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Copyediting & Proofreading

In my editorial work, I have two distinct areas of interest.

  • Theology and spirituality, both popular and academic. Among traditional publishers, my client list includes Liturgical Press, Paulist Press, Orbis Books, Ave Maria Press, Twenty-third Publications, Novalis Books, and more. I have worked with theologians, pastors, professionals in pastoral ministry, educators, catechists, poets, and memoirists.
  • In fiction: horror, thriller, and science fiction. (No fantasy or romance please.) I am interesting in working on both novels and short stories. I love the fiction of Blake Crouch, Thomas Harris, Joe Hill, Greg Iles, Stephen King, Nancy Kress, Cherie Priest, Scott Smith, Zoje Stage, and Paul Tremblay.

A good copy editor works toward the same goal as the writer: to serve the reader. I can do that at any of four levels:

Developmental editing: big picture stuff, a review of the overall work, paying attention to content, themes, structure -- with fiction, character, setting, plot, etc. -- and more, with an eye toward revision of any of these elements or considering new directions.

Copyediting: improving accuracy, clarity, consistency, and elegance of expression, sometimes more substantive improvement of (the author's) style and voice, while correcting grammar or spelling errors and similar flaws.

Proofreading: a thorough review of a document that's already basically finished, checking for typos and errors in grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, and consistency.

I work in Microsoft Word, using its "Track Changes" feature, so you see exactly what I've done and the difference it makes.

Oh, and I have discovered that I love indexing. Send that work my way, and you'll be pleased with what you get.