Writing as a Process

Writing takes place in stages, over time. As a provider of editorial services, I help you take your writing to the next level, whether that means helping you to develop a manuscript or to finalize proof pages for publication. What does that require of me? Among other things, it requires a good eye for catching errors and inconsistencies, a knowledge of standards and style manuals, and a good sense of how language should unravel on the page. Ask me for a free consultation, and I will tell you how I can help you improve your writing.

Developmental editing

I am now expanding my services in developmental editing. As a developmental editor, I work closely with authors to improve the sense and flow of their writing while helping them to better express their unique voice and point of view. For more information about my experience in this area, please feel free to send me a message via the contact page.

Renovations Underway…

I’ve just chosen a new template, and I will be updating this site and my list of projects soon. For information about specific types of projects, please feel free to contact me.

Happy World Book Day!

From the UNESCO web page:

“23 April: a symbolic date for world literature for on this date and in the same year of 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.”

The other author of ‘Don Quixote’ – The Boston Globe

The other author of ‘Don Quixote’ – The Boston Globe

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National Grammar Day :: Quick and Dirty Tips

March 4 is National Grammar Day: Send a free E-Card via Grammar Girl and vote for your favorite Schoolhouse Rock episode too!

National Grammar Day :: Quick and Dirty Tips.

Publishing: The Revolutionary Future – The New York Review of Books

Publishing: The Revolutionary Future – The New York Review of Books.

American Society for Indexing Announces Golden Turkey Award, and the winner is…

…Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue, which does not include an index, although several online attempts to provide one (serious and not-so-serious) have been made (see, for example, a not-so-serious index posted on Slate: http://www.slate.com/id/2235917/ and a somewhat more earnest attempt by the New Republic: http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/the-going-rogue-index).

This award was not meant as a political statement; the point is, rather, that surely any book on a former and possibly future candidate for political office is important enough to deserve an index.  For the full announcement, see http://www.asindexing.org/site/PR20091120.shtml.

The surprising incarnations of Strunk and White’s ELEMENTS OF STYLE

Today the New York Times has a piece on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, which was recently also the subject of some controversy generated by an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Whatever your opinion, it’s worth checking out the illustrated edition (featuring images by Maira Kalman) that came out in 2005. In fact, the publication of the illustrated edition was also the occasion for the performance of a song cycle (written by Nico Muhly) based on Strunk & White…. perhaps they’ll bring it back for the anniversary?

Helpful Advice for Getting That First Book Published…

The Chronicle of Higher Education often has helpful articles about the world of academic publishing. Getting that first book published may seem intimidating, but we all know it’s critical for tenure, at least in the Humanities. Here’s a helpful article from a former editor: