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Nonfiction editor, master wordsmith, road tripper, Chipotle addict, Pentatonix superfan. Creator/curator/coach for modern masterpieces. :)
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There are tons of editors out there who will take your text, run a red pen through it, send it back and go on their merry way.
If that’s the kind of editor you want, we won’t work well together.
On the other hand, if you want an editor who will ask questions, make suggestions, call you out when you sabotage your own authority or let your emotions take over your writing, nitpick over using the exact right word, remind you of the quote "explain it to me like I'm a six-year-old," and give you a loving kick in the ass from time to time, all in the interest of making your work the masterpiece we both want it to be…nice to meet you. :)
If you’re still reading, I’m pretty sure I already know three things about you.
1. You want to create a modern, personal masterpiece.
Maybe that’s an ebook that establishes your authority and gets you a flood of new clients and speaking gigs. Maybe it’s a series of articles that drives an avalanche of traffic to your business. Maybe it’s the story of your journey told so poignantly that readers can’t hold back triumphant tears. Whatever it is, mediocre writing is unacceptable for it.
2. You know what you’ve created thus far, while good, isn’t a masterpiece yet.
You’ve written a draft of your text. (Maybe you’ve written several.) And you know it’s not where you want it to be yet. You’ve got an awesome vision of the finished masterpiece, and you know that some solid work will get it there. But…
3. You know you can’t take it the rest of the way alone.
…you also know that you can’t be the one to do it. Either you don’t have any more time, you’ve done your absolute best work already and know it’s not enough, or you’ve given it all the energy you have and you just need to be done.
You need someone you can trust to finish your masterpiece.
You need a master wordsmith.
That’s where I come in.
I’ve been a writer and editor in some form for over seventeen years. I know words, and I know the people who write them.
I’m James Ranson, and I help writers like you create and curate masterpieces.
Sound good to you? Let's talk.
After working as a nonfiction book editor for years at NatGeo, I know the ins and outs of publishing from ideation to final proofing.
Washington, DC, United States
Freelance copyeditor for magazines and books, specializing in longform journalism, fiction, history, memoir, criticism, and more.
New York, NY, United States