Clear writing is a matter of life and death. It determines everything from whether you get the degree, get published, get the job - and thus get fed - to whether you win the law case, convey a profound idea, or cause massive social change that quite literally saves lives. No more and no less. That said, clear writing is also hilarious, informative, gut-wrenching, and pleasurable. Yes, I’m a word geek, and I’m proud of it. Whatever I do with you for your project, my aim is clear writing that says what you want it to say the way you want it said. While this applies to any writing project, the majority of my recent experience is with scholarly or academic works.
Following Reedsy’s definitions for the services, here’s what I offer you and why:
LINE EDITING: Writers often want this service first because no work should be submitted without ruthless line editing. Any small error can needlessly mar otherwise powerful work. Years of grading college work and falling over typos in my favorite novels has made me ruthless indeed. Any change I make in your MSS will be clearly marked for your inspection.
COPY EDITING: No writer gains a credible voice in field or genre without an editor's assistance in fact-checking, regulating tone, and adhering to a publisher's style sheet. Copy editing requires understanding what the publisher wants the work to look like upon submission. I will work with you and your publisher’s style sheet to meet those requirements. Further, when a genre requires a specific approach, I will research and discuss that approach with you as we adapt your MSS to conform to and transcend those requirements.
CONTENT EDITING: While line editing and copy editing prepare a MSS for submission and publication, they are both wasted if the MSS does not clearly convey the writer’s meaning and intention. For that reason, content editing begins with the original concept for the MSS and considers structure, key concepts and themes, characterizations and relationships, plot strategy, and overall believability conveyed by the work – the big exciting part of the writing.
WILL IT STILL BE YOUR WORK? When I collaborate with you on the core of the MSS, nothing I suggest gets used unless you choose to use it. Second, you choose when and how to use a suggestion, which makes it yours. Finally, my suggestions focus on clarifying your meaning and your intention. Like your MSS, it’s all about you.
Prior to beginning teaching at Regis in 2006, I taught at Tufts University (PhD alma mater), Simmons
College, and UMass Dartmouth. My courses were Women's Studies, first year composition, literature, and first year seminar. My focus in all of these courses was clear ethical writing and social justice. Women's Studies centers on women's experience with sexism, but also explores the lives of women of different races, sexualities, religions, genders, and classes. The writing courses approached social justice by asking "why" and "who is 'we'?" The short story course dealt with social justice by comparing stories of the experiences of various groups of people.
In addition to teaching, my professional focus was on developing effective pedagogy for technology use in the classroom. My goal was to increase student tech literacy with technologies that enhanced learning. I was selected by the college president to coordinate faculty training and collaboration to spread these efforts across the campus and curriculum. With the eager support of many colleagues, I designed a multi-faceted program that both addressed and solicited the needs of faculty as well as providing inspiration and support for innovators.
Please contact me via Reedsy for a full CV if you wish to see one.
My work as an active teacher, scholar, and tech guru left little time for professional editing experience, so you won't see published titles on my list. As an undergraduate, I copy-edited and assembled the notes for Southern Local Color: Stories of Region, Race, and Gender for Editors Barbara C. Ewell and Pamela Glen Menke (U of Georgia Press, 2002). I have worked informally (aka unpaid) on several of my colleagues' dissertations and writing projects and was sought out and paid for editing a dissertation outside my field and an article by a Haitian scholar for publication. Of course, as a literature scholar, all of my scholarship involves analyzing content and structure, particularly in women’s fiction. I was the supervising professor for an independent study with a student whose project was a series of novels in which she creates a myth and full on back story for the goddess Nike, one of the few goddesses of stature who has no birth story or other background in classical literature. While grading thousands of student essays trained me to line edit and copy edit almost any text, teaching, grading, and research have kept me far too busy to actively pursue editing work. Now, I'm heading into retirement and looking to editing as a way to rechannel my skills and interests.
Conflict, exoticism, sensuality, eccentricity, and the sheer differences of the American South pervade this lively anthology, the first in fifty years to focus exclusively on the nineteenth-century tradition of southern local color. Its thirty-one stories, spanning the 1870s through the early 1900s, represent some of the best southern fiction to appear during the great flowering of American lo... read more
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Proofreader with several years' experience, including in-house at Harlequin. I read everything but specialize in romance/women's fiction.
Freelance copyeditor for magazines and books, specializing in longform journalism, fiction, history, memoir, criticism, and more.