schechter, Washington University

TEXTBOOKS & EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL

Anaxos, Inc (TX)

Austin Community College (TX)
Publishers Resource Group (TX)
Steck-Vaughn
Thomson Gale

REGIONAL MEDIA

Cantanker (TX)

The Daily Zu (CO)
The Macopolitan (IL)
The Oxfordian (PA)

West Austin News (TX)

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