Editing

Professional EditingThe key to good editing
is high standards + flexibility.

I have worked full-time as a freelance writer and an editor for more than twenty-five years. While I have experience in many publishing fields—from writing local newspaper feature articles and recipe columns to preparing picture books and philosophical works through to proofreading and press—I feel most at home working on academic manuscripts.

I consider myself an editorial long-distance runner and a citation maven. Most recently, I completed copyediting a higher education research report hundreds of pages long with 1183 footnotes—a task for which I deserve a medal and a furlough!

The longtime managing editor and more recent poetry editor of Academic Questions, the quarterly journal of the National Association of Scholars, I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English. At Penn I studied American poetry, French literature, and Latin. I am currently pursuing an M.F.A. in poetry with an emphasis in formalist verse at Western State Colorado University.

In tenth-grade English class I read “Politics and the English Language,” a forthright 1946 essay excoriating bad writing by George Orwell. This changed my life. Other prose writers who still smash my socks to smithereens range from Horace to Dickens to O’Connor to Bradbury.

From poem to picture book to political science discourse: to discuss the editing of your writing project, complete the contact form to the right.

Click Here for a few kind words from some individuals and organizations I have worked with over the years.