Here's a quick review of my services:


For publishers, book packagers, independent authors, businesses, and nonprofits:

Standard proofreading

Make sure writing is free of mechanical errorsspelling, punctuation, consistency, formatting and is grammatically correct.

Ensure clarity, consistency, and correct word choice.


Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and word usage while maintaining the writer's original meaning and unique voice.

Check for and impose a consistent style and format.

Prepare a style sheet that defines style and format.

Read for overall clarity and sense with the prospective reader in mind.

Query the writer about potential errors or inconsistencies.

Note permissions needed to publish copyrighted material.

Prepare a manuscript for the next publication stage.

Format a manuscript to be e-pub ready.

Source: Editorial Freelancers Association



For independent nonfiction writers seeking to self-publish or find an agent:

Complimentary consultation and sample edit

Review manuscript, recommend the level of editing the manuscript will require, and provide a free two- to five-page sample edit.

Manuscript evaluation

Review manuscript and provide a written content analysis for sense and logic, including theme, audience, narrative structure, point of view/voice, chronology, and narrative techniques.

Developmental editing

Work with author to develop a manuscript from initial concept, outline, or draft.

Make suggestions about content, organization, and presentation.

Rewrite, write, and research (as needed) to improve readability and flow.

Solve problems of overall clarity and accuracy.

Reorganize paragraphs, sections, or chapters to improve the order in which text is presented.




Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
— Leonardo Da Vinci
Bad decisions make good stories.
— Unknown
Write what you really think and mean, not what you think you should think and not what you thought you would think and not what you hope it will mean, but what is really authentic and true.
— Susan Orlean

(Quotes collected by Jon Winokur at