Editing is a longtime passion of mine, dating back to childhood. I ignored the call in college, when I was selected to serve as a peer editor at University of Michigan (well, I served as a peer editor, but I didn’t pursue it after college), but in time, I knew I needed to follow my passion. And while editing serves as a career-change for me, every life experience and job has played a role in the editing process I use today.
I edit anything from web content to restaurant menus to books, offering multiple options: copy editing, line editing, and proofreading. What do those terms mean, exactly?
Copy editing: Checking grammar, spelling, punctuation, facts, tenses, and discrepancies in the document.
Line editing: Looking for repetitive words and phrases, word choice, syntax, sentence organization, and consistency in style and language.
Proofreading: Comparing the formatted galley to the original manuscript for typos or formatting errors (although some clients ask for a proofread just before publishing or sending to an agent).
Do you write books? Not quite ready for the editing process but looking for some feedback? I can help.
Multiple writers have said, “I don’t have a writing group to help improve my work. What do I do?” If you don’t have a writing group to provide feedback on your writing, consider asking about a Manuscript Evaluation. This cost-effective option provides feedback on what’s working and what’s not in your manuscript and tackles everything from plot and structure to theme and symbolism. I’ll point out grammar issues and punctuation issues too. While the evaluation isn’t as comprehensive as a developmental edit would be, it’s a great place to begin your revision process.
I’ve looked at what you have to offer, so now what?
The relationship between author and editor is so important, and we need to make a great team! How do you know if we click? The best way to judge is by sending me a short sample of your work (about five double-spaced pages) for a sample edit, which I will perform FREE of charge. This allows me to understand your voice and style, and you’ll be able to see if our visions align.
Indie-publishing writers and young writers are some of my favorite clients. In addition, I have a fondness for anything involving education and have worked with multiple education companies on editing of newsletters, brochures, biography booklets, blog posts, and more.
If you’re looking for a fresh set of eyes, please fill out the form on my contact page today! See links below for a sample of books/content I’ve helped usher to publication!
The We Refuse to Lose series, which “explores what cradle-to-career initiatives across the country are doing to improve outcomes for students of color and those experiencing poverty.” Working in collaboration with Education First Consulting.
Improving Early Math Instruction and Outcomes: Community Profiles, which “help grantees, educators, policymakers and colleague foundation leaders understand ways to create a strong start in math for early learners.” Working in collaboration with Education First Consulting.
The No-Nonsense Nurturer Leader Is Committed to Being an Anti-Racist, a series of blog posts “dedicated to providing an overview of the No-Nonsense Nurturer leader behaviors in anticipation of CT3’s summer leadership workshops.” Working in collaboration with CT3 Education.
“Thank you again for your stellar work editing/copy-editing the [education] materials. In my 20+ years working with editors here and in my previous foundation job, I never worked with anyone as exceptional as you.”
— P.G. (partner, education consulting company)
“First of all, I want to say thank you for everything. I’m excited to come back to the story with fresh eyes and put in the effort to really make it work. Your thoroughness and kindly suggestions are so refreshing that I really can’t thank you enough.”
— A.D. (independently published author)
“I was really pleased with your edits and comments. You were much more helpful than anyone else who read it! Thank you.”
— A.H. (author)
“Thank you so much, Christina. I am very happy and satisfied with the final piece.”
— J.V. (restaurant owner)
“What you did with the piece is amazing. You made me sound so sophisticated and intelligent. Thank you!”
— K.U. (author)
“Christina, let me just say that you have a wonderful ‘go-getter’ drive and a positive attitude, and that makes me want to work with you in the future.”
— T.D. (editor, publishing house)